Wednesday Jan 28 2009
Local hangouts gear up for Super Bowl
By: Lauren Weber, The Placer Herald
Where to go in Rocklin for some game day company
Whether you’re a diehard fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers or rooting for the Arizona Cardinals, the Super Bowl is one of the most popular sporting events of the year. Even if Feb. 1 is the only day of the year the TV is tuned to football – maybe it’s really the commercials you crave – people all over the U.S. gather to watch the game. According to the NFL Web site, last year’s Super Bowl game grabbed the attention of more than 148 million viewers – a record number. This year, if watching on a 20-inch TV just won’t cut it, Rocklin has you covered. Coach’s Classic Bar & Grill inside Strikes Family Entertainment Center will roll out two 120-inch projectors for the game, Bartender Daniel Faddis said. “They’re huge,” he said. For $5, Super Bowl fans get into Coach’s with a free game of bowling and arcade game access. Their menu will also feature discounted prices for game day, Faddis said. In addition to the projectors, the restaurant has 15 other television sets, so “no matter where you sit, you’ll have a good view,” Faddis said. Plus, Faddis said it’s always more fun to be around people for a big game like this, which is why reservations are recommended. Another local hangout that attracts a wide range of people is Regan’s Pub, according to Regan’s Pub bartender Sal Rodriguez. On Sunday, the bar will position all five television sets to NBC for the game. The pub will have drink specials on well drinks, shots and beer, Rodriguez said. Rodriguez also said plenty of seating and a full kitchen for food is what will draw a Super Bowl-worthy crowd to Regan’s. For others, nothing says Super Bowl more than pizza with friends. At least that’s what Wild Danz Pizza owner Dan Lubow is hoping. “You can meet with friends and have a good time,” he said. Drink deals will include draft beers for $1 and pitchers of beer for $6. All 12 TVs will air the game, inside and out on the patio. Lubow even encourages the kids to come along as he recently added more games, he said. “I’ve got lots of games for the kids,” Lubow said. Kids can be “totally entertained” either inside or playing out on the patio, he added. Wild Danz Pizza is located at 5514 Pacific St.; www.wilddanzpizza.com. For “the wine-drinking crowd,” Wine Styles on Lonetree Boulevard, is holding a Super Bowl Sunday party beginning at 2 p.m. Wine Styles employee Stacey O’Brien said the event is for “anybody who wants to enjoy the Super Bowl and kick back.” Although it’s a relaxed atmosphere in the wine bar, O’Brien is hoping for some game excitement. The $15 a person or $12.50 for a Wine Club member fee includes a barbecue-style lunch catered by Randy Peters Catering including tri tip, baked beans, red-skinned potato salad, Mediterranean pasta salad, bread and a free drink from a selection of wine, beer and soda. During touchdowns and quarters, guests will be entered into giveaways of wine and accessories, O’Brien said. Call 789-0300 to reserve a spot, reservations are required; www.winestyles.net/rocklin. But if the couch is calling in the comfort of your own home, make sure to have some traditional favorite Super Bowl food such as nachos, Buffalo wings, chili, potato skins, meatballs and other finger foods on hand. Safeway stores offer a selection of platters including the Signature Café Chicken Snack Attack with chicken wings and cool ranch dip and another tray, St. Louis Smokehouse Red Ribs, comes with dipping sauce. Even if it’s not to watch the game, but just to enjoy the million-dollar commercials on Sunday, Rocklin offers many spots to do so with enticing drink deals and menu markdowns. Contact Lauren Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org.