At L.A. Jackson, the bustling rooftop bar at Thompson Nashville, Lead Bartender Sally Gatza says large format cocktails are the way to go during games. “You can prep in advance and make big batches so you can enjoy the game too. Find a pretty vessel to put it in and your guests will be very impressed.” The Drink 182 (Yields 10-12 cocktails) features a boozy concoction of Cathead vodka, Pimm’s, raspberry syrup, lime juice, grapefruit juice, ginger syrup, rosé, and club sodas.
Executive Chef Nathan Duensing says dips and finger foods are perfect for game day because they don’t require silverware and plates, and guests can graze throughout the game. But dips don’t have to mean unhealthy. The scrumptious Deviled Shrimp Dip is a creamy seafood dip that Duensing recommends serving with endive and garnishing with caviar for a sophisticated and unique alternative to traditional dips.