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The Definitive 2014 World Cup Guide: Where to Watch Every Game in San Francisco & Oakland

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There's no question that the World Cup grows in popularity in the U.S. as each four-year period passes, and most sports bars can be counted on to show big matches like the finals or anything involving the home team. But for the real soccer aficionados, the brave souls willing to rise at 9 am to hit the bar and cheer with their fellow fans, nothing less than a serious soccer spot will do. And so, as the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off tomorrow, we bring you 19 32 spots in San Francisco and Oakland that are showing every single one of the 64 games, whether it's early-morning or late-night, a top-seeded team or an also-ran. Unsurprisingly, many of them are Irish pubs, but you'll also find classy salumerias, craft beer bars, and food-truck parks on this list. They're listed in no particular order.


Got a favorite spot we missed that's showing every World Cup game? Let us know and we'll add it to the list. Latest update: 6/25, 3:06 pm.

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The Republic

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This Marina sports-bar haven (which boasts an 82" TV) will be open at 9 am for early Cup games, and is also offering a special cocktail menu with a drink themed around each and every Cup team.

Jake's Steaks

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Long a popular option for the sporting set, this cheesesteakery will be open for every Cup game with $3 Coors Lights. They'll also knock the price of your first beer down to $2 if you're wearing a Cup jersey for the team you're rooting for. And if you buy two pitchers, they'll give you free buffalo wings.

Leopold's

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You can watch soccer players boot the ball and savor a boot of beer or mimosas at Leopold's, which is opening early to show each and every game. They've got a brand-new 80" TV for the occasion, as well as a special menu of bar bites like Austrian mac and cheese, goulash, and flatbreads.

Maggie McGarry's

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This North Beach pub has long been a haven for soccer fans, and it'll be open at 8:30 am on game days for revelers to catch the matches.

Northstar Cafe

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This North Beach bar (as well as sister bar Shanghai Kelly's) will be open for every game, with $5 16-ounce bottles of Bud and $4 pints of Anchor lager.

This woodsy Polk bar is showing every game, opening at 8:30 am for morning matches. Happy hour runs straight through from 9 am-7 pm, and they've got 12 drafts, 12 screens, and a full bar.

The Abbey Tavern

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Out in the Richmond, the Abbey Tavern will be showing every single World Cup game, with $4 20-oz Carlsberg drafts all day, every day and $2 bottled beer after 9 pm on Mondays.

The Pig and Whistle

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A longtime favorite for soccer aficionados, The Pig and Whistle will be out in full force with brews, booze, and a cavalcade of fans.

San Francisco Athletic Club

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In a Herculean display of effort, the owners of this sports bar managed to get it open in just a month, specifically so that they could show every Cup match. They've got pull-out bleachers to make room for extra drinkers during big games, and plenty of food and drink, including literal bathtubs of beer for groups.

Bacchus Kirk

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Escape the office for a morning match at Bacchus Kirk, which will distribute complimentary bagels and offer happy-hour prices during every game (think $6 bloody Marys). They'll open 30 minutes before each game.

Bartlett Hall

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This new gastropub is opening bright and early for the 9 am games, with plenty of pub grub, beer, and cocktails to sustain your viewing. They've got a bunch of TVs, too.

Irish Bank

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Need to sneak out of your office to catch a match? The Irish Bank will open at 9 am with projection screens, food, and rotating beer specials.

Jillian's

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This massive bar and pool room at the Metreon will open early for all the World Cup games on their giant projection screens, with a special menu of breakfast items (breakfast burritos, French toast) and bar snacks like ribs and mac and cheese.

The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant

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Union Square workers and convention attendees will want to head to this SOMA pub to catch games; they'll show every game and open early for morning matches, with brunch options like an Irish eggs Benedict with Irish bacon and potatoes O'Brien.

Barrel Head Brewhouse

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Each and every match will be shown at this newish sports bar, which boasts 30 drafts, food, and a full bar. They'll be offering drink specials themed around the different teams as well.

Don't miss a single game at Ziryab, which will provide you with plenty of Moroccan food, beer, and cocktails to fuel your cheering section.

Kezar Pub

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Kezar Pub will show every game live, with plenty of wings and tacos to fuel your cheering, and pool and darts to pass the time between matches.

Mucky Duck

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Catch every game in HD at this popular Inner Sunset pub, which offers killer Bloody Marys, free popcorn, and pool. They'll let you bring in food from the neighboring spots, too.

