Best sports bars between San Francisco and San Jose
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Jack's Brewing Company
39176 Argonaut Way
A sports-themed restaurant with more than 20 HD TVs and one 10-foot "monster screen," Jack's is the Tri-City area's biggest sports bar. It offers a wide-ranging menu from burgers to specialty sandwiches to salads and a bevy of microbrewed beers with sports-themed names, including the Grid Iron Amber Ale, the Hardwood Pale Ale and the Penalty Shot Porter. Jack's has been in Fremont for 13 years.
4940 El Camino Real
The Boardwalk features tables and booths, and the HD TVs located throughout the enable you to catch the latest games anytime -- from anywhere in the house. Menu features pizza, sandwiches, chili and salad.
Double D's Sports Grille
354 N. Santa Cruz Ave.
In 1996, Dean and Darin Devincenzi -- the so-called known as "Double D Brothers" -- opened this sports bar/restaurant and it's been one of downtown Los Gatos' most popular watering holes ever since. Pool tables, several TVs (including two mammoth 65-inch big screens) and a menu that ranges from burgers to pasta. If you don't mind eating your wings and burgers in a place that's always loud, this is the place to be.
The Dutch Goose
3567 Alameda De Las Pulgas
Family-friendly with carved tables, peanut shells on the floor, deviled eggs -- and plasma TVs. Also, a 21-inch barbecue smoker, a heated patio, pool table and arcade games.
The Oasis Beer Garden
241 El Camino Real
Opened in 1958, the Oasis serves brick-oven pizza, chicken wings, salads and burgers. It features a large open interior and enclosed patio with heaters.
Francesca's Sports Bar
2135 Old Middlefield Road
Located in a former house, Francesca's claims it's the oldest bar in Mountain View. The menu features burgers, sandwiches, pockets, wings, craft beers and, on weekends, breakfast.
The Old Pro
541 Ramona St.
Plenty of TVs, a lively crowd, good food and a beer selection big enough to keep everyone from slobs to snobs happy. Lots of cool memorabilia, from school pennants to vintage Sports Illustrated covers hang on the wall to keep you occupied during all those timeouts. 2008 photo:
Sneakers Pub & Grill
1163 San Carlos Ave.
Located less than a block away from the local CalTrain stop, this family-friendly Peninsula pub offers a wide-ranging menu and ample TVs. The food is far better than you'd expect from a sports bar and most of the booths have TVs built in (for those who don't want to crane their necks over the crowd).
510 Brannan St.
This no-frills neighborhood bar in South of Market features three large flat screens, comfortable seating plus beer and cocktail specials during the 4-9 p.m. Control the jukebox music with your own smartphone and relive your youth with classic video games at the back of the bar. More of a baseball joint because it's only two blocks from AT&T Park but ...
333 Geary St.
Classic old-school Union Square sports bar named after the former Giants legend. It's got two kinds of customers: Grizzled old men who've been sports fans for 50 years, and young, non-hipster San Francisco natives who know where to go to pay their respects to the Gods of Sports. (And tourists, but they don't count.) Great place to soak up the atmosphere.
The Wreck Room
1390 California St.
You'll have a view of a flat-screen TV from anywhere you sit or stand in the bar. Friendly and generally young crowd. About a dozen beers on tap, plus plenty of bottles and liquor to choose from. The bar also has a huge selection of games, including shuffleboard, darts and arcade-style games.
Britannia Arms (Downtown)
173 W. Santa Clara St.
This beloved British pub -- know to locals as "The Brit" -- is a great place to watch football (both American and European styles) and, of course, baseball. The Brit is equally known for its menu -- which includes such British fare as fish and chips, bangers and mash and Shepherd's Pie -- and its fine selection of British ales and other beers. The heated 3,000-square-foot patio is the place to be. There is also a Brit at 5027 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, which will be another hot spot on Sunday.
San Jose Bar & Grill
85 S. Second Street.
Downtown San Jose's best sports bar is loaded with TVs, including a couple of big projection screens, plus a bar menu that leads off with a great selection of sliders and wings.
Rookies Sports Lodge
1535 Meridian Ave.
Rookies gained a huge following during the Giants' 2010 World Series run and you can expect fans of the orange and black again will flock to the former pizza parlor. Plenty of parking, flat-screen TVs and menu choices at this Willow Glen sports bar. There's even a TV right out front so that smokers and customers taking cellphone calls won't miss any of the action.
San Pedro Square Market
87 N. San Pedro St.
Definitely not your classic sports bar but it has drawn big crowds of downtown dwellers for games since it opened. There are lots of TV screens and the management sometimes puts up a REALLY big screen for major events. The main bar can get a bit crowded (you'll need to jockey for position to get a drink) but everyone's polite. And it has the advantage of an array of good, relatively cheap food at the various restaurants and food stands in the market. Another good spot is the Old Wagon Saloon and Grill, next door at 73 N. San Pedro St.
519 Seabright Ave., #107
This longtime hangout in the Seabright neighborhood -- near the marina, minutes from downtown -- is family-run and family-friendly. It has great wings and a bountiful beer selection, and, if you need a break from the ballgame, there's a big outdoor patio.
110 Walnut Ave.
Reasonably priced with really good burgers (lots of variations) and a wide assortment of beers, 99 Bottles is a popular downtown hangout. With six screens, it was pretty crowded during the presidential debates. Most likely, it'll be overflowing for the 49ers game.