Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks is on February 2 in New Jersey — wonder if there will be a traffic jam: drum roll — which means February 3 in Beijing. Early February 3. Take my advice and prepare your long johns the night before.
Expect the usual spots to show the game, from Frank’s Place to The Den to Union Bar & Grille to Eudora Station. Here are some details that have Hail Mary-ed into my inbox.
Paddy O’Shea’s: Manager Paul says he will pull an all-nighter and show every halftime show from 1983 to 2013 in the lead-up to kickoff, which means seeing various parts of both Michael and Janet Jackson. The Super Bowl will feature breakfast at rmb100, including choice of coffee, beer or Bloody Mary, plus a buy one, get one beer deal. Word is Great Leap beer will also be available.
Irish Volunteer: Super Bowl breakfast with two Tsingtao drafts or coffee / tea is rmb60. There will also be rmb10 Tsingtao and vodka shots, rmb25 Bloody Marys and Bailey coffees, and a Super Bowl pool. RSVP with trishsmithus (at) gmail.com.
The official NFL party is at Kerry Centre at 7 AM. Breakfast buffet, free-flow Budweiser and the U.S. telecast complete with commercials: tickets are rmb300 per person or rmb2880 per table of ten. RSVP via 15611906392 or the easy to remember email address fbreservations.hbkc (at) thekerryhotels.com.
Great Leap Brewery (Xinzhong Road) will have buy one, get one chicken wings and “breakfast beers” like Banana Wheat and Cinnamon Rock Ale. (True fans apparently drink a shot of Dubble Happiness for every two-point conversion.) The brunch menu will be available, with Rickshaw Roasters coffee at rmb20.
Luga’s Villa: Get breakfast with bacon strips, sausage, hash browns and eggs, plus a coffee, orange juice or Carlsberg for rmb88 — or rmb100 if you upgrade the drink to a Bloody Mary.
Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q: The doors open early here — 6 AM. Get American breakfast for rmb60 and Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers for rmb25.
Sports fans out Shunyi way can catch the game at The Garage / The Filling Station / Green Cap. Get breakfast with free-flow coffee for rmb88. Book your table at 13439796359.
James Joyce: Irish breakfast including tea and coffee (with refill) and one Yanjing beer for rmb80. American-style beer from Slow Boat available.
Cuju: There are 20 tickets at rmb300 for breakfast, free-flow Vedett draft, mixers, Brass Monkeys, sodas and coffee, and — for those wearing the colors of the winning team — a free rum shot. RSVP with Cuju to ensure you get a seat.
Home Plate (Sanlitun): Tickets are rmb200 and get you buffet breakfast with free-flow juice, coffee and Tsingtao from 6:30 AM to 11 AM.
Some past Super Bowl in Beijing wraps:
- Sweater revenge in Beijing? The Giants vs Patriots Super Bowl summary (2012)
- Super Bowl in Beijing wrap: 13 bars, 2 teams, 1 power failure (2011)
- Cheerleaders and padlocks: Beijing Super Bowl party wrap-up (2010)
- Super Bowl: A Super Blow for local sports bars (2009)
- A Giants victory: Don’t blame the Patriots, blame The Sweater (2008)