With all due respect to baseball, football has become America’s pastime, and the Super Bowl might as well be a national holiday. The commercials, the halftime show, the food and oh yeah, the game, are meant to be enjoyed with others. This year, instead of hosting a party that will leave you with days of clean up (why the government doesn’t give us the next day off to recover is one of life’s greatest mysteries), grab your crew and head to a local bar for one of these eight Long Island Super Bowl parties.
Brewology, Port Jefferson and Speonk
Pull up a stool at the spacious bar or grab a red chair in the dining room and drink craft beer out of a beaker for $5. The pub menu and Brewology’s to-die-for burgers, like the signature burger made of ground bison meat and stuffed with cheddar, bleu cheese, crispy celery curls, buffalo aioli, lettuce, tomato, onions and a pickle, are half priced. Go.
Library Cafe, Farmingdale
Bottles and bottles of booze took the place of books when Farmingdale Public Library turned into Library Cafe. Make the most of it by hitting the hotspot and indulging in unlimited beer and wine and a hot and cold buffet for $40. And even though your beloved Giants and Jets didn’t make the playoffs this year, you can get ready for next year—their year—if you win the raffles for Giants and Jets jerseys at the half. Go.
Changing Times Ale House, East Northport, Farmingdale, Bay Shore
If you’re slightly bummed about leaving your precious man cave in favor of a bar, head to Changing Times Ale House. It’s pretty much the same thing: sports memorabilia and a dart board on the wall….well, and dozens of TVs and a bar so big you might get re-decorating ideas as you enjoy 50-cent wings and pitchers of beer. Come early for a free tailgate BBQ on the patio from 3-6pm because the cold is never an excuse to not grill outside on a football Sunday. Go.
Brownstone Brewery, Ronkonkoma
You’ll be hearing a lot about legends whenever Peyton Manning touches the ball, but Brownstone Brewery’s brick walls were built by a different kind of legend. Anyone who drinks 200 beers gets a brick on the wall with their name on it. Get started on a legacy of your own as you watch the action on one of 19 TVs. The $5 tailgate menu will help you stay in the game longer. Go.
Croxley’s Ale House, Franklin Square, Rockville Center, Farmingdale and Smithtown
The Croxley crew is all in for the 24th Annual Croxley Bowl. The indoor tailgate starts at 6pm and customers can enjoy open taps and unlimited buffet for the whole shebang for $39.95. Reserve a table or bar stool early, because who wants to stand for four hours? Go.
The Park Sports Bar and Grill, Long Beach
40 flat screen TVs. Enough said. OK, one last thing: the Long Beach newcomer is hosting a Super Bowl Party with a four-hour open bar and apps for $50. Go
The Nutty Irishman, Farmingdale
The Super Bowl is a holiday, so calories won’t count when you take full advantage of the buy-one-get-one-half-off burger special. Ladies get to enjoy half-price drinks and 2-fers on bottled beers during the first half. We deserve it for pretending not to see awkward man-hugging all night. Go.
Your Mother’s House Kitchen & Bar, Garden City
At $115 per person in advance ($130 day of), this is one of the pricier Long Island Super Bowl parties, but the menu makes it worth it. Enjoy a top-shelf open bar and all you can eat buffet with baby back ribs, snow crabs, lobster, pasta, sandwiches, sushi and more. Go.