One of the perks of living in San Francisco is generally decent weather for most of the year. Candlestick Park does get some nasty wind at times and we also have to deal with some rain, but generally speaking, the Bay Area weather is not too shabby. As I speak it's in the low 70s right now and I'm certainly enjoying it. Having such nice weather lends itself to some fun tailgates at sporting events. I suppose people tailgate no matter the temperature, but being able to tailgate without bundling up to a crazy degree is a plus in my opinion.
I don't get out to many games at Candlestick but I do enjoy tailgating in some form or fashion. Who doesn't like beer and barbecued anything? This has worked out well for me at times even without attending the game thanks to Aces, a bar just around the corner from me. Aces is down on Sutter and Hyde in lower Nob Hill (Tender-Nob for those that would prefer that term). It's a New York bar, but they show all the games every Sunday and they have a nice mix of fans.
More importantly, they bring the tailgating experience to the bar. Aside from obviously ordering drinks, every Sunday they have a grill set up out front where they cook up anything from chicken to burgers to ribs to steaks for people to enjoy during the game. As with many tailgates, they don't charge for it, but rather encourage people to donate a few bucks. They make their money on the booze anyways, so a weekly BBQ will simply bring more people to the bar to enjoy some libations. Really smart business in my opinion. I don't get there nearly as much as I'd like but it's a great option if you're looking for a place to watch football on Sunday.
How do you handle your tailgating needs when you're not at the game? I suppose it's not really tailgating if you're just barbecuing at home while watching the games in your living room, but at the end of the day tailgating is about eating and drinking in preparation for or while enjoying football. Do folks agree with that assessment or is this just the ramblings of a madman?
On a related note, if you do plan on tailgating at any point the rest of the season, I'd like to set up a weekly FanPost for people to post pictures. If I posted such a FanPost, would people post their pictures in there? You certainly don't need to but I think it'd be a cool way to see people enjoying football on Sunday (or Monday). And if you do some kind of BBQ set up at home or at a bar, you could also post pictures from that. Since the 49ers are on a bye I'll probably wait until next week to post it, but the plan is to put up the FanPost the day after the 49ers play.