Best College Basketball Bars In San Francisco
Hold on to your brackets sports fans and get ready for the highly anticipated college basketball finals. Grab your buddies and head to San Francisco’s finest watering holes to catch all of the college basketball action.
Greens Sports Bar
Hours: Mon to Fri – 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sat to Sun – 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Barely an inch of this establishment is not dedicated to sports, and that includes the ceiling, so it should come as no surprise Greens is a hot destination in the Nob Hill area for the sports-minded. Do people speak anything other than sports here? There is great seating areas and plenty of wiggle room with 22 televisions, so you’re never out of eye shot as the action moves down the court. And when your team doesn’t score feel free to yell at the 61 inch big daddy screen instead of your bartender who’s busy with the 18 beers on tap. Greens does allows its patrons to bring food in, so pick a spot and settle in.
Hours: Mon to Fri – 12 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sat and Sun – 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
When it comes to sports bars it’s a matter of simple math: get the cave man out of the cave, promise libations, friendly faces and more libations, and you’ve got a fan for life. Comfort is key and McTeague’s meets that lofty standard head on. The layout of this Irish pub is long and the atmosphere is lively. Specials on beer and well drinks are $2, $3, and $4, plus the well stocked bar can accommodate just about any request while you watch the game.
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Bus Stop Saloon
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sat and Sun – 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Staking it’s claim as the oldest sports bar, the establishment has been a saloon since 1900 when first recognized as the Aly Inn. In 1919, the bar changed ownership and went under the name Smokeys Saloon, followed by the Transport Club in 1931 and finally the Bus Stop in 1960. Bus Stop Saloon is a perfect Marina destination for those looking to break away from the Nob Hill scene. Patrons run the gamut from quirky, casual to eclectic and bar staff have a family friendly attitude. You’ll find plenty of camaraderie around a wealth of TV screens (approximately 17) but not many empty seats so plan your day accordingly.
Hours: Mon, Fri – 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Tues to Thurs – 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sat 12 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sun 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Walking into Yancy’s in the Inner Sunset is like coming home, throwing yourself on the couch and having a cold beer waiting for you. Just shy of hanging out in your underwear and watching the games alone in your own living room, this is the most comfortable spot you will find in the city. But please, management requests you keep your pants on no matter how dim the setting. Great take out in the area and plenty of available parking.
The Taco Shop at Underdogs
Hours: Mon – 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tues to Thurs – 4:30 p.m. to 12 a.m., Fri and Sat – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Nick Fasanella’s Taco Shop goes unmatched with its winning taqueria/sports combo theme located in the Outer Sunset. Using only the finest local, natural and organic products you’ll agree Fasanella, chef and former owner of Nick’s Crispy Tacos and recipient of the SF Weekly’s Best Taco award, knows a thing or two about the fried folded tortilla. Pair meals with any number of drink specials including $5 beer and shots or $12 buckets of Coors Lite and cheer your team on in front of one of the 11 flat screens available. This youngish, college, hangout in a t-shirt kinda crowd gives off a very easy vibe.
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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. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.