For those who haven’t quite made it to Atlanta this year for Super Bowl LIII, there are a number of venues in London that will be hosting their own watch parties on 3 February. Grab a burger and some booze, and get ready to celebrate one of the biggest nights in sport.
Nordic Bar puts a Scandi twist on an American institution
Super Bowl meets Scandinavia just round the corner from Oxford Street at Nordic Bar. Buying a ticket gets you a table from 6pm to 4am, and there’ll be very few other venues providing classic Scandi food and drink – think köttbullar (meatballs), pyttipanna (a potato and meat hash) and shots of aquavit. Nordic Bar will also put on a raffle and NFL quiz before the ‘greatest show on Earth’ kicks off.
If you’re going to do things properly, there are few better places in the capital than Greenwood; it has everything, including plenty of plasma screens and a huge sports lounge. Located near Victoria station, it’s also easy to get to and from. Tickets start at £10, with American pool and shuffleboard tables for extra entertainment. As well as the usual burgers, platters and nachos, Greenwood does its own stone-baked pizzas.
Roadhouse will be throwing its annual Super Bowl party for its eighth year, with plenty of American entertainment on the menu. There are four enormous screens, plus nine additional plasma TVs dotted around the Covent Garden venue, while burgers and sharing platters will keep you sustained alongside the vast selection of American craft beer on tap.
Have an all-American party in a proper East End pub. The Leyton Star is going all out to celebrate the ‘greatest show on Earth’, offering wings and hotdogs stacked high, pre-match entertainment, drinking games featuring obligatory plastic red cups and, of course, the big event itself. Tickets only cost £5 and include your first drink plus popcorn.
Maxwell’s becomes a dedicated Super Bowl venue for just one night | @ Maxwell’s Bar and Grill
Maxwell’s Bar and Grill in the heart of London’s West End will become a dedicated Super Bowl venue just for the night. Supersize screens are being added especially for the game, with the usual sharing plates and tailgate-style food, including Maxwell’s first-rate wings, while those not drinking and looking for something sweet can enjoy the bar’s signature freakshakes. It’s also definitely worth buying tickets beforehand to ensure you get a good seat.
This French brasserie-style restaurant is almost a brick-for-brick replica of its New York namesake. Normally a place for fancy brunching and stylish pre-theatre dinners, from 10.30pm the Covent Garden restaurant will transform into the ultimate viewing experience. A £60 ticket gets you a welcome cocktail; a sharing platter of food; unlimited popcorn, tea and coffee; and even a breakfast pastry to take home in the early hours of the morning.
The Grand is getting good at this. Its auditorium includes a 24ft-wide HD screen and two measuring 8ft x 6ft. If that wasn’t enough, the room also features six 50-inch plasma TVs. Along with the usual American-style fare and private booking options, The Grand has its own cheerleading squad and DJs to ramp up the atmosphere. This South London venue has a brilliant reputation for hosting big events, particularly amateur boxing, and has been doing Super Bowl watch parties for a decade.
The Long Arm has two massive projectors and a number of other screens around the venue, which has a bit more of a pub feel, rather than being an American-style sports bar. Tickets start at £10; while food isn’t included, the Long Arm specialises in craft beer, which is served up in massive steins.