The 2018 FIFA World Cup is just days away from kicking off in Russia. Here in San Diego, we are blessed with some of the finest pubs, restaurants, and watering holes dedicated to sharing the experience of international soccer’s greatest event.
soccerloco will be calling the North Park neighborhood our home base during the tournament. You will find Locos setting up shop at Caffe Calabria, Mike Hess Brewing, and Bluefoot Bar and Lounge.
Caffe Calabria (3933 30th St.) will be opening for almost all matches, with food and drink specials throughout the summer extravaganza. Known for their rich variety of fine coffees and Italian inspired caffeinated treats, Caffe Calabria also offers the finest in craft beer, wine, cocktails, and the most delectable Neapolitan Pizzas, among other dining options. The atmosphere inside one of the most expansive and unique buildings in North Park is sure to be a good one.
Don’t miss Spain vs. Portugal at Calabria, the match taking place at 11 AM on Friday June 15th, one of the first marquee group stage fixtures on the tournament’s second day.
Just down the street (3812 Grim Ave.), Mike Hess Brewing will be offering San Diego based World Cup fans morning pours of their award-winning beers. New TV’s have been installed inside the marvelous brewery. So you can now watch the World Cup with all the Hess beer tanks, and with soccerloco and all your friends.
We’ll see you at Hess all summer long!
Finishing off our North Park trio of World Cup viewing destinations is Bluefoot Bar and Lounge (at the corner of 30th and Upas). “The Foot”, as some in the neighborhood like to call it, has been one of the most prominent soccer bars in San Diego for years now, and this World Cup will see the diverse crowd at Bluefoot transform into a brilliant embodiment of the world’s game.
If you’re in it for the atmosphere, be sure to head to The Foot for Mexico vs. Germany on Sunday June 17th, the opening fixture for both El Tri and the defending champions.
You also can’t miss Colombia vs. Poland on Sunday June 24th, with one of the largest international supporters groups in the San Diego area set to take over the North Park bar to cheer on Los Cafeteros.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final will be shown in a fan-zone setting in North Park, with two mega screens and thousands of local residents set to take over 30th Street and University Avenue, which will be shut down for the day by the city of San Diego.
(World Cup Final: Sunday July 15th 8 AM)
If you are unable to join soccerloco in North Park, be sure to go see our friends at any of the following locations, all of which will be opening up early to show World Cup matches and host fans of the beautiful game.
Shakespeare’s Pub (Little Italy) – 3701 India St.
O’Briens Pub (Kearny Mesa) – 4646 Convoy St.
Princess Pub (Little Italy) – 1665 India St.
Costa Brava (Pacific Beach) – 1653 Garnet Ave.
Barrio Dogg (Barrio Logan) – 2234 Logan Ave.
The Harp (Ocean Beach) – 4935 Newport Ave.
The Stag and Lion (Carlsbad) – 850 Tamarack Ave.
3Punk Ales (Chula Vista) – 259 3rd Ave.
North Park Beer Co. (North Park) – 3038 University Ave.
The *bolded* venues above are also hosting the Foody McFoodyFace World Cup Food Drive. Organized by our friends with the Original Supporters Group, Foody McFoodyFace and The Greys, the collaborative food drive and watch party schedule aims to bring soccer fans from all across San Diego together to enjoy the beautiful game and engage in some charity work at the same time. Each host-venue will keep a red tub for collecting donations all throughout the month-long tournament.
The drive officially began on June 1st and runs through the end of the World Cup on July 15th. Online donations can be made her:
All food donations benefit the San Diego Food Bank.
Be sure to let us know where you will be watching the 2018 FIFA World Cup. We look forward to seeing you all around San Diego County, as we soak in all that the greatest tournament in the world has to offer.