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.
Hours: Mon – Fri – 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Sat – Sun – 6 a.m. – 2 a.m.
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.
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Hours: Sun to Mon – 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
There’s an obscene amount of televisions in this drinkery. Gather all your friends and score a touchdown at Ricky’s Sports Grill. A mecca for Raider nation fans and anyone with sports on the brain. Good people, good food and drinks at a decent price. Play ball.
Hours: Tues – Thurs 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
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.
Hours: Mon – Thurs 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Fri – Sat 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Sun 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
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.
Hours: Mon – Fri 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Sat – Sun 9:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.
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.
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Robyn Chelsea-Seifert is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in The Miami Herald, Creem, Hit Parader, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel and International Musician. Check out her articles on Examiner.com here.