Union Square Sports Bar

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Union Square Sports Bar Tucked a few blocks away from its bustling Downtown namesake, Union Square Sports Bar is a safe haven for sports lovers fleeing a shopping trip and tourists looking to escape the crowds. San Francisco United States 37.784651 -122.409515
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Union Square Sports Bar - Sports Bar in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review Tucked a few blocks away from its bustling Downtown namesake, Union Square Sports Bar is a safe haven for sports lovers fleeing a shopping trip and tourists looking to escape the crowds. Dimly lit by neon sports logos... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    BART: Powell
    MUNI F Line: Market Street & 5th Street

  • Phone:

    415-345-8484

  • Hours:

    M–F 11am–2am, Sa 9am–2am, Su 10am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Union Square Sports Bar Review

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Tucked a few blocks away from its bustling Downtown namesake, Union Square Sports Bar is a safe haven for sports lovers fleeing a shopping trip and tourists looking to escape the crowds.

Tucked a few blocks away from its bustling Downtown namesake, Union Square Sports Bar is a safe haven for sports lovers fleeing a shopping trip and tourists looking to escape the crowds.

Dimly lit by neon sports logos and beer signs, the long bar tends to fill up with office types and nearby hotel guests in the early evening, although the venue’s proximity to the sometimes gritty Tenderloin promises a daily mix of budget conscious college kids and the kind of people who keep security busy at the door.

Conventioneers from the Moscone Center a few blocks south file in with their swag bags for a few domestics before calling it a day, while unfussy young professionals take over the pair of pool tables and the boxing game in the back.

Several TVs mounted on the exposed brick walls keep fans glued to their metal stools on big game days, and – as with most sports bars in town – the joint sees its biggest crowds when the Giants or the 49ers are on the field.

A relaxed haunt for Downtown workers and tourists in need of a hotel bar reprieve, Union Square Sports Bar is a no-nonsense dive for pool, pitchers, and professionals sports.

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Tip from Lucas:

Instead of a full day of shopping with your spouse along nearby Union Square, walk the two blocks from Market Street to catch the games and relax with a beer.

  • Crowd

    Mix of casual college students, young professionals, sports-loving tourists, and older neighborhood locals, early 20s to 40s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Blend of hip-hop, ambient music, and varied jukebox requests. Nearly two dozen flat-screens tuned to sports. Two pool tables. Boxing game. Done Drinking arcade game. Jukebox.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Light bar fare including sausage links, hot dogs, and chips. Patrons are welcome to bring food into the bar. Happy Hour M–F 4–7pm.

  • Prices

    Sausage links or hot dog with chips $5. Beer $4–$5, wine $7–$11, cocktails $5–$10, pitchers $14–$16. Arcade $1.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: t-shirts, jeans, shorts, hats, jerseys, sneakers, blouses, tank tops.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any big game day, and Friday or Saturday nights for the biggest crowd of sports lovers.

  • Close By

    Johnny Foley’s (243 O’Farrell Street) is a casual Irish pub with a full menu and an extensive beer list.

Union Square Sports Bar User Reviews

Average rating:
That'll Do, Union Square
Clay C. Apr 6, 2013
The entire niche of a sports bar is simplicity: beer, sports, something small to nibble on, and maybe a pool table or two. And in this regard Union Square Sports Bar off of the downtown area of San Fran does its job. There is a library full of television sets facing the bar, and on game day, for whatever sport, the bar fills up fast with cheers, jerseys, and hands clutching sopping mugs of beer. The brick walls set a casual and manly vibe, and there are a few pool tables and arcades against the wall to let off some steam if one's team is getting creamed. There decor is standard, with the occasional sports poster and neon sign sticking out from the walls, but the main attraction is the arrangement of televisions for patrons to watch. The jukebox provides the right mix of modern music and classic rock to fuel the fanfare as well. The main issue with Union Square is the lack of variety. Understandably, this is a sports bar and little else, but the lack of more appetizers and other courses is a bit underwhelming. Juicy burgers go too well with beer to be ignored in such an establishment. Also, there are tables at which to sit down but they are so close to the bar itself that walking around, especially on a game day, can be a hassle comparable to a nightclub. The sheer amount of televisions can be a little overbearing, sometimes rendering it a bit difficult to concentrate on one screen when so many others are blaring. That being said, Union Square Sports Bar knows precisely what it is and checks off all the necessary boxes in doing so. For sports and beer, there are much worse places to attend, and if you are a sports lover and your favorite team is on the tube, then by all means bring some friends to or meet some strangers at Union Square.
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