Just because the Giants and the Jets didn't make it to Super Bowl LI, doesn't mean we won't paint our faces, don our jerseys, and go to our local sports bar to watch. We may not have a home-team favorite in the game, but it's still bound to be the best game of the year and we'd be fools to miss it. If you're not celebrating by throwing a big blowout at your own place, we can recommend some pretty awesome bars with great food, good vibes, and plenty of TVs.
By far the largest of all the sports bars in Jersey City, HopsScotch also has an extensive menu of draft and bottled beer and a large menu of scotch as well. Their food menu goes beyond the standard sports bar wings, and also happens to be vegetarian-friendly. They're going to have giveaways at halftime and the end of the game, and of course, specials for the duration of the game. (286 Washington St.)
Being that the Super Bowl is at night, you'll have plenty of dinner options at O'Hara's Downtown including 14 flavors of wings, and build-your-own burger, mac & cheese, and pizza menus (along with many other options). As one of the smaller bars on this list, O'Hara's fills up quickly, but it's worth heading there a few hours early for a seat. Grab a beer tower, a great spot in front of one of their 15 TVs or the projector, and get comfortable. (172 1st St.)
PJ Ryan's & PJ Ryan's Squared
We're hitting you with a double whammy here as PJ Ryan's has two locations: one downtown in the Van Vorst Park neighborhood, and one in Journal Square. Both have a great selection of beer and broad food menus, but the amount of seating varies between the two locations. While PJ Ryan's is smaller, you can still count on the same large crowds at PJ Ryan's Squared, so definitely get a seat early. Both locations will have specials running during the game. (292 Barrow St.) & (4 Path Plaza) respectively
Third Base Sports Cafe (Grove Square)
Given its location directly out of the Grove Street Path Station, this is probably the most well-known sports bar downtown. There are TVs everywhere you look, so it's no wonder this bar is always packed to capacity on game day. They also have the most enticing all-inclusive deal for the Super Bowl. For $30 (if purchased in advance) or $40 at the door, you can get wings, sliders, pasta, quesadillas, pizza, fries, and (drumroll please…) an open bar! (116 Newark Ave)
Zeppelin Hall Biergarten
If you give yourself one cheat day, make it Sunday so you can watch the Super Bowl at Zeppelin Hall while stuffing your face with giant pretzel after giant pretzel. They offer other classic German biergarten items on the menu, but have we mentioned the giant pretzel?! Wash down your meal with one (or more) of the 100 beers on tap and cheer on your favorite team with your squad. There's literally enough seating for everyone. (88 Liberty View Dr.)
This is the ideal sports bar for foodies; they've elevated your average sports bar menu to include seafood, more vegetarian options, and some hearty entrees. While the prices are certainly a little higher at Taphaus, it's 100% worth it to have a view of the NYC skyline on one side and a view of the game on the other. Opt for bar seating or if you're going with a larger group, snag a seat at the picnic-style tables. (2 2nd St. #101)
Halftime Bar & Grill
Don't worry – we haven't forgotten about those of you who want to watch the game in the West Side/McGinley Square area! In fact, Halftime Bar & Grill is probably the best bang for your buck with food starting at $3 and capping out at $13. The cocktails and beers are reasonably priced, too, so you won't spend your week's pay in one night. The space as a whole is pretty open, so no matter where you sit, you'll be able to keep your eyes on the ball. (746 West Side Ave.)
VB3 Restaurant & Bar
If you're willing to go a little bit off the main drag, VB3 Restaurant & Bar is a stellar location to watch the Super Bowl. This spacious sports bar and pizzeria features 25 HDTVs visible from any seat, three big-screen projectors, and a special game-day menu that is sure to please carnivores, vegetarians, and pizza-lovers alike. They also have drink specials that are pretty hard to pass up: $12 Coors Light and Yuengling towers, $3 Coors Light and Yuengling drafts, and $3 domestic bottles. (475 Washington Blvd.)
Written by Sasha Kleinman
Born and raised in NJ, Sasha is a recent transplant to Jersey City and has become obsessed with everything the city has to offer. Sasha is a fashion copywriter by day, and die-hard Jane Do enthusiast and (vegetarian) foodie by night. When she's not stuffing her face at one of Chilltown's amazing restaurants, having a couple brewskis at the local brewery Departed Soles, or snuggling with your dog, Sasha is busy traveling the globe with camera (and fork) in hand. Follow her wide array of adventures @sksashafierce! P.S. Equal writes for all!