Best Sports Bars for Catching the Big Game in San Francisco's Financial District

Whether you're looking for a place to get a few drinks after a long work week or you and your friends need an awesome bar where you can root for the Giants, Warriors, or A’s, a good go-to sports bar is something every San Francisco resident needs, so we’re rounding up the best sports bars in San Francisco’s Financial District. This neighborhood is where plenty of professionals go every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., so here’s a list of sports bars where you can unwind once the chaos of the work day is over.

Patriot House photo courtesy of Leona Browne

Patriot House

This gastropub and sports bar rolled into one is a popular choice among workers in the Financial District. When happy hour rolls around, people flock here to eat wings and fish stew while watching the big game. Try one of Patriot House’s specialty cocktails while noshing on totchos (nachos made with tater tots instead of chips), onion rings, and short rib quesadillas. Not only can you yell at the TV to your heart’s content when the game is on, but the bar also hosts a trivia night that’ll ensure a fun night for even the least avid sports fan. The next time you get off work in the Financial District, head over to Patriot House; it might become your new go-to sports bar.

The Lark Bar

This sports bar is the perfect joint to hit up if you’re getting drinks with a big group of friends and want to please every person’s palate. The Lark Bar serves up an assortment of cocktails, beers, and of course, a wide array of shots that are perfect for celebrating a team win or consoling yourself after a loss. The energy is also really laid-back, making it the go-to spot for avid sports fans who perhaps aren’t the loudest or most vocal when the team misses a hoop or scores a touchdown.

Steff’s

Friendly bartenders, affordable drinks, and free popcorn—what more could you ask for from a sports bar? Steff’s is conveniently located near AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, making it a go-to spot for many baseball fans after the big game. You can also pop in to watch basketball or football when there’s a game on, and thanks to the multiple TV sets, there are always enough screens to go around. Don’t forget to grab a corn dog while you’re here, as it just might help you recover a little more quickly from that extra shot you probably shouldn’t have taken. Or unwind with a game of pool, if you feel like you’ve had enough to drink for the night.

The Royal Exchange

If you’re looking to down some delicious food along with your alcohol, which is probably a good idea, check out The Royal Exchange. This upscale sports bar serves a lot of the typical pub fare that you’d expect from a sports bar, from calamari to cobb salad to a chicken sandwich served on a ciabatta roll. Happy hour is a popular time to visit this establishment, as you can get a beer for just $6. Wine Wednesdays are also beloved among regulars, as any glass of wine is yours for $2 off the regular price. You also don’t have to worry about other patrons hogging the TV screens—thanks to the layout of the bar, you’ll be able to see the screens from pretty much anywhere. And if you’d rather chat with your friends, there are tables tucked away inside the bar, where you can get a little more privacy and less noise. 

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