The fans’ guide to Super Bowl XLIX
Where to watch, grab some grub, gear up, and show your team colors
Are you ready to fuel your Super Bowl fandom with fried food, beer, and Pats gear? Good. If you’re tired of hearing about deflated balls, these spots will pump you up — with Tom Brady nail polish, cool clothes, venison hot dogs, beer, and plenty of TVs. Whether you grab a stool and watch the game at your favorite bar, get your grub to go, or just need a place to restore your faith in the game, we’ve got you covered.
GAME DAY DISTRACTIONS: Brass Union
70 Union Square, Somerville, 617-623-9211, www.brassunion.com
Stop in beginning at 11 a.m. to watch the game on a new 70-inch TV. If you’re not a football fan but want to celebrate anyway, console yourself with their board games, shuffleboard, and plush leather couches.
WEIRD GAMEDAY FOOD: Bukowski Tavern
1281 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-497-7077, www.bukowskitavern.net
The newly revamped bar is open for business with a trio of special $10 game-day miniature “dawgs” wilder than Bill Belichick’s temper at a press conference. Indulge your animal instincts with alligator smoked sausage, bison, and venison from chef Brian Poe.
FREE SNACKS: Papagayo
Various locations, www.papagayorestaurants.com
Visit any Papagayo branch beginning at kickoff and receive free food if the Patriots win, provided you buy a drink. Reservations required. (If they lose, get 50 percent off your bill. Sigh.)
POTENT LIBATIONS: River Bar
661 Assembly Row, Somerville, 617-616-5561, www.river-bar.com
If things look bleak for the Pats, drown your sorrows with a $24 Scorpion bowl soaked up with $7 chicken wings. Or revel in every sweet score with . . . the same menu.
CHARITY CAUSE: Cask ’n Flagon
62 Brookline Ave., Boston, 617-536-4840; 804 Plain St., Marshfield, 781-834-2275, www.casknflagon.com
Through Jan. 31, bring a new, regulation-size football (ahem, inflated or not) to either location and get a free appetizer. The bar will donate the ball to charity organization Good Sports. As for Super Bowl Sunday, the Cask gets crazy. If you want a shot at getting in, better get there early.
BOTTOMLESS BUFFET: BOKX 109 American Prime
Hotel Indigo, 399 Grove St., Newton, 617-454-3399, www.bokx109prime.com
Watch the game on big screens at the bar and pig out for $25 on a buffet stuffed with game-time snacks like wings, mac and cheese, and seven-layer dip. Beer pitchers are $10. Sweet.
GOOD FOR GROUPS: SA PA
1952 Beacon St., Brighton, 617-303-1000, www.sa-pa.com
At SA PA’s Cleveland Circle location, get party wings ($29) and homemade egg rolls ($15) for groups of four, while watching the action on 60-inch TVs. Sapporo, Green Head IPA, Full Proof Barstool Golden Ale, and PBR are a mere $2; pitchers are $15.
BRING THE FAMILY: The International
195 Ballville Road, Bolton, 978-779-6911, www.theinternational.com
Graze at the resort’s Fireplace Room on game day from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and watch pregame festivities in front of a cozy fireplace. Feast on brunch standards and football snacks such as Italian sausage, chicken wings, nachos, and corn dogs. Adults $25.95, kids $8.95.
PIG OUT: Lulu’s Allston
421 Cambridge St., Allston, 617-787-1117, www.lulusallston.com
Lulu’s wins the glutton-in-training award for its Super Bowl menu: poutine with smoked bacon, bleu cheese, and wing sauce; “tot-chos” in cheese sauce, sour cream, and short ribs; seven-layer dip; and free chips and salsa. Would Gisele approve?
CHEAP BARBECUE: Old Magoun’s Saloon
518 Medford St., Somerville, 617-776-2600, www.magounssaloon.com
The lovable Somerville pub hosts its second annual all-you-can-eat football BBQ tailgate from 5-9 p.m. For $14, celebrate with ribs, pulled pork, smoked wings, and Southern sides. No matter how the night unfolds, you’ll go home satisfied.
