Well, Tom Brady has done it again, and the New England Patriots will be going to the Super Bowl for the ninth time in the last 18 years after their 37-31 overtime defeat of the Kansas City Chiefs. It should come as no surprise at this point, as the team always seems to find a way to get things done, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting.
Of course, if you’re planning to watch the big game on Cape Cod, you’ll have plenty of options. Most pubs and restaurants will have food and drink specials, and there are even places where you can bring the kids.
Or, if you’d rather stay home, the Cape has some outstanding local butcher shops and delis where you can pick up the essentials the day before and invite everyone over to your house.
Here are some of the best Super Bowl parties, and other options, you’ll find on Cape Cod this year, giving you plenty of time to come up with a plan before the 6:30 kickoff on February 3.
Go to the Pub
Perhaps the area's grandest Super Bowl party will take place at Cape Cod Irish Village Pub in South Yarmouth. This venue is holding a three-day event with live music and two-night accommodation packages, so you can spend the entire weekend living it up in style. It all gets started on Friday, February 1 with Irish music courtesy of Devri. From there, those who reserve the weekend package will receive a free breakfast on Saturday morning, followed by a five-course dinner and more live music that night. There is also an included breakfast and pre-game buffet on Sunday, and you can even stay at the hotel for a third night free of charge if you plan to overindulge while watching the game. You won't miss a second of the action, either, thanks to the pub's 120-inch television screen.
There's another large party taking place at Sea Dog Brew Pub, which is just off the Mid-Cape Highway in South Yarmouth. The pub is loaded with televisions and will have wing, appy, pizza, and beer specials all night long. There will also be a raffle with the victor receiving a 50-inch smart TV and second place getting two Celtics tickets, so you never know, you could walk out the doors a winner.
Over in Mashpee, Dino's Sports Bar will surely have something special planned for the Super Bowl because, after all, they attract a crowd for every other Pats' game all season long. There's an interactive atmosphere at Dino's during the Super Bowl, and they make some pretty good pizza, as well. Make sure you get there early because people will be lining up for a seat.
Another of the large sports pubs on Cape Cod is Red Face Jack’s in Yarmouth. This venue holds up to 220 people, so you can expect a great atmosphere if you attend. You’ll also find 45 TVs and 60 different beers available once you walk through the doors. Things will be festive at Red Face Jack’s and this is another venue that you’ll want to get to early to ensure that you get a seat.
Finding a place to watch the game with your kids can be a challenge because many of these parties cater to adults. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you’re a parent, you might be looking for something a little different.
DJ's Family Sports Pub, with locations in Hyannis and Falmouth, is one option to check out, as even though it’s a pub, kids are welcome and they have a children’s menu. It'll still get rowdy at the venue, especially the night moves on and patrons consume multiple drinks, but if your kids are old enough to sit through the game, it shouldn’t be a problem. There are TVs in every booth and the bathrooms, so you won’t miss a second of the action.
Another family-friendly place to watch the game, albeit an off-the-beaten-path option, is the TGI Residence in Centerville. Here, TGI will host a Super Bowl party with a chili-making contest, so if you're looking for a wholesome place to spend the evening with family, this might be it.
You might also want to look into what Ryan's Ten Pin Eatery in Hyannis has going on for Super Bowl Sunday. Where else can you bowl a couple of games before watching the Super Bowl or send the kids off to the arcade if they get restless? Just make sure there isn't a private event going on before committing to the venue.
Stay at Home
If all of this seems a little overwhelming, or if you’re worried about having to get to spend the better part of the day at a pub merely to make sure you get a table, it might be in your best interests to stay home and invite some people over for the game.
Naturally, you’ll want to come up with a great menu if you go this route and, luckily, there are some outstanding places to buy everything you’ll need on Cape Cod.
Dennis Public Market is one such location, as they carry a wide selection of beef, pork, and poultry, in addition to franks, seafood, pre-made sandwiches, and deli platters. They even sell beer, and there will likely be some specials in the lead-up to the big game.
Another option for your Super Bowl shopping is Chatham Village Market, which has a full-service deli counter with prepared foods, a butcher shop, a bakery, local produce, and beer and wine. This market is open every day of the week, as well, so you can even head out the morning of the game to pick up supplies.
Start Planning Today
Now’s the time to start your preparations for February 3, especially if you’re having people over for a gathering at your Cape Cod residence.
Come up with a menu, make restaurant reservations, or see if any of your friends are having a party of their own, so you’re not left scrambling to find something to do at the last minute.
Once you have the venue, food, and drinks figured out, the only thing left to do is find an excuse for missing work the following Monday.