Four super spots to celebrate Super Bowl XLVII in NEPA

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First Posted: 1/20/2015

The most anticipated Sunday Funday of the year is about to commence — Super Bowl Sunday!

More than 100 million people around the world are expected to watch Feb. 1, as the New England Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks for victory.

Whether you’re a sports fan or not, everyone will be watching, partying and screaming at the TV — be it at the ref for making that call or the Doritos commercial with the random celebrity cameo that sucked.

Now when it comes to selecting a place to party, the options can be overwhelming.

Do you go over to your brother’s house?

Do you go to the dive bar within walking distance to avoid a DUI?

Do you sit home and eat buffalo chicken dip in the nude?

Decisions, decisions, decisions!

Here are some solid suggestions to lead you in the right direction when deciding where to celebrate Super Bowl XLVII.

Ready. Set. Hut.

THE CHICKEN COOP, Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre

Many bars will be offering food and drink specials on Super Bowl Sunday, but The Chicken Coop is taking it up a notch with free food.

“We’re having a free buffet during the half-time show with a variety of finger-foods,” said manager Brandon Stuchkus.

The family-owned business will be serving wings, as they have to the community for more than 30 years said Stuchkus.

“We have more than 25 TVs so everyone can get a good view of the game. We have stadium-style speakers on every wall, so with the sound quality and people yelling at the TV, you’ll feel like you’re actually at the game,” Stuchkus said.

GOODFELLAS, Mulberry St., Scranton

Right by The University of Scranton is a little sports bar serving up some big giveaways on Super Bowl Sunday.

“We’re giving away six football jerseys, a mini-fridge and a 50-inch TV,” said manager Charlene Connor.

Party-goers can have a shot at the prizes by entering a free raffle said Connor.

Even if you don’t win the TV, there are 30 TV’s inside the bar to make sure you don’t miss a moment of the game from any angle.

RIVER GRILLE, N. River St., Wilkes-Barre

Beer is a solid staple at any Super Bowl celebration and as everyone knows, Bloody Mary’s are synonymous with Sundays.

River Grille in Wilkes-Barre, will feature both at their party on Feb. 1.

“Sunday is still a day where people are winding down from the weekend. Bloody Mary’s are the perfect way to nurse your way back from Friday and Saturday and still let you keep up with the party on Sunday,” River Grille manager Erica West said.

A $3 build-your-own Bloody Mary bar will be present all Sunday long as River Grille will allow party-goers to play bartender, West said.

“The bartender gives you your glass and you build your own Bloody Mary to your liking. We have tomato juice and all the spices to create your own mix and for those who might be intimidated to make your own, we have premade mix. People enjoy taking garnishes and jazzing it up with pickles and olives and jalapenos, or for two extra dollar adding bacon or jumbo shrimp,” West said.

Flavored vodkas are also in the mix and include jalapeno, Old Bay and bacon flavors.

Who can say no to something that involves bacon?


Some people may want to have their own private party for the Super Bowl. If you’re one of those people, you have something in common with Vinnie Archer, owner of the V Spot on Providence Road in Scranton. Though his doors will be closed for a private party during the game, Archer will open his bar to the public for an after party 30 minutes after the game ends.

“Super Bowl Sunday is a day to celebrate the biggest sports night of the year. There’s no need to stop partying once the game is over, so we’ll be open for an after party for sports fans to celebrate together,” Archer said.

The Super Bowl after party will include karaoke.

Maybe Katy Perry’s half-time performance will bring out the ‘firework’ in you — depending on how hard you’re partying, just pray it doesn’t end up on YouTube the next morning.