• Where to watch the Super Bowl with cheap beer, free food and giant TVs
When Denver and Seattle appeared in their respective conference championships on Jan. 19, the scheduling arrangements would have challenged even the most accomplished logistics expert. Since Denver played in the afternoon game, its fans watched their team beat the Patriots in their usual spots at Penn Quarter Sports Tavern. Meanwhile, the Seahawks fans pregamed a block away in the basement of Hill Country.
Once the AFC championship was over, the Broncos fans vacated the bar, walking up Seventh Street to Iron Horse Tap Room, where they celebrated victory with Colorado beers. Meanwhile, the Seahawks fans arrived and filled the now-empty tables for their game against the San Francisco 49ers. “Fortunately, the groups were great and willing to cooperate,” Brand says. “But both groups are getting so large, and we don’t have room for both.”
On Super Bowl Sunday, Penn Quarter Sports Tavern plans to devote one floor to each team. Space will be limited, so the bar is taking the unusual step of charging a $20 admission fee. “It was the only way to control the crowd,” Brand says. That charge includes entry into halftime raffles on each floor for iPad Minis, Jagermeister machines, Capitals tickets, authentic jerseys and other prizes. Brand says that even with the $20 cover, he’s sure people will get left out, so he’s working with Hill Country and Iron Horse again to take the Seahawks and Broncos overflow. (If you want to take your chances, Penn Quarter Sports Tavern opens at 11 a.m. Sunday.)
These cozy arrangements won’t work for everyone, so a second group of Seattle fans has taken up residence at Hamilton’s Bar and Grill, closer to Union Station. Hamilton’s attracts University of Wisconsin alumni and Green Bay Packers fans in the fall, but the number of Seahawks fans has been growing every week, with 80 to 100 Seattle fans in the building for the NFC championship game. On Super Bowl Sunday, the bar will open at 11 a.m., with food and drink specials for Seattle fans.
Broncos fans looking for an alternative space can head for Stoney’s on P Street NW. A group of Denver fans has been meeting in the upstairs bar all season and is planning a Super Bowl party with food and drink specials. Doors open to the public at 4 p.m.