San Francisco is a great sports town, but when our football team and basketball team and semi-affiliated hockey team all play outside the city limits, the odds that you’re going to watch your team in person drop immensely. And seeing as how people having cable isn't really a thing anymore, that means you'll need to leave your apartment to watch the game - preferably with food and alcohol involved.
Here are some of our favorite places to watch sports around the city. They all have good food (or let you bring your own in), and they all have more than enough TVs to serve your athletic needs. Go team.
The back deck at Marengo has stolen many of our afternoons and turned our Sunday Fundays into Monday Death Traps. The drinks are great, the roof is open when the sun is shining, and most importantly, sports are on TV. The sliders are pretty damn delicious as well.
Dave and Buster’s meets Union Square. As terrifying as that may sound, Golden Gate Tap Room is actually a secret paradise. There are a bazillion beers, the quesadillas and potato skins are very tasty, and there are more TVs than a Best Buy. Also, there are multiple floors, so if you can’t find a good spot downstairs, just keep walking up.
While Schroeder’s is mostly known as a place to eat weinerschnitzel, it’s also a pretty great place to watch sports. They add in extra TVs for big games, you can sit at the bar or at a table and still have a good view, and the tater tots are delightful.
If you’re a planner, SFAC is made for you. They take booth reservations, so you and the squad can reserve a safe space to consume miniature bathtubs full of beer (we couldn't make that sh*t up). The nachos and hot dogs are solid, plus they have frickles, so bonus points all around.
Tall tables, big open windows, huge sandwiches, and TVs. We like all these things. And we like Giordano Bros. a lot. There are fries in the sandwiches, and it feels like the kind of place where you could fight a hockey player. Take your chances.
Take note: this place isn’t just for watching “football” (soccer). Kezar plays the other sports, has killer wings, and is generally worth hitting up for watching people play games with balls on television.
Upstairs, downstairs, front room, back room - take your pick. There's lots of space and lots to eat at Lightning. Throw in some good food and drink deals and you have yourself a game.
Lots of bar seats and lots of tacos. There are no things to complain about at the Taco Shop in the Outer Sunset. It's an overall excellent spot to watch sports and perhaps an even more excellent spot to eat guacamole and street tacos.
As gay sports bar slogans go, "Cold Pitchers, Hot Catchers" pretty much takes the cake. Who cares if it’s not baseball season, or if it is, or if you hate baseball. Hi Tops is genius. The bartenders may be shirtless and the crowd may be aggressive, but that’s part of the charm. Sports are always on TV and the drinks and corn dogs are always delicious.
A long bar, lots of TVs, booths and a prime Union Street location bring us back to The Brick Yard on the regular. It doesn’t hurt that the sweet potato chips and fried chicken sliders are great. And they have a decent kale salad, because, San Francisco.
Turns out that German places are sports oases. No one thinks to go to a place that serves goulash to watch the Warriors, but if you’re ignoring Stein’s, you’re missing out. Delightful German beer, awesome staff, and hearty food will keep you there for a while.
Do you love popcorn and bagels with cream cheese and also sports? Great news: free popcorn and a great beer list and a LOT of TVs await at Final Final. Because who knew bagels went with hockey?
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