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Warriors watch: Catch the start of the season at these San Francisco bars

Stephen Curry howled at Celtics fans after he hit a first quarter three-point shot in Game 4 of the NBA Finals at TD Garden in Boston on June 10, 2022. | Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images | Source: Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The NBA is back in San Francisco. Tonight, the Golden State Warriors open their 2022-23 season against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. 

But before tipoff, the Dubs have some business to attend to: In a special pre-game ceremony, the 2021-22 squad will be presented with their much-coveted rings, and the team will hang its seventh championship banner in the rafters.

Tickets to tonight’s game at Chase Center are currently going for close to $250—for a seat in the nosebleeds. Thankfully, you can still get close to the action without shelling out big bucks. 

Thrive City, the plaza surrounding the Chase Center, will be hosting a fan fest starting at 4:30 p.m., where you can enjoy live music, games and photo ops for free before the ceremony kicks off inside. 

And then, of course, there are plenty of bars and pubs where you can celebrate the home team with good food, good company and big screens. Read on for an incomplete list of places you can catch the action.

Warriors vs. Lakers

Tuesday, Oct. 18
Pregame Ceremony: 6:30 p.m.
Tipoff: 7 p.m.

Fans are seen entering the Chase Center before Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks in San Francisco on May 20, 2022. | Nick Otto for The Standard | Source: Nick Otto for The Standard

4505 Burgers and BBQ

705 Divisadero St.

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. Its 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.

Anchor Public Taps

495 De Haro St.

Anchor Brewing has been a leader on the craft beer scene in San Francisco since 1896, and its 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!

Barebottle Brewing

1525 Cortland Ave. 

This Bernal Heights gem is also jokingly called “Baby-bottle,” as the place is sometimes full of parents and their newborns. Over 20 beers are on tap, a couple of large flat-screen TVs hang above the bar, there are games and plenty of seating. Mashallah Halal, an Indian and Pakistani food truck, will be on hand to serve a variety of samosas and masala dishes.

Black Thorn

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.

The Columbus Cafe is seen on Green Street on Feb. 6, 2020, in San Francisco. | Lea Suzuki/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images | Source: Lea Suzuki/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

The Boardroom 

1600 Powell St. 

This North Beach establishment offers 20 taps, Irish Coffee served with house-made Bailey’s & Frangelico whip, and a classic (again house-made) 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.

Columbus Cafe

901 Columbus Ave. 

This North Beach 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.

Connecticut Yankee

100 Connecticut St.

Just under a mile away from the Chase Center, Connecticut Yankee is a great go-to for an after game drink. It offers a wide selection of draft and bottled beers, and online reviewers rave about its “Clam Chowdah.” Its patio has benches to enjoy a drink and a snack under the fairy lights. During big games, Connecticut Yankees brings TVs outside for patrons to tune into the action.

District Six

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 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. 

Tim Avalos, left, who runs at the Bus Stop Barbershop in District Six, gives a haircut to a customer on May 20, 2022. | Felix Uribe Jr. for The Standard


450 Balboa St.

Chili lime, bourbon maple bacon and ghost pepper—oh my! This inner Richmond taproom has wings galore with over 15 different flavors. Nashville Hot Chicken sandwiches, loaded fries and rice bowls are also some popular items. You can view the game on large flat-screens whether you are seated indoors or at their parklet. And if beer isn’t your thing, wine will be available.

Harry’s Bar 

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!

Local Tap 

600 Third 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. 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.

Madrone Art Bar

500 Divisadero St.

Madrone might be the place for you if you like your sports mixed with a little art and music. There won’t be any food. Instead, enjoy a live performance by Jenny Kerr and her band, who will serenade you with Americana music while you watch the game. (Jenny, by the way, is no relation to Steve as far as The Standard’s crack team of investigative reporters could discern.)

Mr. Bing’s

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.

The Mix

4086 18th St.

Great music, a full bar, frozen drinks and happy-hour specials—what more could you ask for? This small but mighty gay bar in the Castro District features flat-screen TVs inside and a pool table, if you are in the mood to play. But the real party is on the patio, which features another full bar. There are ample benches, tables and stools for seating.

Basketball fans watch the Warriors play at Teeth on Mission Street during the Warriors playoff game on May 20, 2022. | Felix Uribe Jr. for The Standard | Source: Felix Uribe Jr. for The Standard


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. Watch the game from their patio or the bar inside.

Trademark & Copywright

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 flat-screen 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.

The Napper Tandy

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 its 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. Its menu includes Irish classics, like bangers n’ mash, as well as Irish-American drunchies like their corned beef quesadillas. 

The San Francisco Athletic Club 

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.

Valley Tavern

4054 24th St.

With a motto of “Where the Neighborhood Meets,” the Valley Tavern is a local bar nestled in Noe Valley on 24th Street. It offers over 25 draft beers, some from local breweries, along with a list of cocktails such as its Vodka Raspberry Lemonade. In the back area of the building, the Valley Tavern has a comfortable back patio with benches, space heaters, TVs 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.

Meaghan Mitchell, Ximena Loeza and Blue Fay contributed additional reporting for this story.
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