2017 Liberty Bowl Specials and Watch Parties + How To Stay Warm At The Game

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 29th 2017 2963 0

If you’re looking for info on the 2018 Liberty Bowl, click here.

Here’s a list of bars near the Liberty Bowl that will a) open early, b) offer specials, c) host watch parties this Saturday, December 30. Kickoff for the game is 11:30 a.m. and we have a sellout crowd of about 57,000 people. Keep scrolling to find out things to do after the game + tips for staying warm.

If anyone is opening even earlier or having any specials, drop me a line in the comments and I’ll get ya added.

For the full Liberty Bowl guide, go here. For a list of places to get breakfast, go here. For more about the neighborhoods near the stadium, go herehere, and here.

Bars opening at 10 a.m. or having watch parties: 

Young Ave Deli, beer bucket specials during the game.
Hammer & Ale, flights of local beer, $4 pints during game.
Strano, $15 bottomless mimosas starting at 10 a.m.
Stanley BBQ will open at 10 a.m.
– Memphis Made Taproom hosts a watch party /pre-game 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
– Central BBQ will open at 10 a.m.
– Jerry’s Sno Cones will have supremes and burgers combos for $8. For $17, you can also get a t-shirt

Newby’s hosts a watch party starting at 11 a.m. with lots of super cheap drink specials.
– Slider Inn opens at 11 a.m. with the game on and $2.50 Bud Light aluminum bottles all day.
High Cotton Brewing hosts a watch party 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm. Dog and kid-friendly.
Loflin Yard hosts a watch party 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. with drink specials and brunch.

Other things going on in Memphis on Saturday:

– The Pink Palace’s Enchanted Forest is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Anna Benson performs at The Vault downtown.
Live music at the Hi-Tone feat. Mystic Light Casino and more at 8 p.m.
– Fox & Hound (5101 Sanderlin) will show the UFC 219 fights.
Live music at the P&H.
– Eric Hughes Band at the Dirty Crow Inn at 9 p.m.
– Bar DKDC will have a Soul Dance Party w/ DJ Dropout at 10:30 p.m.
– Railgarten hosts the Juke Joint Duo at 9 p.m. (Cedric Burnside, Lightnin’ Malcolm, with R.L. Boyce)

If you need to learn the words to the fight song, go here.

Tips For Staying Warm At The Game:

Iowa State fans will barely blink at an eye at a 40 degree football game, and they are here in droves. And really, with plenty of football games played in sub-zero temps each year, we shouldn’t be too worried, either. We can handle this.

We need to be sure to show up for our Tigers even if you’re the kind of person who hates it being below 65. I talked to my BFF who lived in Buffalo for several years – and here are her tips for dressing warmly for a game like this.

– We all know to wear layers, but be sure you have some insulation (layers of air) in there, too. Leggings and sweat pants may be warmer that tights and jeans.

– Wear wool or something more moisture-wicking instead of cotton, especially for for your first layer.

– Hats and gloves! (seems like a no-brainer, but it’s a good reminder)

– Hand warmers in your gloves, boots, pockets

– Vests are underrated, especially for their bulk v. warmth ratio

I’d add that a blanket to sit on  – instead of a tush-to-metal seat situation – will go a long way. I’m also going to be sure to have a hearty breakfast and then eat my weight in Pronto Pups during the game to keep my strength up. I’ll bet buying some coffee – or, let’s be honest – some adult beverages, wouldn’t hurt for at least feeling warmer.

Be sure to review the Liberty Bowl’s rules about what you can and cannot bring and all the other details here.

And finally…my parting words…

Will you be at the Liberty Bowl tomorrow? What are your plans for staying warm? Let us know in the comments.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Kevin says:

    Heck yeah! Following basically the tips above, but now they are saying in the mid-30s by game time instead of the mid-20s so should be all good. I am worried about getting through security quickly with all the layers and such, so just getting parked and in on time is now my biggest concern.

    Oh, and right on with the Pronto Pups! Probably will see u in line! 🙂


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