Food & Drink

Where to watch the World Cup in San Diego

Published On 06/12/2014 Published On 06/12/2014

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.

True North Tavern

North Park Soccer Fan Zone
North Park
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

Puesto

Puesto
Seaport District
Wear your team’s jersey to Puesto at Headquarters during the games to get Taco Tuesday prices for $2 tacos (even if it isn't Tuesday? MADNESS!) and $3 Dos Equis cans. If your team loses? Keep the jersey on and eat more tacos. MMM, sadness tacos.

The Field Irish Pub & Restaurant

The Field Irish Pub & Restaurant
Gaslamp
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

Jolt’n Joe’s
Gaslamp
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
North Park
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.

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1. Coin-Op 3926 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104 (North Park)

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!

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2. Toronado 4026 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104 (North Park)

A ton of drafts and even more tons of bottles of craft beer mean that you'll have plenty of choices when it comes time to cool down from their spicy mac 'n cheese. Also, show up on Monday for $4 drafts.

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3. Puesto 789 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Located inside retail hub, the Headquarters, Puesto's bi-level, graffiti-covered venue delivers all your favorite tacos (chicken al pastor! filet mignon!), plus a special dessert menu featuring collaborations with Donut Bar. And though its tequila program isn't as generous as others in the area, each pick from its list of 30 and 40 agave-based spirits, from tequila, to mezcal, to bacanora, raicilla, and sotol, is expertly curated and delicious even to the amateur liquor drinker.

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4. The Field Irish Pub & Restaurant 544 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

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.

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5. Jolt'n Joe's 379 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

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.

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6. Bluefoot Bar & Lounge 3404 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104 (North Park)

Lots of local beers on tap, a dog-friendly policy, and DJs playing music for you to dance to, all make Bluefoot a great spot to hang out with friends.

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