|G I A N T E X P E C T A T I O N S|
| If, like us, you aren't
willing to take on a third mortgage to score tickets to the World Series,
you can still get whipped into a baseball frenzy at any number of sports
bars around town (including one floating pub). Here's where to hang with
like-minded enthusiasts -- and watch the Giants spank the Anaheim Rally
1787 Union (at Octavia), 673-1565, www.baysidesportssf.com
For a sports bar, this Marina hangout is shockingly gender-balanced and boasts a full menu (from buffalo wings to Philly cheesesteaks), a cheap happy hour, and a whopping 41 TVs.
1901 Union (at Laguna), 567-6905
Catch the game on one of 17 screens at this Cow Hollow institution. Happy hour prices from 4 to 6 p.m. include $1.50 domestic beer, $2.50 imports, and half-price cocktails.
100 Connecticut (at 17th St.), 552-4440
This neighborhood sports bar has a heated outside patio and good burgers, plus big-screen TVs in the dining areas.
2401 16th St. (at Bryant), 621-9859
Across the street from the Giants' first home, Seals Stadium (now a Safeway), this historic bar is full of team memorabilia.
3838 24th St. (at Church), 826-2279, www.thedublinersf.citysearch.com
Like the neighborhood itself, this Noe Valley Irish bar is relaxed -- bring your own food, hoist a beer with one of many regulars, and catch the game on any of several TVs along the back wall.
Greens Sports Bar
2239 Polk (at Green), 775-4287, http://greenssportsbar.citysearch.com
For a small watering hole, Greens is well designed: Its 15 televisions (plus two big screens) are strategically placed, so there isn't a bad seat in the house. Take it all in with one of 18 draft beers or something from the full bar.
770 Stanyan (between Waller and Frederick), 386-9292
Though the joint is called the "home of the 49ers" (the team used to play across the street at Kezar Stadium), this week its 17 TV sets will be tuned to Major League Baseball.
Knuckles Historic Sports Bar and Grill
555 North Point (at Taylor), 749-6161, www.knucklessportsbar.com
Located at Fisherman's Wharf, this game-watchers heaven features 28 TVs, a 122-inch giant screen, a 61-inch big-screen television, local microbrews, and memorabilia for sports-crazed out-of-towners and locals alike.
Mad Dog in the Fog
530 Haight (at Fillmore), 626-7279, http://maddog.citysearch.com/1.html
The tellies at this authentic U.K. pub are usually tuned into soccer, but Giants fans can watch the Series on the big screen; you'll get a kick out of the rowdy atmosphere, drink specials, and traditional grub like bangers 'n' mash and shepherd's pie.
3600 16th St. (at Market), 703-9750
This Castro bar shows the game on a number of screens -- watch baseball and your favorite sports fans simultaneously. An in-house Chinese restaurant caters to that seventh-inning moo shu pork craving.
1560 Powell (at Green), 397-0577
This North Beach gem serves 11 drafts and well drinks for $2.50, with free popcorn, pool, and the game on five television screens. (Note: Northstar accepts cash only.)
Pat O'Shea's Mad Hatter
3848 Geary (at Third Ave.), 752-3148, www.patosheas.citysearch.com
Don't let the sign above the door -- "We Cheat Tourists & Drunks" -- scare you off. With 21 TVs and more than 25 beers on tap, Pat O'Shea's welcomes visitors, imbibers, and sports fans of all stripes.
RJ's Sports Bar
701 Geary (at Leavenworth), 440-8827
There's nothing fancy about this Tenderloin dive bar -- except top-notch service, comfortable pleather sofas and chairs, and the most impeccable bathrooms in the city.
301 Sacramento (at Front), 956-1710, www.royalexchange.com
The Royal Exchange is the perfect pit stop for Financial District types who want to avoid traffic and watch the game after work on one of seven TVs. The bar also features a full menu and 32 beers on tap, but it's not recommended for the Wednesday night game due to the watering hole's annual Block Party.
2064 Polk (at Broadway), 771-3300
This intimate neighborhood bar packs them in to watch the game on one of four televisions (and to enjoy its outstanding jukebox). Get to know the regulars and you might end up with a free round of drinks.
Union Square Sports Bar
232 O'Farrell (at Powell), 398-5665, www.unionsquaresportsbar.citysearch.com
A surprisingly well stocked sports bar in the heart of Union Square, with 27 TVs, $3 cocktails until 7 p.m., 17 beers on tap, and authentic pub grub like nachos and hot dogs.
World Series Cruise Aboard the San Francisco Spirit
Boarding at Pier 9 at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23 -- ship departs promptly at 4 and returns after the game; 788-9100
Watch the game on multiple TVs while bobbing along in McCovey Cove, the waterway into which Barry Bonds hits his homers. Ticket price of $40 per person includes tax, gratuity, port fees, and one free drink; cash bar and ballpark food are pay-as-you-go.
Zeke's Sports Bar & Grill
601 Third St. (at Brannan), 392-5311, www.zekesbar.com
If the Giants weren't in the World Series, they'd be watching the game here. Zeke's features a full menu with great chili cheese fries, cold pitchers of beer, and 16 sets. Plus, it's close enough to the ballpark that you might hear the crowd cheer.