Super Bowl Parties

Now that the holidays are over and the post-festivity depression is setting in, the Super Bowl XLVII seems like the perfect opportunity to get friends together for some good, clean, American fun. And if you don’t have tickets to the game, heading to a local bar or inviting friends over for some food and drink is always a good time. Unless your friends are lame, then that might not be so fun. Everybody knows that besides watching good-looking football players in tight pants – err, besides watching the game – there are a lot of other things that come with Super Bowl Sunday. Also, stick around for some post-game fun when Earphunk, a jam band from Nola, will play a show in their hometown on February 9. And, if the city really sucks you in (as it’s known to do), stick around for their annual Jazz Fest event, the lineup of which has just been announced.

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For one, everybody loves an excuse to eat wings and drink beer guilt-free. Not to mention the cheese and crackers, chips and dip, and myriad of other cholesterol-clogging finger foods sure to be on display on game day. And who doesn’t love watching all of the new commercials that premiere throughout the game? Not to mention, the NFL finally booked some good talent this year for the halftime show, and my girl Beyonce is sure to entertain the hell out of the masses. So grab some friends, grab some beer and pretend you like football… the Super Bowl is coming! Check below for some awesome SeatGeek-tested, mother approved, Super Bowl party ideas…

Super Bowl Party Ideas

Pot Luck Party

Everybody loves all of the delicious snacks that come with watching the Super Bowl. Combine that with the cuisine of New Orleans and you have yourself one heck of a spread! Crawfish, gumbo, alligator, boudine, and beignets are just some of what Nawlins has to offer food-wise. Or, stick with the traditional finger-foods like pigs in a blanket, buffalo wings, and chips and dip. Have each of your friends bring over a dish while the game is on, and get eating!

Super Bowl Party Games: Drinking Game

OK, so not everybody drinks during the Super Bowl, but let’s be honest – most people do. So why not make a bit of fun out of it? Drink anytime a a player does a dance in the end zone or every time a new commercial comes on television. Take a shot every time your team gets a touchdown! They beat the other team, and you have a nice buzz on by the time it’s all over. See, everybody wins.

New Orleans-Themed Party

If you can’t make it to New Orleans for the Super Bowl, why not bring New Orleans to you? Try to create a New Orleans-themed party in your very own home! Get a good recipe for a Hurricane, one of the best boozy drinks of the city. Or bump some Rebirth Brass Band, one of the musical pride and joys of the area, while sucking down crawfish and gumbo. With all the fun you may even forget about the game! Yeah right, who are we kidding?

Head to a Local Bar

If you don’t feel like hosting, plenty of bars will be having viewing parties of their own. Here are some in the New York City-area:

Slattery’s Midtown Pub on 8 E. 36th Street
$50 top-shelf open bar for the duration of the game
Includes a combo platter of appetizers: buffalo wings, potato skins, cheese quesadillas, mozzarella sticks, carrot & celery sticks, home-cut french fries
16 plasma TVs

The Porterhouse at 54 Pearl Street
$50 open bar & buffet
($40 if booked before January 29)
Showing the game on 80-inch projector screen & surround sound
Unique beer hall with tables for large groups
Prizes & giveaways at the end of each quarter
Food and drink specials all night

Bierhaus NYC 712 Third Ave
$60 per person includes:
Das boot of bier that you can keep
A large pretzel & wings
Plus chances to win free beer and a flat-screen TV
Additional packages available

McFadden’s Saloon at 800 Second Ave
$3 domestic drafts
1/2 price wings

Tailgate Outside

Whether you’ll be near the Super Dome, or thousands of miles away, tailgating is one of the best sports pastimes out there. Nothing like taking the ol’ top down, filling your cooler and roasting weenies in the outdoors. Drag the TV outside and pick up a few chairs, it’s about to get REAL on your front lawn. Just make sure you bring enough cased meats for the neighbors!