Once a year, I feel like a dude: the all-glorious Super Bowl Sunday. While it isn’t actually a holiday, it feels like one, and it might be the only holiday specifically marketed to men. Beer commercials are rampant. Sports analysts constantly argue that they are right, and everyone around them is an idiot. The female sideline reporters are hotter than ever. Not sure that’s a true statement actually — I’ve seen some rough-around-the-edges ladies out there. Sorry, it’s my dude coming out in me.
The best thing about the Super Bowl besides the commercials of course, is the atmosphere. Everyone is all geared up to watch ... uh, who’s playing? Oh yes, the Packers take on the Steelers, and we’re watching with beer in one hand and a nacho chip in the other. In Oklahoma, the bar fights seem few and far between. Maybe it’s because we lack an NFL team to get radical about. But no matter what, watching the Super Bowl tends to be a good time for all. So where do we go?
The first place that comes to mind is Brix Restaurant and Sports Lounge. There are televisions at every angle, and they even have comfortable big chairs for the really hardcore. Oh and they go all out for game day. Brix will have $10 beer buckets, $2 Bud Light drafts, $4 cocktails, $2.50 shot specials, and food specials for under $7. For the arena football fan, they will give away 20 season tickets for the Brawlers and other swag. The coolest of them all is the giveaway for the Bud Light Man Cave with a cooler, television, grill, mountain bike, and golf bag. This place pretty much screams “guy.”
A newer, more posh sports feel is on display at Republic Gastropub. They boast the “best audio visual systems in the country,” and I believe it, too: I read the television at the bar is 23’ across diagonally. And they have so many beers, it makes my head ache, literally and figuratively — 100 on draft and 250 by the bottle. I’ll probably get an Okie flight showcasing the best breweries in the state. On game day they’ll have appetizer platter, beer specials and complimentary mini Republic pretzels. I hope beer-cheese fondue is included.