10 places to watch Super Bowl 51 in Vancouver

Why not skip the at-home Super Bowl party this year and head out on the town! Local pubs and bars will be luring football fans off the couch and out of the house with the promise of fried food, cold beer, prize giveaways, and plenty of exciting game-day action on and off the big screen. On Sunday, February 5, grab a seat at one of these 10 Vancouver venues to watch Super Bowl 51 in style.

The Lamplighter Public House

92 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1A4

NFL fans flock to this Gastown watering hole throughout the regular season, so it’s no surprise the bar will be putting on a good show for Super Bowl 51. This year, The Lamplighter crew will be barbecuing on the patio – expect six types of sizzling meat skewers paired with Parallel 49 beers. Come game time, sports fans can watch all of the action unfold on two enormous HD projection screens (measuring a soaring 195 inches and 160 inches). With an additional 15 screens throughout the dining room, there’s not a bad seat in the house.

Shark Club Sports Bar & Grill

180 Georgia St W, Vancouver, BC V6B 4P4

If you can’t watch the game live in Houston, you might as well try to score a table at one of the best viewing parties in town. Vancouver’s famed Shark Club boasts 59 TVs, a 66-foot steel bar, and leather booth seating that’ll keep you comfy well into overtime. This year’s Super Bowl party will feature squares games, prize giveaways (with a chance to win a comped bar tab at the end of the game), and $4 Houston Bomb shots – Bulleit bourbon and Butter Ripple schnapps dropped into a glass of beer and sprite. Game on!

The Butcher & Bullock

911 Pender St W, Vancouver, BC V6C 1M2

Sure there’s a big difference between English football and the NFL, but this proper British pub in the Financial District is going all American for Super Bowl 51. From the pre-game show to the final touchdown, you can catch all of the game-day action on the bar’s monstrous 202-inch HD screen – trust us, it’ll make you feel as though you’re right on the field. When it comes to food, sports fans can tuck into a tailgate-inspired snack menu and $5 beers all day long. Jersey giveaways and “Beer for a Year” are also up for grabs.

Belmont Bar

1006 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L5

Those who really want to put the “party” in Super Bowl party should head to the annual UP and Down Super Bowl bash at Doolin’s Irish Pub and The Belmont. The all-day, two-venue event starts early (doors open at Doolin’s at 11:30 am while The Belmont opens at 1:30 pm) and features drink specials, a tailgate-themed menu and massive prize giveaways. While game day traditionally calls for beer, don’t miss the impressive collection of bourbon and whiskey available behind The Belmont’s horseshoe-shaped bar. Just remember to pace yourself – you don’t want to have to excuse yourself during the half-time show.

Red Card

900 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3L9

Reserve your seat ASAP to secure a spot at Red Card’s annual Super Bowl event. Game day at this popular downtown sports bar will definitely be a rowdy affair thanks to the enthusiastic crowds, discounted beer specials and exclusive menu items. There will be plenty of action on and off screen with prize draws every 10 or 15 minutes. Sports fans will have the chance to score free food and drinks, Canucks tickets, a fridge full of beer or a big-screen TV. Even if your team loses, you might still leave a winner!

Biminis Management Ltd

2010 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M9

The Bimini has been a Kitsilano institution for more than 40 years, attracting fun-loving locals and a rowdy student crowd with its casual vibe, pinball machines, gastropub fare and dozens of seasonal draught beers on tap. The venue will be newly renovated in time for Super Bowl 51; the updated interior will include a new 195-inch HD television screen, officially the largest TV in the neighbourhood. Expect beer features all day long and a “Beer for a Year” halftime giveaway. Reserve your table ahead of time to guarantee a spot come game day.

The Vancouver Club

915 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC V6C 1C6

Even if you hate football, you’ll want to snag a ticket to the game-day festivities at this exclusive members-only club. In honour of Super Bowl 51, the Vancouver Club will be hosting an epic American-style tailgate party. Thankfully there’s a relaxed dress code, so you can indulge properly at the all-you-can-eat buffet, which will include a chilli dog station (with all the fixins), three types of wings, and a fish taco station. All-day drink specials include $5 draft sleeves and $8 slushy cocktails. Tickets are $75 and are available online – if you’re a member, just add it to your tab.

Yaletown Brewing Co

1111 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P2

Let’s face it; the half-time show is a lot more interesting when there are prizes involved. Forget hosting a viewing party in your basement; this brewpub promises to deliver a memorable afternoon of food, football, squares and plenty of beer. A special Super Bowl 51 menu featuring $10 pizza and $4 draft beers will be available throughout the game, plus there will be $5 wine and highballs and cheap eats during Happy Hour from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. And don’t expect underwhelming American beers here; Yaletown Brewing’s lagers, ales, stouts and IPAs are sure to appeal to craft beer connoisseurs.

Clough Club

212 Abbott St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2K8

For sports lovers who are seeking a refined alternative to the classic Super Bowl viewing party, Clough Club is hosting an exclusive ticketed event with all-you-can-eat food and drink. More speakeasy than sports bar, this Prohibition-era themed venue is housed in a beautifully restored heritage building and attracts a trendy crowd with its inventive mixology and elevated pub fare. For $100, fancy football fans get access to an all-inclusive Super Bowl spread, which includes craft beers and cocktails, and unlimited gourmet hot dogs.

The Colony Pub

3255 Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6K 2H5

The Colony is putting the “fun” in Sunday Funday this year with a seriously epic Super Bowl Party. Try your luck during the pre-game Tecmo Super Bowl Tournament and half-time squares – both games feature plenty of prizes, including a chance to win beer for a year courtesy of Parallel 49. Get the gang together and enjoy $18 buckets of P49 lager, or order a round of $4 cider mimosas and $4 Caesars. The Colony’s Kitsilano location is also putting on a special pig roast to keep you satiated through all the game-day action. Book ahead of time to guarantee your seat.

Tourism Vancouver’s annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival is back this winter from January 19th to February 4th. The 17-day culinary festival will see some of the city’s hottest restaurants serving an array of mouth-watering prix-fixe menus. If you want to take your significant other for a special meal, plan a date night at one of these romantic eateries. [Photo courtesy of Boulevard/Leila Kwok]
Tourism Vancouver’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival is back this winter from January 19th to February 4th. The 17-day culinary event will see some of the city’s top restaurants serving mouth-watering prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner. If you’re looking for a kid-approved spot with a casual atmosphere and plenty of choices for picky eaters, book a table at these family-friendly restaurants. [Photo courtesy of Bufala]
Tourism Vancouver’s annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival is back this winter from January 19th to February 4th. The 17-day culinary event provides foodies with a great opportunity to eat at Vancouver’s most acclaimed restaurants for less. If you want an upscale meal in an elegant setting, these high-end spots deliver a great bang for your buck. [Photo courtesy of YEW Seafood + Bar]
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