San Francisco Athletic Club
San Francisco Athletic Club is your destination for beer in a bathtub. For real. Small ceramic tubs full of beer bottles on ice are delivered straight to your table, and if that weren’t enough of a draw for game night, this sports bar on Divis also boasts pool tables, shuffleboard, and bleachers, plus a range of bar food. The menu features nontraditional healthy options like poached salmon salad and veggie chili to the not-so-healthy: one-third pound burgers, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, and crinkle-cut fried pickles.
Saying a sports bar is the city’s best sports bar is certain to piss some people off who swear by wherever they love to watch the game, and while we get why certain watering holes are near and dear to people’s hearts, there’s just no argument that a place with six TVs is better than a bar with 28 HD screens (including two 80-inch screens), nine sound zones, and bathtubs of beer (yes, you read that last part right). SFAC also has booths with personal sound systems that seat 8-14 people (and can be reserved), a full bar, and an extensive menu with all of your favorite bar food dishes (including six kinds of hot dogs), and a pool table and shuffleboard for when the game is too painful to keep watching. Lastly, it’s one of the only sports bars in the city where you can watch the game while sitting outside. In this case, six TVs across the back patio and the front parklet. (In Oakland? Check out the Athletic Club Oakland, which has all of this great stuff, including outdoor seating with TVs.)