Photography Provided By: Huy Hoang
Photography Provided By: Huy Hoang

15 Ways to Watch the Super Bowl in San Diego (and 1 Way to Catch the Commercials)

Nothing Says Super Bowl Sunday Like Beer, Touchdowns and Tasty Pub Grub

Super Bowl LVI is nearly here, which means it’s time to throw on your jersey and head to the nearest pub! So before you turn on the tube and spend your Sunday on the couch, we’d like to introduce our favorite sports bars in San Diego where you can catch the big game in HD. With beer on draft, tasty fare and plenty of flat screens for optimal viewing, you’ll quickly realize why these 12 pubs are total touchdowns. Here’s to big punts and even bigger pints! Watch Football San Diego

 

1 | Draft

Must-Order: Pistachio Crusted Salmon Sandwich

Get your game face on and head to Draft in Mission Beach’s bustling Belmont Park! With a selection of 70+ beers on tap and a menu of tasty American fare, watching the Super Bowl here is a no-brainer. Snag a seat on the extended outdoor patio for ocean views that stretch all the way from Bird Rock to Sunset Cliffs. Kick start game day by ordering an on-draft beer or one of their signature cocktails like the Spicy Watermelon Margarita or Belmont Mule. Then, snack on shareables like Shredded Beef Nachos, Buffalo Wings, Shrimp Pesto Mac or Draft’s delicious Greek Flatbread. Mark our words: this is the ultimate Super Bowl viewing spot.

 

2 | A Homestyle Super Bowl Sunday

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While getting rowdy at a pub is a fun way to spend your Sunday, we also love hosting a Super Bowl soiree! Gather your friends and family for an epic tailgate party this year, and snack on tasty bites like grilled hot dogs, hamburgers and pulled pork sliders. Take your game day feast to the next level with St Pierre’s freshly baked Brioche Burger Buns, Brioche Slider Rolls or Brioche Hot Dog Rolls. Need some ideas on what to serve? Click here for an assortment of creative game-time recipes from St Pierre! And while your guests are chowing down, you’ll want to have an ice chest packed with cold Coronas for when the game gets heated. These refreshing cervezas pair perfectly with just about any food and offer a well-balanced flavor with a crisp, clean finish. Cheers to a Super Bowl well-spent!

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3 | PB Shore Club

Must-Order: Sweet Chili Calamari

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This buzzy upstairs bungalow may be renowned for its beach views and fish tacos, but its sports bar atmosphere is certainly something to write home about too. PB Shore Club is equipped with several flat-screen TVs both indoors and on the patio, so you won’t miss a single touchdown or end zone dance. Plus, the bar recently added a giant LED screen for optimal viewing, because, well, big games call for big screens. So throw on your jersey and prepare to chow down on a selection of tasty pub-grub fare like calamari, tater tots, wings and ceviche! Oh, and be sure to treat yourself to one of their classic @uncleedsdamngood RBV Slushies!

Location: Pacific Beach

4 | Casero Taqueria

Must-Order: Literally any taco!

Casero Taqueria‘s housemade corn and flour tortillas offer a taste of homemade, authentic Baja flavors right here in Carlsbad. They have an airy and spacious patio and an extensive menu with starters, salads, soups, tacos, tortas and food for the kiddos. In San Diego, you don’t have to wait until Tuesday—every night is taco night!

Local Insight: Casero Taqueria has a special taco of the month that rotates.

Location: Carlsbad

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5 | Ranch 45

Must-Order: Smoke House Tailgate

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Not feeling the bar scene this year? Solana beach’s Ranch 45 is offering a Smoke House Tailgate spread for you to pick up and enjoy at home! Customize your feast and choose from an assortment of tasty bites like Burnt Ends Nacho Dip (serves 4), a half or full rack of smoked meat back ribs, smoked brisket by the pound, a pint of coleslaw and country-style baked mac & cheese (serves 2). Orders must be placed before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9, and picked up on Sunday, Feb. 13, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. To order online, click here. Happy feasting! 

 

6 | Miss B’s Coconut Club

Must-Order: Lechon Asado Hash or Veggie Hash

Miss B’s Coconut Club has food, cocktails and an ambiance that’ll knock your socks off. They have 20 local and microbrew tap handles as well as kombucha and housemade cold brew on nitro. Watch the big game on Miss B’s Coconut Club’s slew of TVs. This lively, colorful and alluring hangout in Mission Beach is the perfect seaside spot for Super Bowl Sunday.

