Every four years the world stops to watch fútbol. Even if you’re not a soccer fan, er-cough–FÚTBOL fan, it’s easy to get struck by fút-fever and become a Pocho Socialite like me. With pachangas, viewing parties, and plain ol’dancing in front of your TV to reggaeton star Nicky Jam’s “Live It Up” the official world cup song, you have to be sure you know exactly donde en SD estan los biggest reventones, osea the Best places to watch the world cup in San Diego.
Here are San Diego’s best places to watch FIFA action and my top team pick’s headquarters, por si le vaz al otro equipo, ¡aguas!
Let’s cut to the chase, paisas. Tu y tu bandita wanna see Mexico score, upside: their first two matches are on weekends. Downside: it’s fathers day. Pero no te agüietes, there is still plenty going on, especialmente if you’re in the South Bay.
Machete Beer House in my hometown has a projector and TV’s scattered throughout. These guys embody the spirit of El Tri even offering limited edition tees to support ‘el equipo de todos’ and the #SouthbayUprising. Like a good neighbor, the new Salud location will be bringing Breakfast Tacos to watch at Machete! Here’s my plan for the three MX games:
Machete Beer House – 2325 Highland Ave, National City, CA 91950
Digital Gym Cinema – 2921 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
Music Box – 1337 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
Pampas Bar and Grill por el 163, is an Argentinean steakhouse by the Montgomery Airport and makes some of the best steak found in San Diego. It’s owners, The Hidalgos, hail from a lineage of Argentinean restaurateurs, estan cabrones. The Hidalgos are avid fútbol fans and will be showing all games during business hours and all Argentina matches should they move on.
Pampas Bar and Grill – 8690 Aero Drive Suite 105, San Diego, CA 92123
Brazil By the Bay Restaurant and Sports Bar in Point Loma es un auténtico lugar Brasileño hasta me hablan en Portugues when I go there for dinner. They will be showing Brazil games live during business hours as well as other games. Try the Prato Feito y cuidado con esas caipirinha de cachaça. Si te sientes, a little ritzy, check out Rei Do Gado, a Brazilian steakhouse in the Gaslamp Quarter, con cuatro screens dedicadas a La Copa.
Brazil By the Bay Restaurant and Sports Bar – 3676 Kurtz St, San Diego CA
Rei Do Gado – 939 4th Ave. San Diego, CA 92101
Shakespeare Pub and Grille is a British pub sure to draw a bulk of English soccer extremists. The bar will be charging $10 admission to your tab and capacity WILL be reached, so be sure to arrive early. Este lugar…es NETA, I’ve seen Euro-Fút here before…se pone bien. Tambien le puedes caer al Princess Pub and Grille, in the heart of Little Italy, se va a retacar. Capacity is 129 people, con nueve TVs. A large majority of the games for the World Cup will be shown here, y los de Inglaterra and Mexico serán con ticket.
Shakespeare Pub and Grille – 3701 India St., San Diego, CA 9210
Princess Pub and Grille – 1665 India St., San Diego, CA 921
Kaiserhof es un restaurante Aleman near Sunset Cliffs donde bratwurst, beer and football estan a tu alcance por todo el bar. All of the Germany World Cup games will be shown here, the first of which is already sold out – make a reservation if you plan to watch here.
Kaiserhof – 253 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. San Diego Ca 92107
Sufi Mediterranean Cuisine off of Balboa will definitely be cheering on Team Melli. Honestly, this one is new to me but their site and yelp boasts about the great Middle Eastern brunches, lunch buffets & dinners in an opulent, yet lively dining room. Y claro, tienen tres Iran World Cup Parties!
Sufi Mediterranean Cuisine – 5915 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92111
Outback Steakhouse? YES. Celebrate Panama’s first trip to the World Cup at official House of Panama viewing party. No se te olvide el red home jersey and panamanian spirit to cheer on the Marea Roja at the 11 am third game, register below.
Outback Steakhouse – 1640 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego, CA 92108
Inka’s Bar & Grill in the Gaslamp introduced a delicious breakfast menu just in time for the games. Expect Latin-inspired dishes like ceviche, Lomo Saltado, Aji de Gallina, Papa Rellena, Pollo a la Brasa, as well as $3 drafts and Pisco Sours! They’re televising all Peru games and most matches including the 7AMs
Inka’s Bar & Grill – 827 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Costa Brava eth una tapath bar y resthauranthe en Pathific Beach. Prenderán sus six 42-inch TVs y el full-screen projector tempranito. También tendrán Spanish-style ‘chocolate churros’ pa’ las cheves en los morning games, athi como en Ethpaña
Costa Brava -1653 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
Don’t have a favorite team?
These are some of my personal favorite places with excellent beers on tap and big TVs showing the games.
3 Punk Ales Brewing Co. – 259 3rd Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Blue Foot Bar & Lounge – 3404 30th St,. San Diego, CA 92104
El Chingon – 560 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Manhattan Bar – 400 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Nelson’s Beer Hall – 570 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Nolita Hall – 2305 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
O’Brien’s Pub – 4646 Convoy St., San Diego, CA 92111
The Harp – 4935 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
There you have it. Ojala salgas de tu cuevita pa’echar un grito de ‘GOOOOOOL’ without waking up your neighbors. Check out the full FIFA World Cup schedule so that you can make plans, ¡desde ya!