Hardwood columns descend from a vaulted ceiling at Pete’s Tavern, where a menu of pub grub sates sports fans gathered beneath lambent panoplies of wall-mounted flat-screen TVs. Twelve beers, including drafts from Lagunitas Brewing Company and Redhook, gush from taps at Pete’s horseshoe-shaped full-service bar, which also irrigates arid cheering sections with signature cocktails and robust reds and whites from local wineries. Overhanging pennants celebrate the nation’s best teams and complement walls covered with photographs of legendary athletes and endangered mascots. These photographs gaze down on plates laden with house-smoked barbecue brisket sliders and eight grass-fed half-pound burgers.
Park 77 hydrates palates with drink specials and entertains patrons with beer-pong courts, arcade games, and billiards tables. The neighborhood sports bar boasts an outdoor patio and beer garden, where guests can mingle and wildlife can catch up on favorite sporting events playing on a jumbo, outdoor TV. Inside, pub fare circles the crowds, light emanating from flat-screen TVs flickers across cartoon pinup girls on pale yellow walls, and a long, wood-paneled bar pours draft selections including Guinness, Fat Tire, and Stella Artois. Within the expansive interior, heated games of pinball and skeeball set the backdrop for themed gatherings, such as College Fridays.
With its log-cabin walls and no-frills atmosphere, Cabin calls to mind the relaxed vibe found in secluded vacation spots across the United States. However, this backwoods aesthetic belies some decidedly urban amenities. Sporting 12 taplines, more than 35 whiskeys, and a bank of LCD televisions, the bar welcomes guests searching for a cozy place to converse, celebrate, or simply watch the game.
Slider Bar Café has built its breakfast menu atop a flavorful foundation of sliders—mini-sandwiches prepared with fresh ingredients and topped with naturally raised eggs and meats. Bite into the bite-sized bounty with two items from Slider Bar Café's slate of shrunken sandwichery. The classic American slider sneaks stars and stripes into stomachs via egg, crispy bacon, and American cheese atop an almost-American English muffin ($1.99), and the California slider sports a wheat-tortilla shawl swaddling egg, tomatoes, chives, avocado, pepper-jack cheese, and chipotle sauce ($2.99). For a delicious dive into diplomacy, opt for the Italian slider, stacked with pork sausage, egg, roasted red pepper, mushrooms, and a decadent roasted-garlic sauce ($2.99). Wash down eats with an orange juice ($2.49) and your choice of a coffee drink ($0.99–$3.29) from Slider Bar Café's roster of shippable eye-openers.
Who’s Cooking?: Rafael Hernandez Sr., who has manned Double Play's grill for the last 20 years.
While You're Waiting Take in the bar's baseball memorabilia, which ranges from first baseman's gloves to actual scorecards from games played decades ago. In fact, the bar opened in 1909 across from what was then Seals Stadium, a minor-league ballpark where seals often played by balancing mitts on their noses.
Where to Sit Every seat in the house affords great views of the bar's eight high-definition televisions and 61-inch big-screen projector, which collectively tune into the day's biggest games.
What to Drink Nearly 40 beers flow from taps and bottles, while plenty of wines, vodkas, tequilas, and single-malt scotches line the bar.
When to Go Anytime between 4 p.m. and closing, when happy hour prices knock Budweiser down to $3 and PBR to $2.
Inside Tip Double Play's restaurant only serves dinner Wednesday–Friday until 9 p.m. Otherwise, food service ends at 3 p.m., so don't arrive with an empty stomach.
While You’re in the Neighborhood:
Before: Peruse the stunning photographs of natural landscapes and US cities taken by acclaimed photographer Jeff Chen Kuo Chih at Vista Point Studio & Gallery (405 Florida Street).
After: Keep the fun going by cutting a rug or two at Mighty (119 Utah Street), a dance club that regularly hosts live DJs.
Who’s in Charge: Jake Gillis, who was born and raised in Philly. Needless to say, he doesn’t skimp on authenticity. He even imports Amoroso rolls straight from his hometown.
While You’re Waiting
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Work up an appetite on the putting greens at Moscone Recreation Center
After: Burn off the Whiz with a workout at Perfect Fit