It wasn’t that long ago when the early morning quiet was replaced by the chanting of “Bra-zil, Bra-zil.” It wasn’t Sao Paulo, this was San Diego and the Pacific Beach surfers were outnumbered by Brazilians waiving yellow and green flags celebrating their World Cup victory. This year will bring a new challenge to the teams in the World Cup but it won’t be a problem for soccer fans finding a place to have a good time watching it all in San Diego.
Pacific Beach hosts visitors from around the world and they along with American’s rooting for the USA will find a number a great places to cheer, drink, eat, and, hopefully, celebrate a victory. Here are some great local pubs for you to check out all the 2010 World Cup action.
4465 Mission Boulevard (at Hornblend)
San Diego, CA 92109
Ph. (858) 483-4143
Miller’s Field proclaims itself to be the Official 2010 World Cup Headquarters and that might just be true. With 30 HD flat screen TVs on two levels there are plenty of opportunities to watch every game live starting at 7 a.m. every day.
Manager Ray Corallino suggests you get the party started by enjoying their $7 breakfast buffet and keep celebration in high gear with their $10 champagne special.
Be sure and look for Pele’s autographed jersey! It is not included in the giveaways provided by soccerfanatic.com but there will be plenty of other great prizes available. Hint. Getting there early is considered a good idea.
Your team winning is not guaranteed but having a great time watching the 2010 World Cup at Miller’s Field is.
710 Beach Club & Grill
710 Garnet Avenue (Next to Crystal Pier)
Pacific Beach, CA 92109
Ph. (858) 483-7844
If you are really looking for a pub that says “beach” then stop by and see Bill O’Donovan at the 710 Beach Club & Grill. It’s at the end of Garnet Avenue right next to the Crystal Pier.
Celebrating the 2010 World Cup with $3 domestic beers they’ll open at 11a.m. during the week and 7 a.m. on weekends. With ½ lb cheeseburgers, Seared Ahi, and Caesar salads they have enough variety on the menu to satisfy a diverse crowd.
You won’t have to strain your neck looking for the action as they’ve got two 12-foot wide HDTV’s in addition to high def plasma screens throughout every corner of the bar. Of course if there’s a break in the soccer action you’re just steps from all the beach action. Either way enjoying the 2010 World Cup at the 710 Beach Club & Grill will make for a memorable event.
4650 Mission Boulevard (at Emerald)
San Diego Ca, 92109
Ph. (858) 483-8847
If you’re cheering for Ireland, and even if you’re not, Hennessey’s Tavern is a great place to catch all the World Cup action. With TVs located throughout the restaurant you can pick out a table or settle into a comfortable booth starting at 7a.m. every day of the event.
General Manager Kevin Haagenson invites you to enjoy their World Cup themed breakfasts along with a Champagne and O.J. bucket. Personally I like the idea of celebrating with a World Cup themed 100 oz. Modelo Beer Tube. Once you see it you will want one too.
Teaming up with Sports Illustrated, Hennessy’s will be giving away Commemorative World Cup issues and magazine subscriptions. You’re sure to have a great time if you team up with Hennessey’s Tavern to watch the 2010 World Cup.
4656 Mission Boulevard (Between Emerald and Diamond)
San Diego, CA 92109
Ph. (858) 274-2473
Dirty Birds celebrates the 2010 World cup in the best soccer pub tradition. They’re planning to open early, 7 a.m., starting on Saturday the 12th and staying open until 2 a.m. every day of the event so you won’t miss any of the games.
Manager Carlo Sena boasts about his regular soccer crowd and plans on pleasing his 2010 World Cup fans with a special brunch including $4.00 breakfast sandwiches, Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and Buckets-of-Beer.
At Dirty Birds you’ll find an intimate setting with lots of fun locals mixing with soccer lovers from around the country. Stop in and see why they won the Silver Medal for Best New Restaurant and Best Lunch in the Beach & Bay Press Readers Choice Awards for 2009. And cheer for your favorite 2010 World Cup team.
Keep in mind that all these pubs are within easy walking distance of each other. So whether you quickly find your favorite or decide to try them all Pacific Beach provides all you need to make your 2010 World Cup experience a memorable one.