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Best place to watch football? (Berkeley)

Soukiii Jan 19, 2013 08:24 PM

Hey everyone!

So I'm new in town (as in, from another country), but I'm a big football fan, and I was wondering about a good place to watch the 49ers play tomorrow in the Berkeley area, because I wasn't planning on going to SF. I've looked over a few of the posts, but they seem to be really old, so I thought I'd ask again and see if I get lucky!

Some of the options (gathering from previous posts) were T-Rex, Henry's (too pricey?), Triple Rock... Did anything change? Are these still good options?

Thanks in advance for the help!

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    Allfrog68 RE: Soukiii Jan 19, 2013 09:28 PM

    Barclay's in Oakland, although it may be packed. I've heard The Parkway theatre in Oak has giant screen tv's. T-Rex is a nice space.

    1. PeterL RE: Soukiii Jan 19, 2013 10:17 PM

      Be aware that most places that are any good will be packed. Many are going to be reservations only. Me? I am watching at home.

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        Soukiii RE: PeterL Jan 19, 2013 10:22 PM

        I'd love to just watch at home as well, but I don't have a TV here, so it's either that or not watching it at all, and that's not really an option. Will take into consideration the whole reservation thing, thanks!

      2. bbulkow RE: Soukiii Jan 20, 2013 11:54 AM

        I'm a little late - coverage is starting in 10 minutes - I'd ask where you are, to see where you could walk to. Nick & Ben's in Rockridge, Pyramid on the north side, I honestly can't think of a place with good screens downtown - Thalassa, probably - and by Telegraph there's Kip's. I'd really suggest going towards oakland, like the Kingfish, or Pican (I think they have a huge TV in the bar area).

        Where did you end up?

        1. Glencora RE: Soukiii Jan 20, 2013 12:18 PM

          I was on Euclid last night for the first time in ages and I realized that virtually every restaurant there has a TV! Probably half a dozen places.

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            Mike C. Miller RE: Glencora Jan 21, 2013 09:18 PM

            Yes, I too have noticed that trend. The decline of Westen civilization accelerates!

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            adk RE: Soukiii Jan 22, 2013 12:58 AM

            I realize this post is a little late to be useful, but perhaps you can use it for future sports games.

            I often watch games at La Val's, on Euclid, mainly because I live not too far by; if you're on the north side near campus, this is probably your best bet. The pizza is mediocre, but they have pitchers of beer and a big screen, and there's frequently space. I've also watched games at Henry's (saw a Cal game here, the crowd was fantastic), Triple Rock, Sportivo (very mediocre food, very small bar), Bobby G's and Meridian (I think they're closed now). So to answer your question directly, Henry's and Triple Rock are still good choices (though if you want sound to go with your video, Triple Rock might not be a good choice -- I think they keep it down, though I'm not sure). I don't know T-Rex.

            Go Niners!

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              psb RE: adk Jan 22, 2013 01:13 AM

              SPORTIVO has exited the market and become SLIVER aka semi-CAPITALIST CHEESEBOARD. The still have the small bar and TVs but they seem to still be feeling their way around ... dunno if they will be keeping any premium sports channels, run with the sound, seat/screen configuration etc.

              You know the old LARRY BLAKES space has become a major sports bar/resto. I'd say the burger/tritip sando type stuff is acceptable ... so if the priority is big screens etc, that's an option. If LAVALS is on the table, this place should be as well.
              Oh here is the WOB site:

              I am usually looking for a place showing midweek/midday euro/international soccer, so my options are fewer.

            2. PeterL RE: Soukiii Jan 22, 2013 08:48 AM

              This thread remains useful for the upcoming Superbowl. Again my caution is it's not going to be a normal football Sunday. So I'd think one cannot just walk or drive over to one of the more popular sports bars and expect to get in and be seated. Be sure to check first. Some of them will require reservation. Others will be filled to over capacity.

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                ML8000 RE: Soukiii Jan 22, 2013 11:43 AM

                Brennan's newer location at the old Berkeley train station is pretty good. Perhaps a dozen big flat panels. Nothing fancy (although it's in a renovated space) old school with a hof brau. OTOH, low nonsense factor. I see families in there with young kids.

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                  sydthekyd RE: ML8000 Jan 22, 2013 12:32 PM

                  Second Brennan's and add also Skates By The Bay's bar.

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