Brent Bernasconi

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
> 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.

> Find out more about World Cup North Park

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
> 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 <a title=”San Diego”s North County Inland” href=”” target=”_blank”>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

Benchmark Brewing
 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
  • <a title=”Karina”s Mexican Seafood” href=”” target=”_blank”>Karinas Mexican Seafood Cuisine – 986 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91911
  • > Find more sports bars in San Diego

    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.


    Football Paradise: 2013 College Football Bowl Games in San Diego

    College football bowl seasons is one of America’s great holiday traditions. San Diego hosts to two games each December: ‘America’s Most Exciting Bowl Game’, the National University Holiday Bowl, and the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl both call QUALCOMM Stadium home.

    The Holiday Bowl pregame festivities include a 100-yd flag

    The Holiday Bowl pregame festivities include a 100-yd flag

    This year, the games are separated by just 4 days. The Poinsettia Bowl will be played at 6:30 on Dec. 26, and the Holiday Bowl kicks off at 7:15 on Dec. 30. That means a college football junkie could have an ultimate getaway in San Diego.

    The burning question now is which teams will be invited to enjoy the legendary hospitality rolled out by the San Diego Bowl Game Association, and televised nationally on ESPN. Here’s a preview.

    UCLA vs Baylor in the 2012 Holiday Bowl

    UCLA vs Baylor in the 2012 Holiday Bowl

    San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

    This is the most uncertain of all potential matchups. The Poinsettia Bowl will feature teams from the Mountain West Conference, and the Mid-American Conference. The Mountain West’s most likely teams are Utah State, San Diego State, or Boise State.

    The big question mark is with the MAC, where Northern Illinois, Toledo, Ohio, Buffalo, Ball State, or Bowling Green are all possibilities. If Northern Illinois can win their final two games, they’ll be unbeaten and headed to the BCS. Should the Huskies happen to trip and suffer their first loss, the Poinsettia Bowl would love to welcome them.

    National University Holiday Bowl

    The Holiday Bowl is in the final year of a contract welcoming Big 12 squads against a Pac-12 foe. Starting in 2014, the Pac-12 will square off against a Big 10 opponent. For the 2013 game, the Big 12’s most likely teams are Texas, Texas Tech, or Kansas State. The Pac-12 would likely be represented by USC, Arizona State, or Stanford.

    The Baylor Bears won in '12, who will hold the Holiday Bowl trophy in '13?

    The Baylor Bears won in ’12, who will hold the Holiday Bowl trophy in ’13?

    Regardless of who is selected, San Diego promises a first-rate pair of games as well as the best series of events anywhere in the bowl landscape.

    The streets of downtown San Diego will come alive with “America’s Largest Balloon Parade.” The Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade features marching bands, floats, entertaining drill teams and more giant character balloons than any parade in the country. That’s right, even more than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

    More than 100,000 streetside spectators will line the one-mile bayfront parade route and join a national television audience.

    After you open your gifts, load up the football fans, and make your way to San Diego for Bowl Season!

    Brent Bernasconi

    Super Bowl XLVII – 49ers vs Ravens – Where to Watch in San Diego

    Are you ready for the Har-Bowl! Diehard Niners or Ravens fans “unfortunately stuck” in San Diego looking to actually watch Super Bowl XLVII with fellow fans on Sunday, February 3, should check out these two bars that will be awash in either Purple/Black or Red/Gold.

    Baltimore Ravens Fans – Dirty Birds

    Baltimore Ravens Fans go to Dirty Birds for Super Bowl XLVII

    A Chargers fan realizes he might be in the wrong place! Dirty Birds is definitely a Ravens Bar!

    It’s not surprising that a bar known for its delicious hot wings would also be a Ravens Bar (insert rim shot here)! Dirty Birds will start the Super Bowl celebration on Saturday (February 2, 2013) by co-hosting a Ravens Pep Rally with the SoCal Ravens Fan group. Starting at 9:00 PM, there will be a Mr. or Ms. SoCal Raven contest with a $100 prize going to the most over the top dressed Ravens fan, drink specials with $3 purple beers and shots, and ½ price wings!

    Arrive early on Super Bowl Sunday to snag a table. Dirty Birds will be offering drink and food specials along with raffles and giveaways throughout the game. Just make sure to wear your Ravens gear!

