San Diego Every four years, the World Cup happens, and even people who don't normally care about soccer start caring about soccer. And if you STILL don't care? Well, who doesn't like a good excuse to go to bars and drink and cheer at odd times of the day?! With that in mind, these are San Diego's top spots for getting Messi (get it?!) while watching some non-Chargers football.
North Park Soccer Fan Zone
While the typical World Cup North Park celebrations won’t be shutting down the neighborhood streets this year, more than 20 bars, restaurants, and venues (Coin Op, Toronado) in the area are keeping the party going with food & drink specials and giveaways throughout the World Cup. Visit the WCNP2014 website for a list of places to catch the games. Continue Reading
The Field Irish Pub & Restaurant
Get to The Field Irish Pub & Restaurant in the Gaslamp on June 12th while wearing your team's jersey to catch the game AND to play one. Their World Cup Pub Quiz starts at 7:30pm with beer specials and lots of prizes. Keep an eye out for other WC happenings throughout the tournament.
Jolt’n Joe’s is hosting a World Cup Opening Brazilian Carnival on June 12th with live samba dancers, Brazilian drummers, soccer giveaways, a DJ, more than 50 flat-screen TVs, caipirinhas, and other drink specials. Don't be too bummed if you can't make it to the opening party, because they're also having a World Cup Closing Brazilian Carnival on July 13th with live samba dancers, Brazilian drummers, soccer giveaways.... you get the idea.
Bluefoot Bar & Lounge
Bluefoot Bar & Lounge will be showing all of the World Cup games on eight HD TVs with happy hour ($3 wells, $1-off beers, etc.) going on pretty much all day Monday-Friday 11am-7:30pm from June 12th-July 13th.
Take everything awesome about being a kid in the '80s, add a killer craft cocktail list and 20 craft beers on draft and you’ve got Coin-Op, the arcade/bar combo that just opened up in North Park with pinball and more than a dozen vintage games on rotation like Donkey Kong, Street Fighter, and Frogger. Score!
This San Diego offshoot of the famed San Francisco beer bar boasts over 50 taps, rivaled only by its extensive, delectable food offerings. Pair Russian River’s Pliny the Elder or a Belgian Blaugies D’Arbyste with snacks like jalapeno corn cakes, maple-glazed beet skewers, and sausage sandwiches (there’s an entire menu section devoted to frank varieties like smoked beer and jalapeno Cheddar). Toronado has dive bar deco down to a tee, with sticker- and button-plastered walls illuminated by neon lights and ventilated by antiquated ceiling fans.
The vibrantly decorated Puesto pays homage to all kinds of Mexican street food, with a heavy emphasis on tacos. You'll find a mix of familiar fillings (chicken al pastor and filet mignon) alongside refreshing combinations like lobster with black beans and crispy onions, and zucchini with sweet corn and cactus. The house-made corn tortillas here prove to be so much more than a vessel for the meat and cheese fillings, and you'll find yourself savoring their earthy taste -- or spreading them with guacamole when the chips run low. Speaking of guac, you can stick with cilantro and onion classic or have yours loaded with Brussels sprouts and crispy bacon.
Decked with original pieces shipped from Ireland, The Field is set to hook you up with a belly full of food (Guinness beef stew, corned beef and cabbage) and a mouth full of Irish whiskey, Scotch malts, and a special selection of beer mixers, like their Blacksmith (Guinness over Smithwicks). The homey interior is perfect for leisurely afternoon and dinners, especially to watch your favorite team play.
Whether you want to watch the game or play some games (like ping pong and pool), Jolt'n Joe's is a great spot to accomplish your goals. Cheap food and drinks will keep you going all night.