Julie DelahayeA round-up of the best Super Bowl events taking place across the UK.
Super Bowl Sunday kicks off on 5 February, with sports fans around the world flocking to their local bars and restaurants to catch all of the action live. If you're in the UK, the 10.30pm kick-off time can make it difficult to find somewhere to stay and watch the game all night – but luckily there are a wide range of bars and pubs hosting Super Bowl events and staying open so you don't have to miss a minute as the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons.
NFL fans wanting a great view of the game should head to Frankie's Sports Bar & Diner or Café Football, both of which will be showing the final across a whole host of widescreen and HD TVs. The Sports Lounge at Greenwood also offers a great vantage point, not to mention they're offering pool, cornhole and shuffleboard games to keep your energy up during half-time.
Foodies will no doubt want to make the most of the wide range of all-American menus which will be on offer - The Diner Soho have created the ultimate feast which includes a 16oz T-Bone Steak with mashed potatoes, gravy, Cajun corn on the cob, chipotle slaw and a soft buttered roll, all paired with a six-pack of Lagunitas IPA. Looking for smaller bites? We recommend street food gurus Dinerama where you can indulge in decadent cheesecake doughnuts and chilli dogs.
For those who want a proper night out to mark the highly-anticipated sporting event, London's Balthazar is hosting a fun-filled Super Bowl party, where their staff will be dressed as referees, foam fingers will be available for fans wanting to cheer on their teams, and an all-American menu with everything from chicken wings to mini doughnuts will be sure to satisfy your food cravings.
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From 10.30pm, Balthazar will be turned into an NFL haven; staff will be dressed as referees, there will be foam fingers so you can cheer on your team and American football team The London Warriors will be taking part in the celebrations. As well as a special Maker's Mark Bourbon cocktail, the special all-American menu will include everything from hot chicken wings and veggie nachos to mini doughnuts – and there'll be a popcorn machine for those wanting to snack throughout the night. When the whistle goes at 5am, you'll even receive a fresh breakfast pastry to take away with you after what's sure to be an exciting all-nighter!
Chelsea fans will no doubt be familiar with this bar located on site at Stamford Bridge, but on 5 February, the focus will be on American Football with the diner's Super Bowl viewing event. With 12 widescreen HD TVs across the bar, NFL enthusiasts are sure to get a great seat to watch all the action during the exciting game, while enjoying an American-style menu with a wide selection of burgers, pizzas and small bites. Book your ticket ahead of time to avoid disappointment – plus you can reserve some of the best spots and enjoy a complimentary bottle of Budweiser.
You'll feel like you're in the stadium watching the game at the Diner, where staff will be dressed as American football players and cheerleaders, while a host of all-American dishes will be served up on the night as you watch the game. For those looking for a food challenge, the Diner have created the ultimate feast: a 16oz T-Bone Steak with mashed potatoes, gravy, Cajun corn on the cob, chipotle slaw and a soft buttered roll, all paired with a six-pack of Lagunitas IPA - all included with your ticket. It's the sixth year that they're hosting a Super Bowl party and each time it's been packed, so we recommend booking ahead of time – plus, your entry ticket includes a pitcher of Duppy Share Rum Punch, starters and a reserved booth.
This premier sports lounge will be open from 9pm-5am for the Super Bowl. Boasting five large viewing screens, there'll also be cheerleaders and a dedicated bar to have you feeling like you're at the final itself in Houston. During half-time there'll be American 8 Ball pool, Cornhole and Shuffleboard games on to keep your spirits up for the all-nighter. If you feel peckish, the kitchen will be open until 3am and boasts an extensive menu with mouth-watering offerings including crispy chicken burgers and sharing platters featuring brisket mac’n’cheese balls and buttermilk quail. Walk-ins are welcome on the night, but book in advance to get a reserved seat, a burger and bottle of Long Arm Brewing Co. beer.
This Shoreditch-based foodie haven is bringing all the excitement, drama and buzz of the Super Bowl to London. As part of its Budweiser X Super Bowl at Dinerama event, there'll be endless entertainment, icy cold Budweisers and American-inspired dishes available from the best street food traders. Look out for BBQ subs, cheesecake doughnuts and chilli dogs to snack on while you watch the game live.
Located in Stratford's Westfield shopping centre, Café Football will be hosting a live screening of the NFL final across all 16 of its TV screens. Diners will also be able to choose from a limited edition American Football menu created by head chef Giovann Attard, which features classics such as Super Sloppy Joes Coleslaw and the 'Touchdown Dog', a corn dog with cheese on a stick. You can walk in on the night but we suggest booking a place if you want to ensure you get a seat!
The Hard Rock Café inside The Printworks will stay open extra-late so sports fans can catch all of the action live. The popular event has already sold out its table reservations, but you can hit the café where there's plenty of standing space – and if you have an entry ticket, you're guaranteed a bottle of beer on arrival and some delicious chili nachos at half time as well as a host of other treats throughout the night.
Arc Inspirations is hosting a Super Bowl evening in its American-inspired bar, with live screenings of the game from 11.30pm. Want a private event? The Bunker holds up to 14 people and is fully equipped with a 60-inch HD screen, not to mention a private mini bar! Foodies can indulge in American dishes with sharers including flour tortillas, mac n cheese balls, Cajun chicken bites, Cajun spiced calamari, south American fishcakes, loaded nachos, BBQ wings and tacos….to name but a few!