World Cup pub and grub

Due to the time difference between South Africa and San Francisco, keeping up with the World Cup could be a challenge for people who don’t have Tivo or a DVR. The good news is that sports networks have finally come to the conclusion that a lot of people actually care about the greatest sports event in the world, even in the U.S. A handful of brave pubs are willing to bet that enough people will be willing to rise before the sun to enjoy the far-off cup. Here are a few places to catch them. Remember, it’s always 5 p.m. somewhere. Let me know if there’s any I’ve missed.

Abbey Tavern
Category: Pub/restaurant
Irish pub in the Inner Richmond will be showing all games live (even though Ireland was left out, due to a very questionable goal created by France’s Thierry Henri).
4100 Geary Boulevard
at Fifth Avenue
(between 5th Ave & 6th Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94118
Neighborhood: Inner Richmond
(415) 221-7767
Chieftan, The
Category: Pub
Irish-themed pub South of Market with some good beers (not just Guinness and Harp) on tap, including Paulaner Hefeweizen and Marzen and Czechvar (the original Budweiser). Affligem Blond and Chimay Rouge in bottles. Food is a cut above the typical pub grub, like Prince Edward Island Mussels and Chieftan Guinness Stew. Good place to watch footie and the World Cup. Check out the Web site for special hours for the World Cup live from Africa (bar opens at 6:45 a.m. on Friday, June 11, for the kickoff between host South Africa and Mexico and 4:15 a.m. for The Netherlands vs. Denmark on Monday, June 14.
198 5th St.
(between Natoma St & Howard St)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA
(415) 615-0916
Danny Coyle’s
Category: pub/restaurant
Irish pub in the Haight will show all the World Cup games live.
668 Haight St
(between Pierce St & Steiner St)
San Francisco, CA 94117
Neighborhood: Lower Haight
(415) 558-8375
Edinburgh Castle Pub
Category: pub/restaurant
English-themed pub that’s been around since before craft beer was cool but still manages to pour some outstanding beers. Will be showing tape-delayed World Cup soccer, starting at 6 p.m., for those with actual jobs.
Hours: 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
950 Geary St
(between Larkin St & Polk St)
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 885-4074
Public House
Category: pub/restaurant
Along with the adjoining Mijita, the new player at AT&T Park. Two dozen well-selected taps and an equal number of bottles. Twenty-three TVs for watching sports. Good food, reasonably priced. Try the mac ‘n cheese and Thom’s Cheesesteak Sandwich. Mijita’s bar opens at 6 a.m. for the World Cup, with the restaurant opening at 8 a.m. Public House bar will open at 10 a.m. Wear any World Cup team’s jersey for some complimentary fries, onion rings or chips with your burger. Get a punch card for drinking the 24 beers on tap and earn a world cup when you’ve completed it. USA vs England at AT&T Park on Diamond Vision free. Pray for fog.
Hours: noon-midnight
24 Willie Mays Plz
San Francisco, CA 94107
Neighborhood: SOMA
(415) 644-0240

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