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/