Italy playing Spain in the 2013 Confederations Cup in Fortaleza (on the hopper’s Brazil trip). Photo: © tablehopper.com.
The World Cup is upon us, from June 12th-July 13th, and unless you’re headed to Brazil, you’ll definitely want to check out the madness somewhere fun. Here are some places to check out the craziness and go hoarse screaming for your team. Many places are opening early for certain games—be sure to check out their websites for all the details.
~SOMA STREAT FOOD PARK~ is showing matches in their outdoor beer garden, and it’s completely free to watch (food and drink is available for purchase). There will be beer specials, including deals on Brazil’s Xingu Black Beer and America’s Bud and Bud Light, plus food from the array of food trucks. Check out the schedule here. 428 11th St. at Division.
Opening specifically in time for World Cup is ~SAN FRANCISCO ATHLETIC CLUB~ in the former Tortilla Heights. Read our write-up in today’s issue for more! 1750 Divisadero St. at Bush.
~THE CHIEFTAN~ will be opening early to show matches. Plus, they honor any television requests, so there’s no need to worry about missing your favorite team. 198 5th St. at Howard, 415-615-0916.
A few more classic spots where you can watch games around town: ~MAD DOG IN THE FOG~ (they will be opening the bar at 8am starting June 13th, and they’ll show games again in the evening with sound), ~KEZAR PUB~ (check their schedule), ~DANNY COYLE’S~ in the Lower Haight, and ~GREENS SPORTS BAR~.
Looking for some famous South American fútbol passion? Head to ~PISCO LATIN LOUNGE~ for $4 specials on Peruvian beer and special “team-themed” cocktails. The televisions turn on at 4pm Mon-Fri and 11:30am Sat-Sun, showing both live and recorded games. 1817 Market St. at Pearl, 415-874-9951.
If you’re downtown, it’s a great time to check out the brand-new ~BARTLETT HALL~—and they will be open for morning games at 9am!
Want to pretend you’re in Brazil? Check out ~MINAS BRAZILIAN~ (in the former Canto do Brasil space), where they’ll be showing matches and serving cachaça, caipirinhas, and Brazilian dishes. 41 Franklin St. at Lily, 415-626-8727.
If you want to hang out with the Italians and scream “FORZA AZZURRI!!” then you will want to visit ~IL CASARO~ in North Beach, which has three TVs, good sound, and wait until you try their Neapolitan pizzas. They’re also opening for the early Italian games, serving cornetti, bomboloni, and cappuccinos. 348 Columbus Ave. at Grant, 415-677-9455.
All four ~TACOLICIOUS~ locations will be opening early on Friday June 13th for the Mexico vs. Cameroon match, and will be showing all matches with the US or Mexico for the course of the Cup. Here’s the full schedule, and note that when they’re open early, brunch will be served!
Another place where you can get your margarita on while cheering on your team is ~DON RAMON’S~, which is celebrating World Cup with numerous food and drink specials. They are offering $5 Micheladas all day and their regular happy hour starts at 3pm Tue-Fri; pitchers of house, prickly pear, and mezcal margaritas, pisco punch, and sangria are $25 and there are cocktail, beer, wine, and sparkling options for $4-$6, plus appetizers for $3-$6, like nachos, fish tacos, empanadas, and queso fundido. There are two large TVs, and they are opening at 11:30am Tue-Fri and 5pm Sat-Sun.
The newly opened ~GASHEAD TAVERN~ in the Mission will be screening games on three TVs and one 100-inch projector. They will be opening earlier than usual and serving breakfast sandwiches all week starting at 12pm (so I guess that works for you late risers) and are now open for brunch Sat-Sun starting at 11am. Also handy: they have a full bar. 2351 Mission St. at 20th St., 415-757-0554.
Also in the Mission, ~ROSAMUNDE~’s Mission location is broadcasting all the World Cup games and opening early. Their Oakland location too! Sausages and beer for the win. And their Facebook page has plenty of updates about who is playing and when.
~BARREL HEAD BREWHOUSE~ is showing all World Cup games, plus on Sunday June 29th they’ll be pouring their very first house-brewed beers, starting at 9am. There are three new varieties, as well as their tasty vittles and guest taps. 1785 Fulton St. at Masonic, 415-416-6989.
~SECOND ACT MARKETPLACE~ is showing games on their big projector screen, and you can score treats from their vendors in the Marketplace, including Anda Piroshki and High Cotton Kitchen. Upcoming games include Croatia vs. Mexico on Monday June 23rd at 1pm and Japan vs. Colombia on Tuesday June 24th at 1pm; follow along on Facebook for all game times. 1727 Haight St. at Shrader, 415-668-3994.
~AMERICANO~ is showing all games on a large screen television they brought in specially for the World Cup. They are also serving a special menu of bar bites during games only, with choices like the bacon carmel corn, pulled pork sliders, and chicken wings.
For downtown workers wanting to check on a game before or after (or even during) the workday, check out the outdoor screening patio at ~RADIUS~. They’ve brought two big-screen televisions onto the patio, along with extra speakers. Both the café and patio will be open from 9am onward for all US games, knockout rounds, and playoff matches.
In Oakland, ~ADESSO~ will be showing all 64 World Cup games, including Sundays. Their all-day hours will offer appropriate food and beverage service, think breakfast and midafternoon snacks. 4395 Piedmont Ave. at Pleasant Valley, Oakland, 510-601-0305.
Thursday Jun 12, 2014
– Sunday Jul 13, 2014