Game time: Where to watch Super Bowl LII in the Tahoe Basin
February 1, 2018
It's finally time for the big game: On Sunday, Feb. 4, the NFL season culminates in Super Bowl LII as the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., but any Super Bowl fan knows that festivities start long before that. For those on the lookout for the best ways to celebrate in the basin (whether you're visiting or a local who is too lazy to throw your own party), we've compiled a list of the top spots to check out on Super Bowl Sunday.
The Loft (South Shore) and Crystal Bay Casino (North Shore) get things started at 2 p.m. The South Lake Tahoe-based theater, lounge and restaurant's all-ages event — known as the Ultimate Big Game Party — costs $20 to attend and offers guests their first drink on the house, access to an all-you-can-eat buffet, a selection of $5 drinks during the game, and raffles during stoppage time. Crystal Bay Casino's party — titled North Shore's Best Tailgate Party — is free to attend and boasts $3 brats and tacos, $5 nachos, $6 one-dozen chicken wings and more deals on both food and drinks. Check out http://www.thelofttahoe.com and http://www.crystalbaycasino.com for more details on events.
Stateline casinos MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino begin festivities at 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. MontBleu's Big Game Viewing Party costs $40 to attend and is open to patrons at least 21 years of age. The casino boasts hi-def, multi-screen viewing and a stadium-style buffet, along with a drawing entry for prizes and more. Call 775-586-2000 for bottle service (but reserve quickly, as limited spots are available). Hard Rock opens its Revolution Ballroom, offering a stadium buffet and chances to win prizes throughout the evening. The event costs $65 — bottle service is available by calling 775-589-7650, and William Hill betting stations are found throughout the venue. Visit http://www.montbleuresort.com and http://www.hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com for more information.
Located on South Shore, Lake Tahoe AleWorX is hosting a big game party that begins at 3 p.m. The taproom and pizzeria is partnering with Davis-based Sudwerk Brewing Company to celebrate Super Bowl LII — expect deals on Sudwerk brews and AleWorX pizzas (and other menu items like jalapeño poppers) throughout the event. Learn more on AleWorX's Facebook page (@laketahoealeworx).
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Brooks' Bar at Edgewood Tahoe, found in Stateline, opens its doors for festivities at 11:30 a.m. — so if you're looking for an all-day party, this is the place to be. The establishment will offer team-themed food specials alongside its regular menu, and all of its TVs will be tuned in to the game. Call 775-588-2787 for additional details.
South Shore's newest brewery, Outpost Brewing Co., hosts a party for the Eagles-Patriots showdown that begins at 2 p.m. Craft beer, free snacks, specials on wings, nachos and quesadillas — what more could you ask for? This also is the spot for people who want to catch the game outside: Weather permitting, Outpost will showcase the matchup outdoors in its beer garden setting. Get more information on the brewery's Facebook page (@OutpostBrewingco).
Tahoe Beach Retreat's newly revamped Sidelines Sports Pub is always a hub for NFL games, and Super Bowl Sunday is no different. The bar is open for football festivities at 3 p.m. and will tune all 13 of its TVs to the game. Sidelines will also offer food and drink specials — along with giveaways — throughout the game. Be sure to arrive early, as the venue tends to fill up fast. Learn more at http://www.tahoebeachretreat.com.
Pick 6 Sports Bar, which recently opened in South Lake Tahoe, is a two-story lounge with sports-themed foods and over 20 TVs, making it an ideal spot to catch the game. For obvious reasons, we can't list every bar found around the lake — but additional places to consider when planning your Super Bowl viewing are South Shore's Turn 3 sports bar, Brothers Bar & Grill, Steamers Bar & Grill and Audibles Sports Bar & Grill.
For those who don't want to leave the slopes on Sunday, check out on-mountain locations like Sierra Pub (at Sierra-at-Tahoe) and lodges throughout Heavenly Mountain Resort. If you're willing to exert a little more effort, Heavenly Village (found at the base of the gondola) is full of restaurants and bars that are sure to have the game on.
McP's Taphouse Grill and Sonney's BBQ Shack Bar & Grill are restaurants fit for the whole family and known to showcase games on their multiple televisions. Both are located on South Shore, and additional information about the establishments can be found on Facebook (@mcpstaphousetahoe and @SonneysBbqSauce, respectively).