While football fans in the United States brace for what could be a frozen Super Bowl in New Jersey, the pigskin-loving population in Costa Rica looks forward to watching the Broncos and the Seahawks in tropical comfort at some bars. Game parties for Sunday are scheduled at most major sports bars in San José, but only a few are offering food and drink specials.
Bar Poás on Avenida 7 and between Calle 3 and 5 will feature free hot dogs, as well as domestic beer for 800 colons from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Owner Larry Wharton said he has already bought 200 hot dogs, and is likely to buy 100 more in anticipation of a big turnout.
At the nearby Sportsmen’s Lodge between Avenidas 9 and 11 on Calle 13, an admission ticket of $55 buys patrons eight hours of endless food and select drinks. As they have in the past, the beautiful, bikini-clad Pilsen Girls will be in attendance along with a mariachi band. Beginning at 2:30 p.m. and ending an hour after the final whistle, there are deals for six different food menus and alcohol that includes Costa Rican beers and a variety of liquors.
At the Hotel del Rey bartenders will be dressed and painted in team colors to encourage a lively atmosphere. The party there starts tonight and continues all weekend. Other sports bars downtown, like Chubbs, Brewer’s, and The Zone Sports Cafe will be televising the game and featuring normal menus and drink options.
But of course, Super Bowl XVLIII is not the only big show in town on Sunday. There are the presidential election and legislative elections. The voting results should be known at least by midnight, just a few hours after the clock hits zero at Metlife Stadium.