When the home team's in the Super Bowl -- or the HarBowl, as it's been endlessly called the past two weeks -- there's nothing like cheering and jeering with other fans. But where to go? Here are recommendations from the journalists at the San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune for catching Sunday's game between the 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. Feel free to add your own suggestions to this admittedly eclectic list by going to the Comments box and sharing your own recommendation.
McGee's Bar and Grill
1645 Park Street
Many of the youth sports coaches and families end up at McGees after
Henry's (at Hotel Durant)
2600 Durant Ave.
While this isn't an official sports bar, it's a popular gathering place.
Pappy's Grill & Sports Bar
2367 Telegraph Avenue
Named in honor of legendary Cal football coach Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf, Pappy's
Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill
8065 Brentwood Blvd.
Locally owned and operated, this is a local hot spot for young sports enthusiasts in eastern Contra Costa County.
The Game (Sports Pub N Pizza)
235 Oak St.
Located in historic downtown Brentwood, the Game is a clean and family-friendly place with a variety of food, including thin-crust pizza, beer on tap, and a salad bar.
Ed's Mudville Grill
6200 Center St.
Owner Ed Moresi's small-town sports bar and grill's name is taken from baseball's most famous poem, but sports fans can find joy in the heart of Clayton with games cranking on TVs in every corner below dozens of framed jerseys from Bay Area teams.
Legends Sports Bar & Grill
4050 Port Chicago Highway (at Diablo Creek Golf Course)
Ideal for watching sports events, with three rooms and plenty of TVs. It has the usual sports bar décor (i.e. framed jerseys), but the Russ Reed room, featuring the vintage work of the former Oakland Tribune photographer, is an unexpected treat.
301 Hartz Ave.
This place near Danville's iconic clock tower has plenty of televisions and sports fans for viewing events. It serves sliders, meat balls, garlic fries, other simple foods with beer on tap. Be warned: It can get noisy.
356 Hartz Ave.
This popular pub and sports bar in downtown Danville has several televisions and a menu with
Dublin Sports Pub and Grill
7294 San Ramon Road
Reasonably priced food and attentive servers draw Dublin locals here.
10082 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito's first craft brew pub isn't a sports bar, per se, but the combination of craft beer, small plates and irresistible sandwiches -- plus TV -- is hard to beat. It's the place to go
Jack's Brewing Company
39176 Argonaut Way
A sports-themed restaurant with more than 20 HD TVs and one 10-foot "monster screen," Jack's is the Tri-City area's biggest sports bar. It offers a wide-ranging menu from burgers to specialty sandwiches to salads and a bevy of microbrewed beers with sports-themed names, including the Grid Iron Amber Ale, the Hardwood Pale Ale and the Penalty Shot Porter. Jack's has been in Fremont for 13 years.
4940 El Camino Real
The Boardwalk features tables and booths, and the HD TVs located throughout the enable you to catch the latest games anytime -- from anywhere in the house. Menu features pizza, sandwiches, chili and salad.
Double D's Sports Grille
354 N. Santa Cruz Ave.
In 1996, Dean and Darin Devincenzi -- the so-called known as "Double D Brothers" -- opened this sports bar/restaurant and it's been one of downtown Los Gatos' most popular watering holes ever since. Pool tables, several TVs (including two mammoth 65-inch big screens) and a menu that ranges from burgers to pasta. If you don't mind eating your wings and burgers in a place that's always loud, this is the place to be.
Creek Monkey Tap House
611 Escobar Street
Funky Martinez vibe, with young, friendly wait staff. Food from local sources, and a huge selection of locally crafted beers. Table and bar seating, casual, high energy. Three TVs downstairs and 1 large projection TV upstairs. They have two 42" LCD's behind the bar, one 55" LED in the dining room and a high definition 120" projection screen upstairs, running beer specials and food specials throughout the series. We expect they will also create some themed food specials to go with the series.
The Dutch Goose
3567 Alameda De Las Pulgas
Family-friendly with carved tables, peanut shells on the floor, deviled eggs -- and plasma TVs. Also, a 21-inch barbecue smoker, a heated patio, pool table and arcade games.
The Oasis Beer Garden
241 El Camino Real
Opened in 1958, the Oasis serves brick-oven pizza, chicken wings, salads and burgers. It features a large open interior and enclosed patio with heaters.
Francesca's Sports Bar
2135 Old Middlefield Road
Located in a former house, Francesca's claims it's the oldest bar in Mountain View. The menu features burgers, sandwiches, pockets, wings, craft beers and, on weekends, breakfast.
5940 College Ave.
This friendly Rockridge bar offers over 30 beers on tap and above average pub food. It will show the game on three big TVs, but it's not a huge place, so get there early if you want a good seat.
GO (formerly the Grand Oaks)
736 Washington St.
The renovated bar in Old Oakland is easily accessible by BART with lots of TVs, a solid food menu and good happy-hour specials. a fancy new sports bar with high-end food options that includes fresh crab with garlic noodles.
6101 La Salle Avenue (in Montclair)
A great Irish bar that pairs a cozy sports bar steeped in University of California sporting history with an adjacent full-menu, sit-down dining room. A very comfortable neighborhood spot in the Oakland Hills.
The Old Pro
541 Ramona St.
Plenty of TVs, a lively crowd, good food and a beer selection big enough to keep everyone from slobs to snobs happy. Lots of cool memorabilia, from school pennants to vintage Sports Illustrated covers hang on the wall to keep you occupied during all those timeouts.