    Location: 4656 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92109

    San Francisco 49ers Fans – Typhoon Saloon

    Typhoon Saloon, a San Francisco 49er's Bar

    Better wear red at Typhoon Saloon this Super Bowl Sunday!

    Niners fans will pack Typhoon Saloon with the hope of seeing Kaepernick run a quarterback keeper into the endzone on one of the 40+ HDTVs. Throughout the game, Typhoon Saloon will be giving away a cruise for 2, holding a “Half-time Touch Down Dance Contest,” and offering Superbowl Specials.

    Location: 1165 Garnet Ave  San Diego, CA 92109

    Watching Super Bowl XLVII in San Diego

    Browse the Dining & Nightlife section of for more Super Bowl XLVII restaurant viewing options. If you are staying in, the game will be broadcast on CBS 8 (television) and on the Mighty 1090 (radio).

    Please remember to stay safe and to use your judgement when traveling over Super Bowl Sunday. If you plan on indulging, please have a designated driver, take a taxi or Uber, or use public transportation.

    Brent Bernasconi

    Top Things to Do in San Diego: December 26-30, 2012

    Fireworks - Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

    Spend the last few days of December and 2012 enjoying these great things to do in San Diego!

    If you still are looking for things to do this New Year’s Eve, here are a few guides for you:

    1. Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

    Fireworks - Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

    Catch the excitement at the Holiday Bowl

    In the first appearance for both teams, The UCLA Bruins from the Pac-12 conference and the Baylor Bears from Big 12 conference will square off in the 35th annual Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl.

    Location: Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108 (map)
    Date: December 27, 2012
    Kick-Off: 6:45 PM
    Cost: $74-$268
    > Purchase Your Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl Tickets Now

    2. Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade

    Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade

    Marvel at America’s largest balloon parade along the Embarcadero

    Enormous and colorful balloons will fill the waterfront during the Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade. Stop by before the parade for the 16th Annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals and stay afterward for the Family Festival at the Broadway Pier Pavilion.

    Date: December 27, 2012
    Cost: Free
    > Find out more about the Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade

    3. Shen Yun

    Shen Yun - Things to Do

    See Shen Yun at the San Diego Civis Theatre.

    Shen Yun takes the audience on a magical journey through ancient dynasties and diversified ethnic religions immersing them in sublime beauty and grace, and experience the glory of an ancient civilization with music provided by a live orchestra.

    Location: San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
    Dates: December 26-27, 2012
    Cost: $60-$200
    > Find out more about Shen Yun

    4. San Diego International Auto Show

    San Diego International Auto Show - Things to Do

    See the cars today and tomorrow at the San Diego International Auto Show

    The 2012 San Diego International Auto Show features the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof with new car and truck models from over 30 manufacturers are featured, as well as the cars and trucks of tomorrow with concept vehicles from a number of manufacturers.

    Location: 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
    Dates: December 27-30, 2012
    – Thursday-Saturday: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
    – Sunday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    Cost: $8-$12
    > Find out more about the San Diego International Auto Show

    5. Cavalia

    Banner Man - Cavalia

    Cavalia is exciting, breathtaking and funny.

    Don’t miss out on the wonderful story of humans and horses told through the acrobatics and music of Cavalia. Due to popular demand, the producers have extended the run to now go through January!

    Location: 1020 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
    Dates: Through December 30, 2012
    Cost: $39.50 – $229.50
    > Find out more about Cavalia

    > Browse more great things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

    Know of any other great events going on in San Diego this weekend? Let us and others know in the comments below.

    Brent Bernasconi

    Top Things to Do in San Diego: December 19-23, 2012

    Aztecs - Poinsettia Bowl

    If you have already finished all of your holiday shopping, below are out top things to do this weekend.

    1. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

    Aztecs - Poinsettia Bowl

    Will the hometown Aztecs take home the Poinsettia Bowl championship?

    The hometown San Diego State University Aztecs will take on the Brigham Young University Cougars at Qualcomm Stadium during the San Diego’s first bowl game of the season (Holiday Bowl is next week). To kick things off, both team bands will invade Gaslamp Quarter on December 18 for the free Five Star Tours Poinsettia Bowl Gaslamp March.

