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
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....
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.
Luka's (Oakland) - hard to see tv from anywhere but the bar though
Chow (Lafayette) - ditto
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..
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.
re: The Dive
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.