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Whatever team you’re rooting for to win the World Cup, there are definitely a few great spots in San Francisco to catch the game and grab a Guinness. San Francisco has such a diverse population that fans of soccer will have no trouble finding bars that accommodate their favorite sport. Listed in this article are some bars that possess a more European flair and tailor their TV programming for soccer enthusiasts, unlike the typical American sports pubs.
1353 Grant Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133
Watching the top live soccer teams on TV with like-minded sports fans is a regular occurrence at Maggie McGarry’s. From the World Cup to the EPL, every game you want to root for will be showing at this pub. Maggie’s is a well-known spot in the heart of North Beach. It is most famous for having one of the best bar stages in all of San Francisco. That means that many a famous head has sang and danced on the very floors that make up this Irish pub. The Doors, Janis Joplin and many other great bands have sung here. Most of the games are listed on MM’s events page under: Upcoming Sporting Events.
3200 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Conveniently located one block from the 24th Street Mission BART station, this Irish pub is all about futbol (or ‘soccer’). You have ample choices of LCD TVs to view the various games that play simultaneously. This place is your non-fancy, let-loose, perfect pub to catch your favorite futbol team while you gulp down a Guinness and eat good bar grub. This is a bar where local soccer teams come to watch a game of soccer. The bar bleeds soccer.
834 Irving St.
San Francisco, CA 94122
Lining the walls, 60-inch HD TVs give sports fans what they’re looking for – great entertainment. Especially during World Cup season, the fans that adore soccer are never disappointed, since the bar usually shows big matches on almost every TV. The Blackthorn is a neighborhood bar, with plentiful seating, and is great for large groups. With two pool tables in the back of the bar, along with a photo booth and outdoor patio, this bar has it all. Ask for a Guinness + Cider (aka, a Snakebite) and enjoy the rowdy futbol fans.
1787 Union St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
This bar excels when it comes to showing your favorite sporting events – like World Cup soccer. There are 13 TVs and tons of great energy exuded by soccer fans from all around the Bay. The staff is friendly and welcoming. The bar strictly adheres to a 150-person capacity, so come early if it’s a big game – which means, come super early if it’s for the World Cup Championships. There is a daily selection of wines and beer. Sit back. Relax. You’re right at home at the Brick Yard.
530 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
“Opening times will vary depending on soccer game times. If you have any questions let us know.” This opening statement on the website reveals just how serious this bar is about futbol. During World Cup or European Championships, Mad Dog is packed to the gills with dedicated EPL fans who like to chill while getting their fill with a good 7 a.m. Guinness. Good times always occur when Europeans and Spaniards come together and fill the place with their excitement during the World Cup. Beer is cheap and cold, and the staff works hard – so you don’t have to.
Kelly Gullo is a freelance writer in San Francisco, CA. Kellys topics are about music and nightlife. Kelly has also written a variety of articles on health and dieting and topics related to the environment. Kelly has a degree in journalism and public relations from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.