Where to watch FA Cup Final in San Francisco (and beyond)!

As most Gooners are hopefully aware, Arsenal play Chel$ki in the FA Cup Final on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 9:30AM PT

And while the Memorial Day weekend scheduling is poor for U.S. Arsenal fans, our home pub of Maggie McGarry’s is expected to get a good crowd. Recent FA Cup Finals have been filled to overflowing (the photo above is from the 2014 Final).

So where in San Francisco to watch?  Here are the best choices for watching in San Francisco (in order of suitability for Gooners). Further down the page are options for the South Bay, East Bay, and North Bay.

Maggie McGarry’s Irish Pub 
1353 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, 94133

Maggie’s has been the home pub of the Bay Area Gooners for almost 12 years now and is likely to be a popular spot for the final. 21+ only. No food served, Outside food is OK, but no outside drinks (not even coffee or water bottles). No dogs please.

San Francisco Athletic Club
1750 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

The SFAC has served as the Bay Area Gooners annex in the past and will be open for the match. They are all-ages and have a full kitchen.

Abbey Tavern
4100 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

One of San Francisco’s longest running football pubs. 21+ only.  They do not serve food.

Kezar Pub
770 Stanyan Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Another of San Francisco’s oldest football pubs, Kezar is the home of LFCSF, is all-ages, and has a full kitchen.

Danny Coyle’s
668 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Known as the home of SFSpurs, but until very recently, you’d often find more neighborhood Gooners there than anyone else. 21+ and they do not serve food.

Mad Dog in the Fog
530 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Kezar’s sister pub, home and another long-time San Francisco footy pub. 21+ and they serve food. Don’t really recommend for Gooners as it is home to a Chel$ki supporters group.

SOUTH BAY
If you are in the San Jose, Silicon Valley area and do not wish to trek to San Francisco, we recommend watching with our spin-off group, South Bay Gooners at Jack’s Bar.

EAST BAY
While we do have some of our members attempting to organize an East Bay Gooners spin-off, they do not yet have a location that opens for all matches. However, their usual meeting spot, Overland will be open for the match!

NORTH BAY
One of Arsenal America’s newest branches, the North Bay Gooners will be watching at Sweet Spot in Santa Rosa.

Bay Area Gooner T-shirts! (Ordering Ends 9/18/16)

Now is your opportunity to get Bay Area Gooner t-shirts for the 2016-2016 season!

PLEASE NOTE:

  • This is ONLY for people who can pick up their t-shirts at Maggie McGarry’s;
  • This order form closes on 9/18/2016 at Midnight ET.

 

If you order your t-shirt through this link, you should be able to pick them up at the pub beginning October 1st (which I believe is the Burnley match).

If you no longer live in the Bay Area or cannot pick up at the pub, we’re hoping to have a future ordering opportunity for you.

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CLICK ON THIS IMAGE TO ORDER!

This order form closes on 9/18/2016 at Midnight ET, so don’t miss out your chance to get a BAG t-shirt this season.

Run for the love of Arsenal

This post by Abigail R., a member of the Bay Area Gooners, originally appeared here.

A big part of my participation in the NYC marathon is fundraising for the American Cancer Society, so I want share a little more about why this cause is so close to my heart. I’ll be dedicating my race to my cousin Chris, who we lost to liver cancer in 2008. He was great with my sister and me: his playful nature made him a highlight of our family trips to England. He’d pull candies from behind our ears, teach us card tricks and chase us around the garden. We learned a lot from Chris, and though I can’t remember all of the cockney rhyming slang phrases he taught us, I will never forget his most important lesson: loving Arsenal Football Club.

Every Christmas and birthday we’d open our presents from Chris to find a variety of Arsenal paraphernalia: blankets, towels, sweaters. We never tracked a year without the help of  an Arsenal desk calendar, and seldom went a day without seeing the Gunners logo somewhere in our house: on a blanket, a towel, or a bowl – you name it, we had it!

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Reppin since ’99

Though Chris is not the only Arsenal fan in my extended family, he is certainly the one that I credit for instilling in me a continued love for the club: I still feel as proud to wear my Arsenal colors today as I was nearly 20 years ago, sporting a red and white jersey big enough to be a dress. I think he’d be proud to know that despite having no children of his own, he was able to contribute 2 more Gunners fans to the world. Arsenal is part of my family now, and Chris’ legacy will survive for years to come: when I spend mornings crowded around the TV with my kids to watch the Gunners play, just as I have done with my parents countless times.

I wish that I’d had the chance to go to a game with Chris, or to take him to all of the Arsenal bars I have frequented over the last few years. That we could go to Maggie’s at the crack of dawn to be energized by the singing and chanting of a sea of red and white supporters, welcoming today’s squad to the pitch for a 6am kickoff. Or enjoy a specialty burger during a lunchtime game at Abbey Burger Bistro in Baltimore, or trek into NYC with the whole family to join the NYC Gooners at the Blind Pig or O’Hanlon’s.

So it is in his name that I raise these funds for the American Cancer Society – to support families affected by cancer, to research cures, and help patients fight off the same disease that took Chris from us too soon. When I gear up in my Arsenal kit on race day in November I will be carrying him with me, his presence supporting and inspiring me every step of the way. I’ll think of him when I finally cross the finish line and I’ll feel his love  – for me and for Arsenal.