San Francisco is more than just the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and clam chowder in bread bowls. Whether you're visiting for the first time or are a lifelong resident, the City by the Bay certainly has a lot to offer - and shuffleboard venues, naturally, are no exception. As in any big city, the only constant is change and new shuffleboard locations seem to pop up all the time. But, here, however, are a few of our personal favorites when it comes to playing shuffleboard in San Francisco.
The San Francisco Athletic Club
1750 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
The San Francisco Athletic Club boasts that it is "unofficially the greatest sports bar of all time." Step inside and it's easy to see why they can get away with this. With 28 HD screens, a full bar and a menu that includes traditional staples like burgers, hot dogs, wings and even a bathtub of beer, which is actually 24 bottles of the beer of your choice delivered to your table on ice, this could easily become your next year-round go-to game-watching spot, no matter what team you're rooting for. Make a booth reservation to watch Steph Curry and your hometown Warriors extend their prowess and legacy or settle in for some shuffleboard and do the same for your own. Or both. But do plan ahead as the San Francisco Athletic Club features bleacher seats it pulls out for big games, and they cover up the shuffleboard table, so you'll have to play elsewhere. Otherwise, however, the San Francisco Athletic Club won't disappoint.
2323 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Consistently rated one of the best places for bar games in San Francisco, Teeth has another great big city advantage: A fantastic outdoor patio that offers shuffleboard, cornhole and more classic favorite games. But, not to worry, multiple outdoor TVs mean you won't miss any live sports action while you and your buddies get in a game of shuffleboard. Teeth is also rated highly for its outdoor happy hour, which means it won't break the bank no matter how many times a week you come to play. Enjoy additional food and drink specials daily, so come hungry. And, of course, leave happy.
The Wreck Room
1390 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
This is your go-to sports and game bar in Nob Hill, including a 12-foot shuffleboard table, as well as billiards, darts, arcade games, skeeball and more. If the shuffleboard table is taken upon arrival, you'll easily be able to kill time thanks to the Wreck Room's ten flat screen TVs - which, of course, are hooked up with all sports packages - and a dozen beers on tap. The Wreck Room crowd is laidback and you'll notice a distinct college-era feel, making this a great nostalgic venue for reliving your glory days in life, as well as shuffleboard. What's more, as the Wreck Room does not serve food, outside food is welcome. I.e., you are free to enjoy whatever you please while you drink and play. The space is also available for private events, so you can also get the shuffleboard table all to yourself.
Golden Gate Tap Room
449 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
This is another great venue in which to indulge the game lover within. At the Golden Gate Tap Room and Grill, you'll find shuffleboard, of course, but also other game classics like skeeball, foosball, pool and even arcade games. Plus, with over 100 beers to choose from, you're likely to always find the perfect match no matter what your mood. Also enjoy traditional pub fare and snacks while you're there, like calamari, fries and onion rings, but also baked goat cheese and grilled rack of lamb. And, of course, 20 TV screens mean you can keep up on current events while at play, which is precisely why the Golden Gate Tap Room says it caters to modern sports fans.
Reed & Greenough
3251 Scott Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
Years ago, the site of this bar housed a feed lot that eventually became a gin distillery, followed by some bars and restaurants, and the owners of Reed & Greenough have taken care to capture the essence of the location's history as it stands today. In other words, Reed & Greenough is the perfect place to step back in history while enjoying unique cocktails, as well as beer and wine, in a refined atmosphere. That's right: This is a much more upscale shuffleboard venue that says it "caters to the discriminating tastes of the Marina's growing professional community." In other words, leave the kids at home. But also look for a pool table and feel free to bring in your own grub.