We’ve got a pennant race on our hands, people. While the obvious place to catch the Giants in the playoffs is AT&T Park, this is also unfortunately the time when the bandwagon is overflowing with corporate sponsor types and other rich people who often price the true fans (who have been attending almost every regular season game, right guys?) right out of the ballpark.
So where does that leave you? Well, probably watching the game in some bar with the rest of us plebeians. The only question that remains is which bar. The Phoenix is an obvious choice because of its plentiful, large TVs and well-priced, hardy food; but if the turnout for the World Cup earlier this summer was any indication, be prepared to stand up for 9 innings. Benders also seems like it would be a no-brainer with their delicious kitchen and cheap drinks, but the televisions are at odd angles to watch for any formidable length of time.
Interestingly, several seemingly knowledgable fans have informed me that Guerrero Street is the place to be for baseball. Two bars within a block from each other, Elixir and the 500 Club, each have well-situated TVs in addition to that unique San Francisco vibe that makes you feel like you’re not in a sports bar. Plus, if those places are too packed, the Kilowatt is also right down the street.
Remember, this is the time when San Franciscans need to band together and not worry that giving away the secret location of their favorite spot might cause it to be too crowded for their personal enjoyment. Sooo, where’s your favorite spot to catch a game?
(Please be careful with the dugout pranks, though)