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The North Bay is not the first place you might think about when listing out the best bars to watch the Super Bowl. But this area is not only a region of splendid, rolling hills and wine tasting tours. The North Bay is home to various sports bars and pubs, big and small, that serve up good grub, offer a great view of the game overhead and provide a place to cheer on your team to a championship. Adding to some of San Francisco’s best sports bars, we’ve listed a few more great bars that classify as swanky or casual – but overall, come highly reviewed.
1010 Lincoln Ave.
Napa, CA 94558
If ample TV watching, eating tasty BBQ grub and drinking good draft beer is the kind of locale you’re looking for, then Red Rock will hit the spot. A local favorite for its great food and modest interior, Red Rock Café is where the meat-eating football fans like to get their pulled pork sandwiches and ribs, and eat them straight from the obligatory checkered table-clothed tables. This nostalgic, charming burger joint has TVs set up perfectly – so you can watch your game while noshing on juicy, tender food and swilling down some brews.
The Meritage Resort & Spa
875 Bordeaux Way
Napa, CA 94558
Built into the Meritage Resort, Crush is a loud, energy-filled ‘lounge’ where the bar and dance floor are situated close to the bowling action. Each TV is marked with what game will be on, so all patrons know what they’re watching when they sit down. How can you beat cutting a rug, bowling, bright lights, great music, drinking mixed cocktails or local beer and wine with friends while watching the Super Bowl all in one spot?
245 Healdsburg Ave.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
The bare essentials are what you’ll find when you wine and dine and watch your team at this bar and grill. The bar offers pub food, a good beer selection and wine and some liquor. This is a sports pub atmosphere with wooden tables, paper napkins and only what is necessary for casual eating and entertaining. But, there are non-stop sporting events showing on the multiple TVs. And, if this is all that one fan needs when choosing a place to watch the Super Bowl, this dandy bar and grill is top notch.
1001 2nd St.
Napa, CA 94559
If you think it’s tough to find a sports bar in a resort town like Napa, look no further than this upscale wine bar right in the heart of Napa. This spot is swanky, yet casual, romantic and gruff enough for the boys and girls who like their football. Carpe Diem is a twist of so many personalities, and embodies what Napa is – an attraction for a diverse crowd. The food is top notch. Super Bowl and a side of duck confit, cave-aged Gruyere with white truffle oil and a duck egg? Go for it! That is what life is all about; living on the edge and seizing the day.
18615 Sonoma Highway
Sonoma, CA 95476
For any Super Bowl fanatic, the four large TVs that adorn the walls of this local pub are a huge attraction. The added frills within Olde Sonoma PH include multiple dartboards, a pool table, 32 beers on tap, a pinball machine, table games, free popcorn and a friendly vibe. During sports events, such as the Super Bowl, the pub atmosphere turns festive, and working class people are known to become high-fiving, cheering, unpretentious, good-time boys and girls. If you can handle that, then Olde Sonoma et su casa. And when a place feels like your own home away from home, it probably can’t get any better.
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 Examiner.com.