The 45th installment of the National Football League's Super Bowl is only days away. Soon the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers will decide, on the biggest stage of them all, which team has the right to call itself the world champion. Myrtle Beach residents have a decision to make as well: where they will watch the big game.
It's a decision loaded with variables, and it's one that is struggled with annually. Some people prefer staying home to going out, enjoying the company of a few friends in the privacy of their homes as opposed to heading to the nearest bar. Brett Anderson, 25, is in that camp this year.
"As of now, the plan is to take advantage of what should be excellent weather and do as much outside as possible prior to the game," said Anderson. "I'm sure there will be a little cornhole, some Frisbee and maybe some bocce ball before we throw the burgers on the grill."
"After that, hopefully it's game time," added Anderson.
Weather across the Strand on Sunday is projected to be sunny with a high around 51 and zero chance of precipitation, though after a week of rainy days, the ground will probably still be soggy.
Chris Keefer, 24, is on the opposite side of the coin.
"I definitely plan on going out somewhere since I'm actually not working during this year's game," said Keefer. "I'm from Ohio, so I'm not going to any Steelers bars. This Sunday, I'm a Packers fan."
When asked what constituted a "Steelers bar," Keefer said, "Murphy's Law, Handley's and the Boathouse are all Steelers bars. If you're going to any of those places, you're probably wearing black and gold."
The Boathouse, located on the Intracoastal Waterway off U.S. 501, definitely fits that bill. As soon as you walk in, you can see Steelers memorabilia adorning pretty much every wall in the bar. It's almost a certainty that the Terrible Towel will whirl over the heads of many Steelers fans come Sunday.
Murphy's Law, which has three locations across the Strand, and Handley's, 3873 Renee Drive in Carolina Forest, while lacking the jerseys and pictures the Boathouse offers, are also both excellent locations for watching the game. Handley's has booths with built-in screens so you don't have to worry about not being able to see a TV. Handley's, a family owned and operated eatery, is located next to the Carolina Forest Shopping Center, and it will be offering 30 cent wings and buckets of Miller and Coors Light beers for $10, said Andrew Handley, one of the owners.
Murphy's Law, 405 S. Kings Highway, is serving up free food at halftime, along with a slew of deals on drinks, like Bud Light or Miller High Life bottles for $2.
One business that's looking to attract either fan base is Beef 'O' Brady's. This Sunday, it expects to sell more than 2 million wings. There are two locations on the Strand, one in the Carolina Forest Shopping Center and one in Surfside off U.S. 17 Bypass. There is also a location in Georgetown, 1133 N. Fraser St. Each location has a kids' room and a bevy of TVs, so any seat in the house is sure to give you a great view of the game.
The Carolina Forest location is offering half-price appetizers all-day, as well as some drink specials. A lot of the day's business, said owner Bob Chrushch, goes to take-out orders, because people hosting their own parties order lots of wings.
The Surfside Beach location is offering a host of drink specials, including $3 margaritas and $4 appetizers, as well as free chips and salsa. If you watch the game there, you can enter into a drawing for one of four gift certificates.
This Sunday is set to have a great game played by two competitive and storied franchises, both thirsty for one more title. They're ready to answer the question of who is the best in the league - are you ready to answer the question of where you'll be when they find out?