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Looking for a good sports bar in San Francisco, please

Dave in the basement Jan 28, 2010 09:24 AM

Hello all,

Some friends will be in San Francisco over Super Bowl weekend and they would like a couple of suggestions for some good sports bars to watch the game. They will have a car, and anything in the greater San Francisco area should be fair game.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if you need any additional information. Thank you in advance for taking the time to reply. I appreciate it!


P.S. This is my first venture out of the Spirits board, so please move this thread to another location if needed.

  1. Shane Greenwood Jan 28, 2010 11:44 AM

    Try The Republic. It's relatively newer so the TVs are great and the space is comfortable.


    The Republic
    3213 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

    1. steve h. Jan 28, 2010 11:57 AM

      Is food important? Some places are better than others.

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      1. re: steve h.
        Dave in the basement Jan 29, 2010 11:09 AM

        Thank you all for the replies, so far. I appreciate all the help!

        They do want food, so please keep that in mind. Thanks again,


        1. re: Dave in the basement
          steve h. Jan 29, 2010 12:28 PM

          I've been going to 4th Street Sports Bar for years and years. It's attached to the Marriott and close to the Moscone Center. The food is middle of the road burger and fries stuff. They have a decent selection of beers, clientele is sports savvy, staff is reasonably attentive. Sightlines are pretty good and the chairs are not too uncomfortable.

          Green's Sports Bar in Russian Hill can be real interesting: cheap beer, rowdy but plenty of screens. No food, you order from a bunch of menus at the bar and it gets delivered. Parking is a total pain.

          At the end of the day, I'd probably ditch the sports bar concept and just pop over to Pier 23 on the Embarcadero. I watched the AL playoffs there and liked the vibe. Good beers, good booze, good people. They have a real kitchen. It's not fancy, more of a honky tonk with a view.

      2. wolfe Jan 28, 2010 01:16 PM

        Here's a thread on sports bars.
        And a link to chicken wings.

        1. bbulkow Jan 28, 2010 04:15 PM

          I was about to recommend the EspnZone on union square, but it closed. Which probably tells you all you need to know about the demand for sports bars in SF.

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          1. re: bbulkow
            steve h. Jan 28, 2010 04:46 PM

            Lots of sports bars in San Francisco. ESPNZone apparently didn't make the cut.
            I've been to the ESPN places in both Manhattan and Baltimore. Never again.

            1. re: bbulkow
              pininex Jan 28, 2010 07:51 PM

              There never was an ESPNZone in SF.

              1. re: pininex
                bbulkow Jan 29, 2010 08:50 PM

                I would have sworn it, but also admit to not having been there.

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              vulber Jan 28, 2010 05:15 PM

              yeah, you need to be more specific in what you're looking for in a sports bar.

              it doesn't have food, but i've always enjoyed danny coyle's in the lower haight; it shares the general unpretentious vibe of the lower haight.

              1. PorkButt Jan 28, 2010 05:28 PM

                Kezar Pub will likely be slammed. Definitely avoid Jillian's in the Metreon. For easier parking, you might want to try Ireland's 32 out in the Richmond, but I haven't been there for football and don't order Bushmill's there.

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                1. re: PorkButt
                  wolfe Jan 28, 2010 05:38 PM

                  Every place is likely to be slammed. How about the Meridian in Berkeley? Should be fairly raucous.

                  Meridian International Sports Cafe
                  2050 University, Berkeley, CA

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                  pininex Jan 28, 2010 08:01 PM

                  You could go to 21st Amendment in SF. The upstairs area is good for watching sports and they will have a lot of good beers on tap for Strong Beer Month. The food beats most sport bars.

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                  1. re: pininex
                    artemis Jan 29, 2010 01:34 PM

                    good idea.

                    1. re: artemis
                      BernalKC Jan 29, 2010 02:01 PM

                      If you can get in. That place is crowded on any old night. For the Super Bowl I would expect it to be mobbed. But that will be true anywhere good.

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                    vulber Jan 28, 2010 08:10 PM

                    just remembered i passed by Underdog's in the Outer Sunset today (whose food menu has since been taken over by Nick of Nick's Crispy Tacos), and not only were they advertising Super Bowl specials, but they were even accepting table reservations for the super bowl. might be something to consider....

                    and yes, i promise this is a sports bar, even if it's accepting reservations....

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                    1. re: vulber
                      Shane Greenwood Jan 29, 2010 03:57 AM

                      The Taco Shop at Underdog's has the best food in this thread too. Really great tacos.

                      The Taco Shop at Underdog Sports Bar & Grill
                      1824 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

                    2. Ruth Lafler Jan 26, 2011 03:36 PM

                      I'm guessing that places (Irish Bank, Royal Exchange) in the Financial District might be a little less slammed than those in more residential neighborhoods. Relatively easy parking on Sundays, too.

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                      1. re: Ruth Lafler
                        Robert Lauriston Jan 26, 2011 03:47 PM

                        This topic got bumped by spam.

                        One reason there's relatively easy parking by the Royal Exchange, Harrington's, Schroeder's, and the Holding Company on Sundays is that they're not open. Schroeder's is and the food's maybe more interesting, though I haven't eaten at the Irish Bank to compare.

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