Photo courtesy of 7 Mile House taken by Toni Zernik.
It’s almost NFL season, so it’s time to dig up your San Francisco 49ers jersey and get into football mode. While it’s always a nice idea to watch the game at home, heading to a local bar or restaurant is a fun way to mix and mingle with fellow fans while chowing down on some savory grub.
Whether you’re heading to Half Moon Bay or setting your sights on Redwood City, here are five of our area's best places to cheer for the home team.
Dave & Buster’s - Daly City
If you’re out and about in Daly City, grab a table or bar stool at Dave & Buster’s. It’s the perfect place to order some snacks and a cold beer and settle near a large flatscreen to watch the game. If you’ve worked up an appetite, satisfy your craving with an order of Crispy Nashville-Style Hot Chicken. Need something to do during halftime? Head over to the arcades and play classics like Pop-a-Shot, Pac-Man, or newer games like Candy Crush or Angry Birds. Dave & Buster’s can also host large groups, with prices starting at $21 per person for food, drinks, power cards, draft kits and more. So grab your fellow football fans and celebrate your team in style.
The Grill House - Redwood City
Spacious and kid-friendly with six HDTV screens, Redwood City’s award-winning and seasonally inspired The Grill House is a go-to for football fans of all ages. Most ingredients you’ll taste in your food and drinks are sourced locally, and there’s always an opportunity to try something new. Menu items run the gamut—so consider your every craving satisfied. Start off with a margherita flatbread or ahi salad and splurge on savory dishes like pulled pork and GH tacos. The drinks menu is just as varied, with a rotating selection of 16 local craft beers on tap.
7 Mile House - Brisbane
When in Brisbane, 7 Mile House is the place to be. This historic family restaurant, sports bar and live music venue serves a delectable and diverse mix of pub fare—from buffalo wings to Filipino sizzling sisig. The 160-year-old establishment is even dog-friendly, having won awards from SF Weekly and Bay Woof. Sunday nights are packed with football fans young and old. There is also live music ranging from jazz and blues to reggae and R&B every night of the week. Head on over for some football favorites and stick around for a hearty dinner entree.
Old Princeton Landing - Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay has no shortage of top-ranked restaurants, and Old Princeton Landing is among the most popular. Similar to other hotspots on this list, OPL hosts live music and events throughout the week—and on Tuesdays it has free pool all day. Watch the game on one of four HDTVs and enjoy locally sourced cuisine, with lots of seafood—think clam chowder, grilled salmon salad and fish tacos. With surfboards in the rafters and sports jerseys on the walls, you’ll feel right at home.
The Swingin’ Door - San Mateo
One of San Mateo’s oldest bars is also one of its hippest. Built in the 1940s, this hotspot was once the regular watering hole for World War II pinup girl Betty Grable and bandleader Harry James. Nowadays, The Swingin' Door it’s a casual space to eat, drink and catch up with friends. While beer is usually a footballer’s go-to drink, consider ordering one of the award-winning cocktails. As for the food, opt for the catch of the day or keep it simple with beer-battered fish bites and spicy chicken wings.
Also, make sure to check out each venue’s Facebook page and website to find out more information on any NFL Game Day promotions and/or specials!