If you like your sports stars wearing helmets and shoulder pads like a suped-up 80s power-dresser, then you’re probably interested in the Super Bowl which takes place this Sunday — 7 February.
The biggest sporting event the States has to offer is pretty massive in London too, with parties happening across the capital. Here's our pick of the best.
Their press release says “we don’t do gimmicks. No cheerleaders. No VIP zones. No funny business”. The Social has sold out its superb Super Bowl parties for the last six years and every penny of the ticket price goes to the charity SCI who treat schistosomiasis in young people and vulnerable adults. They're drafting in even more screens for this year’s party, as well as gourmet hot dogs from Dogtown London who you might remember if you attended any of the NFL games at Wembley. Plus, the sound is pumped out through the Social’s BOOMING SOUND SYSTEM.
The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, W1W 7JD. Tickets £9
Nothing says America more than glitz and glam. And where do you get this by the bucket-load? Hollywood of course. London’s branch of Planet Hollywood is hosting a food-fest, in the surroundings of their 80 pieces of genuine movie memorabilia.
Planet Hollywood’s party features cheerleaders (an industry which much see this as their busiest night of the year), loads of screens so you don’t miss the action, including the half-time show. Food is a major part of this experience, so expect ribs, wings, and various other delicious bits of animal.
Planet Hollywood, 57-60 Haymarket, SW1Y 4QX. Tickets From £15 with free drink
If you live sarf of the river, perhaps somewhere a little more local is preferable, considering the game will finish well into the wee small hours. Honky Tonk in Clapham is hosting another food-inspired fest — and are launching a new burger, the Domo Linebacker bacon burger, to mark the occasion. Each time you buy a burger (how many are you having?!) you get to spin a wheel of fortune to win prizes.
They’ll be showing the game on six widescreens and a projector, so you shouldn’t have to crane your neck too far to watch it.
Honky Tonk, 16A Clapham Common South Side, SW4 7AB. Tickets free (prebook)
Draft House Seething Lane
We’re big fans of this place; the food is good and there's a mind-boggling number of beers to choose from. The screen, which is affectionately nicknamed ‘The Monster’ is massive — so big in fact, it once took us 10 minutes to walk from one side of it to the other*. The first round of tickets have been sold already, but standing tickets are still available.
*We may be exaggerating a little
Draft House, 14-15 Seething Lane, EC3N 4AX. Tickets £7.12
The Playboy Club
If you prefer your cheerleaders wearing bunny ears, then there’s really one place to go to; Heff’s place.
The Playboy Club London is probably not one of the first establishments you’d think to go to watch the Super Bowl, but they’re hosting a party which includes a burger and beer as part of the £25 entry fee — relatively decent value for money.
The Playboy Club, 14 Old Park Lane, W1K 1ND. Tickets £25 with a burger and beer included
Unlike most press releases, Club Aquarium’s Super Bowl party’s got straight to the point:
“SWIMMING POOL, TABLE TENNIS, XBOX & PLAYSTATION COMPETITION, SUPERBOWL QUIZ, BAR FOOD, CRAFT BEERS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY, THE CRYSTALS CHEERLEADERS, 11 SCREENS ACROSS THREE ROOMS AND MUCH MORE” it bellows. Not much more we can add, except perhaps that the pics from last year’s bash looked fun. Check it out.
Club Aquarium, 256-260 Old Street, EC1V 9DD. Tickets from £10 depending on the package
Joe’s Southern Kitchen
Any American bar/restaurant worth its salt is doing, something for Super Bowl. Joe’s is no exception with a more food than you can possibly chew your way through, including hot dogs and fried chicken.
The game will be shown on several ‘super large screens’ — which sounds big enough to us.
Joe's Southern Kitchen, 34 King Street, WC2E 8JD. Tickets from £10, VIP is £25 with food and a beer
We picked this not just because the Lexington has a pretty hefty range of American craft beers and lots of Bourbons, but because they open their gambit with: "As a music lover’s venue, we can only apologise that Coldplay will be playing the half time show. That’s what happens when we relinquish the responsibility for booking bands. But if that's not a reason to drown your sorrows, we don't know what is."
There will be cheerleaders, hot dogs, sliders, buffalo wings, shots and prizes.
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road N1 9JB, from 11.30pm
This New York/Parisian styled brasserie will undergo somewhat of a makeover for Super Bowl; an AstroTurf entrance, foam fingers galore, popcorn machine, staff dressed in referee outfits and the capital’s leading American Football Team, the London Warriors, there to cheer it all on.
There are 17 different American dishes to choose from, as well as a specially made cocktail called the ‘Makers Touch Down’ to keep you well lubed during the play. You’ll even get a takeaway breakfast pastry at 5am, which is kicking out time.
Balthazar, 4-6 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ. Tickets £50, which includes a cocktail, sharing-style menu, unlimited tea and coffee, popcorn machine and take home breakfast pastry