Best bets for enjoying Super XLVII in D.C.

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Entertainment,Robert Fulton

When New York native Steve Strauss moved to the D.C. area, he couldn't bring himself to support the locals.

"When you are a Giants fan, it's hard to root for the Redskins," said Strauss, who lives in Falls Church.

Strauss attended Ravens games in the late '90s and enjoyed the team's stadium and the surrounding area. He purchased season tickets in 1999.

Last year, Strauss started a D.C.-area Ravens Meetup group that watches games weekly at Rock Bottom in Ballston. The group boasts more than 200 members.

"I took a chance and started the Ravens group itself," Strauss said.

While Strauss was looking for a new team to back, San Francisco native and D.C. resident Catie Bailard searched for a place to watch her beloved 49ers. She even measures time spent in D.C. in football seasons: four.

Bailard and other 49ers fans have found a home at Town Tavern in Adams Morgan, where they gather weekly.

"We're very dedicated," Bailard said, adding that now she doesn't feel right watching 49ers games without the fans at Town Tavern. "We're a big family."

Just a couple of years ago maybe 15 fans would show up on a Sunday to cry in their drinks, Bailard said. Now the Meetup group she organizes boasts more than 270 members.

She suggests fans get to Town Tavern early on Sunday.

"It's going to be crowded," Bailard said. "We are very passionate."

Where to go if you are a Ravens or 49ers fan

Rock Bottom Ballston: Baltimore fans should flock to this Ravens stronghold, home of the team's local Meetup group. Enjoy a chance to win two tickets to the Ravens 2013 home opener and two tickets to Ray Lewis' Celebrity Bowling Tournament this summer. rockbottom.com.

Town Tavern: This is where to watch the Super Bowl if you're a 49ers fan, home of the team's local Meetup. towntaverndc.com.

Other Super Bowl fun

Practically every bar in the country that has a television will air the game, with food and drink specials to draw you in. Here's a list, by no way complete, of places to catch the battle between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. Most places have flat-screen TVs and some sort of food and drink special. Game starts at 6:30, but it's best to grab a seat early.

51st State Tavern: The $5 burger baskets will keep you filled well into the fourth quarter. 51ststatetavern.com.

Arlington Cinema N Drafthouse: Enjoy the big game on the big screen, with free admission. arlingtondrafthouse.com.

Bayou: New Orleans-themed restaurant in D.C. is an appropriate location to watch a New Orleans-based Super Bowl. Buckets of Abita beer, Hurricanes. bayouonpenn.com.

Bayou Bakery: If you eat a plateful of spicy crawfish tamales, you get the tamales for free and a pitcher of beer. Are you up for the challenge? bayoubakeryva.com.

BlackFinn Bethesda: The standout here is the 120-ounce tower of Stella for $22. That's like 10 bottles. blackfinnbethesda.com.

Buffalo Billiards: Enter a contest to win a flat-screen television. dc.buffalobilliards.com.

Capitol City Brewing Company: Both the downtown and Shirlington locations will celebrate the big game with extended happy hour and great beer. capcitybrew.com.

Crystal City Sports Pub: One of the best sports bars around with plenty of screens on three floors. Appetizer buffet before the game starts, half-time buffet at the break. Reservations required. $35. ccsportspub.com.

Duffy's Irish Pub: Early birds can get bottomless Bloody Marys for $10. duffysdc.com.

Lou's City Bar: $14 Natty Boh pitchers. louscitybar.com.

McFadden's: Beer and wing specials to go with 21 screens. mcfaddensdc.com.

Public Bar: Both the Tenleytown and Dupont Circle locations are offering drink specials. publicbar.com.

Sign of the Whale: $30 all you can drink will help you celebrate victory or soothe defeat. signofthewhaledc.com

State Theatre: Folks in Falls Church have it made with the big screen at the State Theatre. Free admission. thestatetheatre.com.

Tonic: Foggy Bottom and Mount Pleasant locations will have Natty Boh, wings and more. tonicrestaurant.com.

The Ugly Mug: Pitchers and towers of beer, and half-price wings. uglymugdc.com.

Union Jack's: Ballston and Bethesda locations with food and drink reflecting the two teams. unionjacksballston.com and unionjacksbethesda.com.

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Robert Fulton

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