Game plan: The best spots to watch the Super Bowl • Brooklyn Paper

Game plan: The best spots to watch the Super Bowl

He’s Patriotic: Halyards owner Edward Colley will be rooting for the New England Patriots during the Super Bowl on Sunday — and so will everyone at his bar.
Photo by Caleb Caldwell

Are you ready for some football?

Every sports bar in Brooklyn will show the Super Bowl on Sunday, but there are few spots that have put a little extra effort into showing the showdown between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. Here are a few that stand out:

Standing Pat

There is only one bar in New York City that dares to cater to Patriots fans — Halyards, in Gowanus, whice New Englanders have made their home for every game of the season, said the bar’s owner.

“We’ve made it all the Patriots fans’ living room,” said Edward Colley. “Every week, you get the same crew that takes over their own little spot — everybody’s wearing their jerseys.”

Colley is not a New England native — in fact, he grew up in Old England, but he went to college in Boston before moving to Brooklyn 20 years ago, and he retains his loyalty to the Boston-area team. The bar does not even bother to show games that do not feature the Patriots.

“We’re not really a sports bar,” said Colley, “But we did decide several years ago to get behind the Patriots, being that I went to school in Boston, and I lived there for several years. We’ve been very committed — we only show the Patriots.”

It can be tough being a Patriots fan in Giants-loving Brooklyn, but Colley is willing to stand by them no matter what.

“I don’t know if other sports team’s fans despise Halyards as a result, but you’ve got to put your stake in somewhere,” he said.

On Sunday, Halyards will show the Super Bowl on two giant projection screens, one in the front of the bar and one in the back room. The bar will also hold a raffle for a $35 bar tab, and will offer $6 pints of Peak’s Organic beer, which brews in New England.

Halyards (406 Third Ave. at Sixth Street in Gowanus, www.barhalyards.com). Feb. 4 at 6:30 pm (doors open at noon). Free.

Half-time wine

There’s no wining in football! The pigskin sport is mostly associated with beer, but the Brooklyn Winery will show the game on its nine-foot screen, and it will offer a special Super Bowl menu that includes nachos made from pita bread, buffalo chicken bites, and crispy brussels sprouts — along with buckets of beer.

Brooklyn Winery [213 N. Eighth St. between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street in Williamsburg, (347) 763–1506, www.bkwinery.com]. 5 pm. Free.

Kick-off, high kicks

Bushwick burlesque and aerialist party spot House of Yes will host a “Totally Immersive Superb Owl Experience” on Sunday. It will screen the Eagles-Patriots match-up on a giant screen and serve game-day staples, including mozzarella sticks, wings, burgers, and fries — but really, it is just an excuse to put on a ridiculous half-time show, with dancing cheerleaders, celebrity impersonators, and uniformed players flying high overhead.

House of Yes [2 Wyckoff Ave. at Jefferson Street in Bushwick, (646) 838–4937, www.houseofyes.org]. 6 pm. $20.

Snack time!

It’s not about the game — it’s about the food, and the friends you make while eating it! Pete’s Candy Story will host a “Snack-off Party” pot-luck dinner during the game, where everyone brings a dish to share.

Pete’s Candy Store [709 Lorimer St. between Frost and Richardson streets in Williamsburg, (718) 302–3770, www.petescandystore.com]. 6:30 pm. Free.

Big game, big screen

Two Brooklyn movie theaters will turn over their giant screens to the ball game on Sunday. Nitehawk Cinema will offer a special on buffalo wings (five for $5) and $6 beers from the Boston and Philadelphia area, and it will also screen Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl” in the lobby during half-time. Syndicated will show the game on its bar screens and in the theater, and will offer an open bar on beer, wine, and well drinks from 6 pm until the game ends.

Nitehawk Cinema [136 Metropolitan Ave. between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street in Williamsburg, (718) 384–3980, www.nitehawkcinema.com]. 6:30 pm. $30 food voucher.

Syndicated [40 Bogart St. between Thames and Grattan streets in Bushwick, (718) 386–3399, www.syndicatedbk.com]. 5 pm. $10 bar seating, $25 theater seating, $52 open bar (sit wherever).

The wings the thing

Everybody loves buffalo wings! And you can have all you can eat at two Williamsburg bars. Westlight, on the 22nd floor of the William Vale Hotel, will bring some televisions into its swank spot in the sky and offer an all-night feast of crispy wings, sliders, and chili during the Super Bowl. And Brooklyn Bowl, which will show the game on its 14 screens, will also offer an unlimited buffet of buffalo wings, corn bread, mac and cheese balls, and more, for those who buy a $30 wristband.

Westlight [111 N. 12th St. at Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 307–7100, www.westlightnyc.com]. 5:30 pm. $75.

Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets in Williamsburg, (718) 963–3369], www.brooklynbowl.com. 5 pm. Free ($30 for buffet).

Chilly outside, chili inside

Two Brooklyn bars will put their focus on super bowls of chili! Bay Ridge’s Lock Yard will start the afternoon with its annual chili cook-off, where you can sample the best spicy meats from local chefs and vote for your favorite. The chili competition lasts from noon to 4 pm, so you can travel to a Super Bowl party at your buddy’s house, or just settle in — Lock Yard will set up a projector screen in its heated backyard patio to screen the game. And at the Gibson in Williamsburg, the competition starts at 5 pm, and a $10 will get you a bowl and a chance to vote for your favorite while you watch the showdown.

Lock Yard [9221 Fifth Ave. between 92nd Street and 94th Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 333–5282, www.lockyard.com]. Noon–4 pm. Free.

The Gibson [108 Bedford Ave. at N. 11th Street in Williamsburg, www.thegibsonnyc.com). 5 pm. $10.

Reach arts editor Bill Roundy at broundy@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4507.
Best Bay Ridge chili: The crowd at last year’s Super Bowl chili cook-off at Lock Yard, happening again on Feb. 4, ate every bite of Phillip Hornat’s winning recipe.
Photo by Georgine Benvenuto

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