Super Bowl parties: Where to watch the game

Published: Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 11:52 p.m.

As the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers prepare for the biggest game of the NFL season this evening, local bars and restaurants are ready to help fans enjoy Super Bowl XLIII.

At Mother's Pub & Grill on W. University Avenue, $40 will secure guests a place to watch the Super Bowl and party with the Coors Light promotional team.

A ticket will allow customers to eat and drink all night at no additional cost. Owner Patrick Schaller has prime rib, shrimp and wings planned for the menu as well as a variety of drinks to choose from.

The Swamp Restaurant, across from the University of Florida on W. University Avenue, will also be hosting a Super Bowl party. Restaurant owner Ron Defilippo suggests arriving between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to get a seat near one of the 12 televisions.

Defilippo and chefs at The Swamp have created a Pittsburgh sandwich for the event.

Defilippo doesn't expect the same size crowd that turned out for the BCS National Championship game. So to entice those debating whether to leave home to watch the game, Defilippo says he has a number of drink and food specials for the game.

At Gator's Dockside in Plaza Royale on Newberry Road, service manager Hoss Rice says the restaurant's Fender speaker system will be loud enough for every guest to hear the game.

The restaurant will have a few beer and liquor representatives at the game giving away freebies, he said.

"We're trying to make it as fun as possible for those who come," Rice said.

Although Rice says the restaurant receives more to-go orders than dine-in guests during the Super Bowl, those who watch the game on one of the restaurant's big-screen TVs won't go home empty-handed. Gator's Dockside will have whistles, penalty flags, hats and T-shirts for its customers, Rice says.

According to Rice, the Super Bowl being played just two hours south in Tampa has drawn many Steelers fans to Gainesville.

Miller's Ale House on Archer Road will keep its Super Bowl tradition alive. Manager Steve Richardson said the restaurant throws a party every year to thank its patrons.

Customers have been buying $50 tickets for the game since August, he said. Once a ticket is purchased, customers get to choose the seat they will sit at during the game from a seating chart, according to Richardson.

"It's like a private party," said Richardson. "Once we sell all the tickets, we close the doors."

The restaurant will close today at 4 p.m. and reopen at 5 p.m. for those with tickets. Ticket holders will also be entered into a halftime raffle for prizes.

"In the past, we've had autographed footballs, Miller Lite merchandise, golf bags and grills," Richardson said.

Unlimited food and drinks will be available throughout the game. The restaurant will serve prime rib, crab legs, oysters and other Ale House specials. Customers may drink anything from the bar.

"Anything in the house is free," said Richardson.

After the game, the restaurant will have several taxis available to get customers home safely. People can leave their cars overnight without the fear of being towed, according to Richardson.

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