The number one sporting event of the year happens this weekend, so the big question is: Are you ready for some football? Instead of settling for mediocre chow and a ho-hum party, perhaps you should check out one of these red-hot Super Bowl bashes. From one of the best taco bars you’ll encounter in the city to a drag-a-licious halftime show paying homage to pop star Katy Perry, the following events should keep you entertained as well as satiated.
Bar Takito (201 N. Morgan St.)
Unlimited tacos? Yes, please! The Mexican-focused, West Loop watering hole and eatery kicks off its party at 4:30 p.m., and with it a taco bar, three large televisions and 100-inch projector showing off the big game. Bar Takito’s tacos are pretty tasty, with ingredients such as coffee-braised beef, aji peanut sauce, pickled jicama, and pork belly. It’s $20 per person, but beverages cost extra.
Headquarters Beercade River North (213 W. Institute Place)
Speaking of all-you-can-eat, how many nachos do you think you can take down? You’ll get to find out if you attend the first-ever Nacho Average Super Bowl Party at this River North sports lounge. Even better: You’ll get them made to order, with meat choices like slow-roasted pork shoulder, skirt steak, braised free-range chicken and chili-lime rock shrimp. It’s $20 per person with two complimentary drinks. You’ll also have the option of “nacho table service,” which allows you to share not only those unlimited nachos with friends, but also drinks. Keep in mind that if you get bored with the game, you can always play your own game on one of HQ’s many pinball and arcade machines.
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club (3700 N. Halsted St.)
You can always count on Kit Kat to put on a great halftime show, and this year won’t be any different considering the Super Bowl’s talent is Katy Perry. Watch killer commercials and gridiron greats on seven state-of-the-art screens while sipping half-price martinis. Diva Sara Andrews will star as Katy Perry throughout the evening, and will make herself available for fun photos. There will also be a featured Super Bowl cocktail: The prism martini of Pinnacle red licorice vodka, orange juice, cranberry juice, simple syrup and a splash of Red Bull. Of course, it will be garnished with a pink glow stick.
Reverie (414 N. Orleans St.)
Go all out with table service during Chicago Scene’s annual event at one of the most buzzed-about sports lounges in River North. A complimentary buffet includes ribs, chili, mac ‘n’ cheese, beef sliders and Asian-style wings. If you’re rolling with a large crew (10 or 20 guests), you can reserve a table for $500 or $950, and your guests will get a catered buffet, bottle service and a designated viewing screen with unobstructed views of the game. The general admission ticket is $29 per person.
Timothy O’Toole’s Pub (622 N. Fairbanks Court)
For a laid-back time that won’t break the bank, head to this favored Streeterville neighborhood bar offering 73 large HD television screens. You’re certain not to miss a bit of the action with all those monitors, plus the party is free. A number of drink specials will be featured, as well as the full pub menu of burgers, sandwiches, and wings.