Find a World Cup watch party near BART
Photos courtesy of KICKIT365, Sliver Pizzeria, SoMa StEat Food Park, SF Civic Center and Schroeders.
Although the NBA finals are over, there’s a new wave of watch parties taking over the Bay Area right now — watch parties for the 2018 World Cup!
The World Cup is no casual soccer tournament ... it’s the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world, and it only occurs every four years. 2014’s World Cup brought in 3.2 billion viewers, with one billion tuning in for the final. Let’s see if this year’s Cup breaks any records!
Although the U.S. didn’t qualify this year, there are plenty of other great teams to root for. Make it a goal to check out these spots in San Francisco and the East Bay where you can unite with fellow fans and revel in the glory of soccer!
Schroeder’s: What better way to celebrate World Cup games than with Bavarian pretzels, $7 beers, $5 cocktails and beer in a boot? This German beer hall in FiDi will be open for all Germany matches and at 11am for all other matches. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk 4 minutes to the bar.
TableTop Tap House: If you like to be surrounded by TVs while watching your soccer games, Tabletop Tap House is a great pick. There are dozens of TVs, including a 50-foot TV screen wall. You can also play pool (there’s 10 billiard tables) and board games. Tabletop will open at 10am for games and will serve breakfast burritos along with tavern classics, beers on draft and a full bar. Its Facebook page has more information. Take BART to Powell Street and walk 5 minutes to the bar.
Sue Bierman Park/Civic Center Plaza: There will be free watch parties for the semifinal matches on July 10 and July 11, and the Final on July 15. The events for the semifinal matches will start at 11am and will be held at Sue Bierman Park. The Final will be hosted at Civic Center Plaza starting at 8am. On top of watching the matches, visitors can enjoy a mobile rock climbing wall, lawn games, food trucks and soccer activities for children. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk 5 minutes to Sue Bierman Park. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk 6 minutes to the plaza.
McTeague’s Saloon: McTeague’s knows how to attract the soccer crowd and the dance crowd. While it’s a popular Polk Street dance spot at night, it’s also known as a soccer bar. It’ll be open for every match that has a kickoff of 6am or later — with sound on for all of them. Patrons can choose from 16 beers on tap and 100 whiskeys. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk 20 minutes to the bar.
SoMa StEat Food Park: Want to watch some soccer while relaxing outdoors, surrounded by food trucks? Head on over to SoMa StEat Food Park, where you can catch the quarterfinals on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 from 11am to 3pm, as well as the semifinals on Tuesday, June 10 and Wednesday, June 11 from 11am to 3pm, and the final on Sunday, July 15th at 8am. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk 17 minutes to the venue.
Bond Bar: There will be a 14-foot HD projection with surround sound and player inspired drink specials. Booth reservations are available. Take BART to 16th St. Mission and walk 2 minutes to the bar.
Barrel Proof: If you were sad at Cease & Desist in the Mission closing down, don’t be too bummed — a new spot has come in its place with 30 flat-screen TVs and a special World Cup menu. There are also barrel-aged cocktails for $16. Take BART to 16th St. Mission and walk 7 minutes to the bar.
El Farolito Bar: You’ve probably eaten at iconic burrito joint El Farolito, but have you been to the sister bar next door? It’s a well-known spot for soccer fans; it even says “soccer” on its sign outside. It always opens at 10am, but will open earlier for any Mexico games. Tip: you can order burritos from the bartender, and they’ll be brought over to you while you’re watching the game. Take BART to 24th St. Mission and walk 1 minute to the bar.
Precita Park Cafe: Stop by this cafe for its sweet breakfast specials or $15 pizza and beer special in the afternoon. It will show World Cup games that start 7am or later. Take BART to 24th St. Mission and walk 17 minutes to the bar.
Grand Theater: For the final, soccer league KICKIT365 will be showing the game at Grand Theater on a 15-foot by 26-foot projector screen and 7000 lumen projector, with a full bar and concert-grade sound system. Tickets include a breakfast buffet served from 7 to 9am. For the cherry on top, there’ll be a post-game party celebration and DJ. Showing your flag’s colors is encouraged! Tickets range from $29-$49 and can be bought online. Take BART to 24th St. Mission and walk 3 minutes to the theater.
The Athletic Club Oakland: One of Oakland’s newest additions will be showing every single World Cup game, serving drinks starting at 6am and food at 7am. There are 40 screens and 20 dedicated sound zones for some optimal sports watching. Take BART to 19th St./Oakland and walk 6 minutes to the bar.
The New Parkway: Wouldn’t expect a movie theater to play every single World Cup game? Well, fans in Oakland have lucked out. The New Parkway is playing each one, even ones starting at 5am! Tickets range from $10-$12 and can be purchased online. Take BART to 19th St./Oakland and walk 8 minutes to the theater.
Reem's: Craving some modern Arab street food? Stop by Reem’s, which will be open for games 8am and later. Take BART to Fruitvale and walk 3 minutes to the restaurant.
Bobby G’s: This gourmet pizzeria and draft house in Downtown Berkeley is playing most matches 7am and after for the Group Stage, and all matches for the Knockout Stage. Kitchen will be open at its normal time — 11am — but the bar will be open before that, and there will be coffee and pastries for the matches. Check out the schedule here. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk 3 minutes to the restaurant.
Pappy’s on Telegraph: Whether you’re a Cal student or just hanging in the area, Pappy’s is a local watering hole right by campus that’s great for watching games. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk 16 minutes to the bar.
Sliver Pizzeria: You haven't experienced Berkeley if you haven't tried Sliver yet. It's known for its artisan, thin crust pizza with toppings that change daily. It will be playing the World Cup games in its lounge; check its Instagram for times. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk 19 minutes to the pizzeria.
Gio's Pizza & Bocce: This young addition to Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley has bocce ball and happy hour from 5 to 6pm on drinks and food. It has pizza and calzones, so maybe it's best to come hungry. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk 7 minutes to the restaurant.
Stadium Pub: Walnut Creek’s oldest sports bar will open at 7:45am for games until June 28. Breakfast will be served until 10:30am. If you have a group of 12 or more and want to see a particular match earlier than 8am, you can email your request to the bar. Find the schedule here. Take BART to Walnut Creek and walk 13 minutes to the bar.