Superbowl Sunday is one of the most sacred days there is for die-hard sports fans. While many people make a divine ritual of watching at home and hosting terrific parties, others like to go out. For those of us who like to be out watching the game day excitement in public, we have a list. No matter which bar you decide to visit, it will be loud and crowded, but that won’t be an issue for those opting to be at a bar. Regardless of who you may want to win, the following bars will get you in the right mindset.
Cornerstone
2326 J St,
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 441-0948
www.facebook.com/Cornerstone-Restaurant

Cornerstone doesn’t really fall into the category of “sports bar,” but they still know how to appreciate and celebrate a good football game. The bartenders are friendly and the bar itself has become a place where locals and passersby alike come in to watch games. Cornerstone always has creative football-related specials going on throughout the season and will no doubt be packed to the gills for the Super Bowl. Located in the heart of midtown Sacramento, you would be wise to get there early unless you want to be standing for the entire game.

The Davis Graduate
805 Russell Blvd,
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 758-4723
www.davisgrad.com

The Grad is now, and has always been, a great venue for any sporting event. This bar has a lively atmosphere and terrific energy. The food rates pretty high as far as pub fare goes to be sure. There is a consistently updated sports schedule posted on their website. The Davis Graduate is also quite spacious, making it an awesome spot for watching the game. Check back with the bar online to get updates on any possible specials on game day.

Players
4060 Sunrise Blvd,
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 967-8492
www.playerspub.net

Players is the place all the locals in the Fair Oaks/Citrus Heights area frequent when looking to satisfy the urge for all things sports-related. With two locations very close in proximity to each other, they are very hard to miss. Obviously only one location will be in the address line here, but you can find both on their website. With plenty of booze, televisions and seats to fill, this is a no brainer for Superbowl Sunday. These bars are great because they like to keep things simple and cater to the neighborhood.

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Cheaters
3221 Folsom Blvd,
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 736-0563
www.facebook.com/Cheaters-Sports-Bar

Cheaters is a small, but powerfully connected to its regulars kind of bar. Most of the people that walk in know each other and the bartenders, which will make for a more intimate Superbowl experience. The word “intimate” should not be taken to mean the bar will be quiet or timid by any means, the quarters will just be a little tight. This is a perfect location for those who want to be around fellow sports fans who feel like friends.

Corner Pocket
7777 Sunrise Blvd,
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
(916) 722-2582
www.facebook.com/cornerpocketsportsbar

Corner Pocket is a venue with a lot going on. There’s lots of real estate and great beers on tap. This bar is packed on almost every night of the week, so you can imagine what it might be like on this particular day. The crowd at Corner Pocket is usually a bit younger and louder than the others this list, so if this is what you are attracted to, then look no further. The crowd will no doubt be roaring before, during and after the game takes place, which is just another day of doing business for these folks.

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As a hospitality professional Andy Soto has worked every facet of the industry. He currently leads the team at Spectrum Restaurant Consulting. He started writing a hospitality blog in 2009 and restaurant writing for Sacramento Press in 2010. In 2011 Andy became a Sacramento Restaurant Examiner for Examiner.com. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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