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.

    Brent Bernasconi

    Top Things to Do in San Diego – 2013 4th of July Weekend Edition

    San Diego's Big Bay Boom 4th of July Celebration

    Get ready to spend the long summer weekend in San Diego with the family enjoying fireworks, barbecues, the beach, fun and these top things to do:

    Fourth of July

    San Diego's Big Bay Boom 4th of July Celebration

    Celebrate the birth of our nation with fireworks in San Diego including the Big Bay Boom 4th of July Extravaganza.

    Celebrate the birth of our nation by spending Fourth of July at the beach and enjoying a night full of fun, friends, family and fireworks throughout the county. Big Bay Boom, the largest in the county, will offer 17 minutes of excitement starting at 9:00 PM. Many of the boating and cruise companies will be offering special fireworks cruises, just make sure to book early to guarantee a spot on the boat!

    > Browse Fourth of July Celebration in San Diego

    Star Spangled Pops with Bill Conti

    San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Concert Series

    San Diego Symphony Summer Pops pairs music with the beautiful downtown skyline.

    Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with a patriotic extravaganza featuring all-American hits from Main Street to Broadway, complete with John Philip Sousa marches, a tribute to the military and a spectacular fireworks display to light up the sky!

    Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South – 206 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
    When: July 4-6, 2013
    Time: 7:30 to 10:00 PM
    Cost: $20-$79
    > Find out more about Star Spangled Pops with Bill Conti

    US Mens National Soccer Team versus Guatemala

    United States Men's National Team - Soccer - Top Things to Do in San Diego

    Be prepared to stand, sing and cheer on the USNMT as they take on Guatemala

    For the first time since 2006, the U.S. Men’s National Team will return to San Diego and face CONCACAF rival Guatemala in the team’s only tune-up before the start of the 2013 Gold Cup.

    Author’s Note: Join me and the American Outlaws at the game to show Seattle and Salt Lake City that San Diego has the largest number of true soccer fans. I want to see Qualcomm filled with Red, White and Blue Jerseys!

    Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
    When: July 5, 2013
    Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM
    Cost: $22-$175
    > Find out more about the US Mens National Soccer Team versus Guatemala

    San Diego Clásico: Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles vs Club América

    San Diego Clásico - Xolos - Top Things to Do in San Diego

    See Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles take on Club América at the San Diego Clásico

    Two great soccer games in one weekend! Petco Park will host the San Diego Clásico exhibition soccer match featuring storied Mexican franchises, Club America from Mexico City, Mexico and region favorite – Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente from Tijuana, Mexico.

    Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
    When: July 6, 2013
    Time: 7:30 to 9:30 PM
    Cost: $20-$50
    > Find out more about the San Diego Clásico: Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles vs Club América

    San Diego Junior Masters

    San Diego Fringe Festival

    San Diego Fringe Festival

    Breathing new life and inspiration into the performing arts community, the Fringe Festival will bring local, national, and international artists together for a week of performances including; theatre, dance, music, puppetry, cabaret, cirque, comedy, multi-media presentations and more!

    Where: Various Locations
    When: Through July 7, 2013
    > Find out more about the San Diego Fringe Festival

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

    Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.


    Top Things to Do in San Diego: November 29 – December 2, 2012

    North Park Toyland Parade and Festival

    The holiday season is officially upon us! If you are avoiding the stores (or even better…done with your shopping), get out and enjoy one of these San Diego events and things to do this weekend.

    1. NCAA® 2012 Women’s College Cup

    NCAA 2012 Women's College Cup

    Catch the excitement of the NCAA 2012 Women’s College Cup for its first visit to San Diego

    For the first time ever, the University of San Diego will be hosting the NCAA College Cup, the women’s Division I soccer national championship on November 30 & December 2, 2012 at Torero Stadium. Penn State, Florida State, North Carolina and Stanford will make their way to San Diego to play for the national championship.

    Location: Torero Stadium, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110 (map)
    Dates: November 20 and December 2, 2012
    Cost: $40 for all three games. Parking is free
    > Find out more about the NCAA 2012 Women’s College Cup

    2. LEGO Train City Exhibit

    LEGO Train City Exhibit - San Diego Model Railroad Museum

    All aboard the train to LEGO City at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum

    If you have kids of a certain age, visiting this exhibit at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum is a must. The exhibit features LEGO trains, trestles, transportation, skyscrapers, canyons, mountains, an ocean boardwalk and town buildings. Little ones can also enjoy playful learning in a LEGO Brick City zone filled with interactive, creative and educational activities.

    Location: 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
    Dates: November 20, 2012 – January 18, 2013
    Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Closed on Mondays)
    Cost: Included with admission. Adults – $8, Seniors – $6, Children 14 and under – Free
    > Find out more about the San Diego Model Railroad Museum’s LEGO Train City Exhibit

    3. Holiday Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds


    Enjoy the largest animated drive-through light show on the U.S. West Coast with more than 400 brilliant holiday light displays. Themed for the holiday season, the Holiday of Lights is a spectacular drive-through light show with crowd-pleasing, family oriented displays organized into themes, which include: Candy Cane Lane, Toyland, San Diego County Fair, Treasures by the Lake, Del Mar Racetrack, the Twelve Days of Christmas and Elves at Play.

    > Find more Christmas light displays in San Diego

    Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014 (map)
    Dates: November 22, 2012 – January 1, 2013
    Times: Sunday-Thursday: 5:30 to 10:00 PM. Friday-Saturday: 5:30 to 10:30 PM
    Cost: $15 per car, up to 5 people. $20 per vehicle, 6 or more people. $50 per bus. $10 per person for the Holiday Hayride
    > Find out more about Holiday Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

    4. North Park Toyland Parade and Festival

    North Park Toyland Parade and Festival

    Get swept up in the holiday spirit during the North Park Toyland Parade and Festival

    Celebrating its 49th year, the North Park Toyland Parade and festival includes vintage cars, marching bands, dance groups, beauty queens and city officials. Keep your eye out for Santa Claus and his sleigh, as he jingles all the way down the parade route.

    > Discover even more Holiday Things to Do in San Diego

    Location: Click here for the parade route
    Date: December 1, 2012
    Time: Parade starts at 11:00 AM
    Cost: Free
    > Find out more about the North Park Toyland Parade and Festival

    5. SoNo Park Holiday Fest & Chilipalooza

    SoNo Park Holiday Fest & Chilipalooza Collage

    Chili, Shopping, Chili, Beer and Wine, Chili and Family Fun at the SoNo Park Holiday Fest & Chilipalooza. Did we mention there will be chili?

    For the past 3 years, the two neighborhoods of South Park and North Park come together for the SoNo Park Holiday Fest & Chilipalooza. This family friendly festival offers a kids zone, shopping from local artisans, music, local craft beer and, of course, chili made by local restaurants and residents. Stop by to taste some chili and vote for your favorite in the “People’s Choice Award.”

    Location: 32nd Street and Thorn, San Diego, CA 92104 (map)
    Date: December 2, 2012
    Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Cost: Festival is Free. $20 for a ceramic chili bowl, 5 restaurant tastings and unlimited community tastings
    > Find out more about SoNo Park Holiday Fest & Chilipalooza

    > 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 about them in the comments below.


    5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

    Del Mar Horse Show

    1. Elegance, excitement, excellence — these are the hallmarks of the Del Mar National Horse Show, one of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian competitions in the Western United States. The show runs for three weeks starting April 21 and ending May 8. Western competition will be featured the first week, April 21-24; dressage follows April 28-May 1; and hunter/jumper classes conclude the show May 3-8. Each week will also have a featured Saturday night evening event.

    Birch Aquarium at Scripps

    2. Spring is an “eggs-tra” special time of year when many ocean animals are hatched or born. Visit the Birch Aquarium from April 21-24 as they offer Spring EGGStravaganza. Come face-to-face with egg-laying marine animals, including squids, fishes and sharks. Create a shark egg craft, listen to story times and participate in a daily activity throughout the aquarium.

    SeaWorld's Journey to Atlantis

    3. From the amazing Shamu show to the thrilling Atlantis ride, SeaWorld never disappoints. This Saturday, April 23rd, be sure to check out SeaWorld’s Spring Into Night. Spring into Night combines even more SeaWorld fun with amazing nighttime experiences when the park is open late – til 9:00 pm. Then in May, SeaWorld will bring back the popular Viva La Musica, a multi-weekend celebration of Hispanic heritage, complete with live concerts by today’s hottest acts, plus delicious Latin food.

    Beach Soccer Jam

    4. The Third Annual Beach Soccer Jam kicks off Saturday and Sunday at Fiesta Island. Played with a special ball meant for bare feet, beach soccer has its roots in Brazil but makes itself a happy home on Fiesta Island every year. Along with watching the stellar competition on the sand, one can enjoy other Brazilian imports such as Samba and Capoiera performances.


    5. From April 19 through the 24th, Broadway San Diego presents Stomp at the downtown Civic Theatre. This rhythm-centric production of music, comedy and talent will remind you that if the beat is alive in you, that’s the only instrument you need. Bring the whole family and enjoy the beat!


    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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    Bring the World Cup to San Diego

    San Diego fans and soccer fanatics: San Diego has the opportunity of a lifetime to become the U.S. host city of the Word Cup in either 2018 or 2012. So far, we’ve already had 5,500 sign the petition to bring the World Cup to America’s Finest City, but we need your support to make this happen. As proved by the Travelocity gnome’s visit to San Diego after our glorious win over Los Angeles and Miami, we already know that San Diego is America’s favorite beach city. Now, we need to show the world that our first-class destination should host this world-renowned event. It’s our GOOOAALLLL to have the most signatures on the petition, so sign today and share with your friends and family.