The Best of Silicon Valley 2012

Best Sports Bars

Henrys HiLife Henry's Hi-Life The location, the history, the burgers-Henry's Hi-Life holds a privileged place in the hearts-and stomachs-of Metro readers.

Best Pre-Sharks Game Spot

Henry's Hi-Life

301 W. St. John St., San Jose. The battle for fans' hearts is a brutal one among surrounding bars, but Henry's Hi-Life has stacked the deck. It's the old-school favorite (est. 1960) with amazing barbecue (Adam Richmond of Man vs. Food swooned over the baby-back ribs), gives fans the chance to rub shoulders with the players who hang there and has special hours just for post-game wraps.

Poor House Bistro 91 S. Autumn St., San Jose

Britannia Arms San Jose 173 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose

Best Sports Bar

Double D's Sports Grille

354 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos. The Los Gatos institution consistently draws big crowds of enthusiastic sports fans. You will get the full Sports Bar experience with all the spinach dip, wings, burgers and beer you want, along with TVs everywhere broadcasting every sporting game imaginable. People flock from all over the South Bay and over the hill just to get their fix.

Britannia Arms San Jose 173 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose

Rookies Sports Lodge 1535 Meridian Ave., San Jose