This Sunday, Super Bowl XLVIII pits NFL's top defensive team against its top offensive team as the Seattle Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos. If you're not afraid of a little trash talking (à la Richard Sherman), watch these preseason favorites go head-to-head at these 8 Super Bowl parties where you'll find plenty of flat screens, affordable football fare and drinks as stiff as the competition.
The Bungalow in Santa Monica is hosting a viewing party, parking lot BBQ and pig roast by FIG chef Ray Garcia (70 lbs. of pork means a lot of tacos to go around). From 2-10 p.m. catch the game on multiple screens throughout the indoor/outdoor venue, and stay hydrated with Bungalow's sangria, margaritas and specialty cocktails. Reservations are recommended. 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; 310-899-8530.
Rock & Reilly's Irish Pub
Irish whiskey pub Rock & Reilly's is bringing back their annual Stuper Bowl party, complete with 17 antique-framed flatscreen TVs. The pre-game party starts at 11:30 a.m. with party platters and buckets of beer specials. For a little extra friendly competition, join in on their free Stuper Bowl Drinking Bingo with a chance to win free drinks and gift cards. The fun lasts until 5 p.m. 8911 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; 310-360-1400.
For Super Bowl 2014, Bludso's is celebrating with $20 all-you-can-drink draft beer and a full menu of Kevin Bludso-barbecued meats and fixings. The beer will be flowing as the Broncos and Seahawks matchup plays on 10 different screens, and you'll find Pabst Blue Ribbon, Black Market Hefeweizen, Racer 5 and Scrimshaw Pilsner on tap. We've also heard rumors of a special cocktail menu and maybe even a few Jell-O shots. Seating starts as early as 2:30 and reservations are strongly encouraged. 609 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles; 323-931-2583.
Mud Hen Tavern
Mud Hen Tavern, the new neighborhood bar and restaurant from chef Susan Feniger, is hosting a big Super Bowl viewing party with food and drink specials from 3 p.m. to midnight. You'll be able to stuff your game face with $8 burgers and pizzas, $4 select drafts, $2 select drafts and “football widows” cocktail specials. 742 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles; 323-203-0500.
Pink Taco West Hollywood
Pink Taco in West Hollywood is doing it big on Sunday with three ten-foot projection screens and an all-day, all-you-can-drink buffet. Munch on Mexican food and margaritas with group package food deals, or take advantage of the open bar on all draft and well drinks. Call for reservations. 323-380-7474; 8225 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.
Head out to the Basement Tavern in Santa Monica for cocktails, cold beer and 50-inch plasma screens. Food options include football favorites such as BBQ burgers and hot dogs. The bar opens at noon, but stick around for a live performance by reggae artist Godhi Rock at 8 p.m. 2640 Main St., Santa Monica; 310-396-2469.
Mowhawk Bend is paying homage to the 48th Superbowl with all-you-can-eat and drink pizza and beer for $30, from 3-6:30 p.m. Options include over 30 beers and six different pizzas. They're opening up the patio and pub on a first-come, first-serve basis, but call for reservations if you want to score a spot in the dining quad. 2141 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; 213-483-2337.
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Cheer on your team at the indoor/outdoor bar and look-out lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. Executive chef Alex La Motte has created a special menu in honor of the big game, with modern twists on tailgaiting favorites such as spicy jalapeño Buffalo wings, cheddar-wurst sliders, and short rib tacos. From 10:30 a.m.-closing, order $8 bites and $4 beers. 2 Dole Drive, Westlake Village; 818-575-3000.