Location: Mission Beach

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7 | Park 101 Carlsbad

Must-Order: Tri-Tip Tacos

Head to Park 101 in Carlsbad for their rotating food specials, including hot-ticket items like BBQ brisket fries and Tri-Tip tacos. This place is massive; it’s an 8,000-square-foot, multi-level complex with a brand new giant LED screen. “In addition to our game-day specials, we are also adding Taco and Trivia Tuesdays and Movie Night back into our rotation!” says Beverage Director Rob McShea. Reservations are recommended, so call ahead—and don’t forget to ask about the $5 seasonal beer specials!

Location: Carlsbad

8 | Gaslamp Tavern

Located in the historic Gaslamp District, this hip sports bar has the laid-back neighborly vibe we all crave on game day. Plus, Gaslamp Tavern’s jumbo baked soft pretzels, tasty flatbreads, wings and brisket will have you making up your own endzone dance. Pair your pub grub with one of their signature cocktails like the Monkey Boogie, made with Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whiskey, and cheers to a Sunday well-spent!

Location: Gaslamp Quarter

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9 | The Duck Dive

Must-Order: Duck Fat Fries or Shrimp Ceviche

Enjoy American cuisine, craft beers and cocktails at The Duck Dive’s indoor lounge with TVs or on their airy patio. This Pacific Beach restaurant and bar is the perfect place to sport your team’s jersey and catch the game of the year. Gather your crew and cheers to a Super Bowl Sunday well-spent!

Location: Pacific Beach

 

10 | Draft Republic

Must-Order: Avocado Toast and a Bloody Mary

No one does cold beer and American cuisine like Draft Republic. This San Diego hotspot not only features 101 beers on tap, but it also boasts a 100-inch projection screen and foosball and ping-pong tables for some friendly halftime competition. Score big with the hot and crispy fried egg burger or sweeten the pot with one of their sizzling skillet brownies. And remember, calories don’t count on game day!

Locations: Carlsbad, La Jolla

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11 | Mavericks Beach Club

Must Order: Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

Savor the indoor and outdoor dining availability at Mavericks Beach Club, or order your eats to go. Get ready for $4 beers, wines and well drinks when you come for happy hour during the week (2-6 p.m.). They also have $15 bottles of champagne and rosé and $20 bubble slushie buckets on weekends! Come for the deals, but stay for the 43 television screens. 

Location: Pacific Beach

 

12 | Home & Away

Must-Order: Hot Wings

Home & Away may be a Kansas City Chiefs bar, but everyone is welcome to come in and order tacos, smoked meats, cold beer and cocktails on game days. “We have a giant patio and huge outdoor LED TV to watch all the action,” says Jonathan Frank, co-owner of Home & Away. You’ll want to snag a spot at this chic, surf-inspired bar for a cocktail and a bite. The menu is full of crafty libations like the Kentucky River—made with bourbon, creme de cacao and peach bitters. And when your crew gets hungry, you’ll love H&A’s spicy surf-and-turf burrito, blackened shrimp tacos and chicken sando.

Locations: Encinitas, Old Town

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13 | The Rabbit Hole

Must-Order: The $2 Tastykake 

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At The Rabbit Hole, dine-in, takeout and delivery options are available seven days a week. They also have a rocking draft list with on cask, on nitro and growler fills. “We have a front and a back patio with TVs everywhere to watch the games,” says James Gomez, general manager of The Rabbit Hole. Philadelphia Eagles fans seek refuge—The Rabbit Hole is your home away from home.

Location: Normal Heights

 

14 | Bub’s @ the Ballpark

Must-Order: Tater Tots

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Bub’s @ the Ballpark has football specials Sundays, and Mondays through Thursdays from 5:30-9 p.m.. They’re not only your football headquarters but they also have access to MLB, NHL, NBA, college football and more—basically a sports bar nirvana. It’s not just about the food and drinks; it’s about the experience, the show and the celebration at Bub’s.

Location: East Village

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15 | Backyard Kitchen & Tap

Must-Order: Lobster Roll

You won’t really have to elbow your way for a good spot at the TV because Backyard Kitchen & Tap has screens in every corner. Enjoy cozy, welcoming outdoor dining in the Sideyard and the incredible draft beer and canned beer selection. Both ale appreciators and IPA admirers alike can find something they love at Backyard Kitchen & Tap.

Local Insight: They’re dog-friendly and have a doggie menu, so bring your fluffy friend.

Location: Pacific Beach

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