There are certain criteria for an excellent sports bar: tons of TVs, beer, and places to sit, plus either decent food or the ability to bring in your own. These 22 places to watch the game in San Francisco should please every sports fan, as the items on this list range from divey to decidedly upscale environs.Read More
San Francisco’s 22 Best Bars to Watch the Super Bowl
Where to eat, drink, and watch the 49ers play
1. Underdogs Too
Underdogs Too, a sequel to the Inner Sunset sports bar hit Taco Shop at Underdogs, is a great addition to this stretch of Outer Sunset/Parkside. specializing in gameday piles of nachos and beers. They’ve got the game schedule on their website, which is how you know they’re serious about these things.
2. Hockey Haven
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 bars 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.
3. Firefly Sports Bar
San Francisco, CA 94122
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.
4. Chomp N' Swig
San Francisco, CA 94118
A Richmond District hotspot for “bacon butter crunch” sandwiches and breakfast burritos, Chomp N’ Swig has 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.
5. Yancy's Saloon
San Francisco, CA 94122
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 there's no food here, but grab some carryout nearby and they'll let you bring it in.
6. Kezar Pub
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.
7. Final Final
Final Final's got 11 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.
8. 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.
9. Valley Tavern
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.
10. Hi Tops
The Castro is the perfect home for Hi Tops, the city's gay-designated sports bar. Monday has 25-cent wings, 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 pub grub.
11. 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.
12. Shanghai Kelly's
San Francisco, CA 94109
Named after a Barbary Coast pirate, Shanghai Kelly’s isn’t exactly teeming with the funky underbelly of society: Its small and narrow Russian Hill space is a far cry from the grit of the Gold Rush. However, it’s still a low-key, divey sports bar with plenty of beer on hand.
13. The Brew Coop
San Francisco, CA 94110
Pour your own beer at this Valencia Street taproom, where the game is always on (except, occasionally, when they’ve got The Bachelor on the box instead). You’ll never wait for the bartender at the Brew Coop, since the bartender is you: Trade your credit card for an RFID card (basically a beer token) then insert it at the tap you want, and pour. Don’t worry: the wings, fries, and other bar food aren’t DIY — the kitchen will take care of that for you.
14. R Bar
San Francisco, CA 94109
It’s 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 a shot specials never fails. A constant on the neighborhood drinking circuit, R Bar is a day drinking destination whether the game’s on or not.
15. Hazel Southern Bar & Kitchen
Conveniently located for the afterwork crowd, Hazel’s brings Southern flair to an upgraded sports bar setting. It’s roomy with two pool tables, 16 televisions, a projector, and a large dining area with 125 to 140 seats, making it a vibrant place to watch a Niners game with a big group. Dine on shrimp and grits, ribs, and fried chicken before, during, and after.
16. 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.
17. Double Play Bar and Grill
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 SF 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 their popular breakfast burrito will keep you company even if the 49ers, Giants, or Seals fail you.
18. The Boardroom
The Boardroom recently expanded into the former location of Capp’s Corner, adding 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, as well as a happy hour that runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.
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19. Northstar Cafe
Its owners say its a den for Buffalo Bills and Sabres fans, but Northstar Cafe still serves as a great place for sports fans (and just drinkers) of all stripes. Its cozy size means that it gets crowded fast, but happy hour starts at 1:30 p.m., the drinks are reliable, and its pool tables and popcorn are free.
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.
21. Royal Exchange
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.
22. Connecticut Yankee
Connecticut Yankee is Potrero Hill's safe haven for Boston sports fans, where Tom Brady and David Ortiz rule the roost. 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.
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