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The Top 39 Bars to Watch College and NFL Football in San Francisco

Whether you're rooting for an out-of-town team or are a 49ers Faithful, here are 39 great bars to catch the game.

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For football fans, spring and summer can seem endless; fret no more as fall—and football—are finally here. If you're a 49ers, Raiders, Cal, or Stanford fan, you could always watch the game at home, but sometimes you need to get out and enjoy the camaraderie of it all. And if your allegiances lie elsewhere, then you're probably wondering where you can find like-minded fans. Here are 39 awesome San Francisco bars broken down by fan base where you can catch NFL and NCAA games, drink a few beers, and maybe even make some new friends. Here's to football!

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bus Stop

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1901 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 567-6905
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This Cow Hollow sports bar is shared territory: the SF Dallas Cowboys fan club can usually be found here, as can the Indianapolis Colts cheering section. (There's also sometimes a contingent of Cowboys fans at Pete's Tavern in SOMA.) If you're a fan of Virginia Tech, UCLA, or Georgia, this is also your go-to spot.

2. Giordano Bros.

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3108 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 437-2767
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Given that Giordano's specializes in all-in-one Pittsburgh-style sandwiches, it's no surprise that Steelers fans congregate at both its locations. There's a sizable Steelers contingent at Shanghai Kelly's as well.

3. Connecticut Yankee

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100 Connecticut St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 552-4440
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As the name implies, this sports bar is the place to be for all things New England. The New England Patriots and UConn are both well-represented during games.

4. Zeke's

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600 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 392-5311
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A few different bars lay claim to the wide swath of Green Bay Packers fans, but this one is the classic. The Green Bay Packers Meetup group occasionally rotate through other spots as well. This is also the place to go to cheer on the University of Kentucky.

5. Black Magic Voodoo Lounge

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1400 Lombard St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 931-8711
With Abita Amber on tap and a coterie of fans chanting "Who dat?", New Orleans Saints supporters will feel right at home in this slice-of-Louisiana lounge. You may even get to partake in a pan of homemade jambalaya brought by a fellow fan.

6. Ace's Bar

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998 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 673-0644
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New York Giants fans stranded on the wrong coast can be found at this Tendernob dive, where the Giants meetup group congregates weekly. University of Wisconsin fans, this is also your spot.

7. Dolores Corner

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1600 Dolores St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 695-9216
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Chicago Bears fans can meet and greet at this Noe Valley bar, home of the Chicago sports fans meetup group. They sometimes bring along Chicago dogs with all the trimmings.

8. Jake's Steaks

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3301 Buchanan St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 922-2211
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A joint specializing in Philly cheesesteaks is an accommodating one for Philadelphia Eagles fans. During games, Coors Light is $3/pint, and a Bud Light bucket is 6 for $15.

9. San Francisco Athletic Club

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1750 Divisadero
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 923-8989
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This brand-new sports bar in Lower Pac Heights has already been claimed by Denver Broncos fans. Check out the Meetup group for more intel.

10. Final Final

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2990 Baker St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 931-7800
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Minnesota Vikings fans, look no further than this Marina sports bar, which offers the bonus of free popcorn. Iowa, Nebraska, and Purdue fans also call this one home.

11. The Wreck Room

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1390 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 932-6715
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The SF New York Jets fan club comes to order each week at this Nob Hill joint, which offers $3 bottles of Angry Orchard cider during games.

12. Danny Coyle's

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668 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 558-8375
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Both Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers fans can be found getting loud and proud at this Lower Haight Irish pub—up to and including standing on the tables. It's also a gathering place for UNC supporters.

13. Blue Light

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1979 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 922-5510
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Miami Dolphins fans should make the pilgrimage to this Cow Hollow bar to catch their team in action. Syracuse and Tennessee fans also congregate here.

14. Thieves' Tavern

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496 14th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 252-9082
Baltimore Ravens fans congregate for every game at this low-key Mission dive bar. Follow local group Ravens in the Fog for intel on meetups.

15. Red Jack Saloon

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131 Bay St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 989-0700
Washington Redskins fans cheer on their team at this North Beach bar, which has a Ms. Pacman machine for the commercial breaks.

16. Northstar Cafe

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1560 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 397-0577
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Buffalo Bills fans, welcome home: the Bay Area Bills Backers have patronized this friendly North Beach dive for more than 20 years. This is also the go-to bar for fans of LSU.

17. The Boardroom

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1609 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 982-8898
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St. Louis Rams, Clemson, and Iowa State fans head to this relaxed North Beach sports bar.

18. Harry's Bar

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2020 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 921-1000
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Notre Dame fans head to this Pac Heights bar to cheer on their team.

19. The Brick Yard

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1787 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 400-4712
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Fans of Arizona (both the university and the Cardinals), Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State, and Texas have to share territory at this Cow Hollow spot, where you can expect more than a modicum of trash-talking as a result.