OLD-SCHOOL FANDOM: Galway House
710 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-9677
No flash, no frills: This down-to-earth pub in Jamaica Plain is a favorite for loyal fans.
THE MOTHER SHIP: CBS Scene
Patriot Place, 200 Patriot Place, Foxborough, 508-203-2200, www.cbsscene.com
Unless you’re going to Glendale, this might be the most intense game day experience you can have from 2,300 miles away. For $50, enjoy a pregame appetizer buffet, a half-time entree buffet, and two drink tickets. Oh, yes, there are also 145 HDTVs. You read that right: 145 TVs.
Tailgate to go
PARTY CATERING: Pastoral
345 Congress St., Boston, 617-345-0005, www.pastoralfortpoint.com
Get a $49 party platter for six with Sicilian-style pizza, wings, and the hitherto unseen pepperoni-flavored popcorn. Call in orders by Jan. 31.
TREATS TO GO: Commonwealth
11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge, 617-945-7030, www.commonwealthcambridge.com
Stop into Commonwealth’s market this week for homemade frosted sugar cookies in Patriots logos, available a la carte or in bulk, plus sandwiches named for Pats players.
FREE SWEETS: Shake Shack
Various locations, www.shakeshack.com
From Jan. 29 through game day Feb. 1, buy a pint of frozen custard and get a second pint in your favorite flavor at the Shack’s Boston-area locations. They’re also giving out free mini Shack footballs — inflated, presumably.
EPHEMERA: Hidden Sweets
25 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-497-2600
This Harvard Square souvenir shop has a cute assortment of Patriots curiosities and baby clothes for the mini fan, plus gear for grown-ups.
Look like a (stylish) fan
COSMETIC TOUCHES: MiniLuxe
Various locations, www.miniluxe.com
For the well-groomed mega-fan, the manicure masters at MiniLuxe offer a “Numbah 12” blue nail color in honor of Tom Brady.
ATHLETIC SUSTENANCE: Nourish Your Soul
15 Channel Center St., Boston, 888-995-8423, www.nourishyoursoul.com
If the idea of beer and wings frightens you, prepare for the big game by visiting Nourish Your Soul until Jan. 30 for an 11-pack of cold-pressed juices at 10 percent off. You’ll get a voucher for another free juice, redeemable if the Pats win.
Get your hoodie, get your cap
PATRIOTS REGALIA: Roster
Various locations, www.rosterstores.com
This high-quality sportswear shop, a fan favorite, sells an exclusive line of Tom Brady sweatshirts. Because sometimes you have to proclaim your love for the Pats with a hoodie, a jersey, a cap, and a manicure.
RETRO FAN: 47 Brand
286 Newbury St., Boston, 617-236-4006, www.47brand.com
This Newbury Street boutique is popular with stylish fans thanks to their retro-style apparel and full line of XLIX wear. (Shop online too.)
PREPPY PATRIOT: Tommy Bahama
1300 Market St., MarketStreet Lynnfield, 781-342-5272, www.tommybahama.com
Not into hoodies and hats? Here’s where you’ll find a jaunty Patriots polo or sweater. Your dad will love it.
ONE-STOP SHOPPING: New England Patriots ProShop
1 Patriots Place, Foxborough, 888-662-7287, www.proshop.patriots.com
In the shadow of Gillette Stadium, you’ll find flags, footballs, shot glasses, cheerleader swimsuit calendars, kids wear, leis — you name it, they sell it.
Restore your faith
HERO WORSHIP: The Hall at Patriot Place
Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro, 508-698-4800, www.thehallatpatriotplace.com
It’s been a long, twisty run-up to Super Bowl XLIX. Get your moment of zen with a trip to the Hall at Patriot Place, where the Patriots’ greatest victories are highlighted. The museum has limited hours on Super Bowl Sunday, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. After all, shouldn’t you be home, watching the game?
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