The annual viewing of some of America’s most creative – and longest – commercials has come around again! The spotlight will be on National Anthem singer Lady Gaga, with Beyonce, Coldplay, (possibly) Taylor Swift, and Maroon 5 as they entertain audiences in the middle of the day at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco, California.
And there’s also something about a “big football game” and the “50th anniversary” that comes to mind…
Tokyoites who are gritting their teeth about missing out on yet another Super Bowl Sunday can find solace at these Tokyo hotspots, opening earlier than usual to host their own Super Bowl 50 events. Each one has a special deal and offers, so check closely and find a place to hit up before stumbling on over to work! (Not that we advise the early morning indulgence, but we think it’s okay to make an exception in this case.) Whether or not you’re a fan of either the Carolina Panthers or the Denver Broncos, Super Bowl 50 is set up to be a great event for Americans and sports fans to gather together in the wee hours and share a drink over commentary. Kick-off is on Monday morning at 8:30 am sharp, Tokyo time!
Super Bowl 50 Viewing Parties in Tokyo – February 8, 2016
Sports Bar Maharaja
Usually one of the hottest night clubs in Roppongi, Maharaja is transforming (temporarily!) into a sports bar for Super Bowl 50. Expect big sounds, giant TVs, and plenty of music, drinks, and fun crowds.
Where: Roppongi Plaza Bldg. 5F, 3-12-6, Roppongi, Minato-ku
When: Doors open 7:30 am
How much: ¥2,000 (reservation required, ¥1,000-off coupon on website; includes all-you-can-drink)
More info: http://www.tokyosuperbowl.com/
Tokyo Sports Cafe
The largest and oldest sports cafe in Tokyo, this is guaranteed to be one of the best places to get into the spirit of Game Day with fellow fans. Dozens of giant TVs, interactive touch-screen displays, air hockey tables, and a cozy atmosphere await Super Bowl 50 watchers.
Where: Fusion Bldg. 2F, 7-13-8, Roppongi, Minato-ku
When: Doors open from 8:00 am
How much: ¥5,000 / ¥7,000 (VIP) – Both include all you can eat and drink.
HOOTERS Restaurant and Bar Tokyo
At this well known party restaurant, you can expect the Buffalo wings and beers to be flowing early Monday morning. Join in the ruckus and have a blast with friends at any of the chain’s establishments across Tokyo.
Where: All Hooters locations in the 23 wards.
When: Doors open from 7:30 am
How much: ¥2,000 (with one drink)
More info: http://www.hooters.co.jp/en/news/283/
Legend Sports Bar
Usually hosting European football events, Legends Sports Bar is opening its doors to American football fans for Super Bowl 50. The crowds get rowdy during touchdowns, so watch out for elbows tackling your drinks. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere and meet some new friends during the broadcast.
Where: Aoba Roppongi Bldg 1F, 3-16-33, Roppongi, Minato-ku, 106-0032
When: Doors open from 7:30 am
How much: ¥4,000 (includes breakfast and 2 drinks)
More info: http://www.legendsports.jp/
Good Heavens British Bar
Likely to be the smallest of venues on the list, but no less important, is the more local “go-to” for sporting events in the Setagaya area. There may not be Budweisers, but there will be plenty of brand-name British ales and beers to enjoy during the game.
Where: Daizawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 155-0032
When: Doors open 8:00 am
How much: ¥2,000 (all you can eat and drink – coffee)
There you have it, folks! Your best options for enjoying Super Bowl 50 without struggling with streaming websites at home. Be safe, and enjoy the game!