Where to watch...
Kickoff or kick back with a movie? It's time to decide what to do on Super Bowl Sunday.
Never mind watching the Super Bowl at home. Local clubs and restaurants are hoping you watch it at their places instead. They have planned all kinds of enticements, from autographed Patriots jerseys and free airline tickets to trivia contests, live music, and even free oysters before kickoff.
"It's going to be off the hook," says Sean Somers, whose family owns a variety of places including the Grand Canal, Hennessy's, and the historic Green Dragon Tavern.
Here's a list of distinctive options for the game, depending on your demographic and taste buds:
Anam Cara Pub: 1648 Beacon St., Brookline; 617-277-2880. Vibe: A mellow neighborhood haunt for the beer geek. Extra points: Delaware's Dogfish Head brewery (the night's sponsor) will sell oyster stout, brewed with Martha's Vineyard bivalves, and give away a campfire chair. The pub, which has two fireplaces, 24 different drafts, and 100 bottled beers, will also serve complimentary oysters.
Breezeway Bar & Grill: 153 Blue Hill Ave., Roxbury; 617-541-5400. Vibe: Urbane, multicultural dance club. "Roxbury but with a Back Bay feel," says co-owner Christ Stamatos. Extra points: For $10, an all-you-can-eat Super Bowl buffet with DJ Pookie spinning Latin sounds after the game.
Club Cafe: 209 Columbus Ave., South End; 617-536-0966. Vibe: Upscale, gay, lesbian.
Extra points: 17 monitors, two large screens, and a "stadium-style menu" with finger foods and, yes, hummus.
Green Dragon Tavern: 11 Marshall St., near Faneuil Hall Marketplace; 617-367-0055. Vibe: Historic, 347-year-old spot where the original patriots -- the Sons of Liberty -- reportedly hatched Revolutionary War plans. Extra points: A pull-down screen and a trivia contest administered by owner/GM Somers. After the game, a live set by the Swinging Johnsons, who played after the last Pats Super Bowl victory. Plus, an ungodly creation known as "Super Juice," which Somers hints was fermented in Foxborough.
Kings: 10 Scotia St., Back Bay; 617-266-2695. Vibe: A chill-out mecca with bowling, billiards. Extra points: Bowl while you view the Pats (there will be four 2-by-6-foot screens over the lanes) and join a raffle for Tom Brady-signed items and an Adam Vinatieri-signed football. Extra TVs added in the DeVille Lounge.
Lucky's Lounge: 355 Congress St., South Boston; 617-357-5825. Vibe: Rat Pack on the Sunset Strip. Sinatra might've watched the game here. Extra points: In this intimate lounge with hipster cred, there will be two special movie screens and a Coors Light-sponsored evening with $2.50 drafts, 25 cent wings, and $6 pizzas.
The News: 150 Kneeland St., near South Station; 617-426-6397. Vibe: Late-night Euro chic. Newly renovated with leather couches, it has a plush feel. Extra points: Brady hangs out here, and his sister, Julie, was a bartender, so Pats merchandise will be raffled off.
The Rack: 24 Clinton St., Faneuil Hall area; 617-725-1051.V ibe: Uptown jocks, billiards, and fast romance. Extra points: Eighteen TVs and a movie screen. Also, a raffle at halftime, with the winner getting plane tickets to anywhere in the country.
Tonic: 1316 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton; 617-566-6699. Vibe: An ultramodern cocktail of testosterone and cleavage. Extra points: Six plasma TVs and two large screens. Also, signed shirts from Brady and fellow Patriot David Givens. And whoever guesses the final score of the game wins $500.
UpStairs on the Square: 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge; 617-864-1933. Vibe: Brightly colored but serious restaurant/bar for foodies.
Extra points: Only one plasma TV, but a great a la carte menu, plus handmade taco chips and a special "Panther Pounder" vodka drink.