Unless you’re heading to Philly to watch in person, the best seat is on your couch…or the nearest barstool.
The 49ers find themselves on the cusp of a Super Bowl appearance with one team standing in their way. Bolstered by one of the league’s best defenses, the Niners beat the Seattle Seahawks in the wild card round of the playoffs Jan. 14 and then the Dallas Cowboys Jan. 22 behind a stellar playoff debut from the 49ers’ third-string quarterback Brock Purdy, whose play in replacement of the injured Jimmy Garappolo (and before him Trey Lance) has helped the team streak to 12 consecutive wins.
The winner of the 49ers-Eagles game in Philadelphia Sunday afternoon will play the winner of the Cincinnati Bengals-Kansas City Chiefs game in the Super Bowl Feb. 12. With the NFC Championship being played on the East Coast, it’s safe to say many Niners fans will be making plans to watch on TV. Bars and restaurants up and down the Peninsula are showing the game, with some offering drink and food specials. Here’s a running list of establishments where you can watch the big game:
Taplands, Santa Clara: The taproom, bottle shop and brewery several miles down the road from Levi’s Stadium will be showing 49ers postseason games. They’re opening at 11 a.m. Sunday for the NFC Championship game and serving Bloody Marys, micheladas, mimosas and playing Beer Can Roulette (order a beer from the sink and you’ll get whichever one is plucked from the ice bath for you, no arguments.) Taplands offers 25 rotating craft beers, a cooler of craft beers and growlers of its own beer when available. Its food menu consists of charcuterie, cheese plates and paninis.
Faultline Brewing Company, Sunnyvale: The Sunnyvale microbrewery will be hosting a watch party with drink specials and happy hour. Get $4.90 pint size beers and drinks like Niner Gang (vodka, honey, lemons, raspberries and Campari). Their menu is focused on locally sourced, fresh ingredients, with dishes including burgers, salad bowls, pizzas and more. Faultline has 10 beers available, including its flagship four beers: Faultline Special Bitter (FSB), Gold Rush Ale, Hefeweizen and Kölsch.
State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria, Los Altos and Redwood City: Take pinball breaks in between plays at State of Mind’s two public house locations in Los Altos and Redwood City. Co-owner and executive chef Lars Smith, a Palo Alto native, opened the first State of Mind location in Los Altos in 2018. The outpost at the Marsh Manor shopping center just opened last month and showcases several fried chicken sandwiches in addition to pizzas, fries, wings and appetizers (and you can preview their arcade offerings here).
Steins Beer Garden, Mountain View: The downtown Mountain View restaurant will have drink specials all day for the 49ers-Eagles game, including specialty cocktails like The Eagle (creme de cacao, creme de menthe and heavy cream) and happy hour from 2 p.m. until they close. Steins opens at 10 a.m. on Sundays and serves weekend brunch until 2 p.m., allowing you to go from a mimosa-filled brunch with eggs Benedict, an omelette or another brunch staple into cocktail hour while you watch the game. Steins serves American cuisine made from scratch and has 31 beers on tap, as well as a drink menu full of craft cocktails, wine and spirits.
Roger Bar and Restaurant, Mountain View: Go for the staycation experience by watching the 49ers game at the Roger Bar and Restaurant inside the Ameswell Hotel. Brunch is served 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekends and offers items like French toast bread pudding, smoked salmon frittata and bottomless mimosas. Sip on draft beer, wine and cocktails during the game.
The Sports Page, Mountain View: A classic sports bar right off Highway 101 in Mountain View, The Sports Page opens at 9 a.m. on Sundays. Burgers, sandwiches and bar appetizers like mozzarella sticks and buffalo wings make up the menu. And if watching sports compels you to take part in some, there’s a sand volleyball court, pool tables and Ping-Pong on hand.
The Sports Page, 1431 Plymouth St., Mountain View; 650-961-1992.
Stephens Green, Mountain View: The downtown Irish bar and restaurant will show 49ers playoff games. Catch brunch up until 3 p.m. Sunday, with specialties including iced Guinness cold brew coffee, scrambles and scotch eggs, plus sandwiches, salads, burgers and bar bites for lunch and dinner. “Irish favourites” include Guinness steak pie, fish and chips and shepherd’s pie.
The Rose & Crown Pub, Palo Alto: The oldest bar in town, the English pub has over 20 rotating craft beers on tap and a drink menu of assorted cocktails and whiskeys. They serve standard English pub fare, including fish and chips and cottage pie.
The Patio, Palo Alto: The restaurant and sports bar that claims to have the longest bar in town also has 21 TVs and a large outdoor seating area. The Patio serves cocktails, beer, wine and cider and has an extensive food menu with soups and salads, burgers and sandwiches and entrees like pan-seared salmon and pomodoro pasta. Open at 11 a.m.
Alice’s Restaurant, Woodside: Head up Skyline to this local landmark for breakfast or lunch and stick around for the game indoors or on the back deck. Wood-fired pizza is available Wednesday through Sunday starting at noon, and other options include burgers, sandwiches, Texas-style barbecue and classic breakfast specials served until 2 p.m. daily.
