The World Cup is almost here! Where are you gonna watch?

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The World Cup runs June 12-July 13. Will the US make it out of its group? Will Cristiano Ronaldo get past the (alleged) curse upon his injured knee? Will Neymar Jr. debut a new hairstyle in front of the Brazilian home crowd? And where will you go to watch all this happen? Some suggestions below.

1) SoMa StrEat Food Park: international array of food trucks, beer garden (with Brazilian beer specials), "lots of big-screen HDTVs." www.somastreatfoodpark.com

2) For those who prefer to party indoors, with a full bar, club Monarch is going to be broadcasting all the games. (OK, "all the big matches" — so if your chosen side is too far down in the FIFA rankings you might be out of luck). www.monarchsf.com

3) North Beach's Cigar Bar hosts a screening of Sat/14's key clashes (i.e., you're on your own for the early-AM Greece vs. Colombia game) with DJs spinning special World Cup jams. This weekend also happens to be the North Beach Festival, so you can get your street fair on before the games. www.aykuteevents.com

4) Once again, there'll be a giant screen outside of SF City Hall broadcasting most of the games. Also: food trucks, soccer skills clinics, mini-games, and other kid-friendly activities. www.worldcupsf.com

5) In the Metreon, Jillian's will be screening all the games, with full bar and special menus. www.jillianssf.com

Celebrate the whole shebang with an opening party (samba dancers!) Sat/14 at Supperclub (www.supperclub.com). Also in SF, don't forget futbol standbys Mad Dog in the Fog, Danny Coyle's, Ireland’s 32, Kate O’Brien’s, and Balompie Café.

Comments

Watching?! You hypocrites! You should be railing at this opulent display of wealth and prosperity for the frivolous amusement of the wealthy, which includes you, by world standards.

I'll make it easy for you. Just pull up old Americas Cup articles and search and replace "America's" with "World". You can bet the deficit for this is gonna be more than 10 million.

Or do you leave your ideals at the door as long as you consider you and your demographic included, who cares about the poor in the favelas.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 15, 2014 @ 8:37 am

If you want to rant against sports for the wealthy then have a go at golf, tennis, Formula One motor racing, and almost any kind of water or winter sports.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 15, 2014 @ 10:16 am

Ahh, I see. In that case, SFBG should do its part to inform the tens of thousands of activists in the streets of Brazil that their protests are misguided. They should rise in protest on behalf of spoiled Americans whining about losing their cheap apartments in the mission and having to move to the east bay instead, the true humanitarian crisis of our time.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 15, 2014 @ 11:07 am

Tens of thousands of people protesting the World Cup > no one protesting the America's Cup. And the SFBG crowd complaining does not equal protesting.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 15, 2014 @ 1:19 pm

Not a peep from the SFBG. Why?

Posted by Guest on Jun. 13, 2014 @ 6:46 am

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