There’s no denying that the 82,000 people who will pack MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday will get to see the game of a lifetime. But they’re also going to see their bank account balances drop along with their core body temperatures.
The rest of us, if we want to rub elbows with our fellow fans, can do so in the comfort, camaraderie and relative frugality of a South Sound bar or restaurant.
With help from our readers, we’ve compiled this list of local venues that are going above and beyond the usual game-day goodies to really cater to the 12th Man (and Woman). We’ve probably missed a few, though, so check in with your local hangout if you don’t see it listed here.
Managers were still fine-tuning some details when we gathered this information. Some venues will start well before kickoff and continue long after, but you can count on just about all activities and specials listed here to be good during game time. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
CHARLIE’S BAR AND GRILL
620 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, 360-786-8181
Food specials: $5 food menu.
Drink specials: $2 Coors Light; $3 Blue Moon or Manny’s; $4 fireballs; $5 cherry, Jagermeister or orange bombs.
The bar, which has TVs inside and out, also will give away T-shirts, key chains, glasses and other items.
205 S. I St., Aberdeen, 360-532-9348
The theater will project the Super Bowl on its mega screen and admission is free.
FARRELLI’S WOOD FIRE PIZZA
4870 Yelm Highway, Lacey, 360-493-2090
1590 Wilmington Drive, DuPont, 253-912-5200
Food specials: All-you-can eat free pepperoni and cheese pizza with purchase of beverage.
Drink specials: $2.75 Bud Lights, some locations have Jell-O shots, Happy Hour all day.
HAWKS PRAIRIE CASINO
8318 Quinault Drive NE, Lacey, 360-528-8888
Food specials: 33-cent wings, $5 cheese pizza, $7 nachos, $9 for a beer, brat and tots.
Drink specials: $1.50 Buds and Bud Lights.
LITTLE CREEK CASINO
91 W. State Route 108, Shelton
Big Game Party includes a property-wide tailgate starting at 10 a.m., food specials and cash prizes. Customers at either lounge receive one raffle ticket per item purchased. Winners are drawn at halftime.
MCMENAMIN’S OLYMPIC CLUB
112 N. Tower Ave., Centralia, 360-736-5164
The club will show the Super Bowl live on the big screen in its movie theater, where you can order off the club’s restaurant menu. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome.
4411 Martin Way, Olympia, 360-459-8084
Drink specials: $2.50 20-ounce Bud Lights, $5 Seahawks Bombs, $4 12th Man Drink, $3 Skittle shots, $1.50 Jell-O shots.
Other activities: Raffle prizes will be given after every Seahawks score, with a grand prize given after the third quarter.
O’Blarney’s also is hosting a Blue Friday party 9 p.m.-1 a.m. that will include a comedy show, DJ, drink specials and a raffle to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County.
PINTS & QUARTS
1230 College St., Lacey, 360-438-9183
625 Black Lake Blvd., Olympia (next to the theaters at the Capital Mall), 360-943-5611
Drink specials: Lacey location will offer colorful drop shots called the Seahawk Blaster (Absolute Citron and energy drink) and the Seagal Slammer (cinnamon vodka and Midori). Olympia location will offer its $5 bloody mary bar, plus $2.50 Bud pints or $5 Bud quarts
Food specials: Olympia location will offer a pound of hot wings for $5, and its weekly special called the #GoHawks burger, with Angus beef, homemade fries on the burger, plus American cheese topped with onion straws and kicked-up barbecue sauce (which includes jalapeño puree).
Other activities: Olympia location is planning prizes and giveaways.
8100 Freedom Lane NE, Lacey, 360-923-5900
10019 59th Ave., Lakewood, 253-584-3191
Food specials: One-pound platter of wings and barbecued pork potato skins $13.99.
Drink specials: Bacardi/Coke or Long Island iced tea $5.
4611 Tumwater Valley Drive, Tumwater (at The Tumwater Valley Golf Course), 360-753-5100
Food specials: Build-your-own brat bar $3.50
Drink specials: $2 Bud Lights, $5 bloody mary bar, $4 mimosa bar, $1 Jell-O shots every time the Seahawks score a touchdown, bull shots when opponents score.
Other activities: Raffle winners spin a giant wheel to determine their prizes.
River’s Edge also will host a Friday rally, an evening Seahawks fans party offering its football menu from 6-8 p.m. Those wearing Seahawks colors are eligible for a raffle prize giveaway.
TRAGO MEXICAN KITCHEN
530 Black Lake Blvd. SW (inside Capital Mall) Olympia, 360-338-0515
Trago will be in “beast mode” all day (11 a.m.-10 p.m.) and encourages patrons to suited up in Seahawks gear. Game-time menu offers $4 well drinks and draft beers, $5 wine and martinis, $6 appetizers, and $6 shots (Fireball, Touchdowns, Carnival Shots and Jamesons).Staff writer Dusti Demarest (firstname.lastname@example.org) contributed to this report.