20. Pete's Tavern

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128 King St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 817-5040
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This massive sports bar unsurprisingly plays home to a few different contingents, including the Florida Gators, Arkansas, Illinois, and some Dallas Cowboys fans as well.

21. Pedro's Cantina

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128 King St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 896-5644
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Right next door to Pete's, this Mexican offshoot from the same owners is the place to gather for Ohio State fans.

22. Monaghan's

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3243 Pierce St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 567-4466
Penn State fans go wild during games at this Marina spot, which has been known to open as early as 6 am for East Coast morning games. They have free popcorn, too.

23. Wild Hare

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2801 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 539-3200
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South Carolina Gamecocks meet for every game at this newish bar in Lower Pac Heights.

24. Ted's Sports Bar & Grill

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312 Harriet St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 861-2811
Iowa fans head to this hidden SOMA sports bar to cheer on their team.

25. R Bar

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1176 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 567-7441
Cheer on the Oregon Ducks and do a shot or two of Fernet at this Tenderloin favorite. Browns fans also like to make an appearance here on Sundays, but the Niners game will always be on as well.

26. Tope

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1326 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 793-2120
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Get your Arizona State cheering on at this North Beach bar, which features happy hour straight through until 10 pm.

27. Blackthorn Tavern

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834 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 564-6626
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Blackthorn is definitely a Niners bar, but thanks to a long wall of flat screen TVs, you have a great shot of finding whichever game you want.

28. Greens Sports Bar

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2239 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 775-4287
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Greens has more than 20 TVs so there are always fans from all over. It gets packed, so get there early if you want a seat.

29. Hi Tops

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2247 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 551-2500
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SF's first sport bar specifically for the gay community, this place is crowded and rowdy with 49ers' fans on Sundays.

30. Irish Times

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500 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 217-5060
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There are 11 giant flat screen TVs, but the 49ers get priority for sound.

31. Mucky Duck

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1315 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 661-4340
The Mucky Duck definitely shows lots of football, but you can also see the American kind, especially if it's the 49ers, on the weekends. Nine TVs and free popcorn.

32. Shanghai Kelly's

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2064 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 771-3300
Steeler Nation takes over this Russian Hill bar on Sundays.

33. Stock in Trade

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2036 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 829-3000
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It's a Niners bar, but there are plenty of TVs (and bottomless mimosas).

34. The Abbey Tavern

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4100 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 221-7767
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Thirteen TVs and a big screen make this a go-to spot for football fans that's a 49ers bar, but also somehow a go-to spot for Seahawks fans (who gather in the back room).

35. The Dubliner

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3838 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 826-2279
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With 13 TVs, your game is bound to be on, but you know the drill: 49ers get priority.

36. The Taco Shop at Underdog's

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1824 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 566-8700
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Ten plasma screens and all the tacos you could ever want. The 49ers get sound as do all big games.

37. Valley Tavern

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4054 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 285-0674
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This Noe Valley bar has almost 30 TVs and 40 beers on tap. If the Niners aren't on, the team with the most fans gets the game sound.

38. Yancy's Saloon

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734 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 665-6551
This cash only bar feels like your living room except with 14 TVs, many of which will be showing the 49ers if they're playing.

39. Kezar Pub

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770 Stanyan St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 386-9292
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It's across the street from and named after the 49ers original stadium, but that hasn't stopped Eagles' fans from making it their own. There are over 20 TVs, but you'll still need to arrive well before your game if you want a seat.

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1. Bus Stop

1901 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123
This Cow Hollow sports bar is shared territory: the SF Dallas Cowboys fan club can usually be found here, as can the Indianapolis Colts cheering section. (There's also sometimes a contingent of Cowboys fans at Pete's Tavern in SOMA.) If you're a fan of Virginia Tech, UCLA, or Georgia, this is also your go-to spot.
1901 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

2. Giordano Bros.

3108 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Given that Giordano's specializes in all-in-one Pittsburgh-style sandwiches, it's no surprise that Steelers fans congregate at both its locations. There's a sizable Steelers contingent at Shanghai Kelly's as well.
3108 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

3. Connecticut Yankee

100 Connecticut St, San Francisco, CA 94107
As the name implies, this sports bar is the place to be for all things New England. The New England Patriots and UConn are both well-represented during games.
100 Connecticut St
San Francisco, CA 94107

4. Zeke's

600 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
A few different bars lay claim to the wide swath of Green Bay Packers fans, but this one is the classic. The Green Bay Packers Meetup group occasionally rotate through other spots as well. This is also the place to go to cheer on the University of Kentucky.
600 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

5. Black Magic Voodoo Lounge

1400 Lombard St., San Francisco, CA 94123
With Abita Amber on tap and a coterie of fans chanting "Who dat?", New Orleans Saints supporters will feel right at home in this slice-of-Louisiana lounge. You may even get to partake in a pan of homemade jambalaya brought by a fellow fan.
1400 Lombard St.
San Francisco, CA 94123

6. Ace's Bar

998 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109