So you couldn’t score a ticket to the Super Bowl at Levi’s Stadium (what—you didn’t have an extra $5,000 to spare?). That doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy watching the NFL’s biggest game. There are sports bars aplenty from San Francisco to San Jose, and with traffic and parking likely to be a headache because of all the extra visitors in the region, Caltrain and SamTrans can get you to these spots in a hassle-free manner.
Here’s a breakdown on some of the best places to watch the game on February 6, and details on how to get there using SamTrans and Caltrain.
Pete’s Tavern, 128 King Street
Located right across the street, this cavernous bar is usually the domain of legions of Giants’ fans, but with baseball season still a few months away, there should be plenty of open spots to watch the Super Bowl. The bar is outfitted with an array of televisions, and boasts enormous food and drink menus, offering fans everything for burgers to ribs and hand-crafted cocktails to local beers. Located just two blocks west of the San Francisco Caltrain Station, Pete’s is easily-accessible by public transit.
South San Francisco
Hometown Heroes, 303 Grand Avenue
Football fans who want to avoid the heavy crowds and congestion of San Francisco have a great alternaretive to watch the game in Hometown Heroes, a local bar in South City. The food gets rave reviews (in particular, the grilled cheese sandwiches are a favorite), and the dive bar-like atmosphere is perfect for someone looking for an unpretentious spot to relax and enjoy the football action. At 303 Grand Avenue, the bar is less than a 10-minute walk from the South San Francisco Caltrain Station and SamTrans Routes 131 and 133 stop right across the street.
Buffalo Wild Wings, Serramonte Shopping Center
Sometimes, you just want to watch the game in a place that’s familiar. Buffalo Wild Wings may be a chain restaurant, but you know exactly what you’re getting—lots of big-screen TVs, plenty of tables to sit at, and food and drink combinations that are perfect for watching sports. The Daly City location is situated within the Serramonte Shopping Center, which is served by SamTrans bus Routes 112, 120, 121, 122, 131.
American Bull Sports Bar and Grill, 1819 El Camino Real
Who doesn’t want free popcorn? We’re going to go out on a limb and say no one. Fortunately, at the American Bull Sports Bar and Grill, everyone get a free bowl of freshly-popped kernels. The bar also offers a ton of great Mexican dishes and a bunch of beers on tap. Located on El Camino Real, the American Bulls Sports Bar is right next to a SamTrans Route ECR stop.
Sneakers Bar and Grill, 1163 San Carlos Avenue
With a television at nearly every booth, there is little chance you’ll miss out on a single minute of the Super Bowl at Sneakers Bar and Grill. The menu offers a taste of everything, from big salads to juicy burgers and this kid-friendly establishment is located just one block away from the San Carlos Caltrain Station.
The Old Pro, 541 Ramona Street
Ok, chances that are if you’re intently watching the Super Bowl, you don’t have time to ride on a mechanical bull (!), but if inspiration strikes, the Old Pro in Palo Alto will offer you the opportunity. This bar also has a great outdoor patio to catch a breath of fresh air and a welcoming, cozy environment. Located a short walk from the Palo Alto Caltrain Station.
Patty’s Inn, 102 South Montgomery Street
Located just around the corner from the SAP Center, Patty’s Inn isn’t exactly the Shark Tank, but it offers all the same amenities—nachos, arena-style hot dogs, beers on tap. In other words, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy the Super Bowl. This low-key bar is at 102 South Montgomery Street, is about a three-minute walk from the San Jose Diridon Station.