After four years of building anticipation, the FIFA World Cup is finally back. Kicking off on Thursday, June 12, all eyes will be on Brazil, playing host to this year’s games that match country against country until Sunday, July 13.
Team U.S.A.? Viva España? Just in it for the beer and bar grub? Bars and restaurants across San Diego will be showing the games live with something for everyone. Here are 12 top spots to catch all 31-days of World Cup action.
Shakespeare Pub & Grill – Mission Hills
This popular British pub won’t miss a game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Seating is limited here, and the hardcore fans are notorious for lining up well in-advance to claim their space. There are three large TVs inside and one on the outdoor patio.
3101 India St., Mission Hills. (619) 299-0230 or shakespearepub.com
Phileas Foggs Bar and Restaurant – Poway
Over 200 imported and craft beers and a menu full of traditional British grub make this a fan-favorite for game day. Phileas Foggs welcomes locals in for the World Cup’s opening ceremony on Thursday, June 12. They’ll also be open during every game and offer an exclusive breakfast menu for the earlier matches.
11385 Poway Road, Poway. (858) 486-4442 or phileasfoggs.com
Yard House – downtown
With over 100 beers on tap and a new Brazilian-inspired cocktail menu just for the World Cup (we’ll have two Rio de Janeiro Mules, please), Yard House plans to show every match live on their flat screen televisions, visible from nearly every seat in the restaurant.
1023 4th Ave., downtown. (619) 233-9273 or yardhouse.com
O’Brien’s Pub – Kearny Mesa
This is your spot if you’re U.S.A., all the way. As an official bar for the U.S. team, O’Brien’s Pub prides itself on a long list of craft beers and a menu fit for the most patriotic fan. Any day the U.S. is playing will likely be a rowdy celebration here. Hold onto your flag.
4646 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa. (858) 715-1745 or obrienspub.net
Hooley’s – La Mesa and Rancho San Diego
Another official U.S. soccer bar, Hooley’s plans to open at 9 a.m. for every match. Watch with the award-winning food and craft beer on HDTVs and two giant projectors. All ages are welcome, plus you can bring your four-legged friend on the patio seating.
5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa or 2955 Jamacha Rd., El Cajon. hooleys.com
The Field Irish Pub & Restaurant – downtown
With the luck of the Irish, The Field will show every World Cup match on their big-screen TVs and offer happy hour specials during the afternoon games. On Thursday, June 12, head in for the special World Cup quiz at 7:30 p.m. Wear your team’s jersey to play and win major prizes throughout the night.
544 Fifth Ave., downtown. (619) 232-9840 or thefield.com
Princess Pub and Grille – Little Italy
Yep, another British pub that patrons flock to in San Diego. Princess pulls a major draw for World Cup fans. They’ll have every single game showing live on nine screens. Look for 18 beers on tap, signature cocktails and traditional pub grub, too.
1665 India St., Mission Hills. (619) 702-3021 or princesspub.com
Puesto at the Headquarters – Seaport Village
Fans who head to Puesto in their team’s jersey to watch the games will be rewarded with Taco Tuesday pricing on a mouth-watering menu featuring $2 tacos and $3 Dos Equis cans.
789 West Harbor Dr., Seaport Village. (619) 233-8800 or eatpuesto.com
Jolt’n Joe’s – downtown & La Mesa
Celebrate the games like only the Brazilians can at the Jolt’n Joe’s opening carnival featuring samba dancers, drink specials, soccer giveaways, over 50 flat screen TVs, four HD projectors and a live DJ on June 12. Miss the ceremony? Don’t worry, you can still visit Jolt’n Joes throughout the World Cup to watch the games.
379 Fourth Ave., downtown. or 8076 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa. joltnjoes.com
La Quinta Grill – Chula Vista
A generously-sized restaurant and big supporter of team Mexico, La Quinta Grill will show World Cup matches across their seven screens. Win or lose, you have to try their tamarindo margarita.
625 E St., Chula Vista. (619) 476-7610 or laquintagrillchulavista.com
Costa Brava – Pacific Beach
Defending World Cup champion Spain is definitely on everyone’s radar this year. During the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Spanish restaurant Costa Brava will likely be filled with passionate supporters cheering at screens placed throughout the venue. Order up extra tapas to get in the spirit.
1653 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach. (858) 273-1218 or costabravasd.com
Whiskey Girl - downtown
Whiskey Girl will be open at 9 a.m. during the World Cup, ready to rock through all the soccer action with great FIFA giveaways and drink specials. Don't miss the "whiskey soccer" action in HD as Whiskey Girl offers a wide selection of craft and domestic beers for $3, Monday through Friday until 7 p.m. Cheering with a big group? Order up $20 Heineken buckets during all matches.
702 5th Ave., downtown. (619) 236-1616 or whiskeygirl.com
Cafe Sevilla - downtown
This Spanish bar will be showing any game after 3 p.m. in their Tapas Bar throughout the World Cup. Enjoy craft sangria cocktails and light tapas while catching all the excitement of the games.
353 5th Ave., downtown. (619) 233-5979 or cafesevilla.com
Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp – downtown
The expansive bar and restaurant will provide more than enough cheering room during the World Cup games. They’ll open doors at 11 a.m. on Friday with a lunch menu and full bar. On Saturdays and Sundays, they’ll open at 9 a.m., offering their brunch menu.
333 5th Ave., downtown. (619) 795-9463 or localunion101.com
PB Alehouse – Pacific Beach
The PB bar will open at 9 a.m. on Friday, and continue to show all the World Cup games over a full brunch menu and bar. Bring your pup – they boast a dog-friendly patio with three HDTVs.
721 Grand Ave., Pacific Beach. (858) 581-2337 or pbalehouse.com
Cali Comfort BBQ Restaurant - Spring Valley
Watch all the FIFA World Cup action with Cali BBQ ribs, tri-tip, pulled pork and brisket smoked the traditional way. Cali Comfort also has 24 beers on tap, dog-friendly patios and more.
8910 Troy Street, Spring Valley. (619) 337-0670 or calicomfortsd.com
Throughout North Park
While the World Cup North Park street festivals have been cancelled, the North Park neighborhood will still be promoting the games in full spirit. Top spots in the area for game watching include Bluefoot Bar (3404 30th St.), Café Calabria (3933 30th St.), Waypoint Public (3794 30th St.) and West Coast Tavern (2895 University Ave.)
Did we miss one? Leave a comment with your local World Cup-watching suggestion!