The Best Places 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 – so we’ve rounded up the best places to watch the World Cup in San Diego for you to make your plan!
While the tournament is held in Qatar this year, there are plenty of hot spots around San Diego County where fans gather and root for their favorite team – with special events, adjusted hours to accommodate game schedules, and dining and drink deals to help you celebrate!
The tournament runs until the week before Christmas, and there will be plenty of new watch parties getting added to this list as it progresses and the competition gets more serious, so we’ll update this along the way.
For now, here are the best places to watch the World Cup in San Diego:
SAVE THE DATE, North Park!
North Park Business & Neighborhood Foundation has partnered with Cox Communications to bring back the North Park Fan Zone for a FIFA World Cup championship match viewing party – this year at the new North Park Mini Park. The match starts at 7:00 a.m. and the free event will take place rain or shine.
Catch all the action on a giant Cox Jumbo-tron with your closest soccer friends, along with activities for the kids, coffee for sale from Caffe Calabria, and a raffle. It’s open seating and you are encouraged to bring your own chair.
The 2014 and 2018 events hosted more than 10,000 locals, so fans are advised to arrive early to reserve their spots. Parking is available at the North Park Parking Garage, located on 29th Street. For more information visit the Fan Zone Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WorldCupNorthPark.
Don’t miss the final match of the men’s FIFA World Cup! This year the event will be held at the North Park Mini Park at 3812 29th Street on Sunday, December 18th at 7AM!
Dress warm, bring something to sit on, and enjoy coffee, raffle prizes, kid activations, & so much more.
Very few places can match the authentic World Cup viewing vibe of Shakespeare Pub & Grille! Seating is available inside or on their outdoor covered patio, and the doors open early! Lines form outside well before opening, so grab a hot coffee and get there early!
Click here to see the rest of the schedule.
Fairplay has quickly become one of the most popular sports bars in San Diego, and a go-to destination for soccer fans. And they are opening at 6am for the December 3rd USA vs Netherlands game! Get there early…it will be packed.
World Cup is coming and the action kicks off at The Smoking Gun in their surround sound arcade! Doors open at 7AM!
El Prez has World Cup fever, and they are opening up early for the December 3rd USA vs Netherlands game! This should be a rowdy, fun place to watch the game!
Truckstop in PB is getting in on the early game action as well!
El Chingon takes the World Cup seriously, so grab your jerseys and come on out, particularly if you’ll be cheering on team Mexico. Get 10% off your bill when you rock team Mexico swag (excluding bottle service)! They will be running special hours throughout November and December. Check out their viewing schedule online here.
Nolita Hall are crazy World Cup fans, so we expect they will open up early for the United States’ December 3rd game, but we haven’t seen any formal announcement yet. Check before you go!
Get there early, the competition for seats is intense!
Monarch has that ‘it’s always happy hour here!’ vibe that is perfect for watching games, and with a ton of tv’s surrounding the bar and some of the best views in San Diego, there isn’t a bad seat in the place!
We don’t know if they are doing anything special for the World Cup yet, but we’ll keep you posted if they do.
Either way, it will be one of our favorite places to watch the 11am games (that’s when they open; 9AM on Sundays).
The Gaslamp’s beloved barleymash will open their doors at 6:45AM, so wake up and get ready to cheer this Sunday! Indulge in a gourmet barleyhash, a hearty portion of potato hash, mixed peppers, onions, three cheese blend, smothered and topped with fried eggs, or any of the other tasty brunch items – burgers, French toast and more. And don’t forget about drinks! barleymash offers a lineup of craft cocktails, a variety of beer, wine and champagne, along with liquor if you’re truly ready to get the party started!
Mission Beach’s Sandbar will be opening up early, at 6:45AM, for the World Cup Final, on Sunday, December 18th! Fans can enjoy $5 Bloody Mary’s and $8 champagne bottles, along with Sandbar’s regular breakfast menu which includes scrambles, burritos, French toast, a Breakfast Hash and sando, along with tacos, a Breakfast Quesadilla and Huevos Rancheros! So whether you’re rooting for France or Argentina, you won’t miss a second of the action at Sandbar.
Mavericks Beach Club is PB’s one stop spot for the World Cup come Sunday! Doors will open at 7AM, when guests can post up in front of any of the beach bar’s 38 TVs to cheer their team to victory. Fuel up with bites from the brunch menu, and browse the drink menu which features cocktails, local craft brews, bubbles, cans and house wine.
Enjoy the Cup and see you there!
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