If you're not entirely sure what you're doing on the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 1, you probably need to start watching ESPN. It's the Super Bowl, and even if you're not a fan of either the Seattle Seahawks or the New England Patriots, you may like the commercials or, who knows, even Katy Perry, who's doing the half-time show this year. But if you're a football fan at all, it's going to be a fantastic game. With or without Marshawn Lynch's golden shoes.
Even if you know who you're rooting for, you may still need help with the menu. Do you stay home and get back into holiday cooking mode — or do you go out and watch the game at a place where the bartenders will get your beer for you? Happily there are restaurants and bars around town to help you, in either case. Get Suzanne Goin to make your chicken wings for you, Roy Choi to organize a beer pong tournament and make you Korean pub food, or guzzle mezcal while you eat tacos and oyster and bacon omelets at Petty Cash. Oh, and then there's that pig roast.
Kick-off for Super Bowl XLIX is 3:30 p.m., in Glendale, Ariz. No Ice Bowl for you.
Bludso's Bar-&-Que — If you don't normally watch games at Kevin Bludso's La Brea Avenue outpost, you can always start big. There are many, many televisions, some great craft beer, and of course all that barbecue. And since the Cowboys aren't in it (Bludso is a big Cowboys fan), then there's no partisanship to worry about. But there are specials. The folks there are actually bringing over the fryer from Prime Pizza (Jason Bernstein, Zak Fishman and James Starr are behind both restaurants) so that they can make the Buffalo wings (six for $6) they'll be introducing at Prime a few days later. There will also be Super Bowl punch and buckets of house beer to wash it all down. 609 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, (323) 931-2583, barandque.com
DeSano Pizza Bakery — If you like pizza with your football, DeSano is offering specials on their Neapolitan-style pies. For $50, you get two large pizzas and a bottle of house wine; and beers are $3.50 during the game. 4959 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 913-7000, desanopizza.it.
Dog Haus Biergarten — The Pasadena hot dog and beer house will have the game on seven flatscreen TVs, including five inside and two on the patio. While you're watching, you can nosh on $1 burger sliders, and plenty of drink specials. There's a build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar, $4 draft beer, $2.50 canned beer, $4 well drinks, and specials on house wine and beer. The party starts at 11 a.m. 93 E. Green St., Pasadena, (626) 683-080, doghaus.com.
The Fat Dog — If you're in Hollywood, the Fat Dog will be bringing in an extra TV so that you can watch the game on their dog-friendly patio in front. (Because hopefully not everybody's dog freaks out when you scream at touchdowns). All draft beers will be $3 from 2:30 p.m. until the end of the game, and there will be plenty of $5 surf-n-turf bar food, including lobster rolls, shrimp and grits, Swedish meatballs and hot wings. 801 N Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 951-0030, thefatdogla.com.
GC Marketplace — Gary Arabia will be making dishes for you to take home to your own tailgate party, including Snake River Farms smoked brisket sliders with crispy onion strings, Buffalo chicken wings, crispy chicken sliders, St. Louis-style barbecue ribs (full and half racks), and rotisserie chicken. Call and order for game day pick-up. 3315 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 645-5269, gcmarketplace.com.
The Larder — Both of Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne's Larders, the one at Tavern and the one at Burton Way, will be offering take-home menus for the game. Offerings include dips, snacks and starters such as spicy chicken wings with blue cheese dressing, barbecued brisket sliders, meat and cheese plates, AOC dates, and house-made onion dip with sweet potato chips. Also available: main courses (including grill-ready burgers), sandwich platters,and lots of cookies and sweets. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance; delivery is available. 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 806-6464, tavernla.com; 8500 Burton Way, Los Angeles, (310) 278-8060, larderatburtonway.com.
Magnolia House — Folks in Pasadena have this beer spot on South Lake to watch the game, which will be open at 2 p.m. with lots of food and drink specials. $6 well drinks, $5 draft beer and $5 as well for something called Magnolia House Party Punch. Among the dishes offered: short rib nachos, Korean hot wings, and beer queso and chips. Specials will start with the game, at 3:30 p.m. 492 South Lake Ave., Pasadena, (626) 584.1126, themaghouse.com.
Now Boarding — The new West Hollywood cocktail lounge will open at 1 p.m. and offer drink specials, including $5 beers, $6 well drinks, $9 specialty cocktails that are based on the Patriots and the Seahawks and the Lombardi Martini (which comes with a shot of Champagne). The Lobos food truck will be parked out back, and there will be post-game entertainment from Funktion, a four-piece funk band. Oh, and the televisions? Apparently they're giant 65-inch TVs that the place usually keeps hidden behind artwork. Because you deserve to see Bill Belichick's hoodie and Lynch's shoes in detail, don't you? 7746 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 848-8447, nowboardingla.com.
Petty Cash — On Super Bowl Sunday you can watch the game while you eat upscale tacos, pig's ear nachos and have a bar filled with lots mezcal at your disposal. The deals start at noon and include tequila Tapatio cocktail specials and, for the big game, lobster quesadillas (in honor of the Patriots) and oyster and bacon omelets (in honor of the Seahawks). 7360 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 933-5300, pettycashtaqueria.com.
POT Lobby Bar — Roy Choi may be a hard-core Dodgers fan, but that doesn't mean that he can't help you out for your football needs too. The POT Lobby Bar in the Line Hotel in Koreatown will have $15 pitchers of beer, $9 POT shots and beer specials, pub food and you can eat and drink all this while you watch the game on their big screen. The food (POT the restaurant will be closed) will include Korean fried chicken wings, fried dumplings, rice cake nachos and vegetable pancakes. And if football isn't your thing, then there are other games for you, including Corn Hole, Jenga, Squares — and a Beer Pong tournament. Maybe bring a college student if you have one. No reservations needed; the party starts at 1 p.m. 3515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 368-3030, eatatpot.com.
The Raymond 1886 — The Pasadena restaurant and bar will be open at 9 a.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, and is offering a special Game Day Party Deal. This means executive chef Tim Guiltinan’s Three Pieces of Chicken (brined for 48 hours, battered six times, served with Thai dipping sauce), and special Tiki cocktails, for $20 per person. And yes, there's other stuff to eat and drink too. 1250 South Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, (626) 441-3136, theraymond.com.
Tanzy — For those on the Westside, Tanzy in Westwood is offering bottomless brunch and all-day social hour specials while the game is shown on the bar television. Thus, bacon and eggs ravioli, corned beef hash, bombolina (crispy Italian doughnuts), $7 cocktails and $4 beers. 10840 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 307-7004, tanzyrestaurant.com.
Venice Whaler — If you're anywhere near Venice, the Venice Whaler is roasting a whole pig on the patio. Thus your dining options include the Pig Platter, which includes roast pork with chimichurri, cannellini beans, corn bread and coleslaw. Also available are chili nachos, Tailgate Hootch, buckets of beer, and $5 shots of whiskey with pickle juice chasers. Doors open at 11 a.m. There's also a take-away window which will have wings and pizzas, including an egg and chorizo pizza, if you prefer to watch the game at home. 10 West Washington Blvd., Venice, (310) 821-8737, VeniceWhaler.com.
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