Beers for Cheers: Best Bars for Sports in San Francisco

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 to Lefty O'Doul's and they applaud Bus Stop for its tasty bar food - a must when you're following a big game.

And, although San Franciscans are fiercely loyal to their sports teams (and ready at the drop of a yellow flag to give Raiders and A's fans from across the bay a good ribbing), the town recognizes that swapping sports stories is a great way to turn strangers into friendly drinking buddies. Don't be shy about your own allegiances, either; San Francisco is a tourist town, so locals are used to getting an earful from out-of-towners about their own favorite teams.

The best sports bars in San Francisco? Game on!

Greens Sports Bar


Tucked away on Polk Street and adorned with ball caps and other memorabilia, this small sports bar is a favorite with locals. It's a great place any time, but at happy hour (Monday through Friday, 4pm till 7pm), you can relax with the after-work...  Read More



One of the area's most established saloons, Union Square Sports Bar promises 27 TVs, nine satellites, and a range of draft and bottled beers. It also boasts a wealth of sports memorabilia that confirms its long existence. If you tire of...  Read More

Bus Stop


Conducive to nights of rowdy cheering and rooting for your favorite team, Bus Stop is a true sports-lover's haven. It's been around for a century, and its longevity can certainly be attributed, in part, to dynamic crowds and ever-present drinks....  Read More

Zeke's Sports Bar & Grill


A short walk from AT&T Park, Zeke's just seems right for sports and beer. It's also a fantastic place to catch the game on one of 16 TVs, whether your passion is football, hockey, baseball, basketball, or more. Zeke's food menu is a riot of pub...  Read More



Nominally an Irish pub, this casual establishment serves a number of entertainment needs. DJs spin music to dance by, live bands play, and pool, darts, and video games are there for the masses to enjoy. You'll also find a dozen international...  Read More



Given its colorful name, there's little doubt that this place serves up a good time. The Brit-style pub offers heaping helpings of beer, soccer, and other sports, and once in awhile, it presents live musical acts. One of the place's biggest...  Read More



Put down your iPhone and pick up a Guinness and try "friending" someone the old fashioned way: buy them a beer. If you decide to do this at Johnny Foley's, the payback will be a night of revelry you won't soon forget. Besides wall to wall people...  Read More



Yancy's is near the Mucky Duck, another sports bar in the 9th and Irving area, but Yancy's is roomier. When there's not too much fog, the shutters and windows of Yancy's are flung open and allow for great people-watching if the game gets slow....  Read More



Fifteen televisions and great satellite reception ensure that there's always a game or match on the tube at this neighborhood sports bar. Regulars thrill to everything from football to rugby, and brief distraction is afforded by pool tables and...  Read More

Mucky Duck


Billing itself as "a friendly pub," this neighborhood hangout does indeed have a relaxed, "come as you are" ambience. It boasts nine large-screen TVs, pool tables, dart boards, a terrific jukebox, sports memorabilia, and a great bar staff. When...  Read More


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