The Big Game: Best Bars for Watching Sports in San Francisco

Tom Molanphy

By , Local Expert, San Francisco
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Cheers, groans, beer, and plenty of big-screen TVs - they're the major components of any popular sports bar, and we bring you the top entries in San Francisco. Meet your buddies for wings, nachos, and a full slate of football, basketball, boxing, baseball, hockey, and NASCAR. And San Francisco takes its food as seriously as it does its sports, so don't be surprised if those buffalo wings comes with a side of organic Napa Valley horse radish sauce.

Even if you happen to come alone, you can count on finding a crowd to hang with, as long as you're wearing the right colors and logos! 10Best readers give a big, overall thumbs-up...  Read more »

  • 1

    Yancy's Saloon

    A great choice for those who want to watch a game and those who want to drop someone off to watch the game.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to explore the shops, restaurants and cafes of 9th and Irving while you're in the area."

  • 2

    Lefty O'Doul's Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge

    Like a well-coached baseball or football game, Lefty O'Doul's is simple but effective.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to check out Union Square, just a half-block down."

  • 3

    Kezar Pub

    Great location, right at the end of Haight Street and perched on the entrance of Golden Gate Park.

    Local Expert Tip: "International athletic matches set a backdrop for pub grub and draft beer - top spot for World Cup!"

  • 4

    Mad Dog in the Fog

    The beer selection is fantastic and the servers really know their stuff.

    Local Expert Tip: "Locals love this spot on Haight Street, so it's a great place to pick up some insider tips on what to do in San Francisco."

  • 5

    Abbey Tavern

    Abbey is within walking distance of the ballpark, which is really the sports hub of San Francisco.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're more into European than American football, Abbey is the place to go."

  • 6

    Mucky Duck

    Nearby Golden Gate Park is a nice option for a walk after sitting on a stool and downing beers for several hours.

    Local Expert Tip: "The 9th and Irving area of Mucky Duck has some reasonable and tasty Asian restaurants."

  • 7

    Zeke's Sports Bar & Grill

    Zeke's is a good sports bar option if you're near the ballpark but want a place that's a little less expensive and not quite as packed.

    Local Expert Tip: "This a more low-key, casual bar than some of the bars closer to the ballpark."

  • 8

    Bus Stop

    With only a few sports bars in this Cow Hollow area, it's good to keep Bus Stop in mind.

    Local Expert Tip: "Lots of shopping nearby, so it's a good place to drop off that significant other while you get some shopping done."

  • 9

    Union Square Sports Bar

    This is the sports bars of sports bars, really meant for those who want to drink and watch games.

    Local Expert Tip: "If the noise and crowds start to get to you, head across the street to Foley's."

  • 10

    Greens Sports Bar

    This is a nice counter to the other sports bar in the area, the Bus Stop.

    Local Expert Tip: "Small local bar ably accommodates sports fans, beer lovers."



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