    Location: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108 (map)
    Date: December 20, 2012
    Time: Kick Off at 5:00 PM
    Cost: $45-$65
    > Find out more about the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

    2. Holiday Pops – A Celtic Celebration

    San Diego Symphony Orchestra

    The sound of the holidays really pop with the San Diego Symphony

    Join the San Diego Symphony for a quick visit to the Emerald Isle while never leaving San Diego. The orchestra will be joined by award winning all-Ireland Fiddle champion Eileen Ivers for a night of traditional and Irish holiday favorites including The Holly Tree, Don Oiche Ud im Beithil (One Night in Bethlehem) and Hark, The Herald Angels Sing and more.

    Location: Copley Symphony Hall – 750 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
    Dates: December 21-22, 2012
    Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM
    Cost: $20-$85
    > Find out more about Holiday Pops – A Celtic Celebration

    3. An American Christmas at the Hotel del Coronado

    Lamb's Players' An American Christmas

    Step back in time at the Lamb’s Players’ An American Christmas

    Travel back in time over 100 years for a Christmas feast and celebration performed by the Lamb’s Players Theater inside the Hotel del Coronado’s ballroom. The night will be filled with music, dance, stories, laughter and a 5-course holiday meal.

    > More Holiday Theatre in San Diego

    Location: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118 (map)
    Dates: December 17-26, 2012
    Time: 6:30 to 9:30 PM
    Cost: $120-$165
    > Find out more about An American Christmas at the Hotel del Coronado

    4. Dive-In Theatre: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

    Movie screening at the Pearl Hotel - Things to Do

    Lounge by the pool with Dive In Theatre at the Pearl Hotel

    Join the Pearl Hotel family along with the Griswolds for the holiday classic (at least it is in my family :-)), “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Lounge in the pool or a cabana with a warm drink hand while you laugh as Sparky (Clark Griswold) tries to create the perfect family Christmas.

    Location: The Pearl Hotel – 1410 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92106 (map)
    Date: December 19, 2012
    Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM
    Cost: Free
    > Find out more about Dive-In Theatre: Christmas Vacation

    5. Jay Pharoah from Saturday Night Live!

    Jay Pharoah at the American Comedy Company - Things to Do

    Looking for something not holiday related? Then head to The American Comedy Company to laugh your tookus off with Jay Pharoah from Saturday Night Live. (The San Diego Travel Blog cannot guarantee that holiday jokes will be omitted :-)).

    Location: The American Comedy Company – 818 B 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
    Dates: December 20-22, 2012
    – Thursday at 8:00 PM
    – Friday and Saturday 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM
    Cost: In Advance – $24. At the Door – $27
    > Find out more about Jay Pharoah from Saturday Night Live!

    > Browse more great things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

    Know of any other great events going on in San Diego this weekend? Let us and others know in the comments below.

    Brent Bernasconi

    Contest: Win Tickets to the 2012 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl – Contest has Ended

    Fireworks - Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl
    Fireworks - Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

    Catch the excitement at the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

    On December 27, 2012, the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl festivities kick off with the free and family friendly Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade at 10:00 AM. The excitement continues later that evening when the UCLA Bruins take on the Baylor Bears at Qualcomm Stadium.

    > Here’s a full rundown on San Diego’s Poinsettia and Holiday Bowls

    Win Tickets to the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

    Contest has ended.

    Which team are you rooting for, UCLA Bruins or Baylor Bears? Tell us in the comments below for your chance to win two (2) tickets to the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl at 6:45 PM on December 27, 2012 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

    The rules:

    • Leave a comment below on which team you are rooting for in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl. Duplicate entries will be filtered out and discarded, so adding additional comments won’t increase your likelihood of winning.
    • Contest is open to all residents of the 50 States.
    • Winners will be chosen randomly. One winner will receive a two (2) tickets to the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl on December 27, 2012.
    • If you are chosen, you will be notified by email. Winners must respond within one day of being contacted. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen.
    • The full list of rules, in all its legalese glory, can be found here.
    • Entries (comments) can be submitted until December 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM PST. Good luck!
    Brent Bernasconi

    Get Ready for the Poinsettia and Holiday Bowl Games in San Diego

    Fireworks - Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

    During the month of December, San Diego hosts not one but two bowl games at Qualcomm Stadium. While the bowl games will play out on the Jack Murphy Field, there will be plenty of family friendly and free events leading up to each game.

