This year’s NFL Playoffs have been thrilling to watch and it all comes to an exciting conclusion this Sunday at Super Bowl 50. People all over the world anxiously wait to see if Peyton Manning will end his career on the highest note possible (as he is highly rumored to retire), or if Cam Newton will solidify his MVP-worthy season as a champion. Which side are you on? Broncos or Panthers?
If you weren’t lucky enough to find a ticket to San Francisco and a seat at Levi’s Stadium, you are in the right place. Oak Park and Forest Park have several bars and restaurants that will make the Super Bowl a great time. However, we believe there are a few businesses that stand head and shoulders above the rest. That is why we’ve compiled the following list to make sure you spend the Super Bowl at a spot that’s right for you.
7414 Madison St.
Chalk has one thing that the rest of the bars and restaurants on this list don’t- a Madden video game tournament. While you play, enjoy $12 domestic buckets, $5 Lagunitas drafts, $4 shots of Jameson and Fireball, giveaways, and a catered buffet as Coldplay entertains during the halftime show.
Fat Duck Tavern & Grill
7218 Madison St.
Pizza and football go together like peas and carrots, as Forrest Gump would say. However, I’m hard pressed to believe that you’ll be eating vegetables during the game. So, if you are interested in some pie, I recommend going to Fat Duck. The bar is offering $5 for cheese/pepperoni/sausage pizzas and they aren’t skimping on the drink specials either. Customers are welcome to $5 Absolut Bloodies, $12 domestic buckets, and $17 Corona buckets.
Avenue Ale House
825 S. Oak Park Ave.
Sunday will be the last chance to take advantage of the NFL menu that has been featured all season. Menu items include fish tacos amongst other finger food items that each cost $5. Drink specials include $5 Beer n’ Bourbon, Bloodies, Bellinis, and Mimosas, and $12 domestic buckets. Besides the specials, Ave Ale House has over 100 varieties of beer. Don’t hurt yourself by trying to sample them all, but if you get a big enough group together you might just be able to cover them.
7505 Madison St.
Sláinte has the best prices of any bar in the area. The bar will feature $2.75 domestic bottles, $10 domestic buckets, $4 bomb shots, $5 Bloodies, and $5 burger with fries. I highly recommend this place if you are trying to enjoy the Super Bowl on a budget. It’s an added bonus if you appreciate the ambiance of a traditional Irish pub. Cheers, or should I say “Sláinte,” the Gaelic translation for “To good health.”
7353 Madison St.
Shanahan’s is the place to go if you’re more interested in the halftime show as opposed to the game. A free buffet will be put out for everyone to enjoy from the end of the second quarter until they resume play in the third, and you read that correctly – free. ½ price appetizers and $3 domestic bottles will be served throughout the duration of the Super Bowl.
1122 Lake St.
If you love the food and want a more relaxed environment, Bar Louie is the spot for you. The dining room will be less crowded and you won’t need to stress for a reservation. Also, they will be serving $1 burgers for the duration of the game; not too shabby.