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Choose a viewing spot to enjoy John McEnroe’s pithy analysis with like-minded tennis fans between August 25 and September 8, 2014. Players competing on DecoTurf courts for men’s singles and doubles, women’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles include Serena Williams who is returning to defend her single’s crown. Unfortunately, defending US Open champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from this year’s US Open men’s singles tournament due to a right wrist injury. Coverage is televised on CBS for day sessions beginning at 8 a.m. PDT and evening sessions from 4 p.m. PDT. Catch every minute of the U.S. Open action at one of these bars throughout the Bay Area.
242 O’Farrell St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Will Roger Federer earn his elusive 18th Grand Slam title, will he be thwarted by Djokovic or Nadal or will a new U.S. Open champion emerge from Flushing Meadows? While you focus on the line calls, why not do it with a cold one at hand. Here’s introducing the newest, most handsome Union Square addition to the brew pub scene. Master brewer Chris Wike, San Francisco Brewers Guild, is making three of his own beers in-house. “Our World Cup screenings were a big success,” says management. “If the fans are into it, we’re happy to be showing it.” Four TVs and a projection screen can handle it beautifully, they say. Come anytime, the hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. There’s comfort food, craft beer and cocktails all day with happy hour between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
1300 Battery St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
If you’re rooting for a player whose serve has just been broken, you can always order some comfort food, say a burger and fries for lunch or a roast chicken from the wood-fired oven at dinner. Or, if the tennis goes into a hairy fifth set tie-breaker, sustain yourself with a San Marzano Bloody Devil garnished with house pickled vegetables and a deviled egg. The lovely bar area has a glowing onyx-hued, horseshoe-shaped bar lit from underneath with LED lights enhanced by two large flat-screen televisions which will be tuned in to the U.S. Open for a couple of weeks. It’s not Swiss, but feels perfect for Federer fans. Fog City is open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch.
541 Ramona St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
There are sports bars with televisions, and then there are sports bars with 20 giant screens, each ranging from 50 inches to 70 inches. So, with about 100 feet of plasma, you’re all set for game, set and match at the U.S. Open. “It was fun last year and it’ll be fun this year. We’ll be tuned in,” says management. The opening time of 11 a.m. should see some of the earlier action from New York City. What else shouts ‘fun’ here? There are plenty of sports memorabilia, beer towers, fire pits on the patio and a mechanical bull. Happy hour is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday. Late hours attract a cover charge that includes the first drink. However, by this time, they’ve long since rolled out covers over the courts for the night.
895 Villa St.
Mountain View, CA 94041
Steins loves beer…and Steins loves sports. It is even open at 8:30 a.m. for all of those 9 a.m. attention-grabbing World Cup Game kickoffs. With a normal opening hour of 11 a.m., just in time for brunch, this is another spot where tennis fans might catch some early court action at the USTA Center. Steins large Beer Hall has plenty of LED flat-screen televisions, where if spectators can peel their eyes from the line long enough, they’ll enjoy Chef Colby M. Reade’s modern American comfort food. An impressive 31 taps of curated beer selections and a seat in the sunny garden round out your perfect day, even though someone’s got to lose the match.
5040 Arroyo Road
Livermore, CA 94550
It’s always fun to watch Grand Slam tennis at a tennis club. However, if you don’t have a membership, why not just go to a public clubhouse that feels like a private club? The Grill at the Course at Wente Vineyards has great views of the 18th hole surrounded by lovely vineyards. Casual dining, free Wi-Fi, a terrace, a bar and two televisions makes it a great choice for subdued watching of US Open action. Open hours from dawn to dusk means you can see all of the earliest matches in New York and even squeeze in a round of golf between watching your favorites’ topspins, returns and aces.
724 B St.
San Rafael, CA 94901
“East, Drink, Sport” reads the tagline for this sports bar, a perennial Marin favorite. Open from noon to 2 a.m. seven days a week, folks can wash down sports bar classics like wings, sliders and nachos with a choice of 20 rotating beers on tap. The eight televisions have been upgraded, every seat has a view and there’s an 80-inch big screen for big events. “We’re excited for the U.S. Open,” says manager, Stella. “We had the U.S. Open on live TV last year and we’re going to have it on this year.”