San Diego

Where to Watch the FIFA World Cup in San Diego

Shakespeare Pub & Grille
Shakespeare Pub & Grille
Shakespeare Pub & Grille
Barbusa
Barbusa
Barbusa

Barbusa

Little ItalyItalian restaurant that doubles as an old-school social club during soccer matches
This modern Sicilian hot spot will be offering happy hour specials during all World Cup games, which makes sense considering the restaurant regularly hosts informal gatherings to watch Italian soccer matches. In addition to the World Cup specials, the full menu will be on offer, with highlights including bone marrow cavatelli, pollo arrosto, and a Sicilian bone-in rib-eye.
Deal: For the World Cup, guests can watch the action from the restaurant’s bar while enjoying $5 glasses of house red, white and beer along with special happy hour dishes from chef Nino Zizzo, which includes sausage polenta and eggplant bruschetta.

Music Box
Music Box
Music Box

Music Box

Little ItalyA concert hall-turned-sports bar, exclusively for the soccer tournament
Downtown San Diego’s three-story concert venue and go-to for top musical performances will host special viewing parties at the venue’s 16-by-9-foot LED video wall. Gather with like-minded fans in a space that can hold up to 700 people, and that has hosted some of music’s biggest acts over the years.
Deal: Additional fun surprises (like drink specials) will be in store for fans who swing by during game days.

Courtesy of Bub's at the Beach
Courtesy of Bub’s at the Beach
Courtesy of Bub’s at the Beach

Bub’s @ the Beach

Pacific BeachA no-frills beach dive best for enjoying beer by the pitcher
San Diegans can root for their favorite teams at Pacific Beach’s Bub’s @ the Beach, which is normally known as a Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh Steelers bar. Casual is the name of the game at this beachside sports joint (formerly known as Bub’s Dive), and tots are your go-to food order — we suggest going for the pizza-style option. Drinks are simple, with well cocktails, local craft beer and domestic drafts on offer, and since the place has been a dive bar for decades, the atmosphere is perfect for good-humored viewing — in other words, revelers should check any pretense at the door.
Deal: For World Cup games, guests can order Budweiser and Bud Light drafts for $4 or a pitcher for $12.

Courtesy of Draft republic
Courtesy of Draft republic
Courtesy of Draft republic

Draft Republic

UTC, CarlsbadFor the fairweather soccer fan, who might need additional entertainment options
With two locations in UTC and Carlsbad, Draft Republic offers football fans plenty of opportunities to view World Cup games. Both locations boast 101 taps and over 50 televisions each — and, for guests who are less inclined to tune into the matches, new and retro arcade games, foosball, billiards, table-top shuffleboard, and ping-pong are available. Draft Republic also features a stacked cocktail list and a full food menu, heavy on house-made sausage.
Deals: TBD

Courtesy of Shakespeare Pub & Grill
Courtesy of Shakespeare Pub & Grill
Courtesy of Shakespeare Pub & Grill

Shakespeare Pub & Grille

Little ItalyBritish watering hole that welcomes soccer fans of all stripes
Shakespeare Pub sits in the heart of Little Italy on India Street, unmissable for its red phone booth out front and Tudor-style interior. This San Diego local is known throughout the city as a soccer-watching staple, and while it’s obviously ground zero for all British team matches, the notoriously friendly pub is fair game for revelers of all kinds, and serves healthy doses of fish and chips, whiskey, and the finest ales from Britain and Ireland.
Deals: The full breakfast menu’s available until 10:30am when there’s a game on
 

Bluefoot
Bluefoot
Bluefoot

Bluefoot Bar & Lounge

North ParkMellow neighborhood favorite low on frills and high on soccer enthusiasm
Craft beer and soccer — er, football — is the name of the game at North Park local Bluefoot Bar & Lounge, whose motto is, “no cover, no dress code, no nonsense.” Bluefoot is known for religiously showing matches on its many televisions, though it’s advised to come early to snag a standing or sitting spot, as the bar gets quite packed by game time. The games will be running early this year, but late-night revelers who decide to make a day of it will be delighted to know Bluefoot turns into a de-facto dance club at around 10pm.
Deals: TBD

Beerfish
Beerfish
Beerfish

Beerfish

North ParkSeafood spot with chill outdoor vibes and breakfast burritos
North Park’s indoor-outdoor fish joint Beerfish will be opening early for games and will be serving breