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49ers vs. Panthers: Where to Watch

Cheer the Niners at Food truck parties, movie theaters & BBQs
By - posted 1/8/2014 No Comment

Get up early and root on the Niners during the 2014 NFL Divisional playoffs vs. the Carolina Panthers.  Tons of bars and venues are opening early for the 10:05am game.

So if your flat screen at home just doesn’t cut it, and you want to watch with a crowd of red and gold, here’s our picks for some of the best places in SF to watch the game.

Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle

Funcheap is throwing our weekly 49ers Food Truck Bacon Brunch (RSVP) at SoMa StrEat Food – Probably the biggest game watch in the city and was recently featured on ABC 7.

But there’s plenty of other fun events – Watch the game in movie theaters in Oakland and in Livermore, Get free pizza at Northstar, grub on free BBQ at Elixir, meet some Gold Rush Cheerleaders at 03 Bistro and tons more. 

SoMa StrEat Food Park: Food Truck Bacon Brunch

Funcheap hosts one of the largest game watches in San Francisco – the one that the TV stations set up their cameras at last week to show nearly 1,000 people cheering surrounded food trucks. Because of the 10am start, in addition to the usual bottomless mimosa specials, expect a bacon brunch with 11 food trucks creating special bacon-filled dishes including the Bacon Bacon Truck and Oakland’s Chunky Pig dishing out Candied Bacon Caramel Corn.
SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th Street, SF | Doors 9am | Free Admission
Photo Credit: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Northstar: Bay Area Sports Guy Party & Free Pizza

Indie sports blog Bay Area Sports Guy takes over the tiny dive bar Northstar in North Beach for the website’s 6th Anniversary Party. Site founder Steve Berman loves the 49ers, but may love pizza even more, so he’s ordering up Amici’s Pizza for the bar around halftime. We’re told it’s free if you’re a 49ers fan (while supplies last, of course) so if you’re hungry make sure to hide your Carolina gear.
 Northstar Cafe, 1560 Powell St., SF  | Free Admission

The Independent: Concert Venue Pop-Up Sports Bar

Normally a concert venue, The Independent turns into a giant pop-up sports bar with the 49ers vs. Panthers game projected on a 14×10 foot screen in front of the stage. The Indy has a full bar (and a two-drink minimum which we’ve never actually seen enforced). As for food, it’s BYO with plenty of tasty options in the NoPa neighborhood. Little Chihuahua serves up guacamole, burritos and tacos starting at 10am, but have patience if you want Little Star Pizza which doesn’t open until Noon on Sundays.
 Northstar Cafe, 1560 Powell St., SF  | Doors 9am | Free Admission

The Chapel: 19-Foot Screen in Former Chapel

Housing one of the largest screens in San Francisco showing the game, The Chapel and its 40-foot arched ceiling was built in 1914 and actually served as a house of worship for many years.  Now it’s a house of worship for the Niners. The building was renovated to became a music venue in 2012 and has a large open dance floor and mezzanine upstairs with great views of the game.
 The Chapel, 777 Valencia St., SF  | Doors 9am | Free Admission

Elixir: Free Hangover BBQ Brunch

No one ever went to Elixir, one of SF’s oldest bars, for the size of their TVs, so the real star of this party will be the 49er Rum Punch and the complimentary BBQ called their “hangover brunch.” The bartenders have final say if you’ll get to eat the BBQ, so our advice would be to arrive early, cheer for the Niners, order drinks and tip like you’ve worked in a bar before.
 Elixir, 3200 18th St., SF  | Free Admission

49ers Gold Rush Cheerleaders Party

Apparently not all of the 49ers cheerleaders get to make the trip to Charlotte for the game, and a few will be hanging out at 03 Lounge for a 2014 Gold Rush Calendar signing from 10am to Noon. And while you’re waiting to check out the cheerleader pom poms, fill up on $1.50 BBQ skewers and keep your eyes glued to the game on an 8-foot projection screen.
 O3 Bistro and Lounge,  524 Van Ness Ave., SF  | Doors 9am | Free Admission, RSVP Required

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