Once again, the history making Warriors are headed to the NBA Playoffs and the buzz around The Town is deafening. Watching the games at home is fun but heading out for the night to watch with fellow fans is the best. Whether you’re feeling beer and a burger or a carefully executed cocktail and short ribs, there are plenty of options. We’ve hand picked several of our favorite spots to soak up the Warriors success (as well as a pint or two) and thought we’d share:
Cato’s Ale House: Located along bustling Piedmont Avenue, this sporty bar has plenty to offer fans. Beer fans rejoice! They will be tapping a fresh keg of Russian River Brewing’s elusive Pliny the Elder for each remaining game and dishing out faves from their diverse, yet solid menu. From pizza to pozole to the crowd pleasing Reuben, there’s something for everyone. Not all bars turn up the volume for these games, however Cato’s promises to be blasting the play-by-plays so you won’t miss a thing. *No cover or minimum purchase.
Luka’s Taproom: A local favorite, Luka’s vows to make your game watching experience unforgettable. Walls of windows peek out onto West Grand and Broadway, with seats lining the perimeter. The huge, yet always packed restaurant/lounge caters to all palates with a menu chock full of curated cocktails and comfort food with flair (I’m looking at you gratinéed mac & cheese). With three TVs at the main bar, one in the back and a projection screen in the lounge, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. *No cover or minimum purchase.
Tribune Tavern: The beloved daily newspaper may be history but the Tribune Building is still open for business. While most of the space houses call centers and office space, the 3-year-old gastro pub cleverly named the daily, takes up most of the ground floor. A usual spot for happy hour and small bites, this place also attracts huge crowds of local sports fans. TVs line the bar making every seat a good one. With a very solid menu and full bar this could become your usual spot. *Minimum purchase per table for Playoff games.
Rosamunde: For a super casual experience, head over to Swan’s Marketplace in Old Oakland. Rosamunde, who also has 2 locations in SF and one in Brooklyn, is a hip, beer garden-esque shop offering all sorts of meaty treats (with vegan options too!). The beer selection here is totally cheers-worthy, featuring taps from local favorites like Fieldwork, Faction and Linden Street. Enjoy a pint at the communal picnic tables while watching on one (or both) of the two flat screens. *No cover or minimum purchase.
Barlago: For a slightly more swank game day experience, Barlago, right on Lake Merritt, is the ideal spot. Serving up decadent Italian comfort food and craft cocktails with a local flare, this lively resto is a favorite among Grand and Lakeshore folks. With three TVs at the bar and one in the back room, your Italian festa will include all of the highlights. Enjoy a hearty portion of bolognese while sipping on a robust cab. *No cover or minimum purchase.