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Where to Watch the 2014 World Cup in San Diego

Where to Watch the World Cup in San Diego

Adidas Brazuca 2014 World Cup Soccer Ball

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!

Early Birds

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.

Parking Dos:

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).

Parking Don”t

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 <a title=”Petco Park”s Park at the Park to show 2014 FIFA World Cup USA vs. Belgium match Tuesday” href=”” target=”_blank”>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
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World Cup North Park

Restaurants and bars throughout North Park have banded together to make their neighborhood the World Cup headquarters of San Diego.

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The Field Authentic Irish Pub & Restaurant

A real Irish pub in the middle of the <a title=”San Diego”s Historic Gaslamp Quarter” href=”” target=”_blank”>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
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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
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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 <a title=”San Diego”s North County Inland” href=”” target=”_blank”>North County Inland area.

Where: 11385 Poway Road, #100 San Diego, CA 92128
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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
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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
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American Outlaws Recommendations

Benchmark Brewing
 6190 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92120
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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
  • <a title=”Karina”s Mexican Seafood” href=”” target=”_blank”>Karinas Mexican Seafood Cuisine – 986 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91911
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    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.


    World Cup Action in San Diego

    Soccer fans in San Diego are eagerly anticipating the World Cup. The action starts June 11 in South Africa, but you can catch all the excitement at restaurants and pubs throughout San Diego.  Below is a list of places showing World Cup matches – most will be live so you might be waking up early to get a good spot.  Rooting for a specific country? Check the list below and find your comrades, or you can always go to the competition for a little friendly bantering. I’ll be rooting for Australia.  Who will you root for? 

    World Cup Offerings:

    • The Linkery located in North Park will be opening at 6:55 a.m. on Friday when South Africa takes on Mexico.  The Linkery, which makes its own sausages, will also be hosting the World Cup of Sausages.  They will be pitting sausage dishes from participating countries against each other in a battle for world sausage domination.  First match: South Africa (boererwors) v. Mexico (longaniza) may the best sausage win.
    • Dublin Square Irish Pub and Grille in Gaslamp Quarter will be opening at 7:00 a.m. and showing all games live on their four large HD screen TV’s.  
    • Shakespeare’s Pub & Grille in Mission Hills offers a traditional British pub atmosphere right in San Diego.  All games will be shown live.  Some will also include a $10 admission charge for select games which will be credited to your food and beverage tab that day.
    • Stout Public House, a great Irish Pub in Gaslamp Quarter, will be offering breakfast specials for early games and drink specials during all games.  
    • Blind Lady Alehouse, which offers great craft pizza and beer, will be opening at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and will show matches on their giant projector screen.
    • Bluefoot Bar and Lounge is a great laid back neighborhood bar located in North Park.  They will be opening up at 7:00 a.m.  Bluefoot has four plasma screens and will be showing the action live throughout the Cup. 
    • O’Brien’s Pub in San Diego will be taping all games and will open early for all US games. 

    Other spots to catch the matches:

    • Brazil By the Bay Restaurant and Sports Bar in Point Loma will be showing all Brazilian games live as well as other games.
    • Costa Brava Tapas Bar and Restaurante brings the culture and cuisine of Spain to Pacific Beach.  They will be showing all matches.  Contact them for schedule.
    • East Village Tavern and Bowl located downtown will be opening early for all World Cup action with breakfast and bar specials throughout the tournament.  They feature 30-50” flat screens throughout.
    • Puerto La Boca, an Argentinean restaurant in Little Italy, will be showing all games starting at 11:30 a.m.
    • Pampas located in Kearny Mesa is a great place to meet up with other soccer fans and enjoy the matches. 
    • Princess Pub, San Diego’s oldest British Pub in Little Italy, is opening at 6:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance. They will be showing the matches on all of its six big screen plasma televisions.  
    • Rei Do Gado, a Brazilian steakhouse in the Gaslamp Quarter, has four screens all dedicated to the Cup.
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