4 Chains Where Your Fantasy Football League Can Score Amazing Deals
If you’re like nearly 75 million other Americans, you’re getting excited. You’re keeping an eye on NFL training camps to see who’s exceeding expectations and who pulled up with a nagging hamstring issue.
It’s almost fantasy football time. Say it with me. Finally!
For many, one of the best moments of the season is when your league gathers in one spot, shares some food and beverages, and hashes out its draft.
“It’s about hanging out with my friends in the league and talking about NFL football whilst enjoying a cold beer and some good food,” said Jonny “Saferide” Hines, a longtime league commisioner living in Waverly, Iowa. “It’s different than during the season because it’s new and fresh, and everyone still has a chance to win it all!”
For some, it’s fun to host the draft party in someone’s home. Other leagues like to take it public. As the popularity of fantasy football continues to run rampant each August, sports bars are competing to host your draft party. That means you can score big before the season even starts.
Here are a few draft day locks — plus a couple of sleepers.
The classic wing joint knows just who its base customers are, and it’s not afraid to lure them in. Here’s what Hooters will put on the table to draw in your war room team.
Draft Kit With Extra Swag
While supplies last, Hooters will give your league a CBS draft kit with everything you need, including a draft board with player stickers and cheat sheets. You’ll also get Hooters swag, like thunder sticks and koozies.
Over $200 in Coupons
Hooters isn’t dumb. It wants to you come back and watch every game throughout the season and will provide the coupons to lure you back.
Win a Trip to the Super Bowl
Hold your draft party at Hooters and get entered to win a trip to Minneapolis for the biggest game of the year, which happens to occur in the middle of the winter in an outdoor stadium. To be entered in the contest, you must book your party by 11:59 p.m. Sept. 3, 2017.
There’s no upfront cost to book your party at Hooters, but restaurants will not throw any food or beverage deals your way.
Dave & Buster’s
It’s Chuck E. Cheese’s for grown-ups. Seriously. Dave & Buster’s is like a sports bar with a giant room full of fun that includes Skee-Ball and video games. Dave & Buster’s knows fantasy football players are fun people, so it wants you to make your picks at its place.
Book your party before Sept. 7, 2017, and you have two options for your draft day get-together at D&B’s.
The Ultimate Draft Party Package
This package requires at least 10 people and runs for $21.99 per person. Your league gets its choice of three entrees, including wings, nachos, bar burgers, pretzel dogs or Carnivore Pizzadillas. On top of the entrees, you get french fries and unlimited coffee, tea and soda.
The Premium Draft Party
This package also requires at least 10 people, but it’s slightly pricier at $28.99 per person. It includes the same entree options, sides and drinks, but it also gives each attendee two free drink coupons they can spend on beer, wine or well drinks. One caveat: Your entire party must be 21 or older to book the premium draft party.
Free Game Play During the Season
Book either package for your league, and Dave & Buster’s will give away $10 in free game play with a $10 game play purchase. Plus, the commissioner gets a free $20 Power Card — it’s good to be the commish. Both cards are valid only during the NFL season, which runs from Sept. 7, 2017-Feb. 4, 2018.
Tilted Kilt Sports Pub & Eatery
If you’re lucky enough to have the Tilted Kilt Sports Pub & Eatery in your neck of the woods, you may want to check it out for your draft party. Here’s what it’ll do to bring you in:
The first 50 draft parties will get a draft kit that includes draft boards, player rosters and Bud Light swag for up to 14 people.
Food & Drink Specials
Your league gets special prices on food and drinks for up to four hours. The offers may vary by location.
Kilt Girl ‘Commissioner’
Yep. You get one of the Kilt Girls assigned to your party to help you with the draft.
Locations are selling out quickly, so if the Tilted Kilt is your favorite, call a location near you today.
Miller’s Ale House
A staple for those who enjoy a craft beer with their food, Miller’s Ale House doesn’t want to get left on the sidelines.
For $125, your league gets 25 wings, 25 zingers, two orders of fiesta nachos, two zinger flatbreads, two pepperoni flatbreads, two orders of loaded fries, one basket of onion rings and a fantasy draft board.
If your party orders $100 worth of food on top of this, Miller’s will also throw in a $25 Miller’s Ale House gift card.
I did the math, and for the $125 your league will pay to book its party, Miller’s gives almost exactly $125 worth of food. If you have 10 people in your league, each member will eat well for just $12.50 each.
Keep in mind that you’ve got to book your party at least 24 hours in advance.
The Local Scene: My Sleeper Picks
If you don’t want to do the chain sports bar thing for this year’s fantasy draft, I recommend checking out your local craft brewery scene. Some breweries will offer specials for draft parties that are just as good as or better than what the sports bars have. What could be better than picking up Julio Jones while sipping an IPA made just 20 feet from your seat?
Here are a couple examples.
MadTree Brewing — Cincinnati
MadTree Brewing will hold two special draft events. You can reserve a table for your league’s draft on Aug. 21 or Aug. 28, from 5 to 10 p.m., for just $50. If you have more than 12 people in your league, you must book two tables.
For these events, MadTree will close its doors to the public, leaving leagues as the only guests. That means grabbing a beer between picks should be a breeze.
Each table gets a large cheese pizza and a large pepperoni pizza from Catch-A-Fire Cafe, and MadTree swag.
26° Brewing — Pompano Beach, Florida
For $20 per person at 26° Brewing, each league member gets two craft beers, wings and curly fries. The brewer also throws in a draft board or projector and free Wi-Fi. Your party must include at least 10 people to score this deal.
Craft breweries are cropping up all over the country, so check out your local scene. Even if one in your area isn’t promoting a special, ask the manager if the brewery would consider hosting your league. You could be the trendsetter in your area.
No matter where you hold your draft this year, you should call to reserve your spot now. Preseason games are underway, injuries are already happening, and the league is doling out suspensions. (Sorry, Zeke fans!)
Good luck with your season, and may your team name be the most clever in your league.
Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. His fantasy football team, “Hedley’s Froggys,” is destined to dominate this year. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.