1/29/2013 05:45:00 PM

Where to Watch the Super Bowl in San Francisco

Public House

The Niners battle the Ravens in the Super Bowl this Sunday, February 3. If you're looking for a spot to watch, the following watering holes make a prime perch for catching all the action. Go Niners!

Food: 22
Decor: 19
Service: 21
Cost: -
Practically “in the shadow” of AT&T Park, this “casual”, “comfortable” SoMa pub is handy for a moderately priced “pre-game nosh and sip”, though “lots of screens” showing nearly “every game on every day” give it year-round appeal for “serious sports-watching”; if the decor strikes some as “nothing special”, the “service is on point” and the “food is good too”, making it a “decent” option “for locals.”

600 Third St.; 415-392-5311

Kezar Pub 
Food: 22
Decor: 19
Service: 21
Cost: -
“One of San Francisco’s few true sports bars”, where you can “watch all kinds” of games – “even those that start in the early morning hours in another country” – this “crowded” Haight pub comes equipped with “plenty of big-screen HDTVs” plus “a pool table in the back”; “lots of good beer on tap”, reasonable prices, “great” wings and other “decent” bar fare help make it “a real winner.”

770 Stanyan St.; 415-386-9292

Public House 
Food: 17
Decor: 21
Service: 17
Cost: $29
Boasting its “own entrance to AT&T Park”, this mega gastropub offers a “vast” beer selection to accompany “elegant” “bar food” at moderate prices from chef Traci Des Jardins (Jardinière); it hits a home run for “pre-game festivities” (just “get there early” because “the line is longer than Timmy Lincecum’s locks”), but “even on non-game days”, diehards “stop by for a pint” and to “watch sports on the telly.”

24 Willie Mays Plaza; 415-644-0240

Pete's Tavern 
Across the street from AT&T Park, this casual tavern from Peter Osbourne (MoMo’s) is poised to become SoMa’s version of Cheers for baseball fans and South Beach residents; set in a former warehouse, it offers a Traditional American pub menu featuring items from an in-house smoker and rotisserie, while pool tables and arcade games on the mezzanine level occupy those who aren’t at the horseshoe-shaped bar or watching the game on flat-screens.

128 King St; 415-817-5040

The Independent 
Food: 24
Cost: -
“Delivering great musical experiences yet maintaining an underground feel”, this “stripped-down” Western Addition “warehouse” is an “excellent” place to “rock ’n’ roll” to “great indie” and “up-and-coming acts” that take advantage of the “awesome acoustics”; there’s “not much seating” and the setting is “divey” (“just black walls with a few velvet curtains”), but it’s so “intimate” that “the whole place feels like a front seat” and there’s a “minimal wait” for the “strong” drinks.

628 Divisadero St; 415-771-1421

Jake's Steaks 
Food: 23
Decor: 16
Service: 20
Cost: $13
“Experience Philadelphia without leaving the Bay Area” at this Marina haven of “true” cheesesteaks, Tastykakes and cheers of “go Eagles!”; service is mostly “warm”, but the paraphernalia-strewn digs are small and often “noisy”, so if you’re looking to relax, get it to go.

3301 Buchanan St; 415-922-2211

Royal Exchange 
Food: 21
Decor: 18
Service: 19
Cost: -
“Always packed after a workday” with “finance types” who “mix and mingle” “before they head home on the train”, this midpriced Downtown “yuppie” “staple” is also “crowded at lunch” and during “prime sports events”; though the food’s “about what you’d expect from a pub”, loyalists laud the “friendly” service and “comfortable” digs that feel “more upscale” than many of its neighbors’.

301 Sacramento St ; 415-956-1710

Jasper's Corner Tap 
Food: 22
Decor: 19
Service: 21
Cost: $37
“Knowledgeable” staffers serve “delicious”, “good-value” American “comfort food” from breakfast through late night at this Downtown gastropub; what’s more, the “contemporary” digs boast “plenty of room”, with a large bi-level dining room and TV-bedecked front bar offering “great beer choices” and “stellar cocktails”, including “Negroni on tap.”

401 Taylor St; 415-775-7979

Danny Coyle's 
Food: 24
Decor: 21
Service: 22
Cost: $37
With “loads of beer on tap” and “plenty of TVs”, this “great-looking Irish bar in the Lower Haight” is especially popular for “watching rugby, soccer and other international sports” (it even opens at 6 AM for European and Premier League football matches); a Wednesday “trivia night” and weekday happy hour until 7 PM are further reasons locals “love” it.

668 Haight St; 415-558-8375

The Taco Shop @ Underdogs 
Food: 25
Service: 21
“College students”, Outer Sunset locals and dudes “on the way back from the beach” frequent this “very neighborhood” taqueria-cum–sports bar with all the essentials – “lots of TVs”, “cold beer on draft”, “crispy tacos” and “good prices” – from chef/co-owner Nick Fasanella (ex Nick’s Crispy Tacos); the “cozy”, football paraphernalia–filled room gets “crowded on game days”, but “even when they’re slammed”, the crew still “has time to refill your chips.”

1824 Irving St; 415-566-8700

Green's Sports Bar 
Food: 22
Decor: 19
Service: 21
Cost: -
“You can catch whatever game you want” thanks to “tons of TVs” at this “relaxed” Russian Hill sports bar where “the servers do an impressive job keeping everyone happy” and supplied with moderately priced drinks even when it’s “loud” and “crowded”; sure, it’s a little “fratty” and there’s “no food served”, but you can “bring your own” or “get it delivered”, which is a huge “plus” for the peckish.

2239 Polk St; 415-775-4287


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