The best spots to soak up all the energy and craft beer during the big game.
It´s not often the 49ers make it to the Super Bowl but when they do, access to tickets will range anywhere from $400 to $10 000 – pricey for a solo gig and outright unrealistic for a family outing. So, without trading in the engagement ring, there are still plenty of opportunities to simulate that memorable chest-pumping, craft-beer-guzzling Super Bowl experience at one of these crazy sports bars, alongside fellow hyped fans.
1. Standard Deviant Brewing, Mission District
This low-key, award-winning brewery, has cracking beer, an un-pretentious tasty street food menu, and shuffleboards (for the less faithful). They´ve also, due to popular demand, reintroduced their $2 Hot Dog Sundays for those seeking a bargain snack. It also means you’re likely to bump into grown men sporting hotdog suits – it’s the cultural norm, as are real dogs who are accommodated for with water bowls, warm smiles and occasional petting.
TIP: Check their Instagram @standardeviantbrewing for updates on games showing.
📍280 14th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
2. SoMa StrEat Food Park, SoMa
Crab claw and a crowd? Hell yeah! You’ll be here tucking into fine street food and making beer pitchers vanish to cure yesterday’s antics anyway. Then add a big game (aka the Super Bowl) and your trusty food truck park turns everything red and gold. According to their Facebook event details, there will be a Watch Party featuring 9 TVs, DJs, competitions and festive foods.
📍428 11th St. @ Division St. Across from the Costco, In the heart of SOMA, San Francisco, CA 94103
3.San Francisco Brewing Co., Ghirardelli Square
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It’s hard to turn down a small-batch brewery that ensures the “craft wand” reaches everything from the beer to the bar stools. If you’re not here losing your hearing during game-day excitment, you can take a yoga class while sipping on one of their flavorsome brews. During big games – if weather permits – you can catch all the action projected in their gorgeous beer garden.
📍3150 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109, United States
4. Mad Dog In A Frog, LoMa
Mad Dog in a Frog is a favorite amongst locals. It´s a no-frills kind of joint with an atmosphere on big match days that competes with the stands. But above all, you´ll find an eclectic range of sports from European football to US football screened every day of the week! Not only does it have a choice of over 200 beers on offer, but its outdoor patio is the perfect way to catch your breath before returning inside to the mayhem.
TIPS: Check their sports schedule here before you go to avoid disappointment.
📍530 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
5. San Francisco Athletics Bar, Lower Pacific Heights
The Athletics Club was founded by three sports fans who wanted to give back to the community. And by giving back, we mean beer baths packed with ice, so the only thing warming up is the atmosphere! There is nothing like an establishment inspired by a gap in the market and this “family” run business has created a temple for watching global sport – whether you’re a local looking to cheer on your home team or a traveler not wanting to miss out on the sports back home.
📍1750 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94115
6. Buzzworks, Design District
Boasting two storeys of yelling fans, 40 taps on rotation and multiple flat screens, Buzzworks is the kind of sports-fueled chaos that leaves you wanting more. Although it’s more of a stomping ground for the Giants, you’ll find all the major games playing here.
📍365 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
7. The Taco Shop At Underdogs, Inner Sunset
So technically it’s not a bar, but when a taco shop has 10 screens and a game schedule you know they mean business! It’s also rare to find a place that prioritizes organic, locally-sourced ingredients along with your viewing pleasure.
📍1824 Irving Street, San Francisco, CA 94122
8. Golden Gate Tap Room, Lower Nob Hill
No list would be complete without the Mecca for game fanatics! The Golden Gate Tap Room is what you would get if you put any decked out sports bar on steroids – it’s a multi-floor complex that offers enough arcade options to keep you busy until the next season’s playoffs. The free nachos with your first check is also a nice touch.
📍449 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94108