Some watch it to cheer on their favorite team of the moment. Others watch it for the Hollywood, motion picture-style commercials. Whether your team made it to the big show or not, the Super Bowl is definitely THE game of the year and reason to celebrate real football with a host of out-of-this-world parties and events. So to assist in your search for gameday revelry, we’re sounding off with 5 Midtown Atlanta hotspots to watch Super Bowl XLIX. From beer-centric brew haunts, to feverishly fun farm-to-table fare, these picks are clutch and all within walking distance of each other, which trumps the all-important question of, “Who’s your team?”, to the most important one, “Where should we go?”
The Vortex Bar & Grill - Midtown
The real contest of might may not be on the big screen come game day. Ask anyone who’s ever tried to take down one of this Midtown burger institution’s many beef incarnations like the Carnivorgasm, Zombie Apocalypse or Triple Coronary Bypass (the names speak for themselves). Yes, The Vortex is a sports pleaser. The quintessential neighborhood bar for rowdy good times all while downing heavily from the extensive draft beer menu (that can be paired with other drafts for drool-worthy concoctions) and choice selections of vodka, whiskey and single malt scotch to echo the glory of the gridiron.
World of Beer - Midtown
If things get too rowdy at Vortex, take a short walk down Peachtree to this beer haven. World of Beer may be new to the Atlanta bar scene, but it’s frothy reputation precedes itself as a go-to destination to take in sports aplenty and ice cold brews. You may go for the big screen views on game day, but you’ll stay for the 50 taps of brews selected by local experts that rotate daily along with another 500 bottled beers for even more decisions, decisions. A knowledgeable staff of beer lovers can assist if you’re at a loss on what to have with a full menu of tavern fare and bar bites like German pretzels, huge burgers and beer-battered shrimp to keep the party going whether your team is winning or not.
Taco Mac - Midtown
Atlanta beer oasis Taco Mac is a no-brainer when it comes to cheering on your favorite sports team, and the Super Bowl will be no exception. Located a short walk from W.O.B (World of Beer), T. Mac is filled to the gills with HD screens from every angle, so expect large crowds and a standing room only situation while you sip on any number of their specialty beers of the month, a moving target that highlights everything from big name brew houses, to smaller mom and pop shops and limited releases. Show even more heart with a host of bar bangers like chips and queso, award-winning wings, burgers and sizzling fajitas. Things are starting to heat up!
Hudson Grille - Midtown
Cross the street for good times at one of Atlanta’s essential sports destinations, Hudson Grille. A state-of-the-art sound system and 360-degree views of the Super Bowl on a huge projector and flat screen televisions will leave no question to whether that pass was complete or incomplete (sorry Cowboys fans). Small bites like the Angus beef Hudson Sliders, mini lobster tacos and chili cheese tots pack on big flavor, with heftier, half-pound burgers and platters of wings reigning supreme. And while the beers are in heavy rotation, you’re going to want all-access coverage of the bar menu with picks like The ATL (a traditional Long Island w/ peach puree), their signature margarita with 1800 tequila and 40+ shooters. Bombs away!
You may have seen this pick coming (hey, it is our blog for crying out loud), but don’t discount our farm-to-table feast to celebrate the most super of bowls. Yes, TRACE is here to be your Super Bowl savior with plenty of flat screen televisions and thoughtful farm fresh fare. Pack your plate with our savory grilled chicken wings with honeyed hot sauce and buttermilk dressing, our signature play on chicken and waffles with SweetWater bacon syrup and the Southeast Farm Burger, a double-handed patty of glory with short rib/brisket and Meadow Creek cheddar. Seasonal draft brews and cocktails are in play (The Uptown with Bulliet bourbon, cherry vermouth and bitters, and Dream with Bacardi 8, lime juice and SweetWater 420), with even a few non-alcoholic numbers for the designated drivers like ginger-rosemary limeade and the TRACE apple fizz. It's GOOD!