What’s better than watching a game with your closest buddies, beer flowing and snacks galore? How about artisan cocktails and menu items that might range from free-range burgers topped with cheddar, bacon and avo to world famous deviled eggs? The latter probably means you’ve chosen to watch the game at a sports bar. Whether it’s seeing Steph’s amazing shooting or checking out the Giants or A’s, there are plenty of top-tier sports bars in the Bay. Thankfully, we’ve done the research for you, so you don’t waste game time at a substandard spot. Grab a drink, take a seat, and enjoy some of our favorite sports bars in the Bay Area.
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San Francisco Athletic Club
A full bar with wines on tap and a couple dozen TVs — including many outside on their spacious patio — makes for a very well-rounded, yet classic sports bar experience. As an added bonus, San Francisco Athletic Club hosts Bachelor viewing parties where they offer $5 glasses rosé. Hours are Monday through Saturday 11am to 1pm, and Sunday 11am to 9pm. thesfac.com
In spite of the name, Hockey Haven actually isn’t a hockey bar, but this spot is a Richmond neighborhood establishment. Open since 1949, Hockey Haven is known for it’s cheap drinks, casual atmosphere and warm service. With a big outdoor patio, TVs all around inside, a pool table, and a jukebox, you’re bound to make a friend here. Note: Their T-shirts are also fantastic. Hours are Monday through Sunday 12pm to 2am. hockey-haven.business.site
A long-standing local saloon known for its loyal Steelers contingent, Shanghai Kelly’s is beloved for it’s ultra-welcoming ambiance that makes you feel like family. Because of this vibe it also tends to get packed fast, so get there early if you want to snag a spot. Hours are Monday through Sunday 5pm to 2am. facebook.com/ShanghaiKellys
What happens with a dad and two sons — all restaurant veterans — open their idea of the ultimate sports bar? You’ll have to go see for yourself. But it reads like: 4,500 square feet including a 40+ foot bar, and eleven flat screens, including one out on the patio. Floodwater also accommodates all diets and boasts an award-winning Rueben, Vietnamese-style wings, pizza and an excellent veggie burger. Hours are Monday through Thursday 3pm to 9pm, Friday through Saturday 12pm to 10pm, Sunday 12pm to 8pm. floodwatermv.com
Pete’s 881 Club
When A.P. “Pete” Pellolio sat down for a game of poker at one of his favorite watering holes at 881 Fourth Street back in 1951, he wasn’t expecting to win a family business that would span three generations and counting. But he did. The dive bar sells great food and drinks at a cheaper price than most bars in the bay and is the only legal gambling spot in Marin with a daily Texas hold ’em game. Make sure to order Grandpa Pete’s Chicken Anselmo. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10am to 10pm, Sunday 10am to 6pm. petes881club.com
This funky bar in a century-old building offers pool, shuffleboard and many TVs. The Silver Peso came into being after World War II when a former GI bought the building with — wait for it — silver pesos. The pesos were “recovered from Manila Bay after the GI learned the Philippine government had sunk its bank reserves to prevent them from falling into Japanese hands,” according to the Marin History Museum. The bar has been one of Marin’s premier blue-collar institutions ever since, drawing a wide variety of patrons either coming from or going to or simply pulling up a stool and staying put for the night. Hours are Monday through Sunday 10:30am to 2am the next day. facebook.com/thesilverpesobar
The Double Standard
A full bar and happy hour specials draw crowds to this low-key neighborhood lounge with a large patio. There are many reasons to come here: the great outdoor space, really good drinks, killer music and friendly service. You really can’t go wrong. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday 5pm to 12am. Closed Monday and Tuesday. doublestandardbar.com
This massive Berkeley bar is equipped with an indoor bar that can accommodate 50 people and an outdoor patio that can hold 30 — with a fireplace, to boot! A Clark Kent of establishments, during the day Cornerstone looks like an average sports bar, but in the evenings it becomes a full-on club. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 11:30am to 10pm, Friday through Saturday 11:30am to 2am. Closed Monday. cornerstoneberkeley.com
Kingfish Pub & Cafe
Kingfish gives you the best of both worlds. It has a nice cozy indoor bar area, but if you aren’t feeling that you can walk outside to their large courtyard where there is more space and an even bigger bar than the one inside. Lots of local beers on tap and a variety of canned and bottled beers make Kingfish an East Bay gem — the dozen or so screens to watch the games is bleu cheese on the wing. Hours are Monday through Wednesday 3pm to 2am, Thursday 3pm to 1am, Friday 3pm to 2am, Saturday through Sunday 12pm to 2am. kingfishpub.com
Britannia Arms Cupertino
Dubbed the original British pub of Silicon Valley, this local spot offers traditional British food, darts, live music, karaoke and plenty of TVs. Don’t forget to try the fish and chips if you are there. Hours are Monday through Tuesday 1pm to 11pm, Wednesday 1pm to 1am, Thursday 12pm to 1am, Friday 12pm to 1:3am, Saturday 11am to 1:30am, Sunday 11am to 10pm. britanniaarmsdeanza.com
A sports bar with a heated patio, arcade games and eight TVs, the Dutch Goose also features a varied menu with everything from Impossible burgers to a wide assortment of pizza offerings. Make sure to try their incredible deviled eggs. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 2am, Sunday through Monday 11am to 12am. dutchgoose.net
Double D’s Sports Grille
Voted the best sports bar in Silicon Valley, Double D’s offers tons of TVs, a friendly staff, classic American grill menu and overall amazing atmosphere. The Philly cheesesteak and the ribs are some of the favorites at Double D’s. Hours are Monday through Sunday 11:30am to 9pm. doubleds.com
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