The Five Best Super Bowl Viewing Parties in Philadelphia
Get on your game face, ye who bleed green.
Maybe you're there for love of the game, or maybe you show up for the food. But our picks for the top Super Bowl viewing spots in the City of Brotherly Love feature something everybody can cheer for—from private lounges to heaping plates of wings.
1. Chickie's + Pete's
Head down to the South Philly location of this hometown institution, dubbed the "#1 sports bar in North America by ESPN," for a quintessential Philly experience. Their all-you-can eat Super Bowl Sunday package features a limited all-you-can-eat menu of their signature items—including their world-famous crab fries and snow crabs—and a selection of draft beers and house wines for $50 per person (gratuity not included). You can book in advance at opentable.com, or by calling the restaurant at 215-218-0500 to secure a spot at a highly coveted table in the main bar, or a private lounge area in their new interactive extension Play2.
2. McGillin's Olde Ale House
Established in the late 19th-century, McGillin's is the oldest continuously operating tavern in town. If you don't believe them, every single liquor license this modern speakeasy has acquired since 1871 hangs on a wall, alongside other signage of the ghosts of the city's past, like Wanamaker's and Woolworth. Shimmy up to the bar and order the SuperMug for $5, which gets you refills of Bud Light throughout the entire game for a buck a pop.
3. Field House
Boasting more than 350 HDTVs and 40 local craft beers on tap, this massive Center City bar, restaurant, and game room is currently featuring a $35 Super Bowl package that includes select beer and wings. This, paired with the fact this 12,000 square foot sports bar sits a few dozen feet from the Market East train station, makes Field House a top pick for those who may prudently choose to leave their cars at home for the big game.
4. The Gaslight
This Old City gastropub from chef Jason Cichonski is offering their famous party trays again this year, for the couch potatoes among you. Trays for 10 or 20 people feature a host of crowd favorites like General Tso's wings, chicken nuggets, or Nicky's Nona's old school Italian meatballs. If you want to go big, opt for a Spread, which includes heaping portions of a selection of their crowd-favorites for $230 or $420. Call 215-925-7691 for more information.
5. Brauhaus Schmitz
While this South Street German beer hall is normally your go-to venue to catch that other brand of football (along with Fado, a few blocks to the west), this year you can join the ranks of like-minded fans who believe that football—even the American kind—is best paired with lederhosen and giant draughts of bier. The game will be broadcast on the big screen in their Brauer Bund Beer Hall. Their $50 Super Bowl special includes pork rinds, roast beef, meatballs, wings, and more, all you can drink beer, and tax and gratuity. Make reservations by visiting their website.