The World Cup is here. That means the wait to care about soccer again is over—and so is the wait for another excuse to grab a seat (and bites and drinks) at the bar. The world’s best will duke it out on the pitch for another month, giving you plenty of opportunities to make it to these joints for a match or two.
Cancel all your plans for the next month: This "Bad Ass Mexican" restaurant in the Gaslamp is showing World Cup games from the first kickoff through the final match. Watch on high-definition TVs while enjoying specials on food and drinks from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., including $5 micheladas and regular menu items like elote and chicharrones.
Bluefoot Bar and Lounge
Bluefoot isn’t just a soccer bar during the World Cup. It’s a full-time soccer bar where footy-fans can always flock for no-frills viewing in the heart of North Park. Their calendar is stocked with World Cup games over the next month, plus their usual pints of micro and macro brews and specials like weekday happy hours of $1 off everything all day until 7:30 p.m. Expect a rabid crowd on June 24 for Colombia versus Poland.
Mavericks Beach Club
With more than three dozen flat-screen TVs (and five bars) spread around its 15,000 square-feet, this new indoor/outdoor Pacific Beach haunt will let you enjoy San Diego weather while watching the World Cup and probably a few other sporting events simultaneously.
This Convoy Street establishment doesn’t try to be anything other than what it is: an Irish pub with a bias toward European (and European-style local) beers, sandwich melts, and soccer. What more could you want for a proper World Cup experience?
World Cup Final Game Watch Party in North Park
Sunday July 15, 8 a.m.
Whether or not your team is in the World Cup final, you’ll want to flock to North Park for the biggest outdoor game-watching party on the West Coast, complete with a beer garden and food trucks. A Jumbotron will show the game as thousands of fans pack a viewing area on 30th Street and University Avenue. The last party, in 2014, drew 10,000 fans, so get there early—game time is 8 a.m.—to set up shop.