Finding Super Bowl Hot Spots

Pillbox Tavern Burger

Super Bowl LII is still over a month away, but it’s never too early to start planning on where to catch all the action of the year’s best football game! And whether your team will be playing, or you only get excited for the creative commercials shown between plays, we’ve rounded up the best of the best in San Diego for super-eats and drinks to enjoy during the game.

Backyard Kitchen & Tap, located in Pacific Beach at the corner of Garnet and Mission Boulevard, has plenty of Super Bowl seating inside and on their outdoor, dog-friendly patio. With both an indoor and outdoor bar, you will never have to wait long for a drink either! Backyard has an extensive list of local brews and craft cocktails to choose from, along with a made-from-scratch menu showcasing an assortment of tasty dishes. Perfect for a big group of friends, order the sharable BKYD Wings, served as one pound of jumbo dry-rubbed or breaded boneless wings with your choice of traditional buffalo or scratch barbeque sauce. Dunk your wings in Backyard’s house ranch or gorgonzola dip, and pair with Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA for the ultimate gameday experience.

Rising to meet North County’s need for Coastal American cuisine, the retro Pillbox Tavern offers regulars and visitors a refreshing place to unwind in Solana Beach. With salads, wings, sandwiches and even a kid’s menu, there is a little something for everyone here. For a super-star meal to enjoy while cheering on the team you hope wins, try the Pillbox Burger. With your choice of Angus Beef or a house-made veggie patty on a brioche bun, this mouthwatering menu item comes with cheese, signature tavern sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion. Bacon or avocado can also be added. With televisions placed all around the venue, every spot is a great seat at Pillbox Tavern!

True North Tavern was voted “Best Sports Bar for 2017” by the Union Tribune Reader’s Poll, which is why it’s the best spot in North Park to watch the Super Bowl, the most popular sports game of the year. With over 30 beers on tap and 25 HD widescreen tv’s, you won’t miss any of the action…including the entertaining commercials! Start out with a basket of the Famous Original Loaded Tots, with house seasoning, warm queso sauce, fresh cilantro, chipotle crema and salsa fresca. Another delicious starter is the Sweet Chili Brussels Sprouts. Charred organic brussels sprouts come smothered in sweet chili sauce, chopped scallions, sesame seeds and fresh herbs. Don’t forget to ask for a beer, like the Fall Magical & Delicious American-style pale ale, to sip on while enjoying all the action.

Recently opened in La Jolla, Nautilus Tavern is the neighborhood go-to spot to catch any game, especially the Super Bowl. Satisfy your hunger with a shipload of scratch-made favorites, like Wings served with carrots, celery and ranch. Order five to start, or ten if you’re really hungry, with your choice of seven different seasonings. The Maple Bacon Bourbon and Sweet Flame, made with honey mustard and sriracha are both excellent choices. The Spicy Chicken Lettuce Cups are also a great plate to order during the big game, as they come with plenty of seasoned chicken, green onions, cabbage and rice noodles for the whole gang.

Not to be missed for game day is WESTROOT Tavern, a neighborhood chef-driven tavern specializing in scratch-made local food with a SoCal flair located at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. This Carmel Valley spot pairs their impressive, child-friendly menu with fresh seasonal cocktails, 30 beers on tap, and tons of energy for the football season for the parents. Take in the big game at their modern, open interior dining room, featuring over 10 big screen TVs and comfortable bar seating suitable for the football frenzy while snacking on tasty burgers, chicken tenders, mac & cheese, wings, and more for the whole family. 6025 Village Way, San Diego, CA 92130

Catch the game with a slice in hand at Woodstock’s Pizza, found in Pacific Beach. This hotspot for college students, surfers, and locals alike has the whole package, welcoming fans of all teams to enjoy the Super Bowl with a sizzling pizza in front of them and all of the playoff games with the NFL DirecTV Ticket Package. Snag a slice of Woodstock’s famous sauce-stuffed crust pizza, featuring unique combos such as the Kickin’ Carnitas, BBQ Bird, and the Sriracha-cha, or dive into a plate of Man Cave Dry Rub Wings while cheering your team to victory with a rotating selection of frosty craft brews for mom and dad. 1221 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Score big with your Super Bowl watching at Barrel Republic, with family-friendly locations in Carlsbad and Oceanside. Known as the mecca for craft beer lovers, Barrel Republic offers parents the freedom to pour your own pints from well-over 40 casks of coveted craft brews with the simple swipe of a wristband. Keep the kids happy with crowd-pleasing share plates including Bacon-Wrapped Pork Belly, Potato Barrels, Garlic Butter Pretzel Bites, and an extensive menu covering everything from a Crispy Avocado Grilled Cheese to Smoked Salmon while you cheer on your team of choice! 2961 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008 | 215 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054