Super Bowl Sunday 2015 is upon us. If no one’s invited you to their house to watch the big game, you should definitely do some self-evaluating, but first you should figure out what you’ll do on game day so that you don’t miss the showdown between the Patriots and Seahawks. With you in mind, we’ve put together our recommendations for the 10 Best Bars at which to watch the Super Bowl in Chicago.
10. Scot’s Bar Chicago | Ravenswood
1829 W. Montrose Ave. | 773-528-3253
Scot’s is a North Side gay spot and also bears the title of official Seahawks bar. Keeping with tradition, they’ll be hosting their 16th Annual Chili Contest and awarding the first-place winner a $100 prize at halftime.
9. State Restaurant | Lincoln Park
935 W. Webster Ave. | 773-975-8030
They’ve got so many TVs at Lincoln Park’s State (124 to be exact) that they’re giving them away – literally. At least one lucky raffle winner will take home a 43″ HDTV. For everyone else, they’ll have food and drink specials.
State is accepting table reservations for the game.
8. The Scout | Dearborn Park
1301 S. Wabash Ave. | 312-705-0595
Open since 2011, The Scout’s menu is inspired by American road trips. The restaurant/bar seats 200 guests and features 24 flat screen TVs.
Check out their game-day food and drink specials here.
7. Theory | River North
9 W. Hubbard St. | 312-644-0004
Long now a River North go-to for sporting events, Theory knows how to turn game-watching into a party. Though the bar sometimes features a DJ who plays through the commercial breaks, they’ll pause on that tradition for Sunday’s game so that patrons can hear and judge every single Super Bowl ad.
6. Cork and Kerry | Beverly
3259 S. Princeton & 10614 S. Western | 312-842-0769
Cork and Kerry is a fan-favorite for White Sox devotees and boasts of an impressive beer garden. But the Sox aren’t playing and it’s cold out, which make the South Side bar perfect for Super Bowl watching. They’re stocked up on Boston Lager and Seattle Cider, but also make sure to try the pulled pork sandwich.
5. Old Town Pour House | Old Town
1419 N. Wells St. | 312-477-2800
It’s as if Oprah herself walked in, pointed at the walls and shouted: “You get a flat screen TV! And you get a flat screen TV! All the walls get a flat screen TVs!” What we’re saying is that Old Town Pour House has a lot of TVs so unless you close your eyes, you won’t miss a second of Sunday’s Big Game here. They also feature 90 beers on tap and a food menu that definitely strays from the traditional bar staples, including truffle popcorn, crab fondue and togarashi tuna.
4. Bub City | River North
435 N. Clark St. | 312-610-4200
What’s more American than football and the Super Bowl? How about a wall-mounted American flag made of empty beer cans. Bub City also has a large screen projector, more whiskey options than we can count and once you’ve tried enough of them, you’ll forget about the life-size sculpture of the urinating cowboy in the entryway of the women’s restroom and jump back in fear of having opened the wrong door. Gets you every time.
Would rather avoid that thrilling experience and enjoy Bub City’s delicious offerings from the comfort of your couch? They’re also offering a special Big Game carryout menu.
2.* Brendan’s Pub | Lakeview East
3169 N. Broadway | 773-929-2929
Tied for second place with Lakeview counterpart Newport Bar & Grill, Brendan’s is an official Patriot’s bar. Brendan’s has everything you could want in a sports bar: TVs, food and beer. But what sets it apart from every other spot, is management’s commitment to the cause. Namely, a friendly wager with a Newport manager in which the loser has to dye his hair the opposing team’s colors.
2.* Newport Bar & Grill | Lakeview
1344 W. Newport Ave. | 773-325-9111
An official home for Seattle Seahawks fans, Lakeview’s Bar & Grill is the other half of the second-place-ranking tie. The bar is a favorite for “12th Man” members in Chicago, so win or lose, you’ll be surrounded by other like-minded Tom Brady haters.
1. The Anthem | Ukrainian Village
1725 W. Division St. | 773-697-4804
With two projection screens (190″ and 150″), three 65″ screen TVs and four 60″ screen TVs, there isn’t a bad seat in the house at The Anthem. Add on that they were awarded “Best Food in a Sports Bar” by Zagat in 2014, and that the Ukrainian Village hot spot is a short walk from the Division Blue Line, and it’s impossible to beat for watching the Big Game.