After last year’s Super Bowl excitement we can’t wait to see what happens this year. Though we don’t know who will be playing in this year’s Super Bowl quite yet, it’s nice know where we will be viewing it! Whether you’re watching for the game, the commercials or the halftime performance — it’s essential to find the perfect place for your whole team to enjoy the festivities come February 4, when the big game kicks off. Leave the cooking, cleaning and comfort to the following venues in or around Portland. Read on for kid-friendly places to watch the Super Bowl.
photo: The Independent Sports Bar & Grill via flickr
A newer spot for sports fans, The Independent is located in the historic Broadway Lights District. Locally owned and operated by the same people that brought us The Station, this spot loves kids as much as they do sports. Owner, Josh Johnston, says his kids rave over the establishment’s soft pretzels (plus they have a little leaguers menu). You can always get your game on here with 32 screens and a projector screen for the big games. The Independent is proud to offer every fan a great seat, however parking can be a bit tricky so use the parking garage next door or get there early for street parking!
225 SW Broadway #100m, Portland
These guys know how to do game day. While predominantly a soccer bar this spot knows how to do game day. It turns into family-style communal seating on sports days with 25 seats open at the bar for your friends who want to bounce back and forth. Everyone is a team player on game days so you’re sure to make new friends! The Bazi crew is famous for their Belgian-style beers and pub fare. In years past they’ve thrown Super Bowl viewing parties that feature afternoon happy hour food, drinks and even prizes! Children are more than welcome — just remember that reservations are highly recommended. They are pretty active on social media, so check out their twitter for updates on events.
1522 SE 32nd Ave., Portland
photo:National Joshographic via flickr
Giving you the opportunity to play, party and watch all in one location, Big Al’s is a great place to bring the whole team. Between 42 bowling lanes, shuffleboard, billiards and even a 7,000-square-foot arcade, Big Al’s is a mainstay that entertains children and adults of all ages — even if they don’t have an attention span to last an entire football game. With a special kids’ menu, stadium-style seating and a 55-foot HD projection screen, and you’ve got the ideal place to catch the Super Bowl and some fun.
14950 SW Barrows Rd.
16615 SE 18th St
Vancouver, WA 98683
photo:National Joshographic via flickr
After 25 years in the industry, Ken “Zig” Naffziger one of two owners of Tabor Tavern, decided to create a pub inspired by his wife’s travels and adoration for pub culture. Fan up with the fam and others for an affinity for high-quality pub food and culture, at this Tabor favorite. They love minors, serving them up mac and cheese, fish and chips or a cheeseburger with a smile. Weekend brunch can be enjoyed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. Note that to comply with the OLCC minor policy they cannot seat parties with minors after 7 p.m.
5325 E. Burnside St., Portland
On Deck Sports Bar and Grill
A family that plays together, stays together, which is why we love this premiere sports bar in the heart of the Pearl. They welcome patrons of all ages until 9 p.m. Players over 21 in your party can enjoy a collection of 12 beers on tap, while the whole team can catch the action on 25 high-definition TVs (including one 68-inch plasma screen). Their menu that ranges from potato skins and chicken strips to flatiron steak and beef stroganoff. It’s also just three blocks from Jamison Square if the kids are looking to run around and stretch their legs. Check out their events calendar for updated information about their Super Bowl events and specials.
910 NW 14th Ave.
photo: The Station via flickr
This gastropub transforms into a sports bar on a moments notice. The historic site of the Northwestern Electric Company is a friendly neighborhood sports pub. They’ve recently renovated, taking out an entire booth and table filling the space with chalk boards, magnet toys, games and more! Parents can see their little players in “The Kids’ Zone” while enjoying a pint anywhere in the restaurant. For the home field advantage here you’ll find six, large flatscreen TVs, as well as two enormous drop-down projectors for Super Bowl action catching awesomeness. And as parents treat themselves to sweet potato skins and Korean tri-tip tacos, the kids can choose from their very own menu of mini pork tacos and grilled cheese sandwiches. Brunch is available until 11:30 a.m. on game days.
2703 NE Alberta St.
photo: Stephanie-Rose Revels via Flickr
Buffalo Wild Wings
Lovingly called B-Dubs by regulars, BWW is a premier spot for sports fans of all ages. Each venue has a line-up of football food favorites that let you and your family go all out no matter what you and your little buffalos are craving. They have highchairs galore, plus cute little crowns for kids (or adults feeling like having some fun). With 30 plus flat screen TVs across the dining room and the bar you can catch all the action. There are eight locations in the Vancouver-surrounding Portland area so you’re sure to find a winner.
Online: Buffalo Wild Wings
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— Kris Wilhelmy