Super Bowl game plan

05:00 AM, Feb 01, 2013

Super Bowl Sunday means lots of parties, and football. (Think Stock)/


Written By Jinelle Shengulette

Super Bowl 47

When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday on CBS (WROC-TV channel 8, DT-8.1).

Options abound for how to spend your Super Bowl Sunday. But if you’re over the prep, cooking and clean-up of hosting a party before it’s even begun, you can check out the following bars. These spots (among many others) will have enough TVs to ensure you won’t miss a play and enough drink and food specials to keep your wallet happy.

The Distillery in Victor

The Victor location of this neighborhood sports bar chain (there are also locations in Greece, Henrietta and Rochester) will be handing out free raffle tickets to the first 200 people in the door on Sunday. Tickets will be drawn at the end of each quarter for prizes including a $500 American Express gift card. Watch the game on one of 35 TVs. Labatt Blue, Blue Light, Bud and Bud Light will be $2.50/pint, $4/23-ouncer and $7.50/pitcher. Buy 20 wings, get 10 free, or buy 10 wings and get five free.

Location: 10 Square Drive, Victor.

More info: (585) 924-2337 or thedistillery.com.

O’Callaghan’s Pub

This Irish pub is throwing a Super Bowl party, with a free buffet of smoked chicken wings, chili, pulled pork, cheese bread, stuffed peppers and more. Pick up a $1 raffle ticket (or $10 for an arm’s length of tickets) for chances to win a Bud Light mountain bike, Bud Light cooler, a reclining chair, Amerks and Lancer tickets and more. Drink specials include $2 pints and $7 pitchers of Bud Light and $2.50 pints of Guinness. The game can be viewed on one of 17 TVs.

Location: 470 Monroe Ave.

More info: (585) 271-7190.

MacGregors’ Grill and Tap Room

Check out the Penfield location of this local pub chain for its 12 TVs — mostly 50-inch — for the big game. Specials include 10 wings and 10 wing dings (boneless wings) for $8.99. Bud and Bud Light will be on special at the bar, where pints will be $2 and pitchers will be $6 pitchers, along with other daily beer specials.

Location: 1129 Empire Blvd., Penfield.

More info: (585) 288-8630 or macgregorsgrillandtaproom.net.

Bathtub Billy’s

It’ll be hard to miss a minute of the game with 30 TVs in this sports bar, including 14 big screens and a TV in every booth. Expect food and drink specials, raffles (prizes include coolers and chairs) and free giveaways, including T-shirts and hats.

Location: 630 W. Ridge Road.

More info: (585) 865-6510 or bathtubbillys.com.

If you’d rather not have to elbow your way through a bar crowd to catch that replay, a house party may be a better option. Throwing your own Super Bowl shindig means you get to choose the company you keep and the food you eat, and you can get as rowdy as you’d like without worrying about being thrown out.

We’ve compiled a list of ideas to help your game day celebration run smoothly — from the food and drinks to décor and games.

If you’re looking to make an impression, dress up your home with game-day decorations. It will be the first thing guests notice when they arrive. Free downloads of printable decorations at Hostess with the Mostess (bit.ly/VljHh5) include food containers, stickers and more.

Next, get the jams pumpin’ before game time to boost excitement for the evening. Choose songs to fit your crowd — the goal is to get them to break out into song or play air guitar on a favorite riff. Try some “Eye of the Tiger,” “We Will Rock You” or anything else with that rock-anthem sound.

Be sure to shut off the tunes before the game starts, though. No one wants to strain to hear a play by play over the sound of Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer.”

To help create a Super Bowl Sunday menu for your party, we consulted Stephen Jamieson, cook at the Genesee Valley Club. Each option below will feed six to eight people.

For meatball sliders, pick up some mini buns or take a circle cutter to your bread of choice if you’d prefer to make your own. Mix 1 pound of hamburger meat with 2 slices of bread soaked in milk, 1 tablespoon of garlic, half an onion and 1 egg. Form into a ball with your hands or an ice cream scoop and cook to your liking.

For Jamieson’s spinach- and artichoke-stuffed mushrooms, cut the stems from 2 packs of button mushrooms or baby bellas and line them up on a baking sheet. Mix 4 ounces of cream cheese, 2/3 cup of mayo, a 12-ounce jar of chopped artichoke hearts, 1 cup of frozen spinach, 3 cloves of garlic, 1 cup of Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Scoop into the mushrooms and pop into the oven for 10 to 15 minutes at 375 degrees.

Finally, whip up bacon, kale and butternut squash quesadillas. Cook 3 strips of bacon until crispy and toss with 2 cups of diced squash, 8 ounces of chopped kale, 2 garlic cloves, butter, salt and pepper. Sauté mixture for a minute and then add a little water or chicken stock until the squash is tender. Take out the mix and place between tortillas in a non-stick pan, greased. Add your choice of cheese and cook until both sides are crispy.

Everyone knows the alcoholic beverage of choice for Super Bowl is a tall, cold brewski. As Jamieson puts it, “You should probably just fill the bathtub with ice and beer.”

If you’re expecting a decent crowd, plan for a half-keg, otherwise, stock the fridge (or tub) with bottles of a few favorite brands. Don’t forget to keep it local!

If you want to spice up your beer of choice, add a few ingredients and get creative with a Bloody Beer. For this gentler, vodka-free spin on the Bloody Mary, rub the rims of 4 tall glasses with lime wedges, followed by salt. In a bowl, combine a 6-ounce can of tomato juice, 1/3 cup of lime juice, 1/4teaspoon of celery salt, 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce and 1/4 teaspoon of Tabasco sauce if you’re feeling brave. Divide the mixture between the glasses, over ice, and top with a half bottle of beer each, then garnish with a lime wedge.

To keep the drinks flowing and keep things entertaining, games are always a good idea — especially those that don’t distract from the big game. And who wouldn’t like to walk away a few dollars richer?

Before the TV is turned on, the host should be preparing for Super Bowl Squares. No Super Bowl party is complete without this classic game. Draw a 10-by-10 grid on a piece of paper or poster board. On the top of the page, write the name of one team, and on the left-hand side of the page, write the name of the other.

Let your guests choose a square or multiple squares to write their names in (charge $5 per square to keep things interesting). Randomly select numbers zero through nine from a hat to add to the top of the grid, above each column, then pick again and add the numbers on the left-hand side of the page, next to each row (so the numbers are not in order).

The numbers will represent the last digit in the score at the end of each quarter. If the score were 14 to 9 Ravens, the name in the square located at the intersection of Ravens 4 and 49ers 9 would be the winner for that quarter.