    San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

    Trophy - San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

    Who will be this year’s Poinsettia Bowl champions?

    Since 2005, the Poinsettia Bowl has pitted a Mountain West Conference team against various opponents including Army, Navy and teams from the Pac-10 Conference. This year, the hometown San Diego State University (SDSU) Aztecs will take on the Brigham Young University (BYU) Cougars at Qualcomm Stadium.

    Five Star Tours Poinsettia Bowl Gaslamp March

    Battle of the Bands - Poinsettia Bowl Gaslamp March

    Two bands march down 5th, only one will leave champion of the Gaslamp March

    Two days before kick off (December 18, 2012) at 6:00 PM, head down to the Gaslamp Quarter for the Poinsettia Bowl Gaslamp March. Marching bands and spirit squads from SDSU and BYU will march down 5th Avenue from opposite ends playing holiday classics. When both squads meet up at market, the showdown begins with a Battle of the Bands. After the battle is over, the bands will continue their marches down 5th.

    Location: Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108 (map)
    Date: December 20, 2012
    Kick-Off: 5:00 PM
    Cost: $68-$150
    > Purchase Your San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Tickets Now

    Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

    Fireworks - Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

    Catch the excitement at the Holiday Bowl

    For 34 years, the Holiday Bowl has brought top ranking teams from conferences including the PAC-10 and Big 12 conferences to San Diego. This year the University of California, Los Angeles Bruins will play against the Baylor University Bears for the coveted Holiday Bowl trophy.

    Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade

    Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade

    Marvel at America’s largest balloon parade along the Embarcadero

    Before heading to the Holiday Bowl in the afternoon, spend the morning along the Embarcadero for America’s largest balloon parade starting at 10:00 AM. In addition to the parade, the festivities include the 16th annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals17th Annual Bumble Bee Foods 5K Run/Walk and a free Family Festival.

    Location: Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108 (map)
    Date: December 27, 2012
    Kick-Off: 6:45 PM
    Cost: $74-$268
    > Purchase Your Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl Tickets Now

    Grab a Bite Before the Bowl Games

    Looking to fuel up with some delicious food before heading to one of the bowl games? Here are a few good options close to Qualcomm Stadium you should check out.

    Getting to the Bowl Games


    If you plan on driving to Qualcomm Stadium, give yourself plenty of time to snag a parking spot. Cars are $20 and RVs are $60. VIP parking for $60 is limited, so call 619.283.5808 to purchase. There will also be overflow parking options.

    > Find out more Parking at the Poinsettia Bowl and the Holiday Bowl

    Public Transportation

    This is your best option for getting to Qualcomm Stadium without having to worry about parking. Just pick up a special day pass at a trolley station and take the Green Line to the stadium. There will be a special events trolley that runs from Downtown to the stadium. If you are coming from North County, take the Coaster to the Old Town Trolley Station and hop on the Green Line from there. Get times and trolley station locations at

    > Find more outdoor holiday fun in San Diego

    Brent Bernasconi

    Where to Grab Some Grub and Beer Before the Chargers Game

    Top Things to Do in San Diego

    Qualcomm Stadium – Home to the San Diego Chargers!

    Fall is almost upon us and it begs the question: are you ready for some football? I know I am ready for Sundays and Mondays (and now Thursdays) full of excitement; cheers and jeers; and good friends accompanied with plenty of food and San Diego craft beer.

    Planning on heading to a Chargers or Aztec game at Qualcomm Stadium but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a full meal once inside? Why not grab a bite to eat and a beer outside of the stadium at one of these pubs close to the Q in Mission Valley:

    McGregor’s Grill & Ale House

    Grab a bite and play some shuffleboard at McGregors before the game.

    Just a 10 minute walk away from the Q, McGregor’s has one of the most ideal locations for a pre-game snack and drink. Inside you will find plenty of sports fans enjoying drinks, food, shuffleboard and watching games on the 20 high-def screens scattered throughout the bar.

    The menu has something for everyone including plenty of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads. McGregor’s has over 14 beers on tap and more in the bottle. They also have a full bar if you are looking for a “manly” Appletini before heading to the game.

