While in San Francisco in May 2008 I had to watch Stanley Cup final game one Pittsburgh vs Detroit. Since we were in North Beach right before game time we headed over to one of the city's largest sports bars: Knuckles Historical Sports Bar in the Fishermans Wharf Hyatt. Sure, the combination of chain hotel bar and Fisherman's Wharf left me a little uneasy with my decision, but when we arrived, I was pleasantly surprised. This is a huge, open, well-lit bar with probably 25 TV. We went straight to the bar and the bartender informed us the Penguins game would be on the giant TV and the volume would be on across the whole restaurant once the game started.
We sat down and had a few beer under the watchful eye of our attentive waiter Lawrence. I was surprised that local Anchor Steam beers were so expensive at $6 each and a Stella was even worse at $7. We were planning to eat, but wanted to wait until the after first period of the Pens-Wings game. Well, the game started and there was no sound.... when I asked Lawrence, he said they were going to have the sound on for some basketball game, so sorry. We almost decided to stay, but then we started calling other sports bars throughout the city. Finally after about six calls we found Zeke's over by AT&T Park, and they had the volume on for the hockey game. We quickly paid, jumped in a cab and headed over to Zeke's.
In a nutshell, Knuckles is a expensive chain bar, in a hotel, and in tourist area, all major negatives. On the flip side, I like the huge open area, the number of TVs, and the friendly service. I definately would have stayed if they were truthful to their word and playing the volume on the championship series I wanted to watch.
The only place in San Francisco I could find that shows English Premiership games.
We were there for the Chelsea-Newcastle game at 8am and there was a good atmosphere for that time in the morning.
$5 cover charge when there's footy on but not really worth going when there's not.
Dress Code: Pffft, joking aren't you.
Asia Sf is San Francisco's foremost drag show / restaurant. The waiters are all in drag and there is a constant vibrant throbbing environment to boot. The food is savory and the drinks are strong. But the lasting Impression will be your waiter.
Dress Code: No Requirement.
Everyone must go to the Bus Stop on Union Street. It's an old sportbar that all the locals visit. Most people there are in their 20s but it's a great time for all ages. Great place to meet up with people and watch a game.
Dress Code: As casual as it gets.
This is one of my favorite hang-outs whenever I happen to be in San Francisco (which is not that often). The theme of this place is RED. So if you're anti-red, this is not the place for you. Red bar stools and red couches greet you as you sail through the red entrance door. Since everything is blood red here, you might as well order a red cocktail drink to get into the swing of things!
The loooong queue most nights at this place is quite legendary. A very nice place with a cool and sophisticated crowd (ahem!).
Dress Code: DRESS UP, please!
For a great hole in the wall place to see some blues/rock/whatever check out the Blue Light. It's a very small place with stiff drinks, friendly people and great music. I have always come out of here with a buzz and a smile on my face. Look for the blue light.
Top of the Mark is the place for spectacular brunches and they also serve light dinner besides being one of the best bars here in the city. The area becomes soo packed that they don't accept reservations for the evenings! The Top of the Mark is the second most romantic cocktail lounge in San Francisco(hey i'm biased since I like the ambiance more in the View Lounge in Marriott Marquis in South Of Market ok). Legendary since its opening in 1939, It sits atop the Mark Hopkins Hotel on Nob Hill. Always elegant, it has been a favorite with famous (& infamous), rich and beautiful people from all over the world who love this attractive area with its breathtaking 360 degree views of San Francisco and beyond. Their ambiance sports an elegant club-like decor, with stunning night lights and day views of the San Francisco skyline. This is the place to be on Valentines Day, or any day for romance. Even if you choose another San Francisco restaurant to dine in, this is where you go for after dinner cocktails and the pinao man at the bar is par excellance bar none!
Cocktails start $ 14 for various kinds of martinis adn between $ 10 to 15 depending on what the cocktail is like a Mai Tai or Tequila Sunrise or Long Island Iced Tea or Tom Collins, $ 8 for local beers and $ 9 for imported beers and artisanal beers, they provide free assorted mixed nuts for free and you can order bar chow like shrimp cocktails at $ 15.
Dress Code: Smart Casual, No Flip Flops or Shorts Please
Mon-Sat 6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mon-Thu, Sun 5 pm - 12 am
Fri-Sat 4 pm - 1 am
Sun 10 am - 1 pm
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My nice bar for eats and people watching would be in the Hotel Monaco. downstairs besides the lobby is THE GRAND CAFE with big windows to look out on the live street action. Drinks are great and so is the food. Along that street also iare bars with live venues and across the street is the Redwood Room that I love also for the late night. Haave fun bar hopping in that area.
cheers tommy x
Dress Code: CASUAL CISCO
This little hidden wine bar is very well worth to visit, attention is great as wine recommendations are given. Soft and sometimes live music makes this place even cozier!
Dress Code: As formal/informal as you want