Gourmet Haus Staudt, Redwood City: The German restaurant and beer garden is showing 49ers playoff games but no other ones. Gourmet Haus Staudt’s menu includes a range of German specialties, from bratwurst to pork schnitzel and Bavarian pretzels, and a daily rotation of 25 draft beers (11 German and 14 craft), plus bottled beer, cider and wine. There’s even a market with German goods and a bottle shop for take-home beer and cider.
The Hub, Redwood City: The Hub Bar & Cafe will host patrons 21 and over to watch the game with full sound on a projector screen. The Hub has a full range of beer, wine and spirits and a New Zealand-inspired food menu that includes a New Zealand-style burger, a “pea, pie & pud” pie trio and fish and chips.
Canyon Inn, Redwood City: Diehard 49ers fans have flocked to Canyon Inn for decades to watch their team in an eatery filled with sports memorabilia. The restaurant opened in June 1973 and is still run by the original owner. It was known as a hangout spot for 49ers players when the team’s practice facility was in Redwood City. Canyon Inn serves burgers, pizza, sandwiches, salads and more.
Canyon Inn, 587 Canyon Road, Redwood City; 650-369-1646.
Alhambra Irish House, Redwood City: Head to the downtown Redwood City public house for the big game on big screens. The sister restaurant to Stephens Green, Alhambra serves brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends with specials including scotch eggs, “the proper full Irish breakfast” and scrambles.
O’Neill’s Irish Pub, San Mateo: The 25-year-old downtown San Mateo Irish pub will be serving pizza and offering drink specials during the NFC Championship. They allow you to choose food from neighboring restaurants Joy Sushi, 31st Union and Jeffrey’s Hamburgers that your bartender will order and serve while you’re watching the game. Drink selections include scotch, whiskey and beer (with Guinness on draft of course). Open at 11:30 a.m.
American Bull Bar & Grill, Burlingame: Located in Burlingame Plaza on El Camino Real, American Bull currently has 12 beers on tap ranging from Alesmith Speedway Stout to Laughing Monk Sister Celeste, plus Golden State Mighty Dry cider. Find lumpia, barbecue ribs, burgers and more on the menu. Open at 10 a.m. Sundays, with happy hour every day from 3-6 p.m.
Fiddler’s Green, Millbrae: The Irish pub and restaurant opens at 9 a.m. Sundays with traditional Irish fare like an Irish breakfast, fish and chips and bangers and mash. Their website boasts that, “No matter the time of year or the sport, there is always something playing on the big screen and our HDTVs.” Fiddler’s Green earned the Perfect Pint Award for pouring the best pint of Guinness in 2021, but they also pride themselves on their selection of Irish whiskeys, light and dark ales and cocktails.
Pedro Point Brewing, Pacifica: Pedro Point Brewing will open early on Sunday for the NFC Championship. Pacifica’s first brewery, Pedro Point keeps over a dozen beers on tap that are all brewed on-site. They’re also dog-friendly.
Breakwater Barbecue, El Granada: The Coastside barbecue spot will be open noon-7 p.m. Sunday, serving up brisket, house-smoked link and “Gold Rush” pulled pork, sandwiches, tacos and sides like smoked brisket chili and mac n’ cheese.
Hop Dogma Brewing Company, Half Moon Bay: Hop Dogma has named a new release after the 49ers’ rookie quarterback. The Purdy Effect IPA is “bursting with tangerine, pine, citrus, and grapefruit,” according to a post on the Coastside brewery’s Instagram. The 10-year-old craft microbrewery is kid-friendly and dog-friendly and will open early at 11 a.m. for the NFC Championship.
Hop Dogma Brewing Company, 270 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay; Instagram: @hopdogma.
Blue Ocean Brewing, Half Moon Bay: Blue Ocean Brewing, which opened last year, broadcasts 49ers games from its home near Pillar Point Harbor on the Coastside. Beers currently on tap include the Wilder Ranch Hefeweizen, the Farallon (Fiji) Islands juicy IPA and the Goat Yoga milk stout. They’re also one of several Coastside spots where you can dine on Dungeness crab while you watch the game.
Blue Ocean Brewing, 315 Princeton Ave., Half Moon Bay; 650-701-5433, Instagram: @blueoceanbrewing.
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Half Moon Bay: Watch the game in the bar at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company Sunday. The menu includes an assortment of burgers and sandwiches, soups and salads and seafood favorites, including locally caught Dungeness crab.
Sacrilege Brewery + Kitchen, Half Moon Bay: Watch the 49ers game in downtown Half Moon Bay while you sip on Sacrilege’s Purdy Pale Ale, named after rookie quarterback Brock Purdy. Their tap list of craft beer and their food menu changes daily; check social media for the latest info. They also have a take-home selection available. The brewery celebrated its sixth anniversary in November.