San Francisco, and the Bay Area as a whole, is a very cosmopolitan city with a large soccer fan base from all over the world. If you’re looking to watch the World Cup in a fun atmosphere and among fellow soccer fans, here are some suggestions covering both San Francisco and the East Bay.
1. McTeague’s Saloon (1237 Polk St, San Francisco)
One of the core soccer pubs that opens at all hours to show games, hardcore fans have been coming here for years to watch matches. McTeague’s is the home of the American Outlaws San Francisco Chapter, so this is certainly the place for a crazy atmosphere during USA games.
2. Maggie McGarry’s (1353 Grant Ave, San Francisco)
Home of the Bay Area Gooners Arsenal supporters group, this Irish bar in North Beach is frequented by hardcore soccer fans and will open early to show all the World Cup matches. It’s sure to be a crazy atmosphere in this joint.
More information can be found on their website at http://www.maggiemcgarrys.com/
3. Danny Coyle’s (668 Haight St, San Francisco)
Described as an out-an-out soccer bar, this Irish bar is frequented by hardcore fans and will open for all the World Cup games. They will have a special menu of savory pies and drink specials.
Visit their website at http://www.dannycoyles.com/
4. The Mad Dog in the Fog (530 Haight St, San Francisco)
One of the first pubs in the area to open at all hours for European and international games, this is a serious football pub (don’t call it soccer here) and will open early to show all the World Cup matches. The bar will open at 8 am daily and there will be World Cup beer specials all month long. No doubt this is the place to watch with serious fans. There will be DJ sets between games, and they will even show tape delay games in the evenings.
For more information, visit http://www.themaddoginthefog.com/
5. San Francisco Civic Center Plaza (Polk and Grove, San Francisco)
Join thousands of fellow fans for free live outdoor screenings of games. SF Park and America SCORES Bay Area are partnering to broadcast select World Cup games on big screens in front of City Hall. In addition, there will be food trucks, youth skills clinics, face painting, photo booths, and other family-friendly activities.
For the schedule and other information, visit http://www.worldcupsf.com/
6. SoMa StreEat Food Park (428 11th St, San Francisco)
A huge outdoor beer garden, an assortment of 10+ food trucks, and 12 big screen TVs, what more could you want? Heck, there’s even free WiFi so you can “work.” The vendors change every day so there’s always something new. They will be hosting a series of World Cup game watch parties, usually showing games that start at 12 pm or later, though they will open early for the USA-Germany game on July 26.
For more information and to RSVP, go to http://somastreatfoodpark.com/event/2014-world-cup-viewing-parties/
7. Brennan’s (700 University Ave, Berkeley)
This old fashioned hofbrau and sports bar will show every single game and open at 9 am on game days. Brennan’s features 8 large-screen HDTVs, a full bar, and a menu of hearty fare including hand-carved sandwiches and old-fashioned hot plates. Despite its good size, this place generally fills up during the big games.
For more information, go to http://www.brennansberkeley.com/
8. Speisekammer (2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda)
This German restaurant and bar will set up a large projection screen and have other large TVs set up for the games. The food is excellent (I will personally vouch for this) and with beer flowing from the early morning, the atmosphere is sure to be crazy.
More information can be found at http://speisekammer.com/index.html
9. New Parkway Theater (474 24th St, Oakland)
For a more unique World Cup viewing experience, this new theater in Uptown Oakland will show every game on one of its big movie screens. The usual food, beer, and wine options will be available. There is a $5 cover charge ($10 for USA games).
For more information, visit http://thenewparkway.com/wp/?page_id=487
10. Jack’s Bar & Lounge (167 E Taylor St, San Jose)
If you’re in the South Bay, this bar is the place to watch USA games as it is the home of the San Jose chapter of the American Outlaws. With 5 HD flat screens, there isn’t a bad seat in this pub located in Japantown.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/JacksBarSanJose
This list is by no means all-inclusive, so if you have a go-to place to watch the games among fellow fans, let us know in the comments below.