Super Bowl Sunday is the No. 1 at-home party event of the year, even bigger than New Year's Eve. But if you want to watch the game in a crowd, here are some options:
Beach Theatre See the big game on the big (11- by 27-foot) screen at a free showing.It's high-def with Dolby Digital surround sound. They'll serve beer and wine, popcorn and hot dogs. 315 Corey Ave, St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-6697; www.beach-theatre.com.
Courtside Grille The Feather Sound sports bar will have two dozen flat-screen TVs tuned to the big game, but you have to make reservations for an all-you-can-eat Mexican buffet and unlimited bar ($50, or $75 for top-shelf liquor). 110 Fountain Parkway, northeast of St. Petersburg; (727) 561-7433.
Champps The International Plaza sports bar is taking reservations for its unlimited buffet, which includes any draft or bottled beer made by Coors or Miller, and selected wines and liquors. There will also be a raffle. Tickets are $65 at (813) 353-0200. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for ticketholders only.
K.D.'S PubThere are so many regular Patriot fans at this bar, the Super Bowl plan is more of a potluck: Regulars are bringing a covered dish to the standing-room-only house party. The action gets started around 5:30 p.m. 13949 West Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, (813) 855-7090.
Bobalouie's Grille & Sports GardenThis USF-area sports bar has been hosting Giants parties for 21 years. There's no cover and a special room is being set aside just for the folks in royal blue. Specials include a pitcher of beer and 10 wings for $10.95 and a beer tub with $1 long necks. 1913 E Bearss Ave., Tampa, (813) 971-1243. - Sharon Kennedy Wynne