SF’s Best Sports Bars – Playoffs

 June 9, 2017
Posted by jenn

Watch the game from the comfort of these great SF sports bars. GO DUBS!!

1 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, NY team) scores, “New York Groove” blasts on the speakers. There’s no food, but you can bring in your own.

998 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 673-0644

2 Connecticut Yankee

Connecticut Yankee is Potrero Hill’s safe haven for Boston sports fans, where Tom Brady and David Ortiz rule the roost. The 25-year owner recently sold the bar 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.

100 Connecticut St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 552-4440

3 Final Final

Final Final’s got 11 flat-screen TV’s, 24 beers on tap, pool, dart boards and a juke box for every kind of sport enthusiast. Wings, hot dogs and Papa Murphy’s pizza are all you really need while watching a game, which is all that’s on Final Final’s menu.

Photo: Adam S./Yelp
2990 Baker St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 931-7800

4 Golden Gate Tap Room

Three floors and 8,000 square feet make for lots of viewing space in this Union Square sports bar, so if you’ve got a big group, call ahead to reserve your spot. There are over 100 beers on tap, shuffleboard, foosball, arcade games, projectors, tons of TV’s and more, making it a legitimate adult playground. As for food, your options are standard bar fare.

449 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 677-9999

5 Greens Sports Bar

Greens is never short on crowds of sports-loving neighborhood dwellers, who 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.

2239 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 775-4287

6 Harry’s Bar

The food at Harry’s, a 35-year-old sports bar on Fillmore, is a step above the rest of the city’s sports bar, with options like jerk-spiced ahi tuna salad, reuben egg rolls, burger with roasted tomatoes and onion jam and confit buffalo chicken wings. It gets crazy crowded (see exhibit A below), so arrive early for a seat.

photo: Harry’s/Yelp
2020 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 921-1000

7 Hi Tops

Castro is the perfect home for the city’s gay-designated sports bar, whose bartenders are known to serve topless. Monday has 25-cent wings, Tuesday is trivia and Thursday is gym night, when people dress in wrestling gear and free shots are handed out. Amidst it all, there are tons of TV’s and better-than-your-average pub grub.

2247 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 551-2500

8 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.

photo: John G./Yelp
770 Stanyan St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 386-9292

9 Northstar Cafe

Though a den for Buffalo Bills and Sabres fans, Northstar Cafe is a great place for sports fans (and just drinkers) of all kinds. It can be crowed, due to it’s cozy size, but happy hour starts at 1:30 p.m., the drinks are reliable, and pool and popcorn are free. Overall, it’s a gem.

1560 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 397-0577

10 Pete’s Tavern

So many TVs and projectors, so little time. Located in close proximity to AT&T Park, Pete’s does have a tendency to get majorly packed on game days, or after a special event or concert. However, it’s always a bustling atmosphere with a menu of bar food and beers galore.

128 King St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 817-5040

11 R Bar

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

1176 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 567-7441

12 Royal Exchange

When the game’s on right after work, Royal Exchange is an ideal FiDi location to grab a drink at happy hour and settle in in front of one of their large TVs. Typical bar food accompanies the beers, and the rowdy post-office crowd.

photo: Eater Archives
301 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 956-1710

13 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 notch above the city’s rest. Reserve a table in advance.

photo: Patricia Chang
1750 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 923-8989

14 Shanghai Kelly’s

Named after a Barbary Coast pirate, Shanghai Kelly’s isn’t exactly teeming with the gritty underbelly of society—its Russian Hill location is a far cry from the days of the Gold Rush. However, it’s still a low-key, divey sports bar with plenty of beer on hand. It’s a small and narrow space though, so make sure to arrive with time to spare if you’re there for a big game.

photo: Adam S./Yelp
2064 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 771-3300

15 The Brick Yard

Above average bar food, plus an inviting bar with comfy leather stools (and a fireplace) make The Brick Yard a sports bar with curb appeal. However, it’s still a great place to drink a bunch of beer and yell at the many TVs— you’ll just be doing it in pleasant natural light from the skylights.

1787 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 400-4712

16 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.

4054 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 285-0674

17 Wild Hare

Most games bring drink specials to this Lower Pac Heights bar that’s themed to Alice in Wonderland. It may not seem like the most congruous environment for game viewing, but it somehow works. Plus, the pub grub and Fernet on tap doesn’t hurt.

photo:Wild Hare
2801 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 539-3200

18 Yancy’s Saloon

A classic Inner Sunset sports destination, Yancy’s offers seriously comfortable surroundings for watching your team take home the W. Strong drinks at reasonably prices, and a lively crowd make watching the game here an excellent sportsing experience. Unfortunately there’s no food here, but grab your favorite game day food before you head over, and they’ll let you bring it in.

734 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 665-6551
Taken from SF Eater