Can't make it to Pasadena this New Year's Day? No worries! Watch Michigan State University at the Rose Bowl at Northern Michigan restaurants in Traverse city, Suttons Bay, Glen Arbor, Omena, Bay Harbor and Boyne.
January 1, 1988, the last time the Michigan State Spartans played in the Rose Bowl. The Evangelical Luthern Church in America is established, creating the largest Luthern denomination in the United States, Zebra Mussels were just nestling into their new Great Lakes homes, Gorbachev was the leader of the Soviet Union, and with the exception of a few hundred graduate students and a handful of super-seniors, many of us were just being born, or not born yet.
So, for some members of Spartan nation, this Rose Bowl of 2013 will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, at least until the next time Michigan State Spartans travel to Pasadena. If you are celebrating your New Year's Day in Northern Michigan this season, and are looking to a 'hot spot' to watch the 2014 Rose Bowl, and all of the other New Year's Day bowl games, check out these Northern Michigan food escapes, but remember to wear your Green and White!!
Buffalo Wild Wings, Traverse City
Enough television square-footage to make a highway billboard jealous. At last tally, there were 46 TVs—who knows if one has since sprouted off. With 20 taps of both the big domestics and Michigan-made beers, and 16 signature wing-slathering sauces, you’ve got about 14,000 different TV-beer-wing combinations to choose from.
State Street Grille, Traverse City
Pack into this pub-style post in downtown Traverse City, where their well-curated selection of craft brews provides the perfect complement to their steak and poultry dishes. You won’t be able to turn your head without seeing a flat screen or a smiling Spartan.
Shimmers on the Bay, Holiday Inn, Traverse City
Doors open at 1:00 pm on New Year's Day. Enjoy coverage of the Rose Bowl game on all four big screen TVs, free appetizers at half time, and drink specials. Enjoy home-style chicken noodle soup, hand-carved prime ribs, oven roasted vegetables, portabella chicken and "party salads." Doors close whenever the game is over.
Village Inn, Suttons Bay
Open all day and until the Spartans are hoisting a trophy above their heads. Offering a buffet of specials: $5 pitchers of draft beer, not-to-be-missed wing deals, and their Wednesday-standard half-off Mexican entrees.
Art’s Tavern, Glen Arbor
One of Northern Michigan’s last corner hangouts. Tons of paraphernalia, too much character, taps galore, and a menu full of tried and true pub favorites that’ll keep your spirits up through the TaxSlayer.com Gator bowl. Oh, and tell ‘em Art sent you.
Knot Just a Bar, Bay Harbor and Omena
Two locations, two featured specials, all-you-can-watch football: deals on appetizers and drinks during the day’s full line-up of bowl games.
In a typical year, many Northern Michigan restaurants are closed on New Year's Day. So give a call to your favorite sports bars ahead of time, or stick to our list above. Fight, fight, green and white!
The Trophy Room, Boyne Mountain
Seven new televisions, six new taps: the perfect post-skiing place to watch Sparty win the Big Daddy of ‘em All. New Year's Day specials include 50¢ wings, $3 domestic drafts, and buy one pizza, get the next half off. Located in the Clock Tower Lodge at Boyne Mountain Ski Resort.