Mad Dog in the Fog

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Football fans (don't call it soccer here) already know that this pub is the place to watch serious games with serious fans. They'll be open for every match, with DJ sets between games, and will also show tape-delayed games in the evening for anyone who can avoid getting spoiled.

Danny Coyle's

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The second in the trifecta of Lower Haight football bars, Danny Coyle's will have a special menu of savory pies (steak and kidney and more), drink specials, and even World Cup T-shirts for sale.

Nickies

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The final player in the Lower Haight soccer nexus will open at 8:45 am every day during the Cup, serving breakfast until noon on weekdays and brunch on weekends. If you want to meet your fellow football fans, Haight Street is clearly where it's at.

Radius' new back patio setup features a 70" outdoor flatscreen, beer garden-style picnic tables, and another 65" flatscreen in the semi-enclosed adjoining private dining room. They'll be open for all the 9 am games, and will donate 50 cents from every pint and $1 from every wine carafe to charity.

Blueprint Tap Room

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This newish Design District bar and restaurant is getting into the World Cup spirit in a big way, showing games at 9 am with a special breakfast menu. Stop in for bacon mac and cheese and an extensive craft beer menu.

SoMa StrEat Food Park

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Get your food truck on and watch every single Cup game at SOMA StrEat Food Park, which boasts 12 TVs and plenty of outdoor space for nice days (and indoor space for crummy ones). Here's the schedule. Follow them on Twitter to find out which trucks are around, and don't forget to hit the beer trailer for brews and mimosas.

Double Play Bar & Grill

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This deeply old-school bar already opens at 7 am, so it's no surprise that they're showing all of the World Cup matches. Have a breakfast burrito and a Bloody Mary, or a burger and a beer.

Phoenix Bar

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Long a haven for sports fans in the hipster bar precinct of the Mission, the Phoenix will have every game going, with a full bar and a full menu. If you want to watch tape-delayed games later in the evening, the bartenders say they're happy to accommodate.

Homestead

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The only thing better than cheering on your favorite World Cup team is doing it in a bar where you can throw peanut shells on the floor. The petite Homestead can get packed fast, so get there early for big games.

Rosamunde Sausage Grill

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Grab a sausage and a brew and sit down for a World Cup match at Rosamunde, which will open at 8:15 am for morning games at the Mission and Oakland (but not Haight) locations. Their brunch menu, with breakfast burritos, waffles, and Four Barrel coffee, will be served from 9:30am onwards on game days.

Barclays Restaurant & Pub

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A family-friendly spot in Rockridge, Barclay's will open at 8:45 am for morning games with a special menu of brunch items and drinks. Have a cup of coffee, or opt for one of the 30 taps of craft beer.

Cheer on Italy with salumi and wine or Brazil with caipirinhas at Adesso, which will offer themed drinks for every match. They open at 8 am for matches, with coffee and breakfast service, then transition to meatball, sausage, and veggie sandwiches and $4 Linden Street brews as the day rolls on.

New Parkway Theater

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If you want to watch a soccer game on the big screen, it'll cost you ($10 for USA games, $5 for all other games), but this movie theater will be showing every match. There's food (including breakfast specials), beer, and wine. And they have wi-fi for those who need to attempt/pretend to work.

Era Art Bar & Lounge

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This lounge has deemed itself "World Cup headquarters," with special drinks themed around each of the 64 matchups. They've got six big screens and plenty of draft brews, too.

Venga Paella

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Spice up your Cup with paella at Venga, which is $10 during each and every match. The deal also extends to $4 beer and sangria, and they've got a high-definition projector and a 42" plasma TV.

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The Republic

This Marina sports-bar haven (which boasts an 82" TV) will be open at 9 am for early Cup games, and is also offering a special cocktail menu with a drink themed around each and every Cup team.

Jake's Steaks

Long a popular option for the sporting set, this cheesesteakery will be open for every Cup game with $3 Coors Lights. They'll also knock the price of your first beer down to $2 if you're wearing a Cup jersey for the team you're rooting for. And if you buy two pitchers, they'll give you free buffalo wings.

Leopold's

You can watch soccer players boot the ball and savor a boot of beer or mimosas at Leopold's, which is opening early to show each and every game. They've got a brand-new 80" TV for the occasion, as well as a special menu of bar bites like Austrian mac and cheese, goulash, and flatbreads.

Maggie McGarry's

This North Beach pub has long been a haven for soccer fans, and it'll be open at 8:30 am on game days for revelers to catch the matches.

Northstar Cafe

This North Beach bar (as well as sister bar Shanghai Kelly's) will be open for every game, with $5 16-ounce bottles of Bud and $4 pints of Anchor lager.