This year’s World Cup, held in Russia, has been absolutely riveting. From early surprises like Mexico’s win over Germany, to Japan’s exceptional effort against Belgium, there has been plenty of excitement even for us Americans, who did not qualify this time.
No matter which team you’re supporting, the best thing about a World Cup is how it brings together people from every possible background. Let’s forget our differences, political and otherwise, and cheer on our favorites with a beer and some futbol-friendly snacks – we’ve rounded up the best places in the Bay to catch the action.
Paulista Brazilian Kitchen and Taproom
A cafeteria-like sitting area with a large communal table and barstools facing the street gives this new restaurant in the Dimond district of Oakland a homestyle vibe. You can’t go wrong with $3.50 empanadas!
4239 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602
Independent craft beer is the specialty of this downtown San Leandro joint, which just celebrated its 2nd anniversary. Brews come in 16 oz, 8 oz, or 5 oz options – perfect for sampling. Not into beer? They’ve got nitro coffee on tap!
14th Street, San Leandro, CA 94577
Brews & Brats
Germany’s out of the World Cup without getting to defend their last title (they call it the champion’s curse) but that’s no reason to give up brats during match time! With five large screens, and amazing truffle fries for non-meat eaters, this Hayward brewpub is a terrific option for those weekend games.
1061 B St, Hayward, CA 94541
Doghouse Sports Lounge
An affordable option just across the Rosemary Gardens in downtown San Jose, this friendly dive bar is where the locals are at. Enjoy cheap beers, a pool table, dice or darts, and a much beloved bartender, Diem. Gets crowded on weekends!
1336 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95112
Bert’s Stadium Sports Bar
A cozy spot in Sunnyvale, this is a laid back option with 18 TVs, three pool tables, and even karaoke to keep the party going post-match. Oh, and free nachos!
208 S Fair Oaks Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Mortar & Pestle Bar
A contemporary haunt with locations in San Mateo and North San Jose, this lounge-y bar offers original cocktails and Indian fare. Some crowd favorites are the lamb samosas and Indo-Chinese appetizers.
130 Main St, San Mateo, CA 94401 | 3250 Zanker Rd #20, San Jose, CA 95134
The Bar on Dolores
Nestled in the scenic Mission-Dolores neighborhood, this is a homey hangout for city dwellers who want in on World Cup action. If your game is on early, they will open up for you! As for them, their team is Iceland – which means Vodka Reyka drink specials for you, with garnishes like fermented shark, and free goodies from the “Land of Fire and Ice!”
1600 Dolores St, San Francisco, CA 94110
San Francisco Athletic Club
This historic location in the gorgeous Pacific Heights neighborhood will not break your bank. Keep it basic with a hot dog and a Bud Lite, or go for one of their wines on tap. Reserve a booth in advance on weekends!
1750 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Twenty HD screens enough for ya? How about barrel-aged cocktails, and bar snacks like flavored almonds and “dirty” potato chips under $4? This one’s located in the Inner Sunset – catch an early game and spend the rest of the day in Golden Gate Park for a low-key weekend outing.
834 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122