With all of the game-day glory, snacks and sips, there’s no competition when it comes to watching the Super Bowl in Iowa.
Gilroy’s Kitchen + Pub + Patio
West Des Moines
With 12 big-screen TV’s in the bar area–perfect for watching the game, the can’t-miss commercials, Rihanna’s half-time show performance, plus some Puppy Bowl action–Gilroy’s is the best place to spend Super Bowl Sunday in Iowa. Guests can get the party started with pitchers of margaritas, mules or sangria to share at the bar. Signature cocktails, draft beers and wine can also hit the spot. As for the food, Gilroy’s will be bringing on the fanfare with crispy buttermilk fried chicken, handheld sandwiches and the creamiest mac and cheese imaginable. Plus, as a game-day perk, all of Gilroy’s pizzas will be available for just $10 each during the game. From classic margherita and buffalo barbecue chicken to honey-bacon alfredo pizzas, the options are endless. But if you’re planning on watching the game from the comfort of your home, you can also get Gilroy’s to-go to enhance your Super Bowl party spread. For more information, visit gilroyskitchen.com.
Iowa Athletic Club
Bring the entire team to Iowa Athletic Club to watch the game over smash burgers, made-from-scratch tavern-style pizza, crispy chicken wings, creative cocktails and, of course, the coldest beer in town. Iowa Athletic Club boasts a sports bar vibe that honors Iowa’s legendary sporting heritage in a laidback, come-as-you-are atmosphere. Being said, guests can look forward to watching the Super Bowl in Iowa while sipping on some of the best beer that the state has to offer. With lots of local favorites from SingleSpeed Brewing Company, Big Grove Brewery and Peace Tree Brewing Company, there will be no shortage of celebratory sips. In addition to drinks, the kitchen will also be dishing out classic buffalo chicken dip with warm tortilla chips, loaded fries and plenty of pizzas. Be sure to try out The All Star Pizza to taste Iowa Athletic Club’s modern take on the signature supreme pizza. For more information, visit iowaathletic.com.
Hudson’s Southside Tap
Everyone knows that Downtown Iowa City is the perfect place to experience passion and pride on a game day. This year, take a trip to Hudson’s Southside Tap to get into the spirit of the Super Bowl and witness a true Iowa sporting event with all of your favorite people. First, the Prohibition Era drink menu will wow guests with over 35 whiskeys and bourbons available and more than 40 different beers on tap, featuring the best of Iowa’s beer producers. Additionally, the made-in-house menu is packed with crispy cheese curds, nearly 20 specialty burgers and the meltiest mac and cheese. But maybe the most Super Bowl-worthy dish on the menu are the loaded, locally grown beef hot dogs from Bud’s Custom Meats, served with hand-cut fries. P.S. Upgrade your fries to Hudson’s Southside Tap’s signature “fancy fries” for a mouthful of heaven. For more information, visit hudsonstap.com.
Draft Day has made a name for itself by offering top-notch sports viewing, brewpub bites and, of course, more than enough draft beers to go around. With so many screens, every seat is the best spot in the house to watch the Super Bowl in Iowa. To enhance the experience, guests can rely on the bar for game-day buckets of beer, beer flights and plenty of creative cocktails. Plus, at Draft Day, you can also feast like a champion. From crispy wings tossed in traditional buffalo sauce to hand-breaded Bayou popcorn shrimp, the craveable plates will have you feeling victorious. And if you want to end your Super Bowl experience with a bang, be sure to order the classic cream puff trilogy for a trio of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry cream puffs with warm chocolate ganache. For more information, visit rhythmcitycasino.com.
1st & Main
It’s easy to spot 1st & Main in historic Downtown Dubuque. This hip hotspot is painted head to toe in colorful murals that will draw you in. Meanwhile, the bar scene will have you buzzing all evening while watching the star-studded Super Bowl. What more could you ask for when thirst-quenching cocktails, exciting entrees made with Iowa flair, and energizing bar entertainment are all under one roof? Well, if you start your game day early enough, 1st & Main will surprise you with a Bloody Mary buffet bar complete with all of the classic toppings. Later on in the day, the bar will bring on the beer, wine and cocktails. At the same time, the kitchen will win you over with beer-battered onion rings, build-your-own flatbreads and steak tacos. For a classic gameday bite, 1st & Main’s chicken wings come in fun flavors like root beer barbecue, Thai peanut and maple chipotle. For more information, visit 1standmaindbq.com.