Where to Catch the Niners Game
East Bay bars offering specials for the NFC Championship game, plus non-football related nightlife news.
Is everyone as excited for the NFC Championship game as I am? Here a few places offering specials while the Niners play the Falcons. Feel free to sound off in the comments about other places offering deals, and let's hope we see lots of red and gold land in the Super Bowl.
Specials for Game Day
Barrel Aged (Martinez)
When I called, I was assured that “every time the Niners touch the ball, you can plan on us having a special.” This round, every touchdown or interception will mean drafts go for $3, and every sack produces a $5 bourbon cocktail. 823 Main St., Martinez, (925) 228-7795, website.
Dublin Sports Pub & Grill (Dublin)
When I called, the bar didn’t seem to have its ducks in a row quite yet (When I asked about Niners special, the response was, “which game?”), but there’s promise of a food and/or drink special. I think. 7294 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Dublin, (925) 587-2333, website.
George & Walt’s (Oakland)
The Rockridge bar is throwing a 49ers party, with free chili cheese nachos, buckets of beer for $10, and a bloody Mary bar with all the fixings. 5445 College Ave., Oakland, (510) 653-7441, website.
Handles Gastropub (Pleasanton)
Handles will celebrate with a special menu, including a grilled sausage slider with roasted red peppers and sauerkraut dubbed the Harbaugh, and happy hour drink prices from 12–6 p.m. Or opt for the crispy falcon—boneless chicken wings you can gnaw on menacingly in front of any Atlanta fans. 855 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 399-6690, website.
La Boulange (Multiple East Bay locations)
Okay, stick with me here. While not a place to watch the game, La Boulange will take 10 percent off your bill when you pop in dressed in Niners gear. Laboulangebakery.com.
Judging from Legend’s website, it is super pumped about this game. Expect Absolut bloody Marys all day for $6, $1-off pregame breakfast from 10 a.m.–12 p.m., and a halftime power hour that consists of $1-off all beer and cocktails. You can also pick up a commemorative 49er beer glass for $3. 4050 Port Chicago Hwy., Concord, (925) 687-4111, website.
The Outpost (San Ramon)
You can definitely plan on 21 HD TVs and $2 Bud Light drafts, but when I called the staff was still figuring out the rest of its plans. For the Packers game, the bar offered $1 beer dogs and $3 chili cheese fries, so it’s probably safe to expect a few food specials. 2251 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, (925) 837-7748, website.
New Parkway (Oakland)
As long as you meet the $5 food and drink minimum, you can check out the game on one of the New Parkway’s big screens. The theater pours from 12 rotating taps, with an emphasis on local brews, and offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options on its menu of comfort food staples. 474 24th St., Oakland, (510) 658-7900, website.
Norms Place (Danville)
Every time the Niners score, buy a shot of Tres Agaves tequila and you get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 42-inch flatscreen TV. But you must be present to win, so no going crazy at the beginning and wandering off. 356 Hartz Ave., Danville, website.
Sunshine Saloon (Pleasanton)
The Pleasanton bar opens for breakfast bright and early at 9 a.m., and the good news is all breakfast plates include the first drink. Also, if you buy a bucket of beer, you get $6 credit toward a menu item. Drink up! 1807 Santa Rita Rd., Pleasanton, (925) 846-6108, website.
That Bar (Danville)
On Football Sundays, you can snag $7 mimosas pitchers, bloody Marys, $15 buckets of beer, and a $19 tailgate combo: a half-order of wings, half-order of nachos, and pitcher of beer. 148 E. Prospect Ave., Danville, (925) 743-8466, website.
Tiki Toms (Walnut Creek)
Although you’ll get a late start on the savings, Tiki Toms runs a happy hour from 3–6 p.m., with $3 well drinks, $2 off all liquor, and $1 off all other beer and drinks. 1535 Olympic Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 932-9202.
T-Rex Restaurant and Bar (Berkeley)
This Berkeley barbecue joint serves up a Sunday football special: 24 wings with a pitcher of beer or a rack or ribs with a pitcher of beer for $35. 1300 10th St., Berkeley, (510) 527-0099, website.
Vine Cinema (Livermore)
The Vine Cinema, where you can get booze and grub with your flick, will show the game on both of the theater’s big screens, for free. Strong draft picks (see what I did there?) include Stone’s Arrogant Bastard ale, Lagunitas IPA, and Heretic’s Shallow Grave Porter, and the Vine also offers a handful of wines if that’s more your style. Doors open at10:30 a.m.1722 First St., Livermore, (925) 447-2545, website.
Oh, you don’t like football? Here's other nightlife news to get excited about.
Schubros Grand Opening
The San Ramon–based brewery is finally celebrating its tap room with a grand opening party this weekend, following a few “still not yet ready to launch parties.” This is the real deal. Saturday, January 19, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. 12893 Alcosta Blvd., Ste. N, San Ramon, (925) 327-0700, website.
While doing work research, I stumbled upon this gem of a blog, from none other than Walnut Creek Yacht Club bartender Jay Crabb. Originally dubbed East Bay Cocktails, Crabb has rebranded the blog as East Bay Imbibing, and will add some content on beers and spirits to the conversation. Bookmark it now for future posts on innovative cocktails and all kinds of East Bay-related boozery. jaycrabb.blogspot.com.