It’s almost time once again for the Super Bowl, or the self-proclaimed “World’s Biggest Sporting Event.”
In fairness to the occasion, that bold boast might not be too much of an “alternate fact.” Make no mistake, this is the prime-time TV slot, in the U.S. at least, drawing in more than 100 million viewers (according to predictions by the White House, it will be closer to a billion), and it’s also a marquee sporting matchup in many parts of the globe, including Vienna.
This year’s National Football League championship finals will feature the Atlanta Falcons battling the New England Patriots for the Vince Lombardi Trophy, following their dominant victories over the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, respectively. As a long-time Carolina Panthers fan, this year’s lineup of teams is pretty hard to stomach, but for much of the sport-loving Austrian public, the only thing tough to take will be that kick off time.
Starting in the early hours of (shudders) a working Monday doesn’t seem to deter Vienna-based fans though, and for hardy night owls of all nationalities there are a range of places to enjoy Super Bowl ⅬⅠ in Vienna, many of which are getting bigger and busier year on year.
You can expect to find throngs of people decked out in team colors, and the biggest parties often have merchandise resellers as well, catering to a friendly and knowledgeable crowd. It’s certainly not an all-male event either, and if past years are anything to go by, you can expect to find a well-served crowd wanting for just one thing: a sporting classic to unfold before their eyes (though a few will be there just to watch Lady Gaga’s half-time spectacle – will she use the occasion to dis the new President?).
Most events in the city require a ticket to get in, but will provide all of your food and drinks (yes, including the alcohol) as part of the deal, so although the price of entry might appear a bit steep at first glance, it can actually end up being a good value night out if you and your friends are really looking to enjoy the thrills of this great American sporting spectacle.
Super Bowl ⅬⅠ
Kick-off on Mon, Feb 6 @ 00:30.
Live Local TV Broadcast (German commentary):
PULS4 starting Sun, Feb 5 @ 22:40
ProSieben MAXX starting 21:00 (pre-game countdown only)
SAT1 starting 22:55
Many pubs and hotels across the city offer some kind of special opening hours for the Super Bowl, so check your local favorite, or see our pick-6 below for the bigger events with a top-class game night atmosphere…
METROPOLE’S PICK-SIX LIST OF SUPER BOWL ⅬⅠ PARTIES IN VIENNA
Read Metropole’s recap of 2016’s party here: https://www.metropole.at/scenes-of-vienna-for-the-love-of-the-game/
Charlie P’s Pub, 9., Währingerstraße 3
Begins: Sun Jan 5 @ 20:00
Tickets: FREE ENTRY – Food and drink special offers available. Kitchen open until 01:00.
TGI Fridays, 1., Schubertring 13
Begins: Sun Jan 5 @ 22:00
Tickets: €39 – All You Can Eat. Special drinks offers available.
Tickets available at: TGI Fridays Vienna.
PULS4 SUPERBOWL PARTY @ Marx Halle Wien