The sports world is like everything else right now. It’s racked with uncertainty and postponements, rule changes and new normals, and hopefully a prospect of a 49ers Playoff appearance. But at least sports are back, even if the crowd noise is fake. If you’re feeling the urge to watch a live game in the vicinity of friends, here are 11 spots with outdoor seating where you can do just that.
Gino & Carlo has been a North Beach staple since 1942, and it’s long been one of the best spots to watch sports in the city. The bar recently expanded out onto a new parklet in front, with four big screen TVs and heat lamps. If you’re hungry, they have a menu of things like sausages, hot dogs, pasta, and even breakfast burritos for the early riser. They’re open at 9am on Saturdays and Sundays during the NFL season, however long it could last.
Kezar Pub is one of the most iconic sports bars in San Francisco, and it’s also one of our favorites. So it’s no surprise that The Kezar Pub (not to be confused with Kezar Bar & Restaurant up the street) is still a great place to watch a game in these times. They have plenty of sidewalk and parklet seating, and several TVs showing 49ers and Giants games.
You may not be able to play the arcade games for the foreseeable future (we were never any good at Skee Ball anyway) at this massive Union Square sports bar, but luckily you can still watch sports. Golden Gate Tap Room recently reopened with new outdoor seating, and is open every day.
SFAC in Pacific Heights was always a great spot to catch a game, and it’s even better since they recently took over the parking lot a few doors down. The “Divisadero Square Garden” has TVs, heat lamps, and picnic tables you can reserve in advance. And as a bonus, they serve wings, burgers, and small bites like garlic-rosemary fries, nachos, and pretzels. SFAC’s hours can change depending on the game schedules, so make sure to call 415-923-8989 for updates.
Richmond Republic Draught House
The Inner Richmond beer bar has sidewalk seating, and is also showing NFL, MLB, NBA, and Premiere League soccer games on their TV. They’re also serving burgers, chicken cheesesteaks, birria quesadillas, mac and cheese, and are open every day from 11:30am to 10pm.
The Noe Valley bar has one of the best patios for drinking in the city, and feels like a secret backyard garden. Right now, they have a socially-distanced patio with picnic tables, and are showing NFL games on their TVs. They’re also serving Patxi’s Pizza to go along with all the cocktails and beer.
Like Gino & Carlo, and many other spots in North Beach, Maggie McGarry’s has transitioned to outdoor seating, and has a parklet with a few TVs. And though you can’t sit inside and enjoy an evening of live music right now, at least you can still come here to drink pints and Irish coffees, and watch sports.
The Boardroom is a North Beach staple that has excellent wings (get the honey-garlic) and plenty of beers in bottles and on tap. They recently expanded their sidewalk patio out into the street, so there’s plenty of seating with lots of TVs.
Even in a pandemic, Taco Shop at Underdogs is still a great place for beer battered fish tacos, breakfast burritos, and sports. Their outdoor seating area might not have as many TVs as they used to, but we don’t care as the food is great. They’re open at 10am on Sundays, and you can add your name to the waitlist online.
If you want to enjoy a really nice view of the bay while watching the game, hit up Red’s Java House. The waterfront bar has special hours on Giants game days, so make sure to give them a call before heading over. On top of that, they’re also serving cocktails, beers, and all their usual staples like sandwiches, burgers, and onion rings.