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Posted: January 29, 2014

Where to watch the Super Bowl & where to completely avoid it altogether

Written by: Shannon Bryan - mainetoday.com editor - sbryan@mainetoday.com

Super Bowl XLVIII

Are you a fan of the Seahawks or rooting for the Broncos? Or just trying to keep your mind off of the fact that the Patriots aren’t playing?

Whether you’re cheering for the AFC or NFC during Sunday’s Super Bowl – or in it for the commercials and half-time show, you’ll want to do your cheering along with others who love football. The free buffets and Bloody Mary bars are nice, too. Check out some of these viewing options for the big game – just a few of the many going on around southern Maine. And think about this, Maine football fans: you’ll be nice and warm indoors, instead of freezing your behind off in a New Jersey stadium.

THE GAME

Kickoff: Sunday, February 2, at 6:30 pm ET
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

WHERE TO WATCH THE SUPER BOWL

OXBOWL AT EVENTIDE OYSTER CO.
WHERE: 86 Middle St., Portland | 774-8538 | eventideoysterco.com
WHEN: 5 pm to midnight
WHAT: The oyster bar transforms into a sports bar & grill for Super Bowl Sunday. Tickets are $50 to watch the game on two screens along with a feast of wings, ribs, sliders, nachos and sundaes. Plus $1 oysters and Oxbow drafts for $5. Tickets: eventbrite.com/e/oxbowl-2014-at-eventide

DOCK FORE
WHERE: 36 Fore St., Portland | 772-8619 | facebook.com/dock.fore
WHEN: Noon to midnight
WHAT: From noon to 7 pm $2.95 mimosas and Portland’s original Bloody Mary bar for $3.95. $1.95 pints 3-7 pm, 20-oz PBR for $1.95 from 3 pm until closing. Tailgate party with free food at 4 pm, free hot dogs & peanuts during the game. Since it’s also Groundhog Day, Woodchuck Spring Cider for $2.95 all day. Drink specials every time Peyton yells “Omaha!”

SEBAGO BREWING COMPANY, KENNEBUNK
WHERE: 65 Portland Rd., Kennebunk | 985-9855 | sebagobrewing.com/locations_kennebunk
WHEN: 6 pm until the game is over.
Free halftime buffet, seven HD TVs throughout the pub and Happy Hour specials for the duration of the game. At halftime, enter the dumpling eating contest. FMI see the Facebook event page

JIMMY THE GREEK’S
WHERE: 215 Saco Ave., Old Orchard Beach | 934-7499 | jimmygreeksopa.com
WHEN: Open at 11 am
WHAT: One-topping 15-inch pizza special for $10 all day (take out or dine in), plus beer tower specials. The game will be shown on a monster 15-foot screen and on plenty of smaller TVs.

THE BRUNSWICK
WHERE: 39 West Grand Ave., Old Orchard Beach | 934-4873 thebrunswick.com
WHEN: 3 pm – 1 am
WHAT: Pre-game tailgate BBQ 3-5 pm and the Smirnoff Girls will be in house 5:30-7:30 pm. Twenty-two HD TVs and a full surround-sound system make the “Swick” a big game watcher’s paradise.

ASYLUM
WHERE: 121 Center St., Portland | 772-8274 portlandasylum.com
WHEN: Open at 4 pm.
WHAT: Watch the game on 16 HD TVs while scarfing down 50 cent wings, $8 pitchers of Coors Light and gourmet flatbreads on special.

RIVALRIES
WHERE: 10 Cotton St., Portland | 774-6044 | rivalriesportland.com
WHEN: Open at 11 am
WHAT: Watch the game on the more than 32 TVs while enjoying $4.50 Bloody Marys and mimosas and $5.50 personal pitchers. Prizes and giveaways, too.

GRIDIRON RESTAURANT AND SPORTS PUB
WHERE: 1567 Lisbon St., Lewiston | 777-6353 | gridironrestaurant.com
WHEN: Open at 11 am
WHAT: Food specials, $2 27-ounce Bud Lite, $2.75 27-ounce draft Shock Top and $4 Bloody Marys. Plus prizes and giveaways.

