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Looking for a good sports bar in San Francisco, please

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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!

Dave

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

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

    Republicsf.com

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    The Republic
    3213 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

    1. Is food important? Some places are better than others.

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      1. re: steve h.

        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,

        Dave

        1. re: Dave in the basement

          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. Here's a thread on sports bars.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/614792
        And a link to chicken wings.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4846...

        1. 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

            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

              There never was an ESPNZone in SF.

              1. re: pininex

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

            2. 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. 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

                  Every place is likely to be slammed. How about the Meridian in Berkeley? Should be fairly raucous.
                  http://www.berkeleymeridian.com/menu/

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                  Meridian International Sports Cafe
                  2050 University, Berkeley, CA

                2. 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

                    good idea.

                    1. re: artemis

                      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.

                  2. 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

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

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

                    2. 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

                        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.