So here we are in the midst of another exciting season on the Gridiron. And now that Bay Area football fans finally have something to root for again, you might just wanna make your way to some awesome neighborhood watering holes that help put the fun in Sunday Funday.
The Mission: Elixir (3200 16th Street)
One of the oldest continually-running saloons in all of San Francisco is also home to some of the Mission’s best happy hour deals. On Sunday night you can enjoy a dollar off their cocktails and an impressive list of draft beers. They also boast more than 4 games of NFL action on huge, flat-screen TVs, drawing fans from around the country with full access to NFL Sunday Ticket. You can also get a little hair of the dog that bit you at their very own Bloody Mary Bar. Craft them just the way you want to help quell that 10AM Sunday morning hangover.
Lower Nob Hill: Aces (998 Sutter Street)
One of the city’s premiere dive bars, Aces features some incredible drink specials on Sundays, not to mention free BBQ! With endless hot dogs and hamburgers coming off the grill at zero cost to the rowdy patrons inside, this New York-themed sports bar can attract quite the raucous crowd. Make sure to get there early to stake out your space. I recommend claiming the historic seats that were once a part of the original Yankee Stadium.
The Sunset: The Taco Shop @ Underdogs (1824 Irving Street)
Rapid fans crowded around ten huge plasma screen TVs–featuring hometown and out-of-market games all day long–is just part of why the Taco Shop is a great place to spend your Sunday. Mouth-watering tacos and sensational margaritas are the real game-changers.
Fisherman’s Wharf: The Pub at Ghirardelli Square (851 Beach Street)
Ghirardelli Square isn’t just for tourists, as this first-rate bar and BBQ joint proudly demonstrates. An ice cold Guinness, the big game on a big-screen, and smoked pig is always enough to make me a satisfied customer.
Upper Haight: Kezar Pub and Restaurant (770 Stanyan Street)
If you’re a Niners fan (and why wouldn’t you be?) why not catch the home team at a bar that is less than a football field away from their original digs in Golden Gate Park? And while you’re here, why not enjoy a hearty serving of the city’s best Mac n’ Cheese?
The Richmond: Tee Off Bar and Grill (3129 Clement Street)
This friendly dive might not have the best, state-of-the-art equipment to watch the game, or even access to Sunday Ticket, but what it lacks in technology, it makes up for in heart. On any given Sunday, you’ll be surrounded by a good crowd of locals as you enjoy tasty bar food and a solid assortment of drafts and spirits. And if you’re teams not doing so hot, you can always distract yourself with shuffleboard or even ping pong!