By ELIZABETH X
First, the good news: Santa Clara'sLevi's Stadium is relatively new. But also the bad news: That means the area around it is not as developed as areas near other stadiums, so getting a pre-game drink might mean venturing a little further out. Luckily the Bay Area has plenty of public transportation, so that shouldn't be a problem. Oh, and more good news: These aren't chains and they're actually worth going a little out of the way for. Check 'em out:
Located in Sunnyvale, Faultline Brewing Company offers food, drink and plenty of space to take it all in. If the weather's good, there's even a patio out back. Pair their beer flights with tasty bites like fried calamari or spicy wings. This one's a little further from the stadium, but worth seeking out.
Characters Sports Bar and Grill is located in the Santa Clara Marriott, but don't let that scare you away— there's still a great sports bar atmosphere here. This busy bar has plenty of TVs, burgers and brews. It's open late, so it might fill your post-game drink need, too.
It's not a secret when it's in the name: Wicked Chicken obviously serves up some good chicken, including wings, sandwiches and tenders. You'll find tons of sauce options, whether you prefer milder wings or if you like your chicken on the spicy side. They have a good variety of beers on tap, including some local brews.
By day, Evolution Bar & Café serves up coffee, breakfast and lunch, but night is when it really comes alive. Located fairly close to the stadium in the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, this bar has draft beers on tap, wine and liquor. They usually have happy hour specials and tend to serve typical bar appetizers like wings, fries and calamari.
Elizabeth Xu is an Ohio-based freelance travel writer. She recently called the San Francisco Bay Area home and loved exploring the city to discover its secrets. Follow her travels @ElizabethMXu.