2618 Pleasant Hill Road
Solid, casual neighborhood bar with lots of regulars, friendly and for any age group. Free parking on the street and in the parking lot. Seven large TV screens, good wine selection, five beers on tap and full bar. Bar and table seating available with full menu and pub style food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served. Very enthusiastic fans and staff!
855 Main Street
Situated creekside next to the historic Pleasanton Hotel building, this multi-sectioned restaurant has developed into a hot spot to watch games inside its bar area with an expansive beer menu.
Hop Yard Ale House
3015 Hopyard Road
This bar and grill offers a large assortment of craft beer and quality burgers with enough televisions positioned for wandering eyes.
Up & Under Pub and Grill
2 West Richmond Ave.
This cozy rugby-themed bar evokes merrie old England (or perhaps merrie old Australia), but it's the perfect spot to watch baseball too and The Prop sandwich -- pulled pork with avocado and Guinness barbecue sauce -- is a killer.
Sneakers Pub & Grill
1163 San Carlos Ave.
Located less than a block away from the local CalTrain stop, this family-friendly Peninsula pub offers a wide-ranging menu and ample TVs. The food is far better than you'd expect from a sports bar and most of the booths have TVs built in (for those who don't want to crane their necks over the crowd).
510 Brannan St.
This no-frills neighborhood bar in South of Market features three large flat screens, comfortable seating plus beer and cocktail specials during the 4-9 p.m. Control the jukebox music with your own smartphone and relive your youth with classic video games at the back of the bar. More of a baseball joint because it's only two blocks from AT&T Park but ...
333 Geary St.
Classic old-school Union Square sports bar named after the former Giants legend. It's got two kinds of customers: Grizzled old men who've been sports fans for 50 years, and young, non-hipster San Francisco natives who know where to go to pay their respects to the Gods of Sports. (And tourists, but they don't count.) Great place to soak up the atmosphere.
The Wreck Room
1390 California St.
You'll have a view of a flat-screen TV from anywhere you sit or stand in the bar. Friendly and generally young crowd. About a dozen beers on tap, plus plenty of bottles and liquor to choose from. The bar also has a huge selection of games, including shuffleboard, darts and arcade-style games.
Britannia Arms (Downtown)
173 W. Santa Clara St.
This beloved British pub -- know to locals as "The Brit" -- is a great place to watch football (both American and European styles) and, of course, baseball. The Brit is equally known for its menu -- which includes such British fare as fish and chips, bangers and mash and Shepherd's Pie -- and its fine selection of British ales and other beers. The heated 3,000-square-foot patio is the place to be. There is also a Brit at 5027 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, which will be another hot spot on Sunday.
San Jose Bar & Grill
85 S. Second Street.
Downtown San Jose's best sports bar is loaded with TVs, including a couple of big projection screens, plus a bar menu that leads off with a great selection of sliders and wings.
Rookies Sports Lodge
1535 Meridian Ave.
Rookies gained a huge following during the Giants' 2010 World Series run and you can expect fans of the orange and black again will flock to the former pizza parlor. Plenty of parking, flat-screen TVs and menu choices at this Willow Glen sports bar. There's even a TV right out front so that smokers and customers taking cellphone calls won't miss any of the action.
San Pedro Square Market
87 N. San Pedro St.
Definitely not your classic sports bar but it has drawn big crowds of downtown dwellers for games since it opened. There are lots of TV screens and the management sometimes puts up a REALLY big screen for major events. The main bar can get a bit crowded (you'll need to jockey for position to get a drink) but everyone's polite. And it has the advantage of an array of good, relatively cheap food at the various restaurants and food stands in the market. Another good spot is the Old Wagon Saloon and Grill, next door at 73 N. San Pedro St.
Ricky's Sports Theatre and Grill
15208 Hesperian Blvd.
While known as a Raiders hangout -- hey, no place is perfect -- Ricky's, is commonly ranked as one of the best sports bars in the nation with more than 90 TV screens: 3D, HD, plasma, LCD and big screen (it even has TVs in the bathroom). The bar, established in 1946, also has free Wi-Fi.
101 Parrott St.
This comfortable, casual and trendy English-style bar has a huge selection of draft beers and a pub-grub menu ranging from lumpia or chicken tandoori to bangers and mash or fish and chips. And with three large-screen TVs and 21 high-definition plasma screens, everyone gets a good view.
Firehouse No. 37
250 Market Place
This relatively new place draws a young crowd. It can be loud, but the food and drinks are good and it's a fun place to watch a game.
519 Seabright Ave., #107
This longtime hangout in the Seabright neighborhood -- near the marina, minutes from downtown -- is family-run and family-friendly. It has great wings and a bountiful beer selection, and, if you need a break from the ballgame, there's a big outdoor patio.
110 Walnut Ave.
Reasonably priced with really good burgers (lots of variations) and a wide assortment of beers, 99 Bottles is a popular downtown hangout. With six screens, it was pretty crowded during the presidential debates. Most likely, it'll be overflowing for the 49ers game.
1532 N. Main St.
Sports bar meets upscale taverna at this new Greek restaurant in downtown Walnut Creek. The little sister to San Jose's popular, family-owned restaurant, Opa! offers up more than a dozen flat-screen TVs alongside the savory moussaka, souvlakia and mezzes.
The Stadium Pub
1420 Lincoln Ave.
Located in downtown, The Stadium Pub features 47 televisions, three big screen projectors, outdoor seating, a full menu and 23 beers on tap. A favorite among fans of all sports, Walnut Creek's oldest sports bar also has a wide selection of rye whiskey, scotch and tequila. Walls and tables feature sports photos and memorabilia from the last 40 years and beyond. Stadium Pub can fill up quickly, so it's advised to get there early.