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Jan 25, 2011 06:51 AM

Super Bowl suggestions needed for visitor

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. Does Magnolia Pub have TVs? Best pub food around.

    Barbacco's closed on Sundays.

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

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

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

      1. re: Julie McCoy

        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.

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

        1. re: Calvinist

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

      2. re: Robert Lauriston

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

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

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

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        1. re: Nopa

          Kezar Bar and Grill
          Supposedly great chicken wings.

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

          1. re: Nopa

            Really does seem like Haight is the spot so far!

            1. re: Nopa

              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.

              1. re: Calvinist

                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. 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.

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

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              1. re: Ruth Lafler

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

                1. re: kc72

                  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.

                  Royal Exchange
                  301 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111

                2. re: Ruth Lafler

                  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.

                3. 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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                  1. re: nsheth

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

                  2. 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.

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

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