Best Bars To Watch Hockey In San Francisco

March 20, 2014 6:00 AM

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 07: The San Jose Sharks mascot SJ Sharkie poses with fans prior to the game between the Sharks and the Washington Capitals at the HP Pavilion at San Jose on January 7, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

San Jose Sharks mascot SJ Sharkie (credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

136563598 Best Bars To Watch Hockey In San Francisco(credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


It’s just not that easy to find a bar that understands your love for the puck smashing, icey sport and your die-hard passion for the electrifying game of hockey. You want to go out with friends to cheer on your Sharks – or whoever you root for in the NHL – but you don’t know who will have the game on. The following bars are San Francisco favorites – and they love hockey too, maybe just as much as you.

Northstar Cafe
1560 Powell St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 397-0577

Want a cool, incognito dive bar in the hot spot tourist area of San Francisco? This sports pub is right in the North Beach/Telegraph Hill/Russian Hill neighborhood. Enjoy hockey, free (not the typical stale, but movie theatre quality) popcorn, pool, friendly bartenders, a jukebox, great draft beer lineup and plenty of TVs to watch your favorite hockey game. If you plan to come on a weekend, make sure to arrive earlier than the crowds – since there’s typically a line outside to get in. Bring your hockey-loving pet pooch if you’d like since this bar is dog friendly.

The Kezar Pub
770 Stanyan St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 386-9292

Kezar knows how to please the hockey fans. No matter where you sit to watch your favorite hockey game, this bar makes sure you don’t have to crane your neck to see. TVs are everywhere and at all angles. This is the quintessential hockey bar. It has been known to sponsor leagues in the past. The staff caters to its sports bar fans and obliges to the demands of hungry and thirsty fans throughout the night. The crowd is a makeup of passionate, yet not overly obnoxious sports buffs. The alcohol is a great selection and the food is served all day.  When the Sharks play, the sound is turned ON at this bar.

3160 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 861-2595

Bring in your outside food and sit down for a hockey-infused night. Kilowatt caters to the fans that can’t just lean back with their cold brew twiddling on their smart phones. For those who need to ‘do’ something while watching the game, the bar makes it easy for fidgety fans to play pinball, darts or pool simultaneously – since it hangs TVs in the game room. The jukebox is also known to throw out some tune doozies that may harken you back to the hair metal and the classic 80s rock era. This bar is a cash only bar. This hockey-themed and decorated bar is friendly to Red Wings and Montreal Canadian teams. This is a dog-friendly bar.

Giordano Bros.
3108 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 437-2767

Where else in San Francisco can you watch hockey, order from a gigantic assortment of beer and be given the ability to scarf down delicious Pittsburgh-style sandwiches? GB offers over a dozen varieties of ‘sammies’ stuffed with fries and coleslaw. The patrons are fun and the staff is friendly. TVs adorn every convenient space on the walls. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., when beers are $2 off.

Danny Coyle’s
668 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 558-8375

Danny Coyle’s is cool bar in the Haight neighborhood. It has multiple TVs playing NHL Center Ice at any given time. The pub serves standard Irish beers for $5 and allows its patrons to bring in food. The fun, lively group of die-hard fans will keep you on your toes. If games fall on a Wednesday, be ready to play the pop quizzes during Wednesday Night Brainstormer Trivia at 8 p.m. The bar is brightly lit and clean (yep, even the bathrooms). Don’t be shocked to see a giant projection screen showing the hockey game. This place also has a jukebox, is pet friendly and accepts credit/debit cards.

Kelly Gullo is a freelance writer in San Francisco, CA. Kellys topics are about music and nightlife. Kelly has also written a variety of articles on health and dieting and topics related to the environment. Kelly has a degree in journalism and public relations from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. Her work can be found at

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