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TV (Baseball) & Food in East Bay

The Dive Jun 4, 2007 06:20 PM

I'm bored of and/or hate the food at my usual beer-and-tv places. Can anyone help me out by adding to the list?

Barclay's (Oakland on College)
Ben & Nick's (Oakland on College)
Pacific Coast Brewery (Oldtown Oakland)
Triple Rock Brewery (Berkeley)
Cato's (Piedmont Ave)

Doesn't have to beer-centric...just a tv

  1. k
    kc72 Jun 4, 2007 07:20 PM

    Pyramid (Berkeley)? Willie's SkyBox (Emeryville)?

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    1. re: kc72
      ltsering Apr 7, 2014 02:02 PM

      I second Pyramid Brewery. I take my kid there to watch baseball. The food is NOT great but they have a lot of screens scattered throughout.

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      ML8000 Jun 4, 2007 10:00 PM

      Pyramid has great wings (a bargain for $4.30 at happy hour)...but the TV watching is sort of dumb because they don't play sound and the big projector is weak. The food is average to above average for a brew pub...nothing real special or great but you'll likely be satisfied if you order conservatively.

      Pacific Coast has a decent TV setup (a few flat panels)...but the food is only okay, not bad just sort of meh....

      There's also:

      Kips -- which is a dive (sticky floors and the smell of stale grease) with average dive-y food (but cheap) but the TV situation is good or very good (huge clear projector in the back) a lot of small TV all around and a couple of flat panels.

      Looney's -- food hit and miss (more miss) and the TV setup a little odd. Huge projection system but it's only conformable to watch from the mezzanine. The flat panels on the lower level seem good however. Watched one game there...wouldn't do it again.

      As has been lamented many times - there just doesn't seem to be a good place to watch a game with the right combo of food, decent viewing, etc.

      1. JasmineG Jun 4, 2007 10:49 PM

        T-Rex always has sports on in their bar (and also at the big TV upstairs), and they have a very friendly bar. And I was at Wood Tavern tonight, and they had the baseball game on above the bar.

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        1. re: JasmineG
          The Dive Jun 5, 2007 08:37 AM

          Do you have to sit at the bar at Wood Tavern to see the tv?

          1. re: The Dive
            JasmineG Jun 5, 2007 11:07 AM

            If you're in the front half of the restaurant, you can probably see the TV from most of the tables.

        2. The Dive Jun 5, 2007 09:57 AM

          More tv+food+drink:

          Luka's (Oakland) - hard to see tv from anywhere but the bar though
          Chow (Lafayette) - ditto
          Quinn's (Oakland)

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            kinipela Jun 5, 2007 10:03 AM

            mcovey's walnut creek? the food is okay... just usually have appetizers there... oh i also like stadium pub in walnut creek too... bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside..

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              smmalloy Jun 5, 2007 10:22 AM

              I like The Englander in San Leandro. Same problem with the sound off <pout> and the food is probably more decent than exceptional, but good pub grub and a killer beer list.

              1. The Dive Apr 7, 2014 12:15 PM

                Is there anything new to report? Would like a place to grab a drink and bite with some friends, and catch some of the game.

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                1. re: The Dive
                  Ruth Lafler Apr 7, 2014 12:26 PM

                  The food at McGee's (Alameda) has improved quite a bit, so it's worth a shot. They have a big TV and pairs smaller ones you can see from everywhere (food side, bar side). They'll have at least two different ballgames on (I was in the other night and they had the Giants, another baseball game because the A's were rained out, and IIRC a basketball game as well). It's mostly A's territory. Giants fans are tolerated.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler
                    The Dive Apr 7, 2014 01:48 PM

                    Yes, we are semi-regular at McGee's and I agree that the food has improved a lot! And they always have Blind Pig on tap, so that's good. Alameda is a little out of the way for me after work, but it is a good weekend spot now. Thanks for reminding me!

                  2. re: The Dive
                    Pius Avocado III Apr 7, 2014 01:08 PM

                    Rosamunde has 2 TVs and a great beer line-up ($1 off Happy Hour 3-6pm, which brings Racer 5 down to $3)- the manager is an A's fan.

                    Forge has 2 TVs and baseball.

                    Pacific Coast has the full MLB Extra Innings package.

                    1. re: Pius Avocado III
                      The Dive Apr 7, 2014 01:46 PM

                      Good to know about PCB. I am typically trying to watch the A's, but sometimes need to know how the Cardinals are doing too.

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                    ltsering Apr 7, 2014 02:00 PM

                    I like Bobby G's on University when I want to catch a game. TASTY pizza too. However you may have to crane your neck.

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