9 Great Bars To Watch The World Cup In San Diego

We have World Cup fever!!! The passion of fans around the world makes the World Cup a can’t-miss experience, even if you aren’t a fan!

The early rounds of the World Cup have already had lots of surprises (Argentina?!?), and the action will only intensify as countries continue to battle for their right to face off in the final match on July 15.

While the tournament is held in Russia this year, there are plenty of hot spots around San Diego County where fans gather and root for their favorite team – and have a few beers to celebrate! Here are eight places in San Diego that are embracing the World Cup with special events, early morning openings and dining deals.

Nason’s Beer Hall – Pendry Hotel Gaslamp

The San Diego Sockers have partnered up with Nason’s Beer Hall to host a World Cup Viewing Party series.

Bluefoot Bar – North Park

The dedication to airing live soccer games regardless of the time of day makes Bluefoot Bar the ideal location for watching the World Cup. With games starting as early as 5 a.m., thanks to the time difference between here and Russia, this spot delivers with early morning service. Just remember to arrive early to get a seat (it reached capacity before 8 a.m. on the first Sunday of the tournament) and be patient as no alcohol is served until 6 a.m.

El Chingon – Gaslamp

Looking for the best place in San Diego to root for Mexico? Look no further than El Chingon! Of course, you can also view all the other games here too. The Mexican restaurant is opening early for the games and serving a special World Cup menu until 11 a.m., including a California Breakfast Burrito and Sandwich Cubano. Come early to claim your spot!

Maverick’s Beach Club – Pacific Beach

Calling all Brazilian soccer fans! This PB hot spot is drawing crowds for the World Cup and promises to be the place to watch the next big Brazil game. If you want to avoid standing in line for the Brazil versus Serbia battle on June 27, you can purchase a ticket in advance at Maverick’s for just $10. The contest will be broadcast live in both Portuguese and English and traditional Brazilian food and drinks will be served.

Music Box – Little Italy

Typically a music venue, the Music Box is opening its doors to soccer fans during the World Cup on select days. Visit on Saturday, June 23 to watch Mexico take on South Korea or Wednesday, June 27, when Mexico faces Sweden. Both events are free and you can call ahead to reserve seats to watch the games on the massive 16×9 foot video screen.

O’Brien’s Pub – Kearny Mesa

An Irish bar sounds like a good place to watch the World Cup, right? While O’Brien’s doesn’t open early every day for the World Cup, you can catch some of the morning matches while dining on breakfast specialties, like breakfast bowls and burritos. Check out their Instagram post for more details on what time they open their doors. Later in the day, you can dine on a variety of specials during the World Cup, including sandwiches, burgers, salads and more.

Shakespeare Pub & Grille – Little Italy

Head into Shakespeare Pub & Grille to indulge in an early morning meal of traditional British food while you cheer for your favorite team during the World Cup. The restaurant starts serving breakfast with the first game of the day and continues until 11 a.m. when lunch specials take over until 4 p.m. Try their fish and chips or English breakfast plate! You’ll find die hard fans here no matter what time the games are showing!

Smoking Gun – Gaslamp

With $5 beer and champagne specials, the Smoking Gun knows how to draw a crowd for the World Cup. Opening as early as 7 a.m. on select days, you can grab a bite at the next door Spill the Beans Coffee and Bagel until Smoking Gun fires up their kitchen later in the day.

Nolita Hall – Little Italy

This newcomer to Little Italy has a great, casual vibe that’s already been a big hit with the community. And they are crazy World Cup fans! They are opening up at 8am on game days to make sure you have a place to see all of the action. Get there early, the competition for seats is intense!

Enjoy the Cup and see you there!