Feel like something other than your living room couch for the Super Bowl? We've got you covered.
There are several options in the Tampa Bay area for watching the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks battle Sunday for the NFL title. Each locale offers cheap eats, drink specials, games and prizes in a variety of atmospheres.
Here are 11 ways to watch:
On a really big screen: Carrollwood theater and Italian restaurant Villagio Cinemas is offering a $25 Super Bowl buffet and live telecast on one of the theater's movie screens. Villagio's auditoriums feature leather recliners with built-in dining tables. There's no charge to watch the game, and you can forgo the buffet to order from the regular menu.
With slot machines: There's no sports betting at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, but you can always skip Bruno Mars' halftime performance for a few hands of blackjack. You can watch the game in the Hard Rock Cafe, where it will have $7 patron pigskin or bourbon blitz cocktail specials and $4 palm ales. Five lucky fans will win sports memorabilia at halftime.
With a chili cookoff: The Twisted Olive cocktail lounge in Westchase is hosting its first-ever “Souper Bowl” chili cookoff. Tasting starts at 4 p.m. and costs $5, with complimentary cornbread included. Then the bar will have shot and drink specials throughout the game. Those interested in competing can sign up in advance at the bar.
With your dog: There will be Super Bowl drink specials for humans and pooches at Salty's Gulport Bar, where all-natural “doggie daiquiris” will be available for $2 to $4, and human Jell-O shots (in Broncos or Seahawks colors) will cost $2. The proceeds go to Gulfport's Get Rescued animal charity.
Near Bucs memorabilia: Lee Roy Selmon's, the chain named for the late, great Tampa Bay Buccaneer, hosts its annual Super Spread Sunday. For $63, get unlimited St. Louis ribs, pulled pork, sliders, sides and drinks, as well as a prime viewing seat to watch the game on a high definition TV. Reservations recommended.
On the beach: Feel the ocean breeze on your skin and the sand under your feet while watching the game on a 50-foot jumbo screen set up on the beach behind Frenchy's Rockaway Grill in Clearwater.
With golf: The Eagles Golf Club hosts its annual Super Bowl and Golf Party with a 2:30 p.m. shotgun start. There's a four-person scramble, followed by awards, food and the game in the clubhouse. Rate is $30 for members, $40 for the public.
With a cigar: Cigar bar and lounge Edward's Havana Nights will have a dinner buffet, plus specials on cigars, $2 session beer specials and a free specialty shot for everyone, every time a touchdown is scored. There will also be prize drawings and raffles throughout the game.
Like a frat member: Peabody's, the gigantic sports bar, pool hall and popular University of South Florida hangout, will have a 50-inch LCD TV giveaway, a pick-a-square raffle every quarter and drink specials, including $15 for all-you-can-drink and $2.50 Pabst Blue Ribbons. Food specials include the interesting “Seattle Dog,” ($5.99) which is two beef franks on a toasted bun smothered in cream cheese. The bar's two 10-foot screens offer a nice view of the game action.
Old school: One of Tampa's longest-standing sports bars, Walter's Press Box, has five big screens and 23 TVs as well as specials on wings and beer ($2 drafts, $7 pitchers) during the game. It will also have the “Smirnoff promo girls” in the house to give away Smirnoff gear, as well as other giveaways.
With the girls: Celebrate the Super Bowl with the TiniGirls, an organization of Bay area businesswomen who aim to put the “fun” in fundraiser. Dale 1891 hosts the TiniGirls party with quarterly drawings for an LCD TV, designer handbag, one-hour massage and a poker table, plus food and drink specials and music from DJ Bruce Wayne.