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The Six Best Sports Bars to Watch the World Cup

Sofia Perez | June 11, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

Have four years already passed? The World Cup is upon us again. And with it comes belligerence, cursing, beer bottle spills, and, "GOL, GOL, GOOOOOL!" Such entertainment should only be enjoyed in good company, with a cold beer and perhaps a hot meal. If you haven’t found your World Cup niche in the city yet, let us share some of ours.

Kezar Pub (Cole Valley)
This Cole Valley watering hole is an ideal for World Cup viewing. There are dozens of TV’s, so even if you aren’t the first person in the bar, you will undoubtedly be howling in view of the goals. Fish tacos and wings are satisfying companions.
770 Stanyan St.

Mad Dog in the Fog (Lower Haight)
This heart of Lower Haight spot will make a beer and soccer loving hipster swoon. With ample space, bar and booth seating, and an impressive stock of bottled micro brews as well as beers on tap, World Cup fans can sip adventurously while enjoying the game.
530 Haight St.

The Pig and Whistle (Inner Richmond)
This cozy pub truly lives up to its English name and roots. You’ll feel like a regular, sipping a draft import, gnashing on bangers and mash and watching the game from one of the mounted big screens.
2801 Geary Blvd.

The Phoenix Bar and Irish Gathering House (Mission)
There are few bars like this left in the Mission; a local, neighborhood bar, being just that. With nine flat screen TV’s, an ample Irish food menu (Guinness beef pot roast and Irish potato nachos) and a friendly atmosphere to neutralize World Cup hostility, you’ll be sipping and viewing in leisure.
811 Valencia St.

Maggie McGarry’s (North Beach)
This bar is famous for staging legendary musicians in years past, and they are already prepared for the roaring excitement of the World Cup. Spacious and ideal for groups, Maggie McGarry’s is known for a sociable crowd and excellent cocktails, and is a choice World Cup kick off.
1353 Grant Ave.

Abbey Tavern (Inner Richmond)
This reliable Inner Richmond bar strives towards the sports focused bar more than anything else. Satisfy your homey sports bar needs with a cold brew, watching FIFA and they’ll let you bring your own pizza in from down the street.
4100 Geary Blvd.

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