7 Bars in San Francisco to Get Your Game On
San Francisco has plenty of bars, but these spots offer more than the standard fare. From shuffleboard to bocce ball and hoops, here are a few places to drink and play.
SPiN (690 Folsom St.)
You know you're in a startup when the first thing you see as you walk in is the ping pong table. And because San Francisco is startup land, the love for ping pong here is unparalleled. However, after a while, it can get boring playing against the same people. Tapping into that passion, SPin, an expansive ping-pong club owned by Susan Sarandon, has opened its doors to make ping pong social again. Plus it's always better to play with drinks in hand. www.wearespin.com
The Wreck Room (1390 California St.)
This Nob Hill hangout is more than just a sports bar with large flat screen TVs and a huge selection of beers on tap; it features a 12-foot shuffleboard table, pop-a-shot, billiards, darts, arcade games and more.
Golden Gate Tap Room (525 Sutter St., Second Floor)
One part beer hall and one part game room, the Golden Gate Tap Room serves more than 100 beers and offers game hall classics like skeeball, shuffleboard, foosball, arcade games and pool tables. ggtaproom.com
The Hidden Vine (408 Merchant St.)
Make happy hour even more enjoyable at this intimate wine bar which offers more than 180 wines from around the world. If you’re looking for something more energetic, head to the outdoor bocce ball court for lively crowds and friendly competition.
S&R Lounge & The Playroom (55 Fifth St.)
Grab a drink on the first floor at S&R Lounge, located inside Hotel Zetta, and head upstairs to The Playroom to test your luck on a giant 30-foot plinko game wall or challenge your friends to shuffleboard, pool tables or classic games such as Uno or Connect Four. A Nintendo Wii U console offers gamers a selection of more than 50 games, including classics like Super Mario Bros. 2.
Brewcade (2200 Market St.)
Castro’s newest drinking destination features a munchies bar, 25 craft beers on tap and more than 50 games on 24 vintage arcade machines (some consoles offer multiple games). It's like the arcade you went to as a child, but with beer.
Urban Putt (1096 South Van Ness Ave.)
Hop over to this historic Victorian for top notch food and drinks and test your skills on a fantastical 14-hole high-tech miniature golf course. Putt around the Painted Ladies, through a Jules Verne-inspired submarine and hit a hole-in-one through a Rube Goldberg contraption. If putt-putt isn’t your thing, try your hand at skeeball, shoot some hoops or head upstairs for the full service restaurant. www.urbanputt.com