Super Bowl Sunday.
That one day each year fans of the Patriots cheer on their team as the vast majority of the rest of the population roots for, out of spite, whichever other team survived a grueling season to play in the NFL’s biggest game.
It’s a unique occurrence in the sports’ world in that even those of us without ties to New England or, in this case, Los Angeles can enjoy the game and accompanying over-indulgence of unhealthy food and alcohol. You don’t even have to like football; there are commercials and a half-time show to enjoy.
If you’re not throwing a party or don’t have one to attend, there are plenty of places around the lake to view the Super Bowl — we refuse to call it the “big game,” a name created by businesses that cannot use “Super Bowl” in their advertising because the NFL wants more money.
Here’s a roundup of some of Sunday’s festivities. And note, this is not a complete list. We couldn’t in good consciousness kill the number of trees it would take to write about every single Super Bowl party in the basin.
Crystal Bay Casino is hosting a party for the game in its Crown Room, which boasts more than 30 60-inch HD TVs and a 20-foot HD screen. They’ll be offering game day specials, including: loaded tater tots for $5; grilled hot dogs for $2.50 per dog; chicken nachos for $7; eight chicken wings (BBQ, buffalo or Thai chili) for $6; chips and salsa for $3; and 12-ounce Coors Lights for $2. Seriously, what more do you need?
Doors open at 2 p.m. Check out the Crystal Bay Casino Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CrystalBayClub) for information. The casino is located at 14 Nevada Route 28.
Across the highway in Crystal Bay, the Tahoe Biltmore is hosting a party of its own. Doors open at 2 p.m. and each person is entered to the $175 game board. How does it work? You pay nothing and at the end of each quarter one winner will receive $25. When the game is over one lucky person will leave with $100. It’s that simple.
The Biltmore also will have stadium style food, such as wings, pizza and more, available to purchase and drink specials all day. Visit www.tahoebiltmore.com for information. The Tahoe Biltmore is located at 5 Nevada Route 28.
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino kicks off the party at 3 p.m. Sunday. An entry fee of $65 per person gets you inside the Revolution Ballroom, where they’ll have a stadium style buffet. Admission also gets you one free drink. VIP bottle service is available by calling 775-443-7008. Visit hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com for information. The Hard Rock is located at 50 U.S. 50 in Stateline.
MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa is hosting a similar party. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., and tickets cost $40. Admission includes a stadium style buffet, one free draft beer and one drawing entry to win prizes. Each additional drink purchase gets you another drawing ticket — drink more, win more. Call 775-586-2000 for VIP bottle service. Visit montbleuresort.com for information. The resort is located at 55 U.S. 50 in Stateline.
Harrah’s will be hosting a free viewing party in its special events center. Doors open at 2 p.m. Visit www.caesars.com/harrahs-tahoe for information about the venue. Harrah’s is located at 15 U.S. 50 in Stateline.
BARS / RESTAURANTS
Audibles Sports Bar and Gaming has plenty of TVs for viewing the Super Bowl. And for you die-hard fans or idiots looking to burn a Tom Brady jersey, Audibles is raffling off an official Super Bowl Brady jersey and Jared Goff jersey. Receive a raffle ticket with every food item and drink you purchase. With $2 beef tacos and $5 nachos being served up all day, it’s going to be pretty easy to rack up the raffle tickets.
Audibles is located at 290 Kingsbury Grade in Stateline. Find info at audiblestahoe.com.
Brooks’ Bar at Edgewood Tahoe has you covered if you’re looking for a slightly classier viewing party — the place just feels classy. For $90 you get access to a buffet featuring items paying homage to the teams competing in the game, two alcoholic drink vouchers and one raffle ticket.
Complimentary non-alcoholic drinks are available, as are Tahoe Blue Vodka drink specials that will get you one additional raffle ticket with every drink purchased. Raffle prizes include an Edgewood dining gift certificate, couples massage at the spa, golf for two at Edgewood and an overnight luxury stay in the Edgewood Lodge. Table access starts at 2:30 p.m. Edgewood Tahoe is located at 100 Lake Parkway in Stateline. Head to edgewoodtahoe.com for information.
Crosby’s Tavern in Incline Village will have the Super Bowl on, and the tavern is breaking out a special menu for the occasion. Special menu items include: spicy grilled shrimp, fried chicken bites, old school meatballs, pretzel bites, crab cake sliders, meatball sandwich, and a bratwurst sandwich. Learn more about Crosby’s at www.crosbyspub.com. The tavern is located at 868 Tahoe Blvd., #4 in Incline Village.
Lake Tahoe AleWorX in Stateline will have the Super Bowl on, and they’ve got a pretty sweet deal: Give the bartender or wait staff a high-five and get $5 draft beers behind the bar. You also get five raffle tickets, with prizes given away throughout the game. AleWorX also will have its full menu available, so if you’re craving some of the best pizza in town you’re in luck. AleWorX Stateline is located at 31 U.S. 50. Find information on the AleWorX Facebook page (www.facebook.com/laketahoealeworx).
McP’s Taphouse Grill, located in South Lake Tahoe right on the state line, will be broadcasting the game on its 20 TVs. It also will be serving up drink deals and food specials all day. Budweiser and Guinness girls will be there handing out free swag. McP’s is located at 4125 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Find information on the McP’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mcpstaphousetahoe).
Rojo’s Bar and Restaurant in South Lake Tahoe is quintessential Tahoe. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. they’ll be offering $5 wings and $8.95 meatball subs with fries or a plate of spaghetti with meatballs and garlic bread. The real deal though is this: $2 PBR. ‘Nough said. Rojo’s is located at 3091 Harrison Ave., in South Lake Tahoe. Check out their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/rojostavern) for information.
The Loft is serving up a great deal for viewing the Super Bowl. Tickets are $40 and get you access to their “high-end” buffet: tri tip carving station, pasta station, fajita station plus assorted appetizers and entrees. That is a buffet that’s hard to beat.
All well drinks, house drafts and house wines will be $6 during the game. Prizes will be raffled away during the game, which will be broadcast in The Loft’s 107-seat stadium style theater, in addition to the HD TVs located in the lounge and at the bar. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. The Loft is located in Heavenly Village, 1021 Heavenly Village Way, in South Lake Tahoe. Purchase tickets and find information at thelofttahoe.com.