Where To Drink & Party Downtown & Along The Embarcadero
Super Bowl 50 has its party headquarters in San Francisco, and it’s centered around what is called Super Bowl City, which not only is serving as the CBS broadcast headquarters but also the fan village of the host city.
This area in Justin Herman Plaza at the foot of Market Street on the Embarcadero is where Sonoma County will be pouring its wines and San Francisco will be showcasing many of the unique characteristics of “the City.”
Open Jan. 30-Feb. 7, it’s your central gathering spot leading up to the game, which is actually several miles down Highway 101 in Santa Clara.
Yet beyond the village, there is sure to be activity spilling out into several bars in the area, and here are some of the best spots within a few minutes’ walking distance of the village.
Ferry Building Marketplace Bars
Directly across the street, this place buzzes with commuters each weekday from about 4-7 p.m. There’s some lively bars here and PubClub recommends Ferry Plaza Wine Market for glasses of wine and wine tasting; MarketBar, which has an outdoor patio if the weather is nice; Gott’s Roadside burger joint and Bouli Bar.
Downtown Bars Near Justin Herman Plaza
• Coqueta. A Spanish restaurant with views of the bay, this is a great place for tapas and drinks. Location: Pier 5, The Embarcadero
• One Market. Directly in the path of Super Bowl City, One Market is an upscale restaurant that serves high-end comfort food (cheese donuts are served in the bar).
Location: Stewart Tower, 1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
• Schroeder’s Restaurant. A somewhat stylish German bierhall (you wont’ find waitresses in barmaid outfits and an oompha band wearing lederhosen here), it features bratwurst and boot-sized beers.
Location: 240 Front Street, San Francisco, CA
• The Royal Exchange. A classic San Francisco bar that’s popular with the after-work crowd, The Royal Exchange is a long , narrow bar that shows sports and has 32 beers on tap and cocktails made by bartenders dressed in white dress shirts and white aprons. It also has Happy Hour 2-6 weekdays and 2-close on Fridays. Tuesdays are $3.99 tacos and $5 margaritas.
Location: 3-1 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA
• Waterbar. A seafood and oyster bar that looks out over the bay, This is mostly a wine and cocktails place.
Location: 399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA
One Of San Francisco’s Best Afternoon Bars On The Bay
• Pier 23. It’s a bit of a walk or a very short street car ride to PubClub.com’s favorite afternoon bar in the City. This is where many stockbrokers go for pints after work and on sunny days the patio is always packed. Pier 23 is also a very good fish and seafood restaurant in a classic old setting on the bay.