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Jun 21, 2010 05:18 PM

Halfway through the World Cup and what I want to know . . .

. . . is where are the best viewing spots -- food, adult beverages, service, viewing, and general ambience.

I have been to the Linkery a few times, but want now to broaden my horizons. Suggestions?

3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

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  1. There's probably no more committed place in town to watch the World Cup than O'Brien's in Kearny Mesa. Tom Nickel has gone all out for the games. He's shown (and will be showing) every one of them, and repeats them in the afternoons and evenings. Yes, it's a beer bar, but for San Diego it's THE craft beer bar. The food is always clever pub grub and the beers are the finest in San Diego (and plenty of bottles from around the globe). For the important morning broadcast of some games, he's even opening at 6:30am and serving coffee and tea with breakfast until he can legally start serving alcohol at 8am.

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    1. re: cookieshoes

      Ah yes. Tom and his OCD. If he's going to do soccer, he's going to DO soccer. Right. To the max. x1000. Squared. Part of his charm and he's been this way since second grade...

      I like Currant - all you can eat $10 mussels for the duration of the afternoon game.

      Downtown Johnny Brown's shows the game and has a nice crowd.

      Blue Foot Bar is also packed. MIHO truck has been making appearances.

      Cafe Calabria had a HUGE crowd for the US/UK match.

      Il Postino next door is empty for games but we went in and they pulled down the screen and we watched a match on the LCD projector - sublime but lacked the energy of watching it with a rowdy group.

      Downtown Johnny Brown's
      1220 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

      1. re: Ewilensky

        thanks for the excellent suggestions.

        1. re: ricodanles

          Went to Dublin Square downtown this morning for the USA-ALG match. Nice ambiance with two comfy sofas in the back where the big screen is. They were serving breakfast which was fine but nothing fantastic. Plus was that they were serving beer so you could have a Guiness with your Irish breakfast. ; )

          A nice crowd but not too crowded. I heard folks started lining up at O'Brien's at 4:30 this morning. I was going to go there but now I'm glad I didn't.

          1. re: hopkid

            Guinness + Irish breakfast = breakfast o' champions.

            Thanks for the tip and also the heads-up about O'Briens.

            England v. Germany/Argentina v. Mexico. That's a great day of f-ball.

            1. re: hopkid

              4:30, seriously? wow. I go there all the time and went to the early games last World Cup and it wasn't too bad. I guess soccer is starting to catch on haha

      2. For those local to North County, Churchill's in San Marcos is a great spot. An English-style pub, it always attracts soccer loving expats. And the beer selection is among the best in San Diego with their newly installed 50 tap bar. They've been serving a tasty breakfast menu for the early games as well (they opened at 6 am this morning).

        1. the Irish/English/Italian spots have already been represented heavily, so i'm gonna go Spanish and suggest Costa Brava in PB.

          Costa Brava
          1653 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

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          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Good one. I was there for the Spain-Switzerland match. Nice atmosphere, attentive staff, and a decent cafe con leche. I had the tortilla con chorizo which was a bit to be desired. Not sure about the other food choices.

            Anybody been to Shakespeare Pub?

            1. re: hopkid

              Shakespeare Pub is by far the best pub to watch football in SD. Get there early as it only seats 60.

              1. re: J M S

                Picked up a sandwich at St, Tropez during lunch while running errands. Place is decked out with team flags and a giant flat screen hangs over the bar. Entire place was packed with people wearing orange and yelling in Dutch (it was the Netherlands game).They open at 7 AM for the first game. But be advised - only one tv so they can't show both matches - which won't be much of a problem as we narrow it down to the final 16. Serve beer/wine. As for the food... decent enough. Could work if stuck downtown during the day...

          2. Princess of Wales hands down. They're all about football 24/7 even when it's not the World Cup.

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            1. re: wanker

              I want to second enthusiastically the rec of Princess of Wales. Servers very knowledgeable about football, which is a nice added bonus.

            2. Anybody been to the All American Grill for World Cup? Menu looks promising (if a bit pricey), wondering if there is any atmosphere...

              All American Grill
              7510 Hazard Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92108

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              1. re: mayache

                we go to All American Grill before movies occasionally. The food and menu started out promising for what they were trying to accomplish, but the last several months we have noticed a steep decline in the quality of the meals. It is a bit overpriced for the quality and portion of many of the entrees...the last two entrees my GF came out solo with no sides, starches, or vegetables with them. I think the last straw for her was getting mussels in an okay broth with no bread haha

                Beers are overpriced as well, and not always fresh (which is an issue with me and IPAs)

                All American Grill
                7510 Hazard Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92108

                1. re: MrKrispy

                  That's too bad, I was looking for a good spot to watch baseball (non-Padres), but not prepared to pay those prices for mediocre food...

                  I did end up going to Pizza Port today for the US-Ghana game. Great beer and atmosphere, not so great on the result. I know better than to order the pizzas.