San Francisco

The Best Bars in San Francisco To Watch the 49ers Take Home the Trophy

Connecticut Yankee
Connecticut Yankee
Connecticut Yankee

Stereotypically, San Francisco is more associated with tech than with touchdowns, but this year’s different. Our very own 49ers will play against Kansas City at Super Bowl LIV (we so got this). So even if you’re not a football fanatic, there’s no excuse not to show your spirit and party hard on game day. If you’re not in a position to host a Super Bowl party yourself, don’t despair. We’ve rounded up 15 of San Francisco’s best bars and restaurants where you can catch all of the action (along with amazing food and drink specials) up on the big screen.

Bus Stop Bar

Cow Hollow
With 26 flat screen TVs, there isn’t a bad seat in the house at this popular Union Street Bar. Take advantage of their Sunday special: $22 buckets of beers, $6 shots of Espolon, and Tito’s drinks for $7.50.

Blackthorn Tavern

Inner Sunset
This laidback tavern has been voted best Irish pub in the city three years in a row. It’s easy to see why with 19 TVs and cozy booths. Arrive early. Drink specials are still TBD.

The Wreck Room

Nob Hill
The crowds are sure to come out in this high vibe hangout. The best seats are at the bar. As far as food goes, they don’t serve any. Order yourself takeout and take advantage of drink specials (TBD at the moment).

The Final Final
The Final Final
The Final Final

The Final Final

Cow Hollow
12 flat screens, 24 beers on tap. Seating is first-come, first-served and they’ll have specials throughout the game. Arrive early to get a spot at the U-shaped bar.

Connecticut Yankee
Connecticut Yankee
Connecticut Yankee

Connecticut Yankee

Potrero Hill 
The bar and kitchen will be opening up at 11am and there’s beer and shot specials for $6 and $10. Seating is first-come, first-served — a.ka. get there when it opens.

Greens Sports Bar

Polk Street
Super Bowl drink specials haven’t yet been determined, but with 20+ flat screen TVs, there isn’t a bad spot in the house. If you’re more into the commercials than the game, snag a seat at the front so you can spy out onto the Polk Street ruckus.

Kezar Pub

Upper Haight
World famous wings await you at this Haight Street hangout. You’ll also find 20+ TVs across two different rooms, 20 beers on tap, and a full bar menu. Get there early as it’s sure to fill up fast.

Harry's Bar
Harry’s Bar
Harry’s Bar

Harry’s Bar

Lower Pac Heights
Bar seating is first-come, first-served, and there are only six screens in the place. Reserve a table to make sure you get a spot. Harry’s accepts reservations for any size group. 

Hi-Tops

Castro
This gay sports bar features 26 flat screen TVs, benches made from gym bleachers, and pretty decent bar food. Order the buffalo wings and save room for an It’s-It for dessert.

Ireland’s 32

Inner Richmond
Find 11 TVs and two projectors at this Irish pub. Warning: it can get a little loud, so those with a sensitivity to noise may want to take the party elsewhere.

 

San Francisco Athletic Club
San Francisco Athletic Club
San Francisco Athletic Club

San Francisco Athletic Club

Lower Pac Heights
This is one of the most popular places in town to watch the game and it’s easy to see why: there’s 27 TVs and a huge food menu. We suggest getting there early to make sure you find a seat. 

Valley Tavern

Noe Valley
This is the only spot to catch the game in the neighborhood, but it’s a good one. There’s an outdoor beer garden, 40 beers on tap, and 17 HDTVs.

Yancy’s Saloon

Inner Sunset
This cash only, no-frills haunt has 14 TVs, five of which are over 40 inches, and one of which is 69 inches. Hopefully it’s enough to make you forget about that smell emanating from the old sofas.

Hazel Southern Bar & Kitchen

Mid-Market
If you’re looking for something more than just the standard bucket of beer, Hazel is your best bet. The doors open at 2:30 and food service begins at 3. There’s a $10 cover per person, but plenty of specials and more than 300 whiskies. 17 TVs offer great viewing from any seat in the house.

 San Francisco Brewing Co.
San Francisco Brewing Co.
San Francisco Brewing Co.

San Francisco Brewing Co

Ghirardelli Square
Watch the game on 16 TVs at this enormous craft brewery. Drink specials are TBD, and a full menu of SF-inspired pub fare will be served.Sign up here for our daily San Francisco email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun SF has to offer.

Andrea grew up in Michigan, but has called San Francisco home off and on since 2012. This time around, she’s living in Soma, where she checks out too many library books, teaches imagination workshops, and writes fairy tales and fantasy stories for kids.

San Francisco

How to Celebrate Black History Month in San Francisco

Support and celebrate SF's Black community.

Courtesy of Black Joy Parade
Courtesy of Black Joy Parade
Courtesy of Black Joy Parade

Though it’s something we need to be doing every day of every month of every year, Black History Month encourages us to pay tribute to the struggles and oppression generations of Black Americans have faced, as well as their often-neglected triumphs and achievements that have helped shape this county and make it better. It’s a time to reflect on how we can do better to confront racism and oppression, which this year’s theme, “Black Resistance,” echoes. This is especially important in a town like San Francisco, where the Fillmore District was known as “the Harlem of the West” before the city displaced a vast portion of the neighbourhood’s Black community in the ’60s and ’70s. This displacement continues today, as the Black population is the only racial group that has declined in every census since 1970.

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate Black History Month, there are lots to do. Whether you want to educate yourself by attending films, performances, or conversations, share the joy at a parade or dance party, or do a little bit of it all at a drag show, here are just a few ways you can get involved and have a lot of fun while doing so:

Visit San Francisco Public Library branches for workshops, films, performances, and more

February (and throughout the year)
Library branches and online
SFPL’s “More Than a Month” celebration focuses on the theme of resistance this year. Family-friendly and adult events include film screenings, musical performances, book clubs, workshops, and more.
Cost: Free

Museum of African Diaspora
Museum of African Diaspora
Museum of African Diaspora

See art, poetry, films, talks, and more at MoAD

February (and throughout the year)
SoMa
Right now, at the Museum of African Diaspora, you can see the first and only West Coast exhibition of “The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion,” which highlights the work of 15 contemporary fashion designers “whose images present radically new perspectives on the medium of photography and art, race and beauty, and gender and power.” The museum, which has a robust year-round program and event calendar, has a slew of events to attend, including youth poetry readings, film screenings, open mic nights, book clubs, artist talks, and more.
Cost: Event prices vary; GA to visit the museum is $12 but free every second Saturday of the month

Check out films, art, reading, talks, and more at BAMPFA

February (and throughout the year)
Berkeley
There is always something interesting to discover at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). During Black History Month, you can see films by Pratibha Parmar, “Felwine Sarr: Music, Freedom, Africa,” a conversation through music with the Senegalese writer, scholar, composer, musician, and more.
Cost: Varies

Old Skool Cafe
Old Skool Cafe
Old Skool Cafe

Enjoy menu specials honoring Black community members at Old Skool Cafe

February (and throughout the year)
Bayview
For Black History Month, Old Skool Cafe is adding the favourite meals of notable Black community members to the menu each weekend. The nonprofit, youth-run supper club helps at-risk, formerly incarcerated, and foster care youth ages 16-22 gain the skills and experience they need to succeed in various front and back-of-house restaurant roles. Bayview hero/community advocate Mrs. Dorris Vincent is first up, followed by Judge Trina Thompson, Delroy Lindo, and Mayor London Breed.

Yerba Buena Gardens
Yerba Buena Gardens
Yerba Buena Gardens

Walk beneath the Marting Luther King, Jr. Memorial waterfall

February (and ongoing)
Yerba Buena Gardens
Did you know that Yerba Buena Gardens is home to the country’s second-largest memorial to Dr. King? Visit the sculptural waterfall featuring glass panels inscribed with his inspiring words at 750 Howard Street.
Cost: Free

Attend the Commonwealth’s “Dreaming Forward: A Celebration of Black Joy, Power, and Excellence” conference

Thursday, February 9
Embarcadero
On behalf of Dr. Sheryl Evans Davis and the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, the Commonwealth Club is hosting its second annual Dream Keeper Initiative, a day-long conference/celebration/call-to-action featuring special guests, including April Ryan of TheGrio and CNN.
Cost: Free

Courtesy of Oakland First Fridays
Courtesy of Oakland First Fridays
Courtesy of Oakland First Fridays

Celebrate Black Love at Oakland First Fridays

Friday, February 10
Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street
Telegraph Avenue transforms into a dining, shopping, and art-appreciating party on Friday, February 10, from 5 pm to 9 pm. There will be food, artist, and retail vendors and a host of Black artists, authors, and entertainment. Please note: This event was rescheduled from February 3 because of potential rain.
Cost: Free

Have a ball at an all-Black drag show at Oasis

Friday, February 10
SoMa
“Reparations with Latrice Royale” is an all-Black drag show hosted by Latrice Royale, the beloved Drag Race star who also happens to be celebrating her birthday.
Cost: $15 to $60

Dance all night and shop all day at the Afro Soca Love carnival and marketplace

Friday, February 10 ‚Äď Saturday, February 11
341 13th Street, Oakland
Afro Soca Love creates experiences that act as a “gateway to building bonds and strengthen relationships-between communities, individuals, and Africa and its diaspora.” See for yourself at the all-ages marketplace (Saturday), where you’ll find food and drink, fashion, beauty and wellness, home decor, and more. But before the shopping comes the dancing at the 21+ Friday Night Carnival, a culturally immersive music experience with music from all over the world.
Cost: The marketplace is free; tickets to the Friday Night Carnival start at $20

See a live performance of “Words That Made the Difference: Brown vs. the Board of Education”

Saturday, February 11
Unity Palo Alto
See a live theatrical performance based on the true events that occurred in the fight to end school segregation. The script draws from trial transcripts of the five cases brought together in front of the Supreme Court and Chief Justice Earl Warren’s memoirs, and the play is set in the courtrooms where it all happened. There will be a Q&A with the playwright before the performance and the cast afterward.
Cost: Free

Courtesy of San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company
Courtesy of San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company
Courtesy of San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company

Go to the I, Too, Sing America album release party

Saturday, February 11
Mission
Head to the Brava Theater Center to celebrate the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company’s album release of the music created for I, Too, Sing America, a soulful and uplifting performance that moved audiences when it debuted last year. The night includes an album-listening and sing-along party, DJs, dancing, an open bar, and more.
Cost: $40

Go on the Black Liberation Walking Tour of West Oakland

Saturday, February 18
West Oakland
Take a walk with David Peters, founder of the West Oakland Cultural Action Network, and Gene Anderson, the author of Legendary Locals of Oakland, to learn about resident voices and document sites of cultural and historical significance in the neighbourhood. Peters is a local native, and Anderson is an Oakland historian whose family has historical roots in West Oakland.
Cost: $50 ($30 for West Oakland residents)

See a screening of The Black Kung Fu Experience followed by in-person demonstrations

Sunday, February 19
Great Star Theater, Chinatown
The Chinese Historical Society of America is celebrating Black History Month and social unity with a screening of this film about how a group of African American pioneers became respected in a subculture dominated by Chinese and white men. Afterward, there will be demonstrations and talks with Sifu Donald Hamby and Sifu Troy Dunwood, who “will speak about their success as internationally recognized martial arts masters, their Chinese Kung Fu teachers, and what this practice means in relation to diversity, race and inclusion issues.”
Cost: $15

Sip wine made by Black winemakers at a free tasting event at STEM Kitchen + Garden

Thursday, February 23
Dogpatch
STEM Kitchen + Garden is hosting an afternoon wine tasting celebrating Black-owned wineries in its gorgeous indoor/outdoor space, and best of all, and it’s free to the public!
Cost: Free

Bayview Opera House
Bayview Opera House
Bayview Opera House

Attend the San Francisco African American Arts & Cultural District Gala Fundraiser

Saturday, February 25
Bayview Opera House
Enjoy an evening of talent, fashion, and community inspiration at SFAAACD’s 1st Annual Gala Fundraiser. Carla Duke, Television News Director at CBS-KPIX Chanel 5, will host the event, which includes inspiring words from keynote speaker Aniyia Williams, an artist, tech creator, and system-preneur.
Cost: $100

Attend a Black History Month & Chinese New Year Poetry Reading on Angel Island

Saturday, February 25
Angel Island
There is so much history in poetry at the Angel Island Detention Barracks Museum, which makes it a fitting location for poets Chun Yu and Michael Warr. The co-founders of Two Languages/One Community will share their poems and stories in English and Chinese, accompanied by projected images of text and photographs.
Cost: $10 to $21

Courtesy of Black Joy Parade
Courtesy of Black Joy Parade
Courtesy of Black Joy Parade

Feel the joy at the Black Joy Parade

Sunday, February 26
Downtown Oakland
This parade and festival celebrate the “Black experience past, present, and future.” Be prepared to experience “more Black joy than you ever imagined,” starting with the parade (beginning at 14th and Franklin) at 12:30 pm. The family-friendly festival follows (main entrance is at 19th and Franklin) will include 200-plus Black-owned small businesses selling food, drinks, clothing, art, and more. There will also be two stages with Black performers, including The Black Joy Choir.
Cost: Free

Take a sound bath at Grace Cathedral in honor of Black History Month

Monday, February 27
Nob Hill
Take an immersive sound bath featuring Fractals of Sound, a collective of top Bay Area musicians Egemen Sanli, Phoenix Song, and Sam Jackson, with special guest Destiny Muhammad. Together, they will create a “soundscape deeply rooted in world music,” allowing you to take a meditative journey in one of the most beautiful places in San Francisco.
Cost: $25 to $75

See Tsitsi Dangarembga and Angela Davis at City Arts & Lectures

Tuesday, February 28
Civic Center
Co-presented with MoAd, City Arts & Lectures is hosting novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga and scholar and activist Angela Davis for what’s sure to be a riveting conversation.
Cost: $36

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