This year's Super Bowl puts two of the most hated teams in the NFL together in a battle for pigskin supremacy -- the Seattle Seahawks (loathed for their embarrassing victory over the Broncos last year) and the New England Patriots (loathed for... gosh, just about everything). But forget the hate. The Big Game always brings football fans together to party and cheer for the love of the game. From ginormous buffets to poetry and dance, here are the coolest ways to spend Super Bowl Sunday.
6) One of the biggest parties in town on Sunday is at the Oriental Theater, where fans get the rare treat of seeing the game in Arizona on the theater's giant screen. The cash bar will be open and flowing, and best of all -- entry is free.
5) For glorious gluttony, few pre-game parties can match the one being thrown by ViewHouse Centennial. Starting at 10 a.m., the new outpost of the rooftop party palace will bring out an unlimited tailgate buffet with crazy stuff like a chilled seafood tower, a pancake bar and a waffle station, plus drink specials and activities. Then at lunchtime, ViewHouse will set out a spread of any football snack you could desire -- pizza, wings, potato skins, a make-your-own-taco bar and more. There will also be prizes every quarter and the main event on a 200-inch HDTV; admission is $29 a person.
4) The Ballpark ViewHouse is having a blowout of its own, with bottomless mimosas for brunch, a special tailgate menu, giveaways and a DJ to get the party started -- as well as the usual ViewHouse activities, food and drink.
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3) The Soiled Dove Underground/Tavern Lowry and the Tavern Downtown are holding simultaneous Super Bowl celebrations with huge buffets and plenty of TVs. At both venues, fans can enjoy all-you-can-eat buffets including pizza, wings, chili, sliders and more, along with unlimited well drinks and drafts of Bud. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door, and you can grab yours for the Soiled Dove and The Tavern at these links.
2) Mead St. Station will be hotter than Arizona this Sunday, giving its new smoker a workout with a gameday BBQ platter to feed any team, along with drink and shot specials. Call 303-433-2138 if you're planning on bringing eight or more football fanatics.
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1) If gridiron games aren't your thing, the Mercury Cafe is offering its Alternative to the Super Bowl. Starting with mid-morning brunch, this Denver institution will pile on music, activities, dance lessons and more all day long. Bonus)Don't feel like going out? Central Bistro & Bar is offering take-home packs of its famous confit chicken wings in whiskey glaze, honey mustard, or barrel-aged Fresno hot sauce varieties, with sides of ranch or blue cheese dressing. Prices are set at 25 wings for $30, 50 for $55, 75 for $80, and so on. Central is also offering hummus and veggie plates for 10 people for $35 each; call the restaurant at 303-477-4582 to order. How are you spending Super Bowl Sunday this year? And who do you think should clinch the trophy -- if anyone? And if you know of more super Super Bowl events around town, share the information below.