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21 Clutch Sports Bars in San Francisco

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The Bay Area has a deep passion and love for sports, and even more so now that the Golden State Warriors have taken home yet another NBA championship. Of course, that means a deep passion and love for the food and drink that goes along with each game. In Oakland there are legendary hot dog vendors and in Santa Clara new legends will be born when the World Cup descends in 2026. In San Francisco, Chase Center and Oracle Park each have oodles of outrageous eats.

But in this economy, the yeoman, the common folk, may head to the stalwart sports bar in their neighborhood for a pitcher of beer and a TV much larger than theirs at home. While new places open up throughout San Francisco, like Inner Sunset’s Lomo Libre and South Beach’s newest Underdogs, there are plenty of bars with long tenures in the city. Try these 21 sports bars to rep your team or just have a beer and watch the San Jose Sharks get smashed.

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The Boardroom

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The Boardroom, now joined to the former location of Capp’s Corner, added more TVs, outdoor seating, a pool table, and a bigger menu of bar snacks, which still includes its signature bacon-wrapped tater tots. There’s even a kids menu for young sports fans, and on the exact opposite end there are Tequila Trivia Tuesdays, which start at 8:30 p.m.

Final Final

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Final Final's got flat-screen TVs, 24 beers on tap, pool tables, dart boards, and a jukebox. Its excess in entertainment is counter-balanced by its menu, which consists of wings, hot dogs, and Papa Murphy's pizza.

Bus Stop

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After a $300,000 bathroom redesign (making the toilets ADA compliant and then some), this Cow Hollow 102-year-old bar is back in business. The owners are known to buy everyone at the bar food on game day, so make sure to swing through if you’re hungry — but if they roll their eyes don’t tell them Eater SF sent you.

Greens Sports Bar

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Greens is never short on crowds of sports-loving neighborhood dwellers, all of whom flock there for draft beers and whatever game is on TV. The windows open onto Polk Street, giving it an airier feel than most dark, divey sports bars in town. Check out the many autographed, framed photos on the wall for a quick lesson in sports history.

Royal Exchange

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When the game's on right after work, Royal Exchange is an ideal FiDi location to grab a happy hour drink and seat in front of one of their large TVs. Typical bar food accompanies the beers, and be warned: the post-office crowd can get decidedly rowdy, especially as the area comes to life post-pandemic.

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Ace's Bar

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New York sports fans have a haven in Ace's, which has diehard devotion to the Giants, Yankees, and other NYC sports teams (there are even seats from the old Shea stadium inside). Along with tallboys and draft beer, the bartenders mix up a mean bloody mary. And, every time the home team (in this case, the NY team) scores, "New York Groove" blasts on the speakers. There's no food, but you can bring in your own.

This is a classic Lower Nob Hill dive bar, where fans of all kinds gather to watch games. It’s definitely a no-frills drink menu, though its beer and shot specials never fail. A constant on the neighborhood drinking circuit, R Bar is a day drinking destination whether the game’s on or not.

San Francisco Athletic Club

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More upscale environs (than your average sports bar); tons of seating; a good, large food menu, and shuffleboard make San Francisco Athletic Club a bit fancier than most others on this list. Reserve a table in advance.

Chomp N' Swig

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A Richmond District hotspot for “bacon butter crunch” sandwiches and breakfast burritos, Chomp N’ Swig relocated to a larger space on Geary, where TVs play sports and taps pour about 12 to-notch beers (plus more by the bottle and can). It’s a chill spot for an afternoon game when you need a bite, too.

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Underdogs Cantina

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This Sunset District sports bar empire has spread its delicious roots just a block from the Giants's home base. Owner Doug Marschke says this outpost is for families and kids, complete with arcade games and Skee-Ball upstairs. Drop by before the first pitch.

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Trademark

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Multiple TVs, craft cocktails, a big selection of beers on tap and in cans, plus boozy milkshakes can be found at this SoMa sports bar. Trademark also has a patio out back for day drinking on nice days, plus games like Skee-Ball and beer pong, should one need a break from the excitement of the match at hand.

Hockey Haven

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Hockey Haven isn’t actually a haven for hockey, its owners admit, but its original owner was a former hockey pro and its present owners say that to change the bar's name after all these years (it opened in 1949) would be bad luck. That said, the bar has five big TVs “with sports on constantly,” cheap drinks, standard pub grub, and a cast of regulars ready to cheer players of any sport on to victory.

Kezar Pub

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After all these years, Kezar is still known for the quality of its wings, which are perfectly saucy and spicy. Cheap(ish) drinks, a plethora of flat-screen TVs, and old-school sports memorabilia round out the experience, which is a healthy mix of sports bar and Irish pub.

Double Play Bar and Grill

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A homey, welcoming bar and grill with solid pub grub, Double Play is a classic on game days, and it’s loaded to the gills with charming San Francisco sports ephemera. (You’d honestly think the San Francisco Seals were still a real team, given the amount of signs and photos devoted to them at Double Play.) A beer, burger, or the popular breakfast burrito will keep you company even if the 49ers, Giants, or Seals fail you.

Connecticut Yankee

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Connecticut Yankee is Potrero Hill's safe haven for Boston sports fans. After 25 years in business, its owners sold the spot to Pour Guys (Louie's, Tempest), but the group is committed to keeping things exactly the same, just a little ... cleaner. Plus, there's tons of food (burgers, chili, barbecue) to feed on throughout the game.

