Best Places to Watch Super Bowl LI in London
The Super Bowl takes places this weekend as the Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons look to upset the New England Patriots and the league’s golden boy To Brady. The Super Bowl is always a bit of an event with us here at Joes and we know we’re not the only ones who struggle to stay awake as they tuck into their fifth hot dog while pretending they know what ‘Shotgun Formation’ means!
The game may kick off a little earlier than usual but staying up until 4am can be a slog unless you’ve done some tactical sleep pattern planning. So we say get out of the house and go hit one of London’s many venues that will be hosting parties for the event. The atmosphere alone will be enough to see you through until sunlight! Here’s some of the best of them…
Balthazar, Covent Garden
Location: 4-6 Russell St, WC2B 5HZ.
If you want to watch the Super Bowl in style, head to Covent Garden where the whole of Balthazar restaurant will be transformed into the ultimate, luxury Super Bowl space with the emphasis on luxury. Five giant screens have been installed complete with top-of-the-line surround sound.
Tickets includes a welcome cocktail, unlimited tea and coffee to keep you awake, free popcorn all night and a selection of dishes all in keeping with the American theme; we’re talking wings, nachos, sliders and, of course, hot dogs. You’ll even get given a breakfast pastry as you leave!
Joe’s Southern Table & Bar, Covent Garden
Location: 34 King Street, WC2E 8JD.
For something on the cheaper side centrally, Joe’s Southern Table & Bar in Covent Garden provides a nice alternative to Balthazar’s. The big game will be shown live across several super large screens and atmosphere is usually right up there.
If you’ve got friends tagging along just for the ride, they’ll enjoy the food at Joes if nothing else! Guests can buy VIP tickets which includes an American beer and platter of southern style treats which includes Joe’s delicious gluten free fried chicken.
Location: 170 Victoria Street, SW1E 5LB.
But if you don’t feel like paying, one of the best places to watch the game for free in the city will be Greenwood in Victoria. London’s newest premier Sports Lounge comes with five large viewing screens, American 8 Ball pool and top nosh to help you through the evening.
Greenwood will be serving burgers, stone baked pizzas and sharing platters all the way through until 3am. Unreserved seating is free but you can pay £15 for seating, a beer and a burger. The night will be first come first served.
Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, Euston
Location: Tavistock Hotel, Bedford Way, WC1H 9EU.
If you’re having to bring along some friends along who aren’t really into the night’s festivities, barring maybe the Half Time Show, we’d recommend you head to the Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes. The Super Bowl has got bigger and better in recent years at Bloomsbury with the venue opening up all of its three floors and HD screens to the event.
Naturally, there’ll be some great American food on offer, but if you’re with Joes and Janes who aren’t bothered about the result, Bloomsbury Lanes has pool tables, beer pong tables, karaoke and of course, bowling.
Roadhouse, Covent Garden
Location: The Market At Covent Garden, 35 The Piazza, WC2E 8BE.
For something a little edgier, Roadhouse is one of the rowdier American bars in the city and once again they’ll be whipping up an American football frenzy behind the bar with plenty of entertainment pre and during Super Bowl LI. There’s four super screens as well as nine extra-large plasmas, so there’s basically no chance of not getting a decent view of the game.
There’ll be a special Roadhouse Super Bowl Menu available all night, which includes the famous Roadhouse Burger, as well as a wide selection of American craft lagers brought in especially for the day. The NFL London Cheerleaders will also be on duty if you get bored of the game!
Riley’s Sports Bar, Haymarket
Location: 80 Haymarket, St. James’s, SW1Y 4TE.
The final venue on our list is one of London’s best known sports bars. Located a few minutes either side of Trafalgar Sq. and Piccadilly Circus, Riley’s Sports Bar has a capacity of nearly 600 and always promises one of the best atmospheres in the capital for a big sporting event.
The food is decent enough – particularly the BBQ wings – and the pitchers of beer are a must here. There’s 32 HD TV screens and 5 projectors at Riley’s so even if you’re not lucky enough to get a booth, there’s no way you’ll miss the game.