As the days stretch well into the evening—and with the Bay Area in the midst of another Covid surge—there are many reasons to look for an outdoor venue to catch the game.
Thankfully San Francisco bars, pubs and clubs understand the value of a comfortable outdoor space for cheering on the home team and socializing with friends, family and neighbors.
Though this is by no means a complete list, it’s a starting point for figuring out where to watch the Warriors while also enjoying a bit of fresh air.
2323 Mission St.
This hip gastropub should come to mind when you hear “Wing Wednesday.” Teeth may be the only place in the city that serves .50- cent chicken wings from opening to close. Their “tachos” are also well-known (tater tots done nacho style). Burgers, chili cheese dogs and tacos are also available. It’s not the healthiest option, but this is the playoffs. Who can worry about calories at a time like this? Watch the game from their patio or the bar inside. (MM)
1123 Folsom St.
If you prefer a true sports bar atmosphere, this SoMa gem owned by native San Franciscans offers $2 house cocktails and $1 beers during happy hour—from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The bar is surrounded by flatscreen TVs, arcade games and bar stools. The food menu, curated by a pop-up restaurant called The Hidden Spot, features a wide variety of hot sandwiches, wagyu burgers and chicken wings. (MM)
3200 24th St
This neighborhood spot in the Mission is the kind of place where everybody knows your name—even if they don’t really. The crowd, particularly during a Warriors game, is hard to beat and their outdoor parklet is lined with TVs and plenty of seating for you and your friends, although it has a tendency to fill up early on game days. Their menu includes Irish classics, like bangers n’ mash as well as Irish-American drunchies like their corned beef quesadillas. And isn’t it just a fitting to pair a Celtics loss with a pint of Guinness? (KT)
2020 Fillmore St.
If you’re looking to watch the game with a craft cocktail in hand, Harry’s distinctive selection makes it the perfect stop. Located in the historic Fillmore District, this local favorite offers ambiance (with antique brass and a mahogany bar) as well as an outdoor seating area to watch the game. Outdoor space fills up quickly, however, so make sure to arrive early to get a good spot! (BF)
901 Columbus Ave.
This Northbeach gem has been open since 1936 and boasts over 21 different microbrews on tap, $7 premium cocktails and two-for-one chips on select beers.They also have six HD tv’s, some which are rolled outside to their parklet. The bar does not serve food, but there are plenty of pizza slices within walking distance. (MM)
1750 Divisadero St.
Located in Lower Pac Heights, this spacious bar offers a tented outdoor beer garden with multiple screens to watch the game. Cocktails will run you about $12-$14, but larger parties may want to consider ordering a “Bathtub”—24 bottles of beer brought to your table in a metal tub of ice. (BF)
4077 18th Street
Hot Johnnies, located on 18th Street, between Castro and Hartford offers patrons the “Best Meat in the Castro,” according to a neon sign near the register. They are known for their hearty, house-cured pastrami sandwiches. Their pickles and potato chips are also homemade. This eatery offers a large outdoor patio, equipped with space heaters, umbrellas, and TV’s to catch the game! (XL)
4054 24th Street
With a motto of “Where the Neighborhood Meets,” the Valley Tavern is a local bar nestled in Noe Valley on 24th Street. They offer over 25 draft beers, some from local breweries, along with a list of cocktails such as their Vodka Raspberry Lemonade. In the back area of the building, the Valley Tavern has a comfortable back patio with benches, space heaters, TV’s, and lots of greenery. The tavern also partners with Patxi’s Pizza next door so you don’t have to worry about going hungry while cheering the home team. (XL)
600 3rd St
A stone’s throw away from Oracle Park, this storied tavern comes equipped with a dozen TVs and award-winning chicken tenders. Serious sports fans will appreciate the camaraderie and proximity to the game. For those looking to take in the action outside, a wood-paneled outdoor seating area with mounted flat screen TVs is available on the sidewalk. (BF)
100 Connecticut St
Just under a mile away from the Chase Center, Connecticut Yankee is a great go-to for an after game drink. They offer a wide selection of draft and bottled beers and online reviewers rave about their “Clam Chowdah.” Their patio has benches to enjoy a drink and a snack under the fairy lights. During big games, they bring TVs outside for patrons to tune into the action. (XL)
428 11th St.
If you can’t decide which game snacks to wolf down, District Six will have a few options, including the Chef’s Food Truck and Nucha Empanadas. The indoor/outdoor food hall, which is located in the heart of SoMa, brings big party energy with several giant screens for game projection, a beer garden with picnic tables, and live DJ sets. Make sure you RSVP for this event. (MM)
834 Irving St.
A favorite for Sunset locals, Black Thorn offers a wide variety of spirits, along with their spin on a Mint Mojito, a Cucumber Spajito, made with Effen Cucumber Vodka. This bar features a heated patio, 20 TVs to catch the game, and two pool tables. (XL)
Sitting on Divisadero, this eatery started as a whole animal meat company and now holds one of San Francisco's last historic wood-fired barbecue pits. Their outdoor patio offers both a sunny seating area, as well as a shaded and heated seating area. Patrons are encouraged to “Pig in or pig out,” according to a sign on the premises. (XL)
1600 Powell St
This North Beach establishment offers 20 taps, Irish Coffee served with housemade Bailey’s & Frangelico whip, and a classic (again housemade) Bloody Mary. Outdoor seating is located on the sidewalk where multiple screens are set up on game night. The menu includes fries, tots, wings, tacos, jalapeño poppers and a grilled cheese with four cheeses. That’s a solid lineup for choosy game day eaters. (BF)
201 Columbus Ave.
“Spilling a drink is the adult version of losing a balloon,” the chalkboard reads outside one of the most venerable drinking establishments in North Beach. Patronized by the likes of the late Anthony Bourdain, Mr. Bing’s is an iconic spot to people-watch and catch the game. The outdoor seating area features a street facing mural of pinup girls, Chinese takeout, and the Golden Gate Bridge strung with Christmas lights. (BF)
495 De Haro St.
Anchor Brewing has been a leader on the craft beer scene in San Francisco since 1896 and their large Public Taps patio is reflective of the brand’s massive footprint within the city. The space partners with different food trucks during the week, such as Frank Grizzly's, a California inspired Mexican pop-up, so you can grab a bite to eat while trying new brews! (XL)
Meaghan Mitchell, Blue Fay, Ximena Loeza, Nick Veronin and Kevin Truong contributed additional reporting for this story.
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