There are certain pubs and bars to watch the Super Bowl in Vancouver that host annual parties so epic it doesn't matter whether you're a fantasy NFL die-hard or can't name a starting quarterack.
Especially during a month not exactly known for its excitement, for Canadians the Super Bowl can be a much-needed excuse to party in February even if hockey is our national sport.
But some places go the extra yard to turn the biggest sporting event in ‘Merica into a full-on party every year in Vancouver. So no matter if you've been following the NFL all season or couldn't really give a crap, you’re guaranteed to have fun in an atmosphere of rowdy sports nuts.
I'm talking tailgating, drink specials, live music and Super Bowl food so greasy your doctor would slap you.
If you're looking for something other than your typical couch potato event, here's a list of bars and pubs that never fail to throw traditionally classic Vancouver Super Bowl parties each year.
If there are any other spots you feel were left out, feel free to make a place suggestion below and if you're looking for somewhere to watch the Super Bowl in Vancouver over pints with some good people, share this list to let your friends know.
Library Square’s annual pig roast has become a Super Bowl tradition in Vancouver. In honor of the disregard for general health on Super Bowl Sundays, an unlucky little piggy is glazed and roasted each year at this high-energy sports bar just a few blocks from BC Place. Library Square offers a nice selection of both craft and domestic beer with drink specials for all of its Super Bowl parties as well as host MCs dishing out prizes. If you’re more interested in having a good time than keeping your eyes glued to the game, this is a good place to do it with pool, arcade games and live DJs for a little post-game dancing.
Although it's one of the most legendary concert venues in Vancouver, The Commodore Ballroom also hosts one of the biggest and highly anticipated Super Bowl parties every year. It's home to Vancouver's official Super Bowl party actually hosted by the NFL and features guest appearances by former NFL players, current cheerleaders, tailgate party drinks and food, and a full HD game-watching experience followed by a little post-game partying. You’ll need to get tickets in advance if you want to be there because this baby is always a complete sellout.
Located above The Cellar, Doolin’s Irish Pub is packed for every Super Bowl Sunday in Vancouver with a good mix of people who’ve actually followed the NFL season and those just looking for an excuse to party. Get there early in the afternoon if you plan on grabbing a seat, but you can always expect the party to spill into The Cellar once the game is done. Doolin’s opens early for every Super Bowl for pregame bevvies and is known for its food and drink specials, prizes and giveaways each year. Get there early if you plan on grabbing one of the best views of any of the TVs throughout the pub or show up later if you don't care about the game and just want to party.
With a name like Red Card, you’d suppose this Smithe Street bar would be most popular for watching football in its traditional sense. But they show all sports here including the NFL and this Vancouver sports bar located in the heart of downtown is consistently rammed with people for Super Bowl Sunday every year. But even with so many football fans in the house, all guests can watch the big game on any of the 18 large flatscreens and enjoy above-average pub food with a nice selection of beer. There will be drink and food specials, prizes and giveaways all day with the tailgating beginning in the afternoon before the game.
Located inside the Ambassador Hotel, G Sports Bar & Grill is a true Vancouver sports dive near the corner of Granville and Davie. In a time when so many so-called sports bars offer unnecessary frills, G Sports Bar is all about the basics: lots of TVs, beer on tap, pub food, and reasonable prices. Their menu offers some unconventional pub food also – things like deep fried Oreos, lamb burgers with goat cheese, and steak bites – to scarf down while you watch the Super Bowl on any of the 24 HD TVs or the nine-foot projection screen. With its exposed brick and booth seating, G Sports Bar & Grill is a narrow space with a true sports bar feel that fills up quick for the Super Bowl, so get there early to grab a spot.
You might not think of a neighbourhood brewpub as an ideal place to watch Super Bowl in Vancouver, but that’s exactly what makes the atmosphere at Yaletown Brewing Company so unique. The 160-seat restaurant and pub has become well known for its Super Bowl parties every year that include specially-crafted Super Bowl beers and menu items as well as an afterparty for those who want to celebrate after the game. So if you prefer craft beer over Coors Lights and Budweisers and are looking for something other than your typical sports bar, YBC is a great Super Bowl-viewing spot.
If you’re looking for somewhere with energy, loud fans and a super-casual atmosphere, you can’t go wrong with Shark Club for watching the Super Bowl in Vancouver. Just get there early. Tailgating usually begins early in the afternoon leading up to the big game, with food and beer specials, cash pools, prizes and giveaways. Once inside you’ll be able to watch any of the numerous flatscreens throughout this West Georgia Street sports bar – if you get there before it reaches capacity, that is. And while it will start to clear out a bit once the game is done, you can expect those with the intent of partying to get a lot livelier later into the evening.
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