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Celebrate the Big Game with these Super Bowl watch parties

Celebrate the Big Game with these Super Bowl watch parties

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The Ravens take on the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII Courtesy of footbasket.com
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It’s beginning to appear as if Super Bowl Sunday is the next New Year’s Eve: If you don’t have plans for the evening, you will be judged for being a social shut-in.

Not everyone feels like putting in the required work to host their own watch party, and only a lucky few are invited to the party at their roommate’s parents’ house (after which you’ll probably have to apologize for various carpet stains).

Thankfully, there are plenty of places around town that offer a comfortable atmosphere to watch the Big Game. Most importantly, these establishments also take on the heavy workload of feeding you and your friends, as well as provide a never-ending stream of beer.

Check out our picks for game-watching this Sunday and free yourself from the task of cleaning up.

The North Door’s Super Bowl presented in 25 feet of HD

You might think that you have a nice enough set-up at home, but there’s nothing you can possibly get at Best Buy that can compete with a 25-foot HD projection screen. There is no better way to see Colin Kaepernick’s glorious tattoos in vivid detail.

There’s no cover, but for an extra $10 you can treat yourself to a delicious picnic-style feast of homemade pork ribs with corn on the cob, potato salad and a refreshing Shiner. It’d be a shame to go hungry during the game.

A Live Halftime Show at The Ranch

Many of us still feel betrayed after Beyoncé lip-synched the National Anthem at the presidential inauguration. If you're still reeling from this national tragedy come Sunday, check out the party over at The Ranch for live music and entertainment featuring Ben Cina, Lance Lane and DJ ReckShop.

Complimentary barbeque will also be served along with the free tunes.

Super Bowl Watch Party at Liberty Tavern

Liberty Tavern has been a go-to destination for the 2013 playoffs, so it only makes sense to end the season's journey here. You'll find the usual plethora of flat screen TVs surrounding the bar while you enjoy half-off a huge list of drafts, bottled beers and cocktails. You'll have the opportunity to indulge in fantastic snacks like fried green tomatoes, open-faced tamales, barbeque ribs and much more, unless you feel like your microwaved nachos somehow outshine those.

Games at Lavaca Street Bar

Nothing gets you into the competitive spirit of the Super Bowl quite like some competitive sports of your own. Of course, most fans don’t want to risk blowing out their own knees playing touch football at home, so skeeball is definitely the next best thing.

Join up with friends early at Lavaca Street Bar for a skeeball competition (winner receives a gift card) and then continue the rivalry with games of squares that will pick winners at the end of each quarter.

Brew Exchange’s Super Boil Party

Super Bowl XLVII kicks off in New Orleans this year, so embrace a little Cajun spirit. A crawfish boil, drink specials and DJ Mike Swing will all ensure the party continues well after one team hoists the Lombardi Trophy. But, really, is there any better way to pay tribute to the Big Easy than with all-you-can-eat crawdads?