Hi Tops

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The Castro is the perfect home for Hi Tops, the city's gay-designated sports bar. Tuesday is trivia, and Thursday is “gym class” night, when people dress in wrestling gear and go-go boys hand out shots. Amidst it all, there are tons of TVs and better-than-average bar food.

Yancy's Saloon

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A classic Inner Sunset sports destination, Yancy's offers seriously comfortable surroundings for watching your team take home the W. Strong drinks at reasonable prices and a lively crowd make watching the game here an excellent experience. Unfortunately, the only food option is popcorn, but if you grab some carryout nearby they'll let you bring it in.

Lomo Libre Cantina

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Chef Jose Calvo played football in high school here in San Francisco — we know because his original jersey is framed on the wall of this new Peruvian bar and restaurant. Come for strong pisco sours, lomo saltado to temper any unforeseen losses, and all the local games on brand new flat screens.

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The 500 Club

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This Guerrero Street bar is an absolute G.O.A.T. in the Mission District sports bar world. The owner just opened a jazz club in the Marina, but this no frills haunt still keeps the Niners blaring and a photo booth in the back.

Firefly Sports Bar

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When the game is on at Firefly, expect all of its flat screen TVs to be tuned to the big event. When the clock runs out, however, Firefly turns clubby, with a DJ downstairs and a karaoke room up top. It’s a perfect spot for people who don’t want the party to end just because the game has.

Valley Tavern

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Thirty-nine beers on tap, a grill out back on the outdoor patio (with TV's!) and plenty of viewing room inside all contribute to Valley Tavern's elevated status as a comfortable neighborhood sports bar. There are 17 televisions inside and an additional six on the tiered outdoor patio, so you'll have no problem getting to watch your particular game.

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The Boardroom

The Boardroom, now joined to the former location of Capp’s Corner, added more TVs, outdoor seating, a pool table, and a bigger menu of bar snacks, which still includes its signature bacon-wrapped tater tots. There’s even a kids menu for young sports fans, and on the exact opposite end there are Tequila Trivia Tuesdays, which start at 8:30 p.m.

Final Final

Final Final's got flat-screen TVs, 24 beers on tap, pool tables, dart boards, and a jukebox. Its excess in entertainment is counter-balanced by its menu, which consists of wings, hot dogs, and Papa Murphy's pizza.

Bus Stop

After a $300,000 bathroom redesign (making the toilets ADA compliant and then some), this Cow Hollow 102-year-old bar is back in business. The owners are known to buy everyone at the bar food on game day, so make sure to swing through if you’re hungry — but if they roll their eyes don’t tell them Eater SF sent you.

Greens Sports Bar

Greens is never short on crowds of sports-loving neighborhood dwellers, all of whom flock there for draft beers and whatever game is on TV. The windows open onto Polk Street, giving it an airier feel than most dark, divey sports bars in town. Check out the many autographed, framed photos on the wall for a quick lesson in sports history.

Royal Exchange

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When the game's on right after work, Royal Exchange is an ideal FiDi location to grab a happy hour drink and seat in front of one of their large TVs. Typical bar food accompanies the beers, and be warned: the post-office crowd can get decidedly rowdy, especially as the area comes to life post-pandemic.

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Ace's Bar

New York sports fans have a haven in Ace's, which has diehard devotion to the Giants, Yankees, and other NYC sports teams (there are even seats from the old Shea stadium inside). Along with tallboys and draft beer, the bartenders mix up a mean bloody mary. And, every time the home team (in this case, the NY team) scores, "New York Groove" blasts on the speakers. There's no food, but you can bring in your own.

R Bar

This is a classic Lower Nob Hill dive bar, where fans of all kinds gather to watch games. It’s definitely a no-frills drink menu, though its beer and shot specials never fail. A constant on the neighborhood drinking circuit, R Bar is a day drinking destination whether the game’s on or not.

San Francisco Athletic Club

More upscale environs (than your average sports bar); tons of seating; a good, large food menu, and shuffleboard make San Francisco Athletic Club a bit fancier than most others on this list. Reserve a table in advance.

Chomp N' Swig

A breakfast burrito and sign at Chomp N’ Swig Chomp N’ Swig

A Richmond District hotspot for “bacon butter crunch” sandwiches and breakfast burritos, Chomp N’ Swig relocated to a larger space on Geary, where TVs play sports and taps pour about 12 to-notch beers (plus more by the bottle and can). It’s a chill spot for an afternoon game when you need a bite, too.

A breakfast burrito and sign at Chomp N’ Swig Chomp N’ Swig

Underdogs Cantina

An overhead shot of a group of people at Underdogs Cantina. Underdogs

This Sunset District sports bar empire has spread its delicious roots just a block from the Giants's home base. Owner Doug Marschke says this outpost is for families and kids, complete with arcade games and Skee-Ball upstairs. Drop by before the first pitch.

An overhead shot of a group of people at Underdogs Cantina. Underdogs

Trademark

Multiple TVs, craft cocktails, a big selection of beers on tap and in cans, plus boozy milkshakes can be found at this SoMa sports bar. Trademark also has a patio out back for day drinking on nice days, plus games like Skee-Ball and beer pong, should one need a break from the excitement of the match at hand.