You’ve filled out your bracket and now it’s time to settle into a comfortable bar chair and watch 320 basketball games. Wondering where you can catch the big dance? Here are the best places to watch March Madness in San Francisco.
1 The Brick Yard
When it comes to the best sports bars in San Francisco lists, the Brick Yard is on all of them. For good reason: it has plenty of televisions, lots of different types of seating, including booths and communal tables, and a menu of classic game days eats. We’re fans of the Buffalo chicken sliders and tortilla chips with hot cheese dip.
1787 Union Street San Francisco, CA 94123
2 San Francisco Athletic Club
The San Francisco Athletic Club is an upscale sports bar on Divisadero Street. It’s almost always packed, so claim your spot at the bar or in a booth early—especially once the competition narrows down to the Final Four, expect it to be crowded. The menu is a nice mixture of traditional favorites and updated classics. For example, if you’re in the mood for quintessentail wings drenched in Frank’s red hot sauce, you can order those. But if you want a more modern wing, you can choose from sriracha chili, chipotle barbecue, or dry jerk spice wings. There are also four different types of hot dogs, a fancy grilled cheese sandwich, and garlic fries.
1750 Divisadero Street San Francisco, CA 94115
3 Harry’s Bar
Harry’s Bar has been meeting the sports bar needs of the Pacific Heights neighborhood for over 35 years. The bartenders are all female and there is a sense of a welcoming camaraderie—it’s the sort of place where you will run into someone you know. The bar is first come, first serve with room to stand. If you want a table, we recommend making a reservation. Note that you have to be dining to enjoy a table. Harry’s has drink specials and a menu of American favorites. Nachos, mozzarella sticks, fried calamari, and seven different types of burgers!
2020 Fillmore Street San Francisco, CA 94115
4 Golden Gate Tap Room
The Golden Gate Tap Room is a super-sized sports bar with 20 screens, pool, shuffleboard, skeeball, air hockey, and foosball. It’s so big it has two different entrances: one on Powell Street and another on Sutter Street. Beer lovers will appreciate the assortment of rotating taps and extensive list of over 60 different types of beer. Hungry? Pub snacks include jalapeño poppers stuffed with cream cheese, smoked rib tips, pork carnitas tacos, and spinach dip.
449 Powell Street San Francisco, CA 94108
5 Public House
Over in South Beach is Traci Des Jardins’s contemporary sports bar, Public House. During March Madness, there will be happy hour specials for each game, so come thirsty. The large eatery has 26 televisions, lots of seating, and a private entrance to AT&T Park making it the prime spot to pregame before the Giants take the mound come baseball season. There is a separate dining room, so if you prefer to be away from a crowded bar, reserve a spot here. Then indulge in some of Jardin’s tantalizing bar treats. There are potato chip crusted fried pickles with Buffalo ranch, a Cuban sandwich with roasted pork, ham and provolone, and housemade onion rings.
AT&T Park 24 Willie Mays Plaza San Francisco, CA 94107