Super Bowl Guide
Get your Super Bowl on in Santa Clara, San Francisco and the East Bay.
Courtesy of San Francisco 49ers
Can’t get a ticket to Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium on February 7? No problem. The Bay is abuzz with Super Bowl excitement, and San Francisco and Santa Clara are undoubtedly the centers of activity. Don’t miss one of these community events that celebrate all things football, with a special Bay Area twist.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Gridiron Glory Exhibit
Revel in the glory of the game at the Triton Museum of Art for a comprehensive exhibition of pro football. Learn the ins and outs of football, from its pioneers to its science to its road to equality. Get into the game by seeing how you size up to the pros’ physical dimensions, trying on vintage pads and jerseys, or making calls in the Instant Replay Booth. Opens Jan. 18, free, Triton Museum of Art, santaclaraca.gov.
STEM Innovation Bowl
Spent more time in the lab than on the field in high school? Take a break from all-things pigskin and head to the Central Park Library for some serious science. Featuring twelve interactive exhibits—including a virtual space station—presentations and demos from innovative companies, and ten innovation stations, learn about the latest and greatest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Jan. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free, Central Park Library, santaclaraca.gov.
Super Community Concert and Fireworks
Kick off your Super Bowl celebrations with a veritable bang in the hub of the game’s activities. Catch headliner Heart on the Mission College stage, and stick around for fireworks. A food alley, beer-and-wine area, and plenty of activities will precede the explosive celebration. Jan. 31, 6 p.m., free, 3000 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, santaclaraca.gov.
San Francsico Symphony and NFL Films: A Concert of Champions
Hosted by famed running back Marcus Allen, listen to the San Francisco Symphony’s take on the music of Emmy Award-winning NFL films. Watch Conductor Joshua Gersen lead the orchestra as NFL Films project on the screen. The concert begins with a cocktail reception and dinner. A can’t-miss event for lovers of music and football. Feb.3, 5 p.m., $50-$195, Davies Symphony Hall, sfbaysuperbowl.com.
Super Community Celebration
Guaranteed to be the block party of the year, usher in the game with this day-long festival at Santa Clara University. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., stop by the Pep Rally for live music, cheer performances, and interviews with past Super Bowl champions. Grab nourishment at the “Flavors of Santa Clara” tasting and food event, then catch the Celebrity Sweat Game at 1:15 p.m. to watch entertainment and sports celebrities face off in a 10-on-10 touch football game. Cap off your day at the Super Community Concert inside Stevens Stadium featuring Huey Lewis and the News, then head home to rest up for the next day’s festivities. Get there early to ensure you get parking and a seat. Feb. 6, 10 a.m., free, Santa Clara University, santaclaraca.gov.
Super Bowl City
The hub of Super Bowl fandom is arguably this massive celebration of the game and its host city, which takes over Justin Herman Plaza on the foot of Market Street from Jan. 30-Feb. 7. Although details are still under wraps, the free, week-long event promises family-friendly activities that will allow Bay Area residents and visitors alike to experience the fruits of the city’s technological, culinary, and cultural prowess. Jan. 30-Feb. 7, Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco, freesfbaysuperbowl.com.
For true football fanatics, this interactive theme park is the stuff of dreams. Drop the kids off at a youth football clinic, join in on a game yourself, and after you’ve worked up a sweat, flex those shopping muscles for official Super Bowl 50 gear. If you’re feeling extra competitive, gain inspiration from the Super Bowl rings display and challenge your favorite players to a virtual 40-yard dash or vertical jump. Don’t forget to grab an autograph from one of the visiting NFL stars. Jan. 30-Feb. 7, Moscone Center, San Francisco, $25-$35 centersfbaysuperbowl.com.
Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose
Relive your 90’s daydreams when Third Eye Blind performs at the 25th anniversary of the NFL’s annual Party with a Purpose. Oh, there will also be food. Catch James Beard Award-winning TV personality and chef Andrew Zimmern as he hosts the evening’s festivities, including over 45,000 tastings. All proceeds will be donated to local and national food banks in each of the 32 NFL cities. Feb. 6, 6 p.m., $700-$10,000, Cow Palace, Daly City, sfbaysuperbowl.com.
Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade
In lieu of the traditional Media Day, coaches and players from both teams will address the public for the first time in the Bay Area at this event. Fans will be able to sit in the stands and watch as media members interview the teams. Participating fans are promised gift bags full of NFL paraphernalia. Feb. 1, $30, SAP Center, San Jose, sfbaysuperbowl.com.
On the day of the game, you’ll undoubtedly be in a food coma before kick-off. Avoid the commute and crowds and catch the game at one of these East Bay bars instead. The view—and the beer—are bound to be better anyway.
Bobby G’s Pizzeria
Bobby G’s in Downtown Berkeley has all the trappings of a sports bar but adds gourmet pizza, pasta, and paninis to the mix, not to mention over ten local craft brews on tap. There’s truly no better way to enjoy a football game than with hot pizza in one hand and a frothy brew in the other. 2072 University Ave, Berkeley, (510) 665-8866, bobbygspizzeria.com.
Pappy’s Grill and Sports Bar
Pappy’s is the Cal student go-to for football. And with plenty of drink specials and fifteen high-definition TVs, can you blame ‘em? 2367 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, (510) 405-1000, pappysontelegraph.com.
Ed’s Mudville Grill
Don’t be deterred by the baseball player in the logo; Ed’s Mudville Grille doesn’t discriminate when it comes to sports. Bring the family and enjoy the game in a bar dripping with sports paraphernalia and greasy food. 6200 Center St., Clayton, (925) 673-0333, edsmudvillegrille.com.
GameTime Sports Bar and Pizzeria
Not to beat a dead horse, but is it really Super Bowl Sunday without pizza? Grab a tasty slice from this Concord sports bar, and don’t forget their signature garlic knots. 1819 Colfax St, Concord, (925) 566-8490, gametimeconcord.com.
If you’re planning to start your Sunday early, head to Concord’s Tower Grille for breakfast and stay into the evening for its fried offerings. The latest they’ve been battering up include pickles, zucchinis, avocados, sweet potatoes, and of course traditional potatoes. Get your veggies with a side of deep-fried goodness. 1950 Grant St, Ste B, Concord, (925) 825-8768, towergrilleofdanville.com.
For classier fare, check out Norm’s Place for drinks like the Organic Margarita or the Spicy Maple Whiskey Sour. If classic comfort food is more your style, never fear -- the restaurant’s special “Weekend Football Menu” has updates on all your favorites. We recommend the Dirty Tots with nacho cheese, bacon, and green onions. 356 Hartz Ave, Danville, (925) 552-6676, normsgrill.com.
First Street Ale House
As the name implies, this restaurant and bar is the go-to for brews. With 28 beers on tap, many of which are locally brewed, making a decision might be more difficult than watching your team fumble. 2106 1st St, Livermore, (925) 371-6588, firststreetalehouse.com.
Rock House Sports Pub and Grill
An old Model T greets you upon entrance to this Livermore establishment, as do three-story tall burgers, crispy French fries, and the classic Poundies—homemade potato chips covered in pork, cheese, and BBQ sauce. If your wallet gets lighter from failed Super Bowl bets, make up for the weight loss with the greasy, updated eats at Rock House. 1840 Portola Ave, Livermore, (925) 443-3240.
Overland Country Bar and Grill
With ten TVs and full sound, not to mention fresh barbecue and drink deals, Overland is the place to be for the Super Bowl if you’re looking for a finger-licking Sunday. The menu may be small at this new Oakland, country Western bar, but it sure makes up for it in charm and cheap drinks. 101 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 419-0594, overlandoakland.com.
Pick 6 Sports Lounge
Bottomless mimosas and sangrias and a full bloody mary bar (open at 8 a.m.!) are football season highlights at this sports lounge, not to mention its twenty TVs. Cozy up with a Madbum Tri-Tip Sandwich or a gravy-laden poutine to harden your stomach for day-long imbibing. 4825 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton, (925) 416-0606, pick6lounge.com.
Outpost Sports Bar and Grill
The Outpost has been around for over 30 years, and it’s here to stay. Take a break from watching the game on its 21 screens to enjoy a round of billiards, an arcade game, or a rousing game of beer pong on one of its specialty tables. It’s not classy, but it sure is charming. 2251 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, (925) 837-7748, outpostsportsbarandgrill.com.
Blu 42 Sports Lounge
This crowded sports bar in Walnut Creek means you won’t be lonely on Super Bowl Sunday. Come for Sunday brunch -- full-bar included -- and watch the hours slip by in this dimly lit lounge, surrounded by fellow sports fans. Try the Blu 42 Sampler Platter for a bevy of fried goods, or just order the bloody mary, which comes stacked to the brim with sinful garnishes. 1251 Arroyo Way, Walnut Creek, (925) 979-0132, goblu42.com.
The Stadium Pub
For a more low-key experience, check out the Stadium Pub, Walnut Creek’s oldest sports bar. The famed Sunday breakfast buffet is a can’t miss, but the large selection of hot dogs (starting at $3.35) isn’t half bad either. 1420 Lincoln Ave., Walnut Creek, (925) 256-7302, thestadiumpub.com.