Germany vs. Argentina – Sunday, July 13 at 12:00 PM
World Cup North Park Viewing Party
This Sunday, 30th Street Will be closed from Lincoln to University for the Ultimate Fan Zone Party! Watch the World Cup Final outdoors on an 11′ X 20′ JumboTron Monitor with DJs Eddie Turbo & Prince Zohar, and food trucks.
This event is all ages and free to the Public!
You are welcome to join us as early as 9am to get a good seat. Bring your blankets & beach chairs!
No alcohol will be allowed on the street.
There will be $1 Parking all-day (7:00 AM to 7:00 PM) in the Parking Structure on 30th & North Park Way (Entrance to the parking garage is 3829 29th Street, across from The Birch North Park Theater).
To prepare for the Viewing Party, production will start after 2am on Sunday Morning. On Sunday, July 13th, there will be NO PARKING on 30th Street, between Lincoln & University from 3am-10pm. There will be some select areas surrounding the street closure that will also be NO PARKING areas.
USMNT vs Belgium – Tuesday, 1 July at 1:00 PM
The United States Mens Team has made it to the knock out round! The San Diego Padres are inviting soccer fans to watch the game on Petco Park’s Park at the Park’s big screen. Gates will open at 12:30 PM. If your up for a March to the Match, join the American Outlaws at Dublin Square (554 4th Avenue) at 12:10 PM.
Do you remember where you were when Landon Donovan put the ball behind GK Raïs M’Bolhi in the 91st minute of the US vs. Algeria game in 2010 World Cup? I do! Even though I had work that day and the sun had barely come up, I made my way to the Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights and anxiously hoped for a miracle. When Donovan placed Dempsey’s rebound in the back of the net, the entire bar erupted with thunderous applause, high fives and a few tears of joy!
Even though San Diego may not have a soccer team (cough, cough…MLS…cough, cough…Chivas needs a new home and a fresh start…cough, cough), it does have some of the most rabid football fans in the country (during the 2010 World Cup, San Diego ranked in the top 5 TV markets). Bars, restaurants and pubs throughout the county will be full of fans watching Brazil’s opening kick off against Croatia to the final on July 13.
If you want to feel the rush and excitement of the world’s most popular game, head to any one of these pubs/bars and join in the chants (especially on Monday, 16 June, at 3:00 PM):
O’Brien’s Pub – The Official US Soccer Bar in San Diego
Home to the San Diego’s American Outlaws and an amazing craft beer selection, O’Brien’s Pub is the go-to place for the die-hard US soccer fan.
Where: 4646 Convoy St., San Diego, CA 92111
> Find out more about O’Brien’s Pub
World Cup North Park
Restaurants and bars throughout North Park have banded together to make their neighborhood the World Cup headquarters of San Diego.
The Field Authentic Irish Pub & Restaurant
A real Irish pub in the middle of the Gaslamp Quarter? Yep. The interior was shipped from Ireland to San Diego and soccer oozes out of every pore. Stop by for every World Cup match and an authentic Irish dish.
Where: 544 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
> Find out more about The Field
Shakespeare’s Pub & Grille
You can tell just by the name that this is a popular spot for football. Shakespeare’s will be pouring cold ones and serving up pub food throughout the World Cup.
Where: 3701 India St, San Diego, CA 92103
> Find out more about Shakespeare’s Pub & Grille
Phileas Foggs Bar & Restaurant
Traditional British fare, more than 200 imported and craft beers, and football on the TVs, Phileas Foggs is a great place to catch the World Cup in the North County Inland area.
Where: 11385 Poway Road, #100 San Diego, CA 92128
> Find out more about Phileas Foggs Bar & Restaurant
Costa Brava Cocina Española
Costa Brava brings all the flavors of Spain to Pacific Beach including a deep passion for fútbol. Tapas will be served along with prizes and more throughout the World Cup.
Where: 1653 Garnet Avenue, San Diego, CA 92109
> Find out more about Costa Brava Cocina Española
Hooley’s Irish Pub & Grill
For those out in East County, Hooley’s sports two World Cup locations serving up traditional Irish pub fare along with cold beers straight from the tap.
La Mesa – 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa, CA 91941
Rancho San Diego – 2955 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, CA 92019
> Find out more about Hooley’s Irish Pub & Grill
Blind Lady Ale House
If you read the first paragraph, you know why Blind Lady is on the list. Add to that an amazing craft beer selection and you have a great place to watch the games.
Where: 3416 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about the Blind Lady Ale House
American Outlaws Recommendations
Where: 6190 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92120
> Find out more about Benchmark Brewing
The Harp Irish Pub & Restaurant
Where: 4935 Newport Ave., San Diego, CA 92107
> Find out more about The Harp Irish Pub & Restaurant
More World Cup Viewing Spots
- Bluefoot Bar & Lounge – 3404 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
- Princess Pub & Grille – 1665 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
- EndZone Pub and Grill – 859 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104
- Karinas Mexican Seafood Cuisine – 986 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91911
Did I miss another great World Cup bar in San Diego? Let me know is the comments below or send me a tweet at @bernasconi.