Super Bowl events, specials on tap at North Tahoe-Truckee sports bars
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — The first year Pete ‘n Peters Sports & Spirits in Tahoe City held a Super Bowl party, the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers were knocking helmets in Super Bowl 10.
In other words, when it comes to the biggest game of the season, Pete n’ Peters has been one of the North Lake Tahoe’s biggest — and longest running — Super Bowl party hosts.
“We’ve been doing it for 40 years, it’s always just a fun atmosphere,” said owner David “Johnny B.” Rutter.
Pete ‘n Peters is just one of many sports bars in the Tahoe-Truckee region where hardcore sports fans, non-sports fans and everyone in-between can gather to watch the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers square off in Super Bowl 50. Game time is 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
And with Tahoe-Truckee region being a melting pot of fan bases, bar owners like Johnny Ourand of Blue Coyote in Truckee are primed for an especially lively atmosphere.
“There are so many people from so many different parts of the country,” Ourand said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re from San Francisco or Ohio, the common denominator is the Super Bowl — everyone wants to watch the game.”
And since Colorado-based companies KSL and Vail Resorts own Squaw Valley and Northstar, respectively, Ourand thinks there will be a robust and raucous Broncos fan base in the Blue Coyote on Sunday.
“We definitely have a lot more Colorado residents moving out here,” Ourand said. “Since it’s the Broncos, this particular Super Bowl we might see a few more people.”
Some area sports bars are offering food and drink specials to keep the fans fueled for the full-day affair, others are operating in a business-as-usual fashion, and all will be airing the game — with the audio piped in — on every TV.
Here’s a glimpse at what some sports bars in the Tahoe-Truckee region are doing for Super Bowl 50.
Pete ‘n Peters Sports & Spirits, Tahoe City
Savvy veterans of Super Bowl party hosting, Pete ‘n Peters’ annual event will feature the Jäger Girls, food and drink specials, raffle prizes and more.
“I’ve always tried to make it where it’s interaction with the customers,” said Rutter, noting that a raffle ticket is given out for every drink purchased, including non-alcoholic beverages. “We do a drawing at halftime and one at the end of the game. People get really excited about winning. It’s more than just coming in and getting something to drink and watch the game, you’re kind of in the action.”
Pete n’ Peters drink specials, which start at 3 p.m., include $3 16-ounce cans of Bud Light and $3 shots of Jägermeister.
The game will be displayed on an 80-inch HD TV as well as nine other HD TVs throughout the bar.
Blue Coyote, Truckee
While Blue Coyote doesn’t throw a Super Bowl party, the Truckee sports bar runs its happy hour prices — $1 dollar off — on all drinks throughout the entire game.
Moreover, Blue Coyote will show the game on all 24 of its HD screens.
“We like to call it wall-to-wall football,” said Ourand, co-owner of the Truckee sports bar. “Everywhere you look there’s a TV.”
Crosby’s Grill & Pub, Incline Village
Now a 15-year tradition, Crosby’s Super Bowl party will be highlighted by a free full dinner buffet at halftime for anyone who buys a beverage during the first half.
“It’s a dinner, it’s not just chips and dip — we do a full spread,” said co-owner Jim Poulos, adding that they keep a full menu all game as well.
Crosby’s will run its happy hour prices throughout the game, tout a full-sized Jägermeister machine, and hold a raffle. The game will be shown on 11 HD TVs spread throughout the bar.
“We have a good time, it’s a fun day,” Poulos said.
Rookie’s Sports Bar and Grill, Incline Village
For Super Bowl Sunday, Rookie’s will air the big game on all 33 HD TVs, including its 65-inch screen.
Drink specials include PBR, Rolling Rock and Miller High Life for $2.75. Raffle prizes will also be given away.