East Bay NFL Sports Bars
Kick off the professional football season tonight by stopping by one of these East Bay bars for food and drink specials and plenty of TVs.
Doesn't it seem like forever since we last had NFL football on the screen? While the wait may have felt like an eternity, professional football is back with a vengeance tonight for the season opener (no more of that preseason nonsense). Watch the Cowboys take on the defending Super Bowl Champs (who ousted Dallas from the playoffs) at one of these East Bay watering holes, or keep them in mind for this Sunday, when the season gets into full swing. We won't tell work the real reason you left early.
Norm’s Place: Although the restaurant doesn't have anything specific going on tonight, it does have football Sunday specials. You can snag a bloody Mary and breakfast sandwich for $7 during the first Sunday game, and afterwards the kitchen runs a specialty menu with things like nachos, jalapeno poppers, and chicken strips. The NFL package lets you keep track of your fantasy team players, and $3 can get you a Coors Light or Racer 5 (a killer deal!). 356 Hartz Ave., Danville, (925) 552-6676, normsgrill.com.
Dublin Sports Pub & Grill: Dublin Sports Pub typically draws a huge football base, and runs a special during games, when you can get $10 pitchers of Newcastle, Dos Equis, Amstel, or Heineken. Even if the special isn't available tonight, with 57 beers on draft, you're bound to find something to quench your thirst. Cleveland, Green Bay, and New England fans have been known to frequent the joint, which also serves a breakfast on Sundays from a special football menu. 7294 San Ramon Valley Rd., Dublin, (925) 587-2333, dublinsportspub.com.
The Roundup Saloon: The nine TVs offer prime viewing opportunities, but you better pray the game wraps up before karaoke night kicks off at 9 p.m. When I called, they weren't sure if there would be beer specials, but I was promised it's the cheapest beer in town. 3553 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 284-4817.
First Street Alehouse: The lively bar runs nightly specials. Tonight, look for a BBQ carnitas sandwich. If the game ends up as boring as last year's Super Bowl, you can always check out the killer collection of beer cans lining the walls. (925) 371-6588, 2106 First St., Livermore, firststreetalehouse.com.
Rockhouse Sports Pub & Grill: This Livermore pub is offering a pretty sweet deal, with any beer available for $3 a pint and 20-ounce pours for $4. (925) 606-7625, 1840 Portola Ave., Livermore, facebook page.
Sauced BBQ & Spirits: This new barbecue favorite will be playing the games on the big screens and running happy hour specials from 4 p.m.–close. Skip the suds in favor of watermelon moonshine and wild watermelon cocktails for $5. 2300 First St., Livermore, (925) 961-1300, saucedbbqandspirits.com.
Magoos Grill: Come early or late to catch Magoos' happy hour, which runs from 3–6 p.m. and 9–11 p.m and includes $3 pours and $11 pitchers of Bud and Bud Light. All other beers are $4 a glass and $15 for a pitcher, and wine and house drinks ring in at $3.50. You can catch the game on 11 TVs throughout the restaurant, and all night food specials include pulled pork and meatball sandwiches. 1250 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 682-4868, magoosgrill.com.
Sunshine Saloon: The bar, which just celebrated its 31st birthday, boasts Tall draft Wednesday: all 22-ounce drafts served for 16-ounce price. Other drink specials run from 4–9 p.m. and include long islands for $4, $3 Bud drafts, and if you stick around until 9 p.m. you can nab $13 pitchers. Sunshine Saloon also has free wireless, so you can update your fantasy team last minute. (925) 846-6108, 1807 Santa Rita Rd., Pleasanton, sunshinesaloon.com.
The Outpost: If you graduated from Cal High, chances are you will see someone you know here and never planned on seeing ever again. But it's hard to stay away with 11 a.m.–7 p.m. happy hour, when all beer sells for $3 and house wine and cocktails are $4. Food specials include a basket of fries, corn dogs, onion rings, chicken quesadilla rolls, mozzarella sticks, buffalo wings, side salad, or regular nachos for $3. Tonight is also Wing Wednesday ($10.95 gets 20 buffalo wings) and pint night starts at 5 p.m. Pay $4 for the first glass and you'll score $3 refills until the keg runs dry. On Sundays, the bar serves bottomless mimosas from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and half-off drinks from 10 p.m.–12 p.m. 2251 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, (925) 837-7748, outpostsportsbar.com.
Masses Sports Bar & Grill: Tonight, the staff will be manning the barbecues outside. But it doesn't stop there. Today is both microbrew Wednesday ($4 microbrews) and Wing Wednesday ($5 for 10 wings, $10 for 20 wings, etc). 2721 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 256-7665, masseswc.com.
McCovey’s: This baseball-themed eatery also shows football games and boasts killer deals, which change daily. Wednesdays from 5 p.m.–close are half-off appetizers with purchase of alcohol, and buy any beer or well and get one for five cents (!!). The deal is valid in the bar only, so make sure you swing by early to grab a seat. 1444 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 944-9444, mccoveys.com.
Stadium Pub: This football stalwart, which descends into utter anarchy during football Sundays, tends to be a wee bit quieter when folks have to work early the next morning. And it's hard to compete with the numbers: 47 TV screens, three big screen projectors, and 23 draught beers. The bar opens at 9 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays during football season, and you can order all you can eat breakfast on Sundays from 9-11:30 a.m. Monday night, stop by for a free NFL football buffet special. It requires a two drink minimum, but you can order two sodas and still gorge. 1420 Lincoln Ave., Walnut Creek, (925) 256-7302, thestadiumpub.com.