Best Spots To Watch The Super Bowl In San Francisco


If you’re thinking of stepping outside the man cave on Super Bowl Sunday, the Bay Area offers sports fans a fine selection of bars to gather in, revel and worship the gridiron.

Here are some of the best spots in San Francisco to catch the Super Bowl:

Kezar Pub
770 Stanyan St.
San Francisco, CA
(415) 386-9292

Located in the Upper Haight, the pub sits across from Kezar Stadium, which was the original home of the San Francisco 49ers and, for a brief period, the Oakland Raiders. Kezar drips with history, charm and memorabilia. Choose your libation from 26 beers on tap, premium vodkas and whiskey. The bar staff is friendly and the wings can’t be beat. With more than 20 flat screens for your viewing pleasure this neighborhood pub packs some punch.

Public House
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA
(415) 644-0240

If you build it they will come was a premonition while building this massive drinking establishment attached to AT&T Park. The prime real estate not only beckons the beard crowd, but last year’s pre-sold tables during the Super Bowl event immediately sold out. Eat, drink and merrily charge your credit card. This is chef Traci Des Jardin’s kitchen who is San Francisco Magazine’s Chef of the Year and Top Chef Master alum. Be sure to try a California cheese steak with tri-tip, smoked gouda, roasted poblano peppers and caramelized onions while enjoying the game.

101 4th St.
San Francisco, CA
(415) 369-6100

Three words: Fifty. Foot. Screen. Jillian’s comes second only to catching the action live. In the South of Market district of San Francisco, the spacious rooms, main dining area with full bar and semi-private booths lining the back walls make this the perfect Super Bowl location. An intimate lounge area with bar seating, private room with flat screens off the main dining floor and billiard lounge add to the appealing atmosphere of this watering hole. The 30 flat screen televisions catch every replay while you wrap your fingers around a pint of your favorite beverage or venture into one of the three Bloody Mary mixes available on game day. Bring an appetite.

The Boardroom
1609 Powell St.
San Francisco, CA
(415) 982-8898

It’s hard to say if one patronizes The Boardroom for being a laidback sports bar or for its Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots. Either way, it is a win-win. You can catch the game at this casual North Beach hangout on five flat screens. Also try the affordable Boardroom burgers, beef brisket dips or BBQ pork sandwiches. The awesomeness reaches beyond the food to the secret sweet tea vodka concoction and bottomless mimosas.

Players Sports Grill
Pier 39
Beach St. and The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA  94133
(415) 705-5500

The locals might find Players Grill as an odd selection, especially since its located in the most touristy part of the city. However, this popular sports bar at Pier 39 probably has more TVs than any other local sports bar with 35 HDTVs. If that’s not enough of a reason watch the Super Bowl here, even for naysaying locals, it also has a lot more room to move about than many other hotspots, with 12,000 square feet and an excellent view of the bay. This could mean late arrivals may be able get in, whereas at smaller sports bars, it might mean standing outside while missing some or all of the NFL championship game. Players Sports Grill features the Lounge and Tiki Bar with 16 beers on tap and a far better food menu than many other local bars, sports or otherwise.  For families with children looking for a good option to watch Super Bowl 50, Players is the only arcade and sports grill in San Francisco, with more than 85 arcade games.

Pete’s Tavern
128 King St.
San Francisco, CA  94107
(415) 817-5040

It’s all but certain one of the largest crowds to watch Super Bowl 50 in a local sports bar will be at Pete’s Tavern. That’s because this popular spot directly across the street from AT&T Park is often described as the ultimate sports bar in San Francisco. With a capacity of about 1,000 sports fans, Pete’s features more than 20 TVs on two levels, a massive horseshoe bar, an outstanding food menu and a wide selection of beers, wine and cocktails. Right next door to Pete’s is Pedro’s Cantina, and under the same ownership, Pete’s Tavern hosts 22 HDTVs, authentic street-style taqueria fare and a 360-degree bar, offering a similar number of fine beers and wines as its neighbor, along with superb cocktails such as the El Diablo or the signature Pedro’s Margarita.

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