    Tip: McGregor’s is like a traditional pub when it comes to ordering your food –  food order and pick-ups happen at the bar. The waitresses are there to make sure your drinks are always full.

    Distance to the Q: 0.6 Miles

    Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company

    Mmmm…pizza and beer at Oggi’s.

    Pizza and beer go together like football and Sundays. In addition to handcrafted-pizzas, Oggi’s offers a full menu, plenty of high-def televisions to watch the game, and delicious craft beer. Order a Torrey Pines IPA to cool down on a warm day and a Black Magic Stout to warm up  on those cool fall afternoons.

    Tip: Take BOB (Board Our Bus) to the game from Oggi’s. Bus fare is $40 (no ticket) to $99-$119 (with ticket) and includes roundtrip transportation and food vouchers for Oggi’s.

    Distance to the Q: 0.6 Miles

    San Diego Brewing Company

    A ton of taps at the San Diego Brewing Company.

    Many, many moons ago, I sipped a San Diego Amber and was subsequently sucked into the wonderful world of San Diego craft beer and went home with my first growler. Since then, San Diego Brewing Company (SDBC) has become a go-to place because of its dedicated bar area separate from the more traditional dining area and plenty of high-def televisions. Families can enjoy a comfortable sit down dinner while the guys enjoy the game in the bar.

    SDBC’s menu includes appetizers (try the Russian-Roulette Wings Platter, one wing is super hot!), salads, soups, burgers, sandwiches and more. The tap list is even more impressive with over 43 beers including between 8-10 SDBC beers brewed on site.

    Tip: It is possible to walk from SDBC to the Q, just give yourself about 30 minutes.

    Distance to the Q: 1.4 Miles

    Gordon Biersch

    The Gordon Biersch patio is waiting for Chargers fans.

    Gordon Biersch is a great spot for a more relaxed dining experience away from the crowds. The menu is a bit more upscale with seafood options including Seared Tuna, Cedar Plank Salmon and Shrimp Mac ‘n Cheese. They also offer plenty of mouth-watering appetizers, New York Strip steak, pasta dishes, sweet desserts and a vegetarian menu. Don’t forget to order one of their German inspired lagers to complement your barbecued salmon entree!

    Tip: On game day, Gordon Biersch offers a bus to and from Qualcomm for only $10. The ticket also includes 2 beers. The bus leaves 1.5 hours before the game and picks up 30 minutes after the game has ended.

    Distance to the Q: 2.3 miles

    Got a place you like to go for some grub and drinks before heading to the Q? Let us and others know in the comments below.

    Katie S.

    5 to Try: Weekend Edition

    San Diego Bayfair on Mission Bay

    Need weekend plans? With weather averaging 75 and sunny all weekend, there’s plenty to do outdoors! From full-throttle fun watching powerboat races in Mission Bay to a knee-slapping good time listening to bluegrass music in the scenic mountain town of Julian.

    • Banjos twang full force in the historic town of Julian during the 40th Annual Bluegrass Festival, September 18 – 19.  The oldest bluegrass festival in California, many of the genre’s stars of today started on this stage.  Festivities include banjo playoffs for all levels and foot-tappin’ fun. 

    • During September 17 – 19, the thrilling San Diego Bayfair features thunderboat racing, tunnel hulls, drag boats, hydroplanes, fireworks and concerts, as well as specialty vendors and food, along and on the waters of Mission Bay.

    • Coronado Art Walk takes place September 18 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Coronado Ferry Landing. Over 90 artists from around the country will be on hand displaying works ranging from paintings and photography to pottery, wood and glass pieces and jewelry. Attendance is free. Musical entertainment, family interactive art activities and double-decker buses to other Coronado sites will be available both days.

    • One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor! On September 18, the Spirits of Mexico Tequila Fair will be held in the State Park from 1:00 – 4:00 with free admission. The event includes the Taste of Old Town a sampling of fifteen of Old Towns finest restaurants with a tequila and beer tasting and live entertainment. Tickets to the food court are $25 – $30 at the door.

    • The NFL’s San Diego Chargers’ first home game of the season is this weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars. See them this Sunday, September 19th and be sure to catch all the action of the 2010 season at Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley.


    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.