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Where to Watch the FIFA World Cup in San Diego

I asked around the office, my sports-nut friends and even a high school soccer coach about the best place to watch World Cup soccer in San Diego.


I asked around the office, called a few sports-nut friends and even pinged a high school soccer coach (and family friend) on Facebook about the best places to watch World Cup soccer in San Diego. Check out our running list of soccer pubs below, and be sure to email me if there's something we missed and need to add. Goooooooaaaaaal!

Rock Bottom Brewery – Owners say that every seat in the house has a view of one of their flat screen TVs, and they'll be showing all the games in high definition and opening early.

Joao’s Tin Fish – The Portuguese owners claim Point Loma’s Tin Fish is the official “fanzone” for Portugal fans throughout the World Cup. There will be viewing parties and specials on linguica sandwich and Sagres beer.

Churchill’s Pub posted their special World Cup schedule online and are opening most game days as early as 6:30am.

Phyllis Foggs in Poway – The owner is from England and the crowds pack in during all soccer games, and especially during World Cup time. They post the full schedule on their website as well as information regarding special menu and beer specials.

Shakespeare's in Mission Hills is a longtime favorite soccer pub among locals, so bring your patience with you when you head here for a game. It's full to the brim. There is a $10 admission charge, but they will credit that towards your food/drink bill. They will open at 4:00am on days when there is a 4:40am kick-off.

The Harp in OB – My brother and his soccer-obsessed buddies still talk about the time they watched a Champions League Finals game at The Harp. “It was so awesome!!” Owners say they’ll open the bar at 7am every morning to accommodate early matches all month long.

Both Hooley’s locations (Grossmont Center & Rancho San Diego) are offering $4 drafts and $3 bottle specials during World Cup matches all month long, as well as special hours to accommodate early games.

The Field in the Gaslamp has the entire World Cup schedule posted on their website and offers authentic Irish pub food and beer with no cover on game days.

Princess Pub – Not much in terms of specials available at Princess Pub in Little Italy, but they’re open and have plenty of TVs and British food and booze.

Gallagher's Pub in OB is opening at 7am for most early games and setting out their fabulous bloody mary bar, too.

Qs Sports Bar in Oceanside is jam packed full of high definition TVs playing every World Cup game on the schedule. The bar will open at 6:30am for all the 7am matches with a special breakfast buffet available for fans.

Cafe Coyote is open early in time for both the Mexico and US games. Who doesn't love to start the day with a legendary margarita?  

Hennessey's Tavern in Carlsbad is open before 7am on all game days (doors open about 15 minutes prior to the game time) with beer and food specials.

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