There’s no game quite like the Super Bowl! Whether you’re a fan of football in general, a super supporter of either team, or you’re just along for the ride (as well as the commercials and the snacks!), choosing your spot for viewing this all important match is priority number one.
Picture this: you just realized that the business trip or family vacation that you booked forever ago means that you’ll be in Orlando just in time for—you guessed it!—the Super Bowl. Oh no! What happens if you don’t have access to your favorite neighborhood bar, or you can’t watch from the comfort of your own home?
The good news is, you’re in luck. Orlando is BUILT for visitors, so there are plenty of great options for watching the game in comfort, style, and surrounded by delicious food and drink. Here are some of our favorites.
It’s fantastic football fun right in the heart of CityWalk at Universal Studios. Enjoy a bar menu featuring endless choices, with more than 100 beers, available both bottled and on tap. The extensive menu offers all of the indulgent classics you’re looking for, from wings to nachos and beyond. For us, the Burger Supreme Flatbread had us at hello. CityWalk admission is free, valet parking is available, and parking is free after 6 p.m.
For Walt Disney World visitors, the natural choice for Super Bowl viewing is the ESPN Club at Disney’s BoardWalk. However, seats at the primo venue do not come cheap. For Super Bowl Sunday, VIP reservations, at a cost of $100 per person, are the only way to secure a guaranteed seat. Keep in mind that the $100 is a minimum expenditure for food, drink and merchandise, rather than a cover charge, and doesn’t include tax or tip. Call 407-939-1177 for reservations.
Looking for a less expensive option, or there are no more spots available? Consider grabbing a spot at the bar in many of the resorts’ lounges, which will most certainly have TVs tuned to the game. Or head to Disney Springs, where the game is sure to be playing at The Boathouse, Splitsville Luxury Lanes and other spots.
With more than a dozen Orlando-area locations, this favorite of locals offers a wide selection of beer and appetizers, like their world-famous zingers, as well as wall-to-wall televisions, ensuring that every seat is a good one. Guarantee your seat at your favorite locale, by reserving a table for four ($35) or six to eight ($70), which includes some snacks to get the party rolling. Visit their website to see a list of participating locations and to book your reservation.
This popular restaurant at the ICON Orlando 360, right below the ICON Orlando Ferris Wheel, is known for its huge selection of draft beers. Fans from neighboring I-Drive hotels looking for a sports bar will be satisfied with the ample TVs throughout. The menu includes all the standard pub grub fare, in addition to some surprise options, such as Poke Nachos and Pork Lumpia.
Looking for the ultimate in big screen viewing? Head to the Gaylord Palms Resort, where you’ll find a 37-foot-tall, two-story screen and 50 HD TVs. Before kickoff, make time to explore the hotel’s scenic atrium, a blend of Everglades-inspired landscaping, cobblestone streets reminiscent of St. Augustine, and decor and scenery that calls to mind Key West.