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Best Bay Area spots to watch the playoffs, and the San Francisco Giants

By Nick Vezmar

Oct 7, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; A general view during the third inning of game four of the 2014 NLDS baseball playoff game between the San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Any Giants fan will tell you that playoff baseball at AT&T Park is an electric experience, as it’s been host to several playoff series since its opening in 2000. Unfortunately, not every fan can make it out to AT&T Park for a playoff game.

Whether it’s because of the price/availability of tickets, transportation issues, scheduling issues or otherwise, some people just simply cannot make it out there for playoff games. So people may choose to watch or listen at home, at work, in their car, etc.

There are those who wish to hang out at their local restaurant or dive bar and watch the game amongst friends, colleagues, and even total strangers. If you’re one of those, this article is for you. If you want to start using local spots to watch the games, this article is also for you.

If you’re getting tired of your local establishment and want to try some place new, this article is definitely for you. If you’re stuck in the city and looking for a good place to watch the game, guess what? This article is for you!

Compiled is a list of places, provided by staff writers and fans alike, of restaurants and bars that are good for watching the game. These are  just a few of the many great spots, but this will give you an idea of where to head to for Giants baseball on TV, should you be in the area.

San Francisco (Haight-Ashbury). KEZAR PUB . SF. <p><strong>Suggested by: </strong>Katie, long-time fan and avid reader of AtF<br /><strong>Food selection: </strong>Pub food; Appetizers, soups/salads, burgers, wings, etc.<br /><strong>Drink selection: </strong>Primarily European import & domestic beers, shots, sodas and juice<br /><strong>Price range: </strong>$11-30<br /><strong>Yelp Score: </strong>4 stars (532 reviews)<br /><strong>Website:  </strong><a href=. 770 Stanyan St

SF. <p><strong>Suggested by: </strong>Wil, diehard and self-proclaimed geek<br /><strong>Drink selection: </strong>Wine, beer and cocktails<br /><strong>Food selection: </strong>Appetizers, pastas, soups and salads, burgers, chicken, fish, steak and more<br /><strong>Price range: </strong>$11-30<br /><strong>Yelp Score: </strong>3 1/2 stars (417 reviews)<br /><strong>Website:  </strong><a href=. 555 2nd St. San Francisco (SoMa). NOVA BAR AND RESTAURANT

SF. <p><strong>Suggested by: </strong>Erin Wild, staff writer for AtF<br /><strong>Drink selection: </strong>Import and Domestic Beers (tap and bottled), wine and cocktails<br /><strong>Price range: </strong>Inexpensive<br /><strong>Yelp Score: </strong>3 1/2 stars (172 reviews)<br /><strong>Website: </strong><a href=. 1315 9th Ave. San Francisco (Inner Sunset). MUCKY DUCK

1400 Webster St. Alameda. 1400 BAR AND GRILL . EB. <p><strong>Suggested by: </strong>Jen, fan and yoga teacher<br /><strong>Food selection: </strong>Appetizers, soups/salads, burgers, sandwiches, pastas, etc.<br /><strong>Drink selection: </strong>Import and Domestic Beers (tap and bottled), wine and cocktails<br /><strong>Price range: </strong>$11-30<br /><strong>Yelp Score: </strong>3 1/2 stars (195 reviews)<br /><strong>Website: </strong><a href=

EB. <p><strong>Suggested by: </strong>Nick Vezmar, staff writer for AtF<br /><strong>Food selection: </strong>Soups, salads, appetizers, burgers, chicken dishes, sandwiches<br /><strong>Drink selection: </strong>Large selection of on-tap beers, soft drinks<br /><strong>Price range: </strong>$11-30<br /><strong>Yelp Score: </strong>3 1/2 stars (242 reviews)<br /><strong>Website: </strong><a href=. 470 Market Place. San Ramon. THE HOPYARD ALEHOUSE AND GRILL

Campbell. THE NEW JERSEY'S . SB. <p><strong>Suggested by: </strong>Brad, diehard fan and handy man<br /><strong>Food selection: </strong>Soups, salads, appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and more<br /><strong>Drink selection: </strong>Beers, cocktails, wine, shots and sodas<br /><strong>Price range: </strong>Inexpensive<br /><strong>Yelp Score: </strong>4 stars (98 reviews)<br /><strong>Website: </strong><a href=. 923 W Hamilton Ave

TIED HOUSE CAFE AND BREWERY . SB. <p><strong>Suggested by: </strong>Pauline, long-time fan and souvenir collector<br /><strong>Food selection: </strong>Soups, salads, appetizers, burgers, sandwiches and more<br /><strong>Drink selection: </strong>Beers, cocktails, wine, specialty and regular sodas<br /><strong>Price range: </strong>$11-30<br /><strong>Yelp Score: </strong>3 stars (625 reviews)<br /><strong>Website: </strong><a href=. 954 Villa St. Mountain View

<p><strong>San Francisco: </strong>Columbus Cafe (Telegraph Hill), Kate Obrien’s (Financial District), Lefty O’Doul’s (Union Square), Pete’s Tavern/Pedro’s Cantina (SoMa)<br /><strong>East Bay: </strong>Elevation 66 (El Cerrito), McCovey’s Restaurant (Walnut Creek)<br /><strong>South Bay: </strong>Double D’s (Los Gatos), Jake’s (Sunnyvale), St. Stephen’s Green (Mountain View)<br /><strong>Mainstream/Chains: </strong>BJ’s Restaurant (Various Locations), Buffalo Wild Wings (Various Locations), Dave & Busters (Milpitas)</p>. Various Locations. . OTHER SUGGESTIONS . OS

*Pricing is based off of Yelp ratings, will vary depending on food and/or drinks ordered

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