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Julie McCoy Jan 25, 2011 06:51 AM

Hi, all. We'll be in SF on Super Bowl Sunday, visiting from Toronto. We'd really like some suggestions as to where would be a good place to watch the game. We're staying in Union Square, but very happy to travel. Hopefully the spot will have some interesting beers (local microbrews, perhaps?) and some decent bar food.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Robert Lauriston Jan 25, 2011 07:29 AM

    Does Magnolia Pub have TVs? Best pub food around.

    Barbacco's closed on Sundays.

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    Magnolia Pub & Brewery
    1398 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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      Julie McCoy Jan 25, 2011 07:46 AM

      The Magnolia seems like a good spot to add to the itinerary regardless of TVs/football. Thanks!

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        Calvinist Jan 25, 2011 11:05 AM

        If you get up to Magnolia and they don't have TVs, walk on down to Martin Mack's. Irish bar with ok food -- but plenty of TVs for your viewing pleasure. They were a magnet during the World Cup and World Series.

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        Martin Macks Bar & Restaurant
        1568 Haight St, San Francisco, CA

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          Julie McCoy Jan 25, 2011 11:33 AM

          Thanks for this....Irish bars are always great for get togethers. Marking it down on the map!

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        vulber Jan 25, 2011 02:05 PM

        How recently have you been? I love the beer, but their food has been mostly disappointing recently

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          Robert Lauriston Jan 25, 2011 03:00 PM

          Within the past six weeks.

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        Nopa Jan 25, 2011 12:01 PM

        The best place to watch any sporting event is Kezar's pub. It is further down from Martin Macks.

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        Martin Macks Bar & Restaurant
        1568 Haight St, San Francisco, CA

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          wolfe Jan 25, 2011 12:12 PM

          Kezar Bar and Grill
          Supposedly great chicken wings.

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          Kezar Bar and Grill
          900 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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            Julie McCoy Jan 25, 2011 12:13 PM

            Really does seem like Haight is the spot so far!

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              Calvinist Jan 25, 2011 12:15 PM

              Kezar's is really good. A bit bigger than Mack's. All of these places are likely to be quite crowded for the Super Bowl.

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                Julie McCoy Jan 25, 2011 12:24 PM

                Definitely going to be a busy day. I assume its a 'get your elbows in where you can' kind of thing and not a 'make a reservation' sort of event....

            2. Ruth Lafler Jan 25, 2011 01:37 PM

              Jillian's in the Metreon. Walking distance from Union Square. The food there is decent (more, better choices than most bars), and plenty of TVs. Plus you can play pool if you don't like the half-time show. I don't know about the beer situation, though.

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              Jillian's @ Metreon
              101 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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                kc72 Jan 25, 2011 02:05 PM

                Jillians calendar shows 'Closed for private event' on SB Sunday

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                  Ruth Lafler Jan 25, 2011 02:14 PM

                  I suppose we shouldn't suggest they crash the party. In Union Square is Lefty O'Doul's; in the Financial District, Royal Exchange. I can't swear by the food at either one, but at least Royal Exchange has a wider menu than the average pub.

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                  Royal Exchange
                  301 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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                  bbulkow Jan 25, 2011 11:23 PM

                  I would not send anyone to Jillian's. while I'll admit to not being there recently, several experiences seemed to show they were simply ordering from Sysco and the food was Applebee's grade. The beer selection was always middlin' poor.

                  When the world series was on, I literally walked from bar to bar in PA until we found one that wasn't too crowded but had a nice vibe. Because, in reality, most bars have TVs and most TVs will be tuned to the superbowl/worldseries/whatever. After walking in and out of half a dozen places we ended up at Renzo. We had a grand time, made friends at the bar, much cheering and rooting, etc.

                  Moral: don't overlook the smaller places.

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                  nsheth Jan 25, 2011 01:54 PM

                  To my knowledge, Magnolia doesn't have any tvs.

                  I'd suggest Toronado. Great beer selection, as good as any you'll find in the city. You can bring in food from outside (great sausages next door, good bbq right across the street.)

                  They've got 2 tvs, one above the bar and one in the back room. You may need to be there early-ish to grab a seat where you can see the game, though. And, if it's too busy, Mad Dog in the Haight is across the street, though not too familiar with what they'd have on tap or their food options.

                  (Much different venue than Jillians would be, Toronado's small and dive-y.)

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                    Calvinist Jan 25, 2011 02:47 PM

                    The Mission outlet of Rosamunde has "a" TV, and of course a good suasage and beer selection.

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                    Keesey Jan 25, 2011 04:18 PM

                    21st Amendment by AT&T Park is a local micro brewery and is known for their Watermelon Ale (though it's best when it's in season). They serve usual bar food (burgers, wings, etc). The only drawback is that their TV is on the tinier side.

                    Pedro's Cantina right across from AT&T Park, on the other hand, has huuuuge TV sets! Food is Mexican American. Not great food, but fair. Not sure if they have interesting beers, but any SF bar should have Anchor Steam which is brewed in SF and one of my favs!

                    Public House has a huge selection of beers (many local). I've enjoyed their snackies, though they run on the pricier side. Perhaps because it is directly connected to the ballpark.

                    Walk anywhere near the ballpark and you'll find a good sports bar (for obvious reasons). This area is easily accessible via the underground Muni. Take the N or T line Inbound from the Powell station. It's been really nice in SF lately so I am sure you'll enjoy walking around this area especially it being right next to our beautiful Bay.

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                    Public House
                    24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94101

                    Pedro's Cantina
                    128 King St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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                      Julie McCoy Jan 25, 2011 05:57 PM

                      Thanks to you all for the help! I realize asking for a 'sports bar' and 'good food' was a tall order so I appreciate the help. And Keesey - I have indeed been jealous of your weather and am keeping my fingers crossed for our arrival. I was in SF once before, also in Feb, and was very lucky with beautiful sunny skies. Quite a change from Toronto where yesterday my eyes were simultaneously watering and freezing in the sub, sub zero air....

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                        mdg Jan 25, 2011 09:50 PM

                        What better place to watch the Super Bowl than in the home of the World Series Champions? Public House's selection of beer is great and includes a cask-conditioned selection, a rarity around here (though maybe some of the other recommendations do that too). I haven't had the food but what other people were eating sure looked good. And as Keesey mentioned, it's a great walking area along the Bay.

                        Michael

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                        Public House
                        24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94101

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                          JasmineG Jan 31, 2011 10:30 PM

                          According to Grubstreet, "Public House is doing something new for the Super Bowl: You can reserve a table to watch the game on one or more of their 25 big screens on February 6. Email your reservation to events@publichousesf.com, and you'll be asked to pre-pay a food and beverage minimum based on party size and table location." Sounds like it might be fun.

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