This baseball postseason has already given us a fantastic Dodgers meltdown and the satisfying sight of sad Yankees, so now we can get past the schadenfreude and enjoy the World Series in earnest.
This Houston Astros-Washington Nationals tilt begins Tuesday night, with only Thursday night off until we get into “if necessary” game territory. Thursday also happens to be the night that the Warriors kick off their 2019-20 season at the Chase Center, so many of our favorite spots to watch the Warriors will be doing multi-game duty once this weekend kicks in. So, here are a slew of SFist's favorite San Francisco sports bars to take it all in.
Pine Tar Grill
While it’s pretty new to the San Francisco sports bar landscape (opening in June 2018 in the former Codeword spot at Fifth and Folsom Streets), Pine Tar Grill oozes more baseball ambiance than probably any other bar in town that is not located within Oracle Park. The place is completely baseball-themed, and their collection of vintage Giants jerseys, gloves, and baseball bats will give you orange and black goosebumps every time you visit.
917 Folsom Street at Fifth Street
The Mission-Potrero dive Double Play also scores high on this list thanks to a baseball-referencing name and a delightful presentation of baseball memorabilia, though the fantastically cheap beer at this otherwise no-frills sports bar sure doesn’t hurt.
2401 16th Street at Bryant Street
The Upper Haight’s Kezar Pub is a go-to for sports fans, thanks to their “You name it, we play it” philosophy that makes it a reliable watching spot for pretty much every game in every sport.
770 Stanyan Street at Waller Street
New York expats’ favorite gathering spot Ace’s will certainly be more tolerable with the Yankees eliminated, and reservations at the famed Keg Table likely easier to come by.
998 Sutter Street at Hyde Street
The craft cocktail set may prefer Novela to the array of sporty dive bars we’ve assembled here, plus it’s downtown, which is helpful if you work in the Financial District what with these 5 p.m. game times.
662 Mission Street between Third Street and New Montgomery
The Taco Shop at Underdogs
It’s Taco Tuesday for Game One tonight at the Inner Sunset’s Taco Shop at Underdogs, and there will be drink specials in the early inning hours of every (non-Sunday) World Series game.
1824 Irving Street between 19th and 20th Avenues
Mad Dog in the Fog
The Lower Haight’s Mad Dog in the Fog is back from its seismic retrofit hiatus, and we know from their online TV schedule that the World Series is among more than a dozen different games they’ll have on.
530 Haight Street at Fillmore Street
Hi Tops shows up in every sports bar listicle this website ever does, and with excellent reason: it’s the gayest sports bar in town with a fun gym/locker room motif, and the giant pretzels with dipping sauce are an outstanding baseball-watching snack. (But note Tuesday is Trivia night, which will overlap with World Series watching come 8 p.m.)
2247 Market Street between Sanchez and Noe Streets
Golden Gate Tap Room
Another sports bar with plenty gaming of distractions like skeeball, foosball, and arcade games, Union Square’s Golden Gate Tap Room also offers a fairly creative array of pub snacks to nosh on during the game.
449 Powell Street at Sutter Street
Even the outdoor patio has an HDTV (and a heater!) at the Blackthorn, part of their 20-television sports bar setup that also boasts a coupe of pool tables.
834 Irving Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues
The punk rock-est sports bar in town doesn’t open until 5 p.m., which is first-pitch time, but they’ll have the game on several screens and with old-school pool tables and dart boards for your additional gaming enjoyment.
3160 16th Street at Albion Street
Game One of the World Series is Tuesday at 5:08 p.m. PT, and the full World Series schedule is available at MLB.com
Related: Best Sports Bars In San Francisco [SFist]
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