Like any other event affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Super Bowl will look a little different this year, but there are still ways to enjoy the game with outdoor viewing in February Florida weather.
The NFL game is one of the most-watched events in the world, drawing more than 80 million viewers every year since 1990. But it's not just about watching the game. It's the halftime show, which this year stars The Weeknd, and the specially crafted commercials that cost advertisers roughly $5 million for a 30-second spot. And let's not also forget about the important stuff: the camaraderie, the food and the beer.
Call your pod and check out this list to help plan your Super Bowl Sunday, at family-friendly venues with outdoor seating, game viewing, food and drink.
131 Bayview Drive, Osprey, (941) 786-3890, eviesonline.com/location/the-point
The Point is the newest addition to the Evie's Family. Located at the water's edge of Little Sarasota Bay in Osprey, it has three floors of casual waterfront dining. The ground floor offers a large seating area with two fire pits and guests can enjoy blazing sunsets from third-floor vistas. Watch the game on a large outdoor projector screen set up just for the occasion. Enjoy giveaways, raffles, tailgate bites and live music from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Added bonus: boat access.
2507 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton (941) 708-2966, naughtymonkbrewery.com
Enjoy all the trimmings of a traditional Super Bowl Party with prizes, raffles and beer shots when your team scores. This 8,600-square-foot space houses proprietary beers on tap, plus local brews like Darwin's Circa 1926 and Tampa Bay Reef Donkey. Originally inspired by Belgian- and German-style beer recipes, they've even stocked up on some of the usual suspects with light, big-name brand domestics just for the occasion. Not a beer fan? They also serve wine and ciders.
6111 Porter Way, Sarasota (941) 371-2939, bigtopbrewing.com
This brewing company is an homage to Sarasota's circus heritage, minus the creepy clowns. Bring the family and tell your friends the outdoor area features fire pits and accommodates up to 500 guests. A large projection screen will show the game; the menu includes tacos, burgers and deviled eggs and boiled peanuts. The 6,000-square-foot facility is famous for making beers that taste like foods we love, like the Decklin's Indulgence Peanut Butter brown ale, but traditionalists can find old favorites, too.
1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, (941) 330-0440, mattisons.com/mattisons-city-grille
Located in the heart of downtown, the game takes priority with a projector screen set up on the stage usually reserved for live music. At this outdoor-seating-only venue, take in top-notch people-watching in the glow of tiki torches and the warmth of gas heaters, in a pedestrian-friendly area full of action. A full bar and menu feature classics like fried calamari, fish and chips and brick-oven pizzas.
428 N Lemon Ave., Sarasota, (941) 954-8688, mbgsrq.com
This Rosemary District neighborhood joint is a kid- and dog-friendly restaurant that features outdoor dining with picnic tables and corn hole, making it a great place for the whole family to drink, watch the game, dine and have fun. If you don't like beer, enjoy wine or a chai tea-infused cider called "The Dude's Rug." The menu includes burgers, wings and bratwurst.