Can’t make it to the San Francisco area for the Super Bowl? Then consider doing the next best thing and watching the game in a sports bar with other fans. After all, where else can you purchase all the chicken wings you want while watching the game on a ginormous screen? Take a look at this list of five bars in the Chicago area where you can catch the game. Heads up: Super Bowl Sunday can be a busy night for bars, so consider calling in advance to see if you can reserve a table for you and your friends. The big game airs live on Feb. 7 from Levi’s Stadium. If you plan to have a drink or two while watching the game, consider taking public transportation to your venue.
Countryside Saloon Sports Bar & Grill
2501 E. Ballard Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Grab a bite or two to eat while watching the Super Bowl when you head to Countryside Saloon Sports Bar & Grill in the northwest suburb of Des Plaines. The food menu includes plenty of appetizers for sharing (or for keeping for yourself, no judgement), as well as pasta dishes, pizza and about 20 different types of sandwiches. The beer selection rotates, and has included brews from local breweries Half Acre Daisy Cutter, Revolution and Two Brothers alongside beer from all over the world. The former speakeasy has a cozy ambiance and plenty of TV sets, too.
Crew Bar + Grill
4804 N. Broadway St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Billed as “the premier gay sports bar,” Crew Bar + Grill offers more than 20 TV sets so you can keep up with the game with ease. If you’re planning to stay for the entire game, then you’ll want to grab a bite or two to eat along the way. Crew Bar offers a selection of pub favorites including salads, burgers and sandwiches, and also has plenty of appetizers for sharing. A dizzying array of beer and cocktails are also on the menu, with brews from local breweries among the selection. The bar, which has been named on a number of “best of” lists, is located in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.
The Globe Pub
1934 W Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60613
Think of The Globe Pub, and you likely think of premier league games. But on Super Bowl Sunday, consider watching a different type of football and catching the big game at the pub. Located in Chicago’s Northcenter neighborhood, The Globe Pub has just about everything a football fan could want: plenty of food and drink on the menu, and of course TV screens to watch every moment of the game — and the commercials, too. The pub offers an ever-changing selection of beer, including seasonal brews, while its food menu includes burgers, fish and chips and even a traditional Irish breakfast served all day.
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Moretti’s Ristorante & Pizzeria
6727 N. Olmsted Ave.
Chicago, IL 60631
Picture this scenario: You want pizza, one of your friends wants a burger, and another friend wants a pasta dish while watching the Super Bowl. Where do you go? Consider watching the big game at Moretti’s Ristorante & Pizzeria in Chicago’s Edison Park neighborhood. The restaurant has TV sets throughout the venue, so you won’t need to crane your neck to watch the game. Drink options are a-plenty, with cocktails, wine and beer available in bottles or as drafts. Moretti’s has six additional locations, all in the Chicago suburbs.
Timothy O’Toole’s Pub
622 N. Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611
If you’re serious about wings, then you’ll want to flock over to Timothy O’Toole’s Pub in Chicago’s Near North Side. The pub has wings available in varying degrees of heat, so you can challenge your tastebuds while watching the game. Tacos, burgers, sandwiches and ribs are also on the menu. Timothy O’Toole’s beer selection has something for all types of beer drinkers, with Blue Moon, Bud Light, Goose Island, Revolution and 3 Floyds among the breweries on the menu. Additional locations are in the suburbs of Libertyville and Gurnee.
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