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The Best Bars to Watch Playoff Basketball with REAL Warriors Fans

Jeremy Dorn | April 19, 2013 | Lifestyle Story City Life

True fandom requires standing by a team through thick and thin. No fan base knows that better than the Golden State Warriors, and now they've been rewarded with just their third playoff appearance in two decades. Surely, casual sports fans will get caught up in the fervor around the Bay Area as the playoffs get going this weekend.

But if you want the honest, hardcore, passion of life long Warriors fans around you, step outside the city limits and explore these five bars. Warning: The patrons will be loud, drunk, and awesome.

1. The Englander Sports Bar and Pub

This is where we found out message-boarding roundtable of interviewees for this month’s feature “Will the Last Warriors Fan in Oakland Please Turn Off the Lights?” Take your pick from 21 new flat screens, an affordable drink menu and lots of crazy Warriors fans to sit with. Located in San Leandro just a few blocks from Oracle Arena, you know those guys and gals are just itching to get to the first home game. 101 Parrott St.

2. Ricky’s Sports Theatre and Grill

Even if you’re not intrigued by the tagline on their website (“Ranked the #2 sports bar in the nation), take comfort in knowing that you have nearly 100—yes, 100—TV’s to choose from, as well as free WiFi. A popular Raiders game destination in San Leandro, you can count on the bar to be packed with a fan base going absolutely nuts for 48 minutes. 15028 Hesperian Blvd.

3. Pappy’s Grill & Sports Bar

Pappy’s is dedicated to Cal sports, as it’s situated just blocks from the Berkeley campus. But the Warriors, as featured in the aforementioned story in our May issue, are a close second. Chances are, the crowd here will be more civilized than the rest on this list. But by no means does that mean you’ll see a decrease in passion. 2367 Telegraph Ave.

4. Blackthorn SF

Who doesn’t love a good Irish pub for some sports-watching action? This Inner Sunset establishment may be across the Bay from where most diehard fans will gather, but San Francisco does care about the Warriors (they better, if the team is going to relocate in four years) and you’ll find that out the fun way at Blackthorn. 834 Irving St.

5. GO Bar

Our only true Oakland establishment on the list is just as Warrior-crazy as one would expect. They love their sports, good beer, and delicious food at GO Bar and will have the Warriors playing on plenty of their wall-to-wall flat screens. This is definitely the place to be in Oakland if you want to feel the local love for the Warriors. 736 Washington St.

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