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camarokyle Nov 2, 2006 01:15 PM

Ok, before I ruffle ay feathers, let me say that I was born and raised in the bay area and will truly always be a bay area boy. On the other hand, I am now attending USC and will be coming up with a bunch of my friends this weekend for the USC vs. Stanford game, or more commonly called "the weekender." None of us have tickets so we are looking for a cool bar to watch the game in San Francisco. The place has gotta have at least a couple large tv's, possibly some *decent food (cheap and mediocre will do just fine), some quality beers on tap, and its gotta be big enough to sit at least the 20 or so people in our group. Something relatively close to downtown or near union square qould do perfect. And pool tables are a big plus.

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    plainjane Nov 2, 2006 08:49 PM

    If you are interested in watching the game more than the scene try the Blue Light in the Marina. You'll have plenty of screens and have a place to sit. Plus, unlike the Bus Stop they serve food.

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      Agent 510 Nov 2, 2006 07:05 PM

      How about Jillian's in the Metreon? It's BIG, closer to downtown, has a good menu and most importantly lots of TVs, which will come in handy since the Cal/UCLA game is around the same time.

      But if you want to see the game in person, as mentioned above, there's gotta be plenty of tix available, what with Stanford being in the crapper this year.

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        Maya Nov 2, 2006 08:18 PM

        Mad Dog in the Fog, in the lower Haight? Not sure if they're showing it, but you could call. If you don't like their food, there are tons of other options right out the door. Otherwise maybe Kezar? (I dont know if they have food though).

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          nja Nov 2, 2006 10:56 PM

          Kezar has food, pretty competent pub grub. It's a good choice (far better than Bus Stop, in my opinion). It has always seemed to me that more out-of-towners go there than locals (e.g,, it's always packed to the rafters during the Ohio St/Michigan game, but then half-empty for the Cal/Stanford game later the same day). Jillian's in the Metreon is a good option downtown. No matter where you think of going, call ahead first to confirm they'll be showing it.

      2. Civil Bear Nov 2, 2006 06:05 PM

        LOL, good luck finding a place that will show that stinker! I agree with ML8000, if you came all this way, why not just go to the game? Tickets should not be an issue...

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          dunstable Nov 2, 2006 09:06 PM

          haha, that's what I was thinking. What's the point of coming all this way just to watch your team destroy a hapless victim? But there are a large number of USC fans in the area, so most sporty bars should show it, although maybe now that they've lost, they'll all stay home on Saturdays (sorry...).

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          ML8000 Nov 2, 2006 05:42 PM

          Actually there should be plenty of tickets available. You should just show up at the Farm and enjoy all that red on maroon love and keep the weirdness to one place.

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            echo Nov 2, 2006 04:45 PM

            here's a great idea. since y'all don't have tickets, why don't you stay in la? there must be plenty of bars there where you can watch the game with people who actually like usc, and think of all the gas you'll save.

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              HungryGrayCat Nov 2, 2006 02:55 PM

              The Bus Stop on Union (and Laguna I think) will have all the games plus pool tables. They don't serve food but you can order pizza delivered from Amici's or other nearby places. You'd need to take a cab or bus from Union Square to get here but it's large and can accomodate your group.

              21st Amendment on 2nd near Bryant will likely have the game on (but call first -- 415-369-0900). It has above-average bar food. They brew their own beer and have a full bar too. You can walk here from Union Square in about 15-20 mins.

              Green's Sports Bar at 2239 Polk has loads of games on and you can order food from a variety of local places. Ask the bartender for menus. You'd need to cab it or take a bus here.

              1. Gary Soup Nov 2, 2006 02:41 PM

                Lefty O'Doul's IS your father's sports bar, "one of those old San Francisco joints full of big-shouldered men who look like Chicago parking attendants and remember when the Giants were the Seals", according to one review in the SF Weekly. Basic HofBrau food, cheap drinks and probably enough big-shouldered Stanford haters to make you feel secure if you are rooting for the second best team in the Pac-10. (You'll want to equip yourself with a brown paper bag to put over your head if you repeat the trek for the Cal game.)

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