PORTLAND REGENCY HOTEL & SPA
WHERE: 20 Milk Street, Portland | 774-4200 | theregency.com
WHEN: 5:30-10 pm
WHAT: Tickets are $40, which includes a Hot & Cold Buffet, special drink prices and enters you into the grand prize drawing for a flat panel TV. If you’d rather not drive home, special room rates of $47 plus tax are also available. Call (207) 774-4200 or 1-800-727-3436 for details and ticket purchase.

SUPER BOWL TAKEOUT

BINGA’S STADIUM
WHERE: Pick up at the Yarmouth or Portland location | bingasstadium.com
Watch the game from the comfort of your own home – and with the comfort of Binga’s wings, tenders, pulled pork, or beef brisket. Binga’s is offering Super Bowl take-out specials for folks who order by Jan. 30. Check out all the options: Super Bowl take-out

WHERE TO COMPLETELY AVOID THE SUPER BOWL

Paint Nite photo at Bull Feeney’s. Shannon Bryan photo

But wait! Maybe the thought of sitting through a Super Bowl makes your insides cramp. Football might simply not appeal to you, and that’s okay, no matter what your sports-loving friends and neighbors say. And there is a chance that you’re the rare breed of people who doesn’t appreciate a well-produced Snickers commercial, which is weird. Those commercials are hilarious. Or maybe it just hurts to much to watch the big game when your team isn’t in it. There, there. Don’t cry.

Whatever the reason, here are some Sunday options to help you avoid the Super Bowl:

MAINE ROCK GYM
You can climb your living room walls Sunday, but those probably don’t have a Staples brand “That was easy” button at the top. The walls at Maine Rock Gym, and hitting one of those buttons amplifies a climber’s sense of accomplishment. If you’re new to the sport, you can take a lesson with a trainer and “climb on!” It’s $30 to get started and the rock gym is open from 11 am-6 pm on Sundays. FMI: merockgym.com

PAINT NITE
While your Super-Bowl-watching friends are drinking light beer and cursing the TV, you can drink beer while creating something wonderful: Art. Paint Nite blends drinking and painting in way we should have thought of long ago, and it caters to those of us who lack artistic talent. The Sunday session starts at 6 pm at Bull Feeney’s and costs $45. FMI: paintnite.com

BAYSIDE BOWL
Do some tackling of your own on Sunday. Except instead of tackling people, tackle pins. Bayside bowl is open all day, and there’s a good chance they’ll have the game on, should you want to watch it. Should you want to ignore it altogether, you can do so with a little help from a neon pink bowling ball and a plate of tater tots. The bowling alley is open from 11 am-11 pm on Sunday and a lane costs $30 an hour. FMI: baysidebowl.com

MAINE INDOOR KARTING
Rivalries can exist away from the football field. Embrace that competitive spirit on the track at Maine Indoor Karting. The track is open from 10 am-8:30 pm Sunday and racers can “arrive and drive” for $23. FMI: maineindoorkarting.com

MAINE DAY AT SADDLEBACK
Some folks watch sports. Some folks DO them. Hit the snowy trails at Saddleback Mountain in Rangeley for only $29. It’s Maine Day on Sunday, so we locals get a much-appreciated discount. The lift runs from 7:30 am-4 pm, so you’ll still have plenty of time to not watch the game in the lodge. FMI: saddlebackmaine.com

PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART
Why not spend Super Bowl Sunday staring at things that aren’t smashing into each other? The Portland Museum of Art is open 10 am-5 pm Sunday and costs and admission is $12 for adults. There won’t be much in the way of hot wings, jerseys, or enthusiastic yelling, but there will be a fantastic collection of fine and decorative art. And quiet. FMI: portlandmuseum.org

YOUR LOCAL MOVIE THEATER
Why not use this time to catch up on your movie watching.? There are plenty of excellent films nominated for the Academy Awards, and many of them are still showing at local theaters. And how handy, there’s a searchable list of movies and local show times right here.

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