Pre-game with brisket at Super Beef Sunday. Courtesy photo
This article originally appeared on CultureMap and was written by Craig D. Lindsey and Eric Sandler.
Usually on Super Bowl Sunday, people are at home watching it — by themselves or with family and friends. But there are those who dare to venture outside their domiciles, and view the big game among equally enthused strangers, soaking up all the beer and food specials that are generally on hand.
And why not? This year's game looks poised to be at least as exciting as last year's. The Patriots, crusty veterans, squaring off against the rising star Los Angeles Rams: Brady versus Goff, Belichick versus McVay, C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley versus the stout Pats defense. Never mind that the Rams' presence is tainted by the horrendous non-call at the end of the NFC Championship game — it isn't their fault that the refs swallowed their whistles at the exact wrong moment and ruined the Saints' shot at glory.
We'll leave the game analysis to our Gow Media colleagues at ESPN 97.5. But maybe take the under. If that turns out to be wrong, at least it won't be the worst sports prediction ever made on this website.
BCK Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures
Watch the game on the restaurant's 100-inch projector screen while enjoying its Sunday supper menu of pork ribs and chicken wings. Get either classic Buffalo or sweet chili lime wings (six for $6, 12 for $12), half or full racks of pork ribs ($10/$20), or a half rack, six wings, and two sides (fries, mashed potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, etc) for $20.
Big City Wings
The locally-owned wing joint with seven Houston-area locations will feature 25 boneless wings for $14.99 (dine-in only). In addition, enjoy happy hour pricing all day, which means $4 frozen drinks, $2 Mexican drafts, $4 pints of craft beer, $3.25 glasses of wine, and $2.50 well drinks.
Biggio's Sports Bar
Get a little of that Vegas sportsbook vibe at this establishment in downtown's Marriott Marquis hotel. For $500, high rollers can reserve a VIP booth that comes with four dozen Buffalo wings, six flatbreads, two dozen sliders, chips and salsa, and water. Alcohol will be charged based on consumption.
For something a little more personal, groups of two or more may reserve seats in the 18 leather recliners that face the bar's massive, 30-foot projector screen. Each seat costs $25 and has a minimum spend of $25. Reserve by calling 346-888-3921.
Chicago Bar and Grill
Get the full bar-and-grill experience at this Super Bowl party. We got $3 beers, margaritas and daquiris, $4 wells, 60-cent wings and a complimentary buffet during the game, which will be shown on a 120-inch, full HD jumbo screen. There will also be a live performance from the band Hard 2 Fine after the game.
Who the hell said gay bars can't have Super Bowl parties too? This particular place will have a "Big Game Crawfish Boil," where you can chow down on crawfish for $7.99 a pound. (You can also get 3 pounds for $20, with corn and potatoes for $1 each and sausage for $3.) $20 domestic beer buckets will also be served.
The best spot in town to get your karaoke on will have a Super Bowl party. (But management says they're mostly doing it to watch Adam Levine during the Maroon 5 halftime show.) They'll also have complimentary food, $3 domestics, $2 shot specials and, yes, karaoke after the game.
La Cantina by La Calle
Usually, the downtown taco spot devotes itself to soccer, combat sports, and wrestling, but it'll be all football on Super Sunday. Reserve a seat in advance to get free pozole with any drink purchase. Drink specials include Jello shots, $3.99 Bud Light drafts, and a michelada bar.
The casual EaDo spot will have Buck's Barbeque Co on hand with free whole hog barbecue from 2 pm until it runs out, $25 beef ribs, and the rest of pitmaster Jim Buchanan's menu. Match all the smoky goodness with drink specials such as $4 can of Love Street, $21 buckets of bottled beer, $3 pints of Bud Light, $4 Jim Beam, $6 Makers Mark, and more.
Feeling lucky? Play Super Bowl bingo, enter raffles at halftime and the end of the game for a 70-inch TV, and buy squares.
The lounge will not have just a regular, ol' Super Bowl Party...
Continue reading on CultureMap and find out what separates Post Lounge from other venues to watch the Super Bowl.
Houston Astros skipper Joe Espada wasted no time this week at spring training by answering one of the most talked about questions of the offseason.
Espada revealed that newly-acquired free agent Josh Hader will be the team's closer and will pitch the ninth inning, with Ryan Pressly working as the setup man.
Bryan Abreu will be tapped to pitch the seventh inning, but it wouldn't shock anyone if he had the best season of the three. But after Abreu, things get interesting in the bullpen.
Who pitches the sixth inning?
Astros GM Dana Brown gave Rafael Montero a vote of confidence, saying he's “legit.”
While we have our concerns about Montero after he finished with an ERA over five last year, there's reason for hope. The nature of relief pitchers halving up and down seasons from year to year could work in Montero's favor.
And with the salary that's already committed to him, Brown will likely give him every opportunity to justify his contract. It will be fascinating to see how Espada deploys him early on. You have to think with the boss man backing Montero, Espada will be on board too.
But if he does struggle, will Espada quickly stop using him in critical situations? The good news is, the team won't often have to turn to him in high leverage situations with Abreu, Pressly, and Hader ready to handle those duties.
Be sure to watch the video above for the full discussion about the Astros 'pen, and much more!
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