Super Bowl Shindigs in Sactown (Updated)

The ultimate Super Bowl snack

By Becky Warren & Laura Braden

This Sunday, the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts will go head-to-head, in the 44th Annual Super Bowl (3:25pmPT on CBS). Now for San Diego Chargers or San Francisco 49er fans like myself – this is yet another disappointing year.

Regardless of whether your favorite team made it to the big game – it’s still a fun time to get together with friends.

Whether you’re obsessed with NFL football, or live for the commercial breaks, Sacramento has several good options for watching the game:

Picks for Going Out on the Grid


(1431 R Street)  R15 is hosting the “Bud Bowl.” 15 high-def TVs, $2 wells and domestics.  Come early to reserve a private “cave” table – you get your own TV and wait service.

Hilltop Tavern

(4757 Folsom) AMAZING dive bar with a laid-back atmosphere, super-friendly staff, pool tables, darts and plenty of room.  They’re holding their 2nd annual “Super Bowl Mac-Off” where locals bring in their best mac-and-cheese to compete.

MIX Downtown

(1531 L Street) Again, not the most conventional place to watch the Super Bowl, but their menu is comfort-food-heavy and football-watching-friendly: nachos, hot wings and sliders.  No cover, open til 2am and they’re also offering Bud Light and Corona buckets.

Old Tavern

(1510 20th Street) One of the preeminent dive bars on the grid.  Usually rude bartenders, but cheap drinks and outdoor patio.  They’ll be celebrating the Super Bowl by hosting their annual “Chili Cook-Off” competition.

Rio Café

(1110 Front Street) If you are not into watching the game, I know of a group of “girls on the grid” who get together for a long brunch and forget about football. One year they enjoyed their football-free Sunday at the Rio Café and raved about their brunch and mimosas overlooking the Sacramento River.


(Fair Oaks, Roseville, Elk Grove) A bit off the grid, but with $30 all-you-can-eat-sushi buffet ($25 for seniors, $15 for kids), this is a great excuse to branch out.

Not enough options?  Check out CBS 13’s list:

Tips for Staying In

And for those hosting parties or heading to friends’ houses, here are some great local tips and recipes:

  • Chris Macias – Sac Bee Appetizers blog: Order that Super Bowl pizza early (LINK)
  • KCRA’s Del Rogers picks the best brews (and corresponding dish pairings) for the game (LINK)
  • Pam Dinsmore – Sac Bee Shop Cheap blog: Spice up your Super Bowl with Shop Cheap Recipes (LINK)
  • Neisha Lofing – Sac Bee Appetizers blog: Don’t wing it on Super Bowl Sunday – tips and recipes (LINK)
  • Sacramento Scoop: Super Bowl Sunday…Just about the food? (LINK)

It’s Important to Stretch

For the runnerista’s out there, check out the Super Bowl 10k.  The race starts at 9am at Sacramento State and benefits the Sacramento Running Association and Rotary Club of Arden Arcade.  Nothing like burning some serious calories before drowning yourself in beer and hot wings!  Details HERE.

EDITOR’s NOTE:  Is your bar or restaurant hosting a Super Bowl party?  Let us know ASAP so we can update this post: girlsonthegrid AT gmail DOT com

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