As the Seattle Seahawks prepare to defend their Super Bowl title against the New England Patriots on Sunday, area bars are preparing for one of their biggest days of the year. If you want to be surrounded by fellow Seahawks or Patriots fans, or are just looking for food and drink deals, try one of these spots. Unless noted, these parties do not require reservations or advance tickets. We'll add to this list as we receive more events.
For Seahawks fans
Acre 121 in Columbia Heights became D.C.’s official Hawks Nest this season, after the fan group left Penn Quarter Sports Tavern. For Super Bowl XLIX, the bar opens at 3 p.m. with Widmer specials ($5 bottles, $20 buckets of five) and $5 drinks made with Batch No. 12 vodka, from Washington state’s Heritage Distilling. There’s also a $25 all-you-can-drink New Belgium Blue Paddle Pilsner option for the thirsty, and a menu of "Hawk-Tails," including the vodka-and-rum-based Beast Quake, for $8 to $10. Everyone present will be eligible for a Hawks Swag Raffle at 5:30, including authentic NFL Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson jerseys.
1400 Irving St. NW. 202-328-0121. www.acre121.com.
For Patriots fans
Murphy’s Irish Pub in Old Town is one of the most popular destinations for Patriots fans, with crowds lining up hours before the doors open. General Manager Kevin Mitchell says there were people in line at noon last week — even though the bar opened at 3:30 p.m. and the game was scheduled to start at 6:40 — because they were desperate to get their good-luck seats at the bar. Expect specials on chili dogs and Sam Adams beer, plus a featured drink called the Boston TD Party. The game will be shown on both floors of the pub, though the most die-hard fans sit upstairs; after the game, there’s live Irish music downstairs, "hopefully to celebrate a Patriots win," Mitchell says.
713 King St., Alexandria. 703-548-1717. www.murphyspub.com.
In honor of Deflategate, Capitol Lounge is running a "Deflate the Kegs" open bar happy hour from 5:30 p.m. until kickoff (set for 6:30 p.m.). Show a bartender your Patriots jersey, shirt or cap and you’ll get free Sam Adams Boston Lager, Sam Adams Cold Snap or Bud Light, plus free New England clam chowder. During the game, there’s a special menu of "Wicked Wings" and "Beli-chicken Tenders." Doors open at 10 a.m.; if the last few Sundays are anything to go by, the bar will be packed by 2.
229 Pensylvania Ave. SE. 202-547-2098. www.capitolloungedc.com.
Kelly's Irish Times is home to an official Patriots fan group, the D.C. Area Patriots Fan Club, and opens at noon on Sunday. Deals include a buffet of snacks during the first half; $4 Miller Lite and $5 Sam Adams; and $3 Fireball shots and $5 Jameson shots after the Patriots score.
14 F St. NW. 202-543-5433. www.kellysirishtimesdc.com.
If you want burnt ends and brisket with your Super Bowl, Fat Pete’s BBQ in Cleveland Park has turned into a popular viewing spot for Patriots fans, and is showing the game on 15 TVs.
3407 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-362-7777. www.fatpetesbbq.com.
General viewing options
100 Montaditos isn’t a sports bar; it’s a popular Spanish restaurant chain with 100 different mini-sandwiches on its menu. (We once reviewed all of them in one sitting.) But on Super Bowl Sunday, 100 Montaditos trades futbol for FOOTBALL and Christiano Ronaldo for Tom Brady. All three D.C. area locations – Bethesda, Rosslyn and Navy Yard – plan to show the game on multiple 60-inch TVs while serving $1 montaditos, $2 sangria and domestic beers, and $3 "premium" imported beers.
300 Tingey St. SE. 202-488-8500; 1776 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-835-9232; 4922 Elm St., Bethesda. 240-396-6875. us.100montaditos.com.
Capitol City Brewing Company
Grab any of the brewery’s "Core Four" beers for $4 – that’s the medal-winning Amber Waves, Capitol Kolsch, Pale Rider or Prohibition Porter – beginning at 5 p.m. Food specials include a brat steamed in porter, topped with peppers and onions or sauerkraut and served with a side of chili for $10. Giveaways throughout the day include a flatscreen TV.
2700 S. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-578-3888. www.capcitybrew.com.
City Tap House
With 40 craft beers on tap and a pair of cask beer engines, City Tap House has one of the best beer selections in D.C. Super Bowl Sunday is your chance to explore it, with unlimited beers for $35 for the duration of the game. (You’re free to mix and match during the game, but you’re not allowed to have more than one beer at a time.) Food specials include 10-spice chicken wings, a Philly cheesesteak and a buffalo chicken pizza, for $10 apiece.
901 Ninth St. NW. 202-733-5333. www.citytaphousedc.com.
The Arlington hotspot has all-day happy hour with $5 signature cocktails, wine and draft beers from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., plus the special 5-for-$5-at-5: $5 margaritas, taco plates, wings, burgers and guacamole appetizers beginning at 5 p.m.
2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. 571-940-2180. www.fuegova.com.
Jack Rose Dining Saloon
There’s no local interest in the Super Bowl again this year, so the only local competition is taking place on the taps at Jack Rose. Flying Dog and 3 Stars are going head-to-head during the game, with $5 beers including Flying Dog’s Double Barrel Horn Dog (a barleywine aged in bourbon barrels provided by Jack Rose) and 3 Stars’ Millstone Brandy Lyn (a tart blend of cider aged in a bourbon barrel and an ale aged in brandy barrels). Other specials include $6 punch and $7 glasses of whiskey. Chef Russell Jones is whipping up two styles of barbecue: "Carolina Gold" chicken and "Kansas City Red" pulled pork. Doors open at 5 p.m., but you’ll want to get there early for seats with the best views.
2007 18th St. NW. 202-588-7388. www.jackrosediningsaloon.com.
There are few bad views at Penn Social, with a 22-foot projection screen and nine 10-foot high-definition screens, plus a number of "regular-sized" flatscreen TVs. During the game, the cavernous Penn Quarter bar offers $3 Bud Lights and 75-cent wings.
801 E St. NW. 202-697-4900. www.pennsocialdc.com.
Young Professionals group Things to Do is taking over Georgetown’s Rhino Bar for the day. The $20 advance ticket includes a pitcher of beer and a personal order of wings, and viewing on multiple projection screens. (After your first pitcher and wings, all food and drink is priced a la carte.) Doors open at 4:30, and since your ticket doesn’t guarantee a seat, organizers recommend: "for best and guaranteed seating, please get there as close to 4:30 p.m. as possible."
Rhino Bar, 3295 M St. NW. 301-519-8030. www.thingstododc.com.
And last but not least ... Puppy Bowl
Yes, the Super Bowl will be on at 6:30, but a different set of fans will arrive much earlier at Dodge City. Beginning at 3 p.m., bar turns all of its TVs, including a projection screen, over to the Puppy Bowl for the bar's lively annual viewing party. Doors open at 1 p.m. for pre-game $5 "puppymosas" and $6 Bloody Marys, while chefs will be grilling Meat and Foods sausages on the patio all day -- and during the the NFL game, too.
917 U St. NW. 202-588-9081. www.dodgecitydc.com.
Two-for-one drinks and adorable dogs make for a pretty outstanding happy hour. DC Reynolds is offering its legendary BOGO (Buy One, Get One) happy hour from 3 to 10 p.m., and showing Puppy Bowl on all TVs, including the big screen. Other food and drink specials include chicken wings (which aren't usually on the menu) and three kinds of Narragansett beers for New Englanders.
3628 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-506-7178. www.dcreynoldsbar.com.