7 Of The Best Places To Watch The Big Game In Petaluma, Nearby

PETALUMA, CA — With eight football teams still in the NFL playoffs — including the San Francisco 49ers — we don’t yet know who will make it to the Big Game on Feb. 11.

In the meantime, it is not too early to scout the best places to watch. If you want someone else to make the snacks and serve the beer for the Big Game, several sports bars in the Petaluma area are primed for the handoff.

Kickoff in Las Vegas is at 3:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Sunday, Feb. 11, but you’ll want to get to your favorite spot earlier. We also recommend calling ahead and if required, making a reservation.

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Here are some area sports bars with enough screens that you won’t miss a play:

Pub Republic, 3120 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma. This popular gastropub usually offers specials on Super Bowl Sunday and always has the volume turned up, not only for the Big Game but most games. 707-782-9090

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Taps, 54 Washington St., Petaluma. Enjoy the Big Game with friends and family while taking in river breezes. Taps is situated on the banks of the Petaluma and has at least six TVs. The family-friendly beer garden/restaurant has 40 beers on tap and also usually has Super Bowl specials on tap. 707-763-6700

Graton Resort & Casino, 288 Golf Course Drive West in Rohner Park, has several options for watching the Big Game. The G Bar near the main casino entrance is a sports bar featuring over 38 flat-screen TVs so fans won’t miss a minute of the Big Game. In the High Limit gaming area, 8 is a semi-private lounge featuring flat-screen TVs, while Tony’s of North Beach is the perfect place to get the party started for the Big Game and enjoy samples from the extensive beer and wine menu or indulge in unique hand-crafted cocktails. 707- 588-7100.

Ausiello’s 5th Street Bar & Grill, 609 5th St. in Santa Rosa, is “where everyone knows your game” so it’s bound to be all about the Big Game. “Always lively with the roar of Bay Area sports fans and Bloody Mary connoisseurs alike, we welcome you to come as you are.” 707-579-9408

‘Superb Owl’ Watch Party at Victory House (Epicenter Sports and Entertainment), 3215 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa. Reserve your spot for the biggest “Superb Owl ” [sic] Watch Party in Sonoma County! No walk-ins the day of the Big Game; the venue will be closed to the general public the day of. Must reserve a table or bar seat, starting at $10 for a single bar seat and $20 for a table of two. RSVP here. Victory House boasts an impressive selection of 24 beers on tap, featuring local favorites that cater to every palate. With dozens of high-definition screens strategically placed throughout the venue, you won’t miss a moment of the intense action. Info: bom@visitepicenter.com

Russian River Brewing Company has two locations to choose from: 725 4th St., Santa Rosa and 700 Mitchell Lane, Windsor. Yes, they are gearing up for the Pliny the Younger 20th Anniversary Release but these popular local spots are always a great place for the Big Game. 707-545-BEER

Healdsburg Bar & Grill, 245 Healdsburg Ave., is open seven days a week so of course it’s open for the Big Game! The TVs are front and center at this stylish bar. Besides local beers on tap, the popular, always busy restaurant has great food: “the pickles are homemade, and the fish ‘n’ chips are beer-batter-dipped.” 707- 433-3333

Hosting At Home For The Big Game?

Perhaps you are already planning your big party — or say you win one of the 100 85-inch big-screen TVs Graton is giving away Feb. 3 just in time for the Big Game — Graton’s mixologist Jessica Christensen shared a fabulous game-day cocktail.

The Kick-off Margarita

Process: In a shaker tin add all ingredients into your shaker tin and drop in two fresh orange slices, add ice and shake. Strain into a bucket glass rimmed with jalapeno salt. Garnish with an orange slice and lime wedge.
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Inspiration: “Inspired by the kick-off on game day, we went with a cocktail that had a kick as well. A colorful, spicy margarita where you can choose your spice level, Habanero for a big kick or Jalapeno for something more subtle.”

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