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San Francisco's 10 Best Bars with Games

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San Francisco has its fair share of darts and pool tables, but bar-appropriate games run the gamut in this town. From skeeball to board games to shuffleboard and hoops, a little friendly competition and a side of booze are a winning ticket for a cozy night out. We've surveyed the city to find the best bar game options around, and without further ado, here are our top 10 picks for getting your game on.


What boozy gamestop did we miss? Let us know in the comments.

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1. The Sycamore

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2140 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 252-7704
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Board games and beer share equal billing at this cozy Mission bar, where you're as likely to end up in a game of Twister with strangers as a dominoes contest on the back patio. Don't miss the pork belly donuts if you know what's (not) good for you.

2. Buckshot Bar & Gameroom

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3848 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 831-8838
A popular haunt for 20-somethings, The Buckshot is deserving of recognition for its comprehensive array of games like skeeball and arcade classics.

3. Golden Gate Tap Room

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449 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 677-9999
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This playground for adults features two regulation shuffleboard tables, two foosball tables, three skeeball machines, a handful of pool tables, and a flotilla of arcade games both new and vintage.

4. Mission Bowling Club

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3176 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 863-2695
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It's less a bar with games and more a game with a bar, but MBC earns its stripes with bowling aplenty, plus quality cocktails (or pitchers, if you prefer).

5. The Wreck Room

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1390 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 932-6715
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A collegiate vibe infuses The Wreck Room, and that means regressing to your less mature self with pool, shuffle board, mini basketball, arcade games, darts and skeeball galore.

6. Emperor Norton's Boozeland

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510 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 926-8118
This new Tenderloin spot has a handsome purple-topped pool table and a shuffleboard in its spacious game room, and the thoughtful layout creates plenty of areas for play, booze, or just chilling out on the back patio.

7. S&R Lounge

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55 5th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 543-8555
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This bar is tucked inside the new Hotel Zetta, and features an upstairs Playroom with everything from pool to a larger-than-life Plinko game that you play from above. Cozy nooks and a welcoming vibe make this one of the best new secrets in town.

8. Doc's Clock

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2575 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-3627
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When shuffleboard calls, classic Mission dive bar Doc's Clock beckons. Beer, hard booze and heavy bar room competition keep 'em coming back for more.

9. Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

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2323 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 285-2380
Tator tots and ghost pepper hot sauce are just side benefits at Dr. Teeth, where shuffleboard awaits and a roomy tiered back patio offers cornhole to all comers.

10. Soda Popinski

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1548 California St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 857-1548
This Polk hideout has boot-sized Moscow Mules, a $10 drink roulette wheel and a laid back vibe, but the real draw is the nostalgic old-school Nintendo setup in back: dust off your Mario Kart skills if you want to compete for a high score.

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1. The Sycamore

2140 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Board games and beer share equal billing at this cozy Mission bar, where you're as likely to end up in a game of Twister with strangers as a dominoes contest on the back patio. Don't miss the pork belly donuts if you know what's (not) good for you.
2140 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

2. Buckshot Bar & Gameroom

3848 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118
A popular haunt for 20-somethings, The Buckshot is deserving of recognition for its comprehensive array of games like skeeball and arcade classics.
3848 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118

3. Golden Gate Tap Room

449 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102
This playground for adults features two regulation shuffleboard tables, two foosball tables, three skeeball machines, a handful of pool tables, and a flotilla of arcade games both new and vintage.
449 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94102

4. Mission Bowling Club

3176 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
It's less a bar with games and more a game with a bar, but MBC earns its stripes with bowling aplenty, plus quality cocktails (or pitchers, if you prefer).
3176 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

5. The Wreck Room

1390 California St., San Francisco, CA 94109
A collegiate vibe infuses The Wreck Room, and that means regressing to your less mature self with pool, shuffle board, mini basketball, arcade games, darts and skeeball galore.
1390 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

6. Emperor Norton's Boozeland

510 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102
This new Tenderloin spot has a handsome purple-topped pool table and a shuffleboard in its spacious game room, and the thoughtful layout creates plenty of areas for play, booze, or just chilling out on the back patio.
510 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94102

7. S&R Lounge

55 5th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
This bar is tucked inside the new Hotel Zetta, and features an upstairs Playroom with everything from pool to a larger-than-life Plinko game that you play from above. Cozy nooks and a welcoming vibe make this one of the best new secrets in town.
55 5th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

8. Doc's Clock

2575 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
When shuffleboard calls, classic Mission dive bar Doc's Clock beckons. Beer, hard booze and heavy bar room competition keep 'em coming back for more.
2575 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

9. Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

2323 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Tator tots and ghost pepper hot sauce are just side benefits at Dr. Teeth, where shuffleboard awaits and a roomy tiered back patio offers cornhole to all comers.
2323 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

10. Soda Popinski

1548 California St, San Francisco, CA 94109
This Polk hideout has boot-sized Moscow Mules, a $10 drink roulette wheel and a laid back vibe, but the real draw is the nostalgic old-school Nintendo setup in back: dust off your Mario Kart skills if you want to compete for a high score.
1548 California St
San Francisco, CA 94109

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