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Didn’t Make It To Brazil For The World Cup? San Diego’s Got You Covered

A fan waves the Brazillian flag at a World Cup soccer match, June 18, 2006.

Credit: ethanlindsey via Compfight

Above: A fan waves the Brazillian flag at a World Cup soccer match, June 18, 2006.

The World Cup. It's one of the biggest (and highly controversial) sporting events in the world — and you're not there. So if you couldn't make it to the fútbol tournament in Brazil, you're likely looking for a local hot spot to catch the matches — and maybe drink a brew or two.


Friday, June 13


Mexico vs. Cameroon — 9 a.m.

Spain vs Netherlands — noon


Chile vs. Australia — 3 p.m.

Complete schedule

Luckily for you, San Diego has its fair share of watch parties scattered around the county, no matter which team you're rooting for. (Or whether you're really even a soccer fan.) Here's some resources to help you find a place to enjoy the game, or just get a good deal on a pint:

Lists compiled by Thrillist and Eater San Diego point to just a handful of places in the uptown and downtown San Diego area, but provide details about specials being offered there. (Plus: They mention discount tacos at Puesto if you wear your team's kit. That's important information.)

Of course, the lists make mention of North Park, which was lined up to be World Cup fan central, but the extravagant plans didn't get off the ground — at first. Early Thursday afternoon, World Cup North Park's Facebook page announced the city of San Diego and North Park businesses worked together and pitched in to close down 30th Street to broadcast the final July 13 match on a 20-foot wide TV in the street. (Bonus: The event will be all-ages and free.)

However, there's still plenty of North Park establishments going ahead with their own plans. And some San Diego restaurants are really getting in the spirit with rival wine flights that mimic World Cup match ups, as NBC San Diego points out.

The Official Tourism Blog of San Diego builds on the suggestions from Thrillist and Eater, but branches out a bit to include some spots in La Mesa, El Cajon and North County. Where Magazine also includes East and North County locations, with the added bonus of detailing what type of screen each place will broadcast the games.

By far the most comprehensive list was put together by U-T San Diego with nearly 100 locations from Bonita to Vista. Although, most of the locations listed are in the city of San Diego. The U-T even includes a map and some details about where fans of certain teams should go, but it doesn't list specific deals being offered.

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