The 15 Best Sports Bars in the San Francisco Bay Area

|November 10, 2017

Whether you’re a fan of the 49ers or the Raiders, the Oakland Athletics or the SF Giants, you’re probably a Golden State Warriors fan and you definitely need a place to celebrate on game day. So it’s a good thing you’re in the Bay, where we take our sports teams and our sports bars very seriously.

To help narrow down your new go-to spot to watch football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer and even tennis, we rounded up the top 15 sports bars and eateries in the region — from South Bay to East Bay and into the city. Pull up a chair, order a pub burger and a pint of local beer, and get ready to cheer with the rest of us.

Golden Gate Tap Room | SF

449 Powell St | Facebook

With two floors of TVs and two floors of pool, shuffleboard, skeeball, air hockey, foosball — Golden Gate Tap Room isn’t your average sports bar. They have over 20 screens with every major sports package provided by DIRECTV, more than 100 beers on draft and in bottles, arcade games, and pub food, daily specials and brunch that will bring you back even when your teams aren’t playing.

Trademark | SF

1123 Folsom St | Facebook

If your go-to sports bar doesn’t have Skee Ball and a secret craft cocktail kitchen, leave immediately and head to Trademark. First, order up chef-driven bar bites from the Alchemy SF team and boozy desserts from Frozen Kuhsterd’s FK Reserve. Then settle in on the outdoor patio with your dog, play a game of classic arcade basketball, and sneak next door to Copyright for a cocktail!

Fort Green | Oakland

736 Washington St | Facebook

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When the Warriors or Raiders are playing, Oakland’s Fort Green is the place to be in the East Bay! Watch the game on the big screens or play your own at the shuffleboard table. But whatever you’re doing to pass the time, be sure to order a heaping plate of their cheeseburger and fries. You won’t regret it!

Harry’s Bar | SF

2020 Fillmore St | Facebook

Harry’s Bar has been a local favorite in the Fillmore District for over 35 years, catering to Giants fans, 49ers fans, food lovers, and anyone who feels at home in a swanky bar setting. Eat, drink and be merry at Harry’s — all while watching every major sporting event you could wish for.

Mission Bowling Club | SF

3176 17th St | Facebook

Mission Bowling Club Bay Area San Francisco Sports Bars

Photo courtesy of Mission Bowling Club

If you like to fit a game of bowling between innings, catch the game at Mission Bowling Club. Their projector means you can watch movies, playoffs and debates on the big screen with classic cocktails and upscale pub food thrown in for good measure. The menu even includes one of the best burgers in San Francisco!

Pete’s Tavern | SF

128 King St | Facebook

Located directly across from AT&T Park and filled with 22 flat-screens, Pete’s Tavern is one of the best sports bars in the city — and in the country, according to The Daily Meal. Come for the game — whether it’s hockey, baseball, football or hockey — and stay for the craft cocktails and the outstanding food.

Hi Tops | SF

2247 Market St | Facebook

Hi Tops has been the Castro’s favorite sports bar since the day it opened its doors — for good reason! This LGBT-friendly spot features nearly ten flat screens, including an extra large screen above the bar and the occasional topless male bartender to serve your drinks. Outside of gameday, you can stop by for Tuesday Trivia Night and Thursday Gym Class! If you’re looking for food to fuel your fun, you can’t go wrong with the house-made corn dog or the fried chicken sandwich.

Public House | SF

24 Willie Mays Plaza | Facebook

Public House San Francisco Bay Area Sports Bars

Photo courtesy of Public House and Frankie Frankeny

Whether you’re a fan of baseball, football, tournament basketball, World Cup soccer or Wimbledon tennis, the 26 screens at Public House offer the perfect setting to watch. With the largest variety of draft beer and cask ale offerings in San Francisco, 24 beers on tap, and 24 varieties of bottled beers, you’ll be well hydrated while you eat from a food menu put together by the award-winning Chef, Traci Des Jardins.

Giants fans can take advantage of the secret entrance into AT&T Park and head straight from Public House into the ballpark!

Rookies Sports Lodge | San Jose

San Jose + Willow Glen | Facebook

With two South Bay locations, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to catch a game at Rookies Sports Lodge. Family-owned and family-operated, the team includes a classically trained Executive Chef and Sous Chef taking their New American menu to a whole new level. With just about every sports package available on TV (including Pac 12 football), you can always cheer on your team at Rookies.

Royal Exchange | SF

301 Sacramento St | Facebook

Royal Exchange San Francisco Bay Area Sports Bars

Photo courtesy of Royal Exchange

In the heart of SF’s Financial District, this casual American pub-style eatery boasts 72 taps with 32 microbrews and a full list of inventive cocktails. With 17 TVs, satellite access and freshly baked pretzel knots on the menu, it’s a must on game day.

San Francisco Athletic Club | SF

1750 Divisadero St | Facebook

San Francisco Athletic Club is not your average sports bar. In addition to low tables, high tables, communal tables, bleachers and a 20-seat bar, they have reservation-only booths with a full lineup of terms and conditions. If you can snag a seat, we definitely recommend it. They have 28 hi-definition screens, an impressive list of local wines and beers, and an upscale food menu we’re already drooling over. See it all here and find out how to reserve your table!

Make Westing | Oakland

1741 Telegraph Ave | Facebook

We highlighted Make Westing on our 24-hour guide to Oakland and we think it deserves a trip back to the East Bay just for gameday. When the Warriors are on, they pull down the large-screen and light up the place with a projector so you can see every bit of the action. Pair that with some of the most inventive cocktails in town and you’re ready to turn gameday up a notch!

The Broken Rack | Emeryville

5768 Peladeau St | Facebook

On Sundays, The Broken Rack opens at 10 a.m. and serves breakfast all day. The best part is, when you show your team pride and wear Raiders or 49ers gear, you get 10% off your meal! Stop by for a game of pool in their classic pool hall atmosphere and catch football (and breakfast) all day.

The Brick Yard | SF

1787 Union St | Facebook

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Located on the cusp of Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights and the Marina District, The Brick Yard has been serving up sports bar fun and mouth-watering bar foods for over seven years. As the go-to spot for all three neighborhoods, it’s become a hangout for the community and all the diehard fans in the area. Come for the craft cocktails, but stay for the atmosphere!

The Valley Tavern | SF

4054 24th St | Facebook

The Valley Tavern doesn’t just have a line of 17 screens inside; they also have six screens on the outdoor patio and bar! With 40 beers on draft, you’ll never be thirsty and you’ll have plenty of fun on the three-level outdoor beer garden, in the smoking room, and at the E-cast jukebox. Check out the list of beer, wine and cocktails here and get ready for a memorable gameday.


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