After two nail-biting championship games – okay, maybe just one – the teams for Super Bowl XLIX have been decided. On Sunday, Santa Cruz will join legions of football fans across America as the country tunes in to watch the Seattle Seahawks go up against the New England Patriots at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. If the Seahawks win, it will be the first time a team has won back-to-back Super Bowls since the Patriots in 2004 and 2005.

But where to watch the Big Game?

In Santa Cruz, restaurants, bars and clubs are gearing up for the big day, clearing off barroom tables and adjusting the reception on their big screen televisions. Below is a selection of top venues in Santa Cruz County to watch the Super Bowl surrounded by new friends and fans.


  • Bittersweet Bistro


    The Super Bowl will show in the bar on seven big screen TVs and in the larger back lounge on three big screen TVs, including one that has a 110-inch screen. The restaurant serves American Bistro Cuisine with Mediterranean influences, a full bar menu and wood fired pizzettas.

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  • Suda

    Santa Cruz

    This classy venue on Opal Cliffs will turn down the music and ramp up the Big Game on its two televisions Super Bowl Sunday. The restaurant will serve it's Sunday Special, a burger, fries & brew for $10 from 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The bar will also have $3 mimosas and $4 bloody Marys. Photo: Rebecca Stark.

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  • Britannia Arms


    With six television screens all tuned into the Super Bowl and an outdoor patio, this Capitola hotspot located at the top of the Esplanade is the perfect place to sip a cold one and commiserate with fellow sports fans. The British pub serves real English fare like Bangers and Mash and meat pie, and their friendly and attentive servers will keep your pint filled.

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  • Woodstock Pizza

    Santa Cruz

    Located in downtown Santa Cruz on Front Street, Woodstock's Pizza is a lively pizza joint with six television screens and an outdoor heated patio. Renowned for the quality of their pizzas and friendly staff, on Super Bowl Sunday, Happy Hour specials will go all day.

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  • Sir Froggy's Pub


    A neighborhood pub with friendly servers that will treat you like one of the family, Sir Froggy's has been a Soquel Village mainstay since 1987. On Game Day all seven television screens will show the Super Bowl, so guests can keep up with all the action from every seat in the house. The cozy pub, complete with fireplace, will serve Happy Hour drink specials from 5 p.m.

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  • Cilantros


    The cantina (or bar) at the back of the restaurant has its own entrance and hosts Happy Hour with local radio stations KPIG and The Hippo during the week. On Super Bowl Sunday watch the Seahawks go for a back-to-back win against the Patriots while sipping margaritas, eating all the tacos and drinking copious amounts of beer to wash it all down.

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