For football fans who might not play the beer and bar game, Tucson has alternatives all over town. We've picked four sweet plays for your viewing, eating and drinking pleasure.
Watching the game at home, but beer is not your bag?
• Catavinos Wine Shoppe & Tasting Room, 3063 N. Alvernon Way, 323-3063.
• Game plan: This locally owned wine shop has drafted a lineup of wines to go with the most "offensive and defensive foods" at your party. Taste six for $10 or pay $8 with a take-home purchase over $10. Go for a case and the tasting is free. Tasting is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Not into the post-party cleanup, but want to watch on a wide screen with friends?
• Acacia, 3001 E. Skyline Drive, 232-0101.
• Game plan: Football fare with an upscale twist includes nachos, Kobe beef dogs, pulled pork BBQ and more served family-style in a private room with a plasma screen. Lunch or bar menu also available, and happy hour goes long from 4 to 9 p.m. $160 for up to 10 people, $350 for up to 20. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
• Mr. An's Teppan Steak & Sushi, 6091 N. Oracle Road, 797-0888.
• Game plan: Three rooms available with wide screens. Bring up to 10, up to 20, or seat 30-50 around the teppan table. Game-day drink and starter specials begin at 4:30 p.m. Rooms may have minimum orders, call to reserve.
Like your beer but keep it crafty?
• Pasco, 820 E. University Blvd., 882-8013.
• Game plan: Enjoy the game on the patio under a heater with the big screen, or indoors at the bar. Sample of three of the seven craft beers on tap to sip alongside a fresh bread bowl filled with albondigas or soup of the day for $14. Just the suds for $6. Opens at 10 a.m. every day, closes Sundays through Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Open late Friday and Saturday.