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The Best Places to Watch the Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight in SF

Published On 08/25/2017
Bar San Pancho

Bar San Pancho

3198 16th Street, San Francisco

Cost: $20
What you’ll get: Access to tacos, wings, and burgers in the "Mission District's only sports bar and cantina." It also does private parties if you ask nicely.

Seawolf Public House

350 4th Street, Oakland

Cost: $25
What you’ll get: A specialized Fight Night food menu from a neighborhood gastropub that's usually quiet (but won't be on Saturday).

Straw Hat Sports Bar

901 Marina Village Parkway, Alameda

Cost: $20
What you’ll get: Pizza, wings, and obviously drink specials.

Rocks Den

4431 Mission Street, San Francisco

Cost: $23
What you’ll get: This fundraiser will feature drinks by Jack Daniels and Slane Irish whiskey and will support WAFA (We Are for Animals).

Hometown Heroes

303 Grand Avenue, South San Francisco

Cost: $25
What you’ll get: There aren't many spots on this list where you can get a Kobe beef burger, but this is one of them.

The Legionnaire Saloon

Legionnaire Saloon

2272 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Cost: $30
What you’ll get: Filled with character and a great spot for live shows any night, this spot also has arcade games. Try their Tacos El Ultimo Baile.

The Ha-Ra

875 Geary Street, San Francisco

Cost: $35
What you’ll get: This saloon's named after a wrestler and a boxer, so it's ready for blood. Also: $5 Jameson.

Irish Times

500 Sacramento Street, San Francisco

Cost: $35
What you’ll get: This family-owned joint in the financial district makes a mean Irish poutine.

Stock in Trade

2036 Lombard Street, San Francisco

Cost: $35
What you’ll get: If you like your fights accompanied by indoor bocce courts and cocktails, this is the bar for you.

Abbey Tavern

4100 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco

Cost: $40
What you’ll get: This Richmond District Irish pub's been around for 20 years and features huge TVs and projectors to watch the game in style.

Danny Coyle's

668 Haight St, San Francisco

Cost: $40
What you’ll get: Known for opening early to let soccer fans watch the English Premier League, this Irish sports bar will have fight on lock.

Lucky Strike (San Francisco)

Lucky Strike

200 King Street, San Francisco

Cost: $40
What you’ll get: Lucky Strike is talking this event up on its Facebook page by calling the event, "not just any boxing, the boxingest-boxing-match of your life," and I might be in love.

Jillian's

175 4th Street, San Francisco

Cost: $50
What you’ll get: Come for the fight, stay for the free swag giveaways, plus a food and drink specials all night.

Level 13

341 13th Street, Oakland

Cost: $24-$500
What you’ll get: On the low end, Level 13 will feature a Caribbean food menu and a stocked bar; on the high end: VIP party buses.

San Francisco Athletic Club

1750 Divisadero Street, San Francisco

Cost: $40-$250
What you’ll get: This is completely true, but somehow this place literally sells a bathtub filled with beer.

Gold Club SF

650 Howard Street, San Francisco

Cost: $50-$200
What you’ll get: This strip club will probably be your best bet to watch the fight if you also want to simultaneously watch people take off their clothes. Live your best life.

Eastside West

3154 Fillmore Street, San Francisco

Cost: $40-$400
What you’ll get: During special events, you can get what sounds like an insane appetizer deal from Eastside West, by picking out six delicious appetizers like fried mac & cheese or Angus beef sliders for just $20 a person.

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T hirty years ago, Gary Fish walked into a bank looking for a loan. He told the banker about his plans to build a restaurant with a brewery in Bend, Oregon.
The banker, confused by the very concept, shut Fish down, saying, “We don’t loan to restaurants.” Fish tried to explain the brewery aspect, but was met with “We don’t know beer.”
“We went back and forth a while,” Fish said. “Eventually, it was, ‘All right, thanks for your time.’ Banks didn’t want to talk to us. At that time, there wasn’t a marketplace, no industry, no one knew how to make beer.”
Looking back from the present era where San Diego's Ballast Point sold to Constellation Brand for $1 billion and craft beer is omnipresent, the bank sounds crazy. But 30 years back, few people knew anything outside the macro lagers. Fewer still would lend money to upstarts seeking to make their own weird beers.
Fish eventually did secure enough for his little brewery. He opened Deschutes Brewery in 1988. The brewery has grown into one of the largest and most influential breweries in the US on the strength of well-respected flagships like Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale, an experimental barrel-aging program, and newer additions like Fresh Squeezed IPA.
Deschutes made its debut in a small and stagnant beer world. Yes, there was craft beer out there: Appliance heir Fritz Maytag had purchased San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing in 1965, which is widely seen as the starting point for the modern era of craft brewing. But not many people followed suit: fewer than 90 breweries opened their doors between 1965 and 1987. The breweries that did make waves -- like Bell’s Brewery in Michigan, Sierra Nevada in California, Boston Beer Co. -- certainly helped pique interest and started the heavy lifting of making people rethink beer, but they were bright sparks on wet tinder.
In 1988, that tinder exploded.
Fish, way out in Bend, had no idea he was part of a burgeoning revolution, nor did the nearly 60 other independent breweries that would open during the course of that year, many of which helped shape the industry into the powerful force it is today.
The list of so-called Class of ’88 breweries includes plenty of familiar names. In Cleveland, Great Lakes Brewing was restoring the brewing history of the Rust Belt town, while in New York Brooklyn Brewery started distributing a caramel-colored lager. In Oregon, several Nike executives branched out to brew up quirky beers at Rogue Ales & Spirits, while in Chicago, Goose Island Beer Co. started its Windy City legacy. In northern California, North Coast Brewing gained a foothold, and in Denver, Wynkoop Brewing helped lay the foundation for an all-out craft takeover a mile above sea level.
"They wound up being something of a North Star for breweries to follow in the ensuing decades."