Whether you’re an American living in Denmark, or simply an avid sports fan, the Super Bowl will mean something to you. For all you others out there, it’s the final of the American Football championship (the winner of which is boldly proclaimed “world champion” – never mind that there’s American Football in other countries as well!). This year, it will be played on the 1st of February, in Phoenix, Arizona. Kickoff is at midnight Copenhagen time, so if you want to watch, you better take Monday off!
American Football is actually relatively big in Denmark. Not as big as soccer, handball or tennis, but definitely bigger than in other European countries (my main point of reference here is Germany). The league games, playoffs and the Super Bowl are usually shown on TV here, and Denmark even had a very successful player in the NFL: Morten Andersen, “The Great Dane”, who played the position of kicker. Denmark also has a national football league (which the Viking boyfriend plays in) and some of the top teams regularly qualify for match-ups across Europe.
This year, it’ll be the New England Patriots against the Seattle Seahawks – East Coast vs West Coast. I wanted the Colts to advance to the Super Bowl (after my Saints didn’t make the playoffs this season), but between these two contenders, I have to root for the Seahawks. I really liked them last year, but I feel like they got a bit too cocky this season. But I simply hate Tom Brady, so I’d love nothing more than to see him lose yet another Super Bowl. I’m evil. Sorry.
So yes, the Super Bowl will be on TV, so you can watch it from the comfort of your own couch, where it doesn’t matter if you fall asleep in the 3rd quarter (which will with 100% certainty happen to me). But if you feel like making an event out of it, I’ve compiled a list of places where you’ll be able to watch the game, have a beer and maybe even some typical American food for the occasion (think wings and nachos here). Some of them might even have the original NFL feed – this is a huge plus if you, like me, can tend to think the Danish commentators are annoying!
- At The Irish Rover pub on Strøget, the kitchen is open until midnight, and apparently there’s free merchandise from Budweiser, if you’re into that sort of thing
- Pub & Sport near the City Hall Square offers a fixed menu for DKK 149
- Luna’s Diner in Vesterbro has a huge selection of burgers and other American-inspired food – I mean, they even have a soup called “Super Bowl”! You’ll get a free Budweiser with your food during Super Bowl night
- Another American restaurant, MAD Modern American Diner, has an all-inclusive offer: DKK 349 buys you dinner, beers, and entertainment in the form of a quiz, before the real football fun starts
- Burger staple Cocks & Cows on Gammel Strand also host a Super Bowl party – you’ll have to buy a ticket in advance, though
- Have you ever seen the Super Bowl on a HUGE screen? Don’t want to miss any of the tough calls? Then Nordisk Film Biograf at Palads/ Falkoner offers to watch the game in the movie theater. You’ll probably get nachos here, too. Tickets are DKK 150
- At Papirhallen across from Nyhavn, a huge Super Bowl fest awaits you with everything your football-fan heart desires: cheerleaders, beers, barbecue and Doritos (who are sponsoring the event). Tickets start from DKK 95, and there’ll be two Danish TV experts on site, too
Are you going to be watching the Super Bowl? And who are you rooting for?