With just a few weeks left before the kickoff of Super Bowl 50, for many fans the big question is not yet which team will win, but rather, where will they go to watch the big game. Lucky for San Francisco residents, this year the Super Bowl is in our backyard, and the event committee is promising a game that’s “loud, proud, inclusive and authentic, just like the Bay Area itself.” This Super Bowl Sunday, there’s no doubt that practically every bar in San Francisco will be screening the game regardless of whether they usually cater to a sports crowd or not, so it comes down to a matter of preference in choosing which destination is best suited for you. While it may be tempting to head downtown to watch the game at Super Bowl City, traffic snarls, crowds, and security checkpoints mean more hassle than convenience for residents of the city. This year, Super Bowl City will be open to the public starting January 30th, giving locals the chance to enjoy the festivities before the out-of-town crowd arrives. But come game day, dropping by a local bar means you can and relax and catch all the action with your friends or family, alongside local sports fans of all stripes, without ever leaving the neighborhood. Here are some of the best spots to watch the big game in or around the Hayes Valley condos for sale at 555 Fulton.
The Dobbs Bar | 409 Gough Street
Neighborhood go-to The Dobbs Bar, (an extension of the popular Dobbs Ferry restaurant) is a great option conveniently located at the corner of Gough and Hayes streets. Its name and decor may be inspired by the owner’s birthplace in Dobbs Ferry, a small town in upstate New York, but this intimate neighborhood spot is quintessentially Californian with friendly clientele and an upscale menu of gourmet bar fare. There’s plenty of screens for catching every play, and a full bar including local wines and beers
The Original Tommy’s Joynt | 1101 Geary Boulevard
Another spot loved by locals is The Original Tommy’s Joynt, a watering hole only a few blocks outside of Hayes Valley. Tommy’s Joynt has been serving a wide selection of suds and home-cooked food since 1947. Super Bowl Sunday is an annual tradition in the US, and here you can watch football over generous portions of American standbys like hand-carved BBQ brisket, turkey legs, or spaghetti and meatballs. This classic, kitschy bar prides itself on its no-frills approach: just friendly service, unique atmosphere, and fiercely loyal regulars.
Hi Tops | 2247 Market Street
Residents of Hayes Valley know that living in this central neighborhood means you’re never more than a short walk from another one of San Francisco’s unique mini districts. Head down Market Street, on Hayes Valley’s southern border, and in just a few blocks you’ll soon find yourself in The Castro, the center of gay life in San Francisco. Hi Tops is a relatively new establishment in this historic neighborhood, and it opened in 2012 as the city’s first gay sports bar. The bar is packed with sports fans on any given day, so plan to get there early on Super Bowl Sunday, as this favorite sports spot is sure to get crowded with locals looking to watch the game over drinks and Hi Tops’ classic pub grub.
Churchill | 198 Church Street
And just around the corner from Fulton 555 is Churchill, one of San Francisco’s hippest and classiest drinking establishments, only a stone’s throw from the heart of Hayes Valley. This upscale bar only has a few TVs, but you can bet they’ll be tuned to the Super Bowl come February 7. Meticulously crafted drinks are the specialty at this establishment, where the décor melds industrial chic with traditionally masculine trappings of a bygone era. While athletes clash and vie for dominance on the football field, the flavors in your cocktails are sure to blend harmoniously; each one made with unique ingredients that change with the season.
If you’d prefer to scrap the playbook and wait until game day to choose your Super Bowl spot, Hayes Valley has plenty more neighborhood options to drop by and soak up the local vibe. Long-time San Franciscans as well as those who will soon call Fulton 555 their home can appreciate the city for its seemingly endless selection of venues to eat, drink, and enjoy the excitement of the game away from the crowds and chaos of Super Bowl City. These Hayes Valley condos are conveniently located near a dozen diverse bars that will definitely be tuned to the game on Super Bowl Sunday including Sugar Café, Brass Tacks, Smuggler’s Cove, Biergarten and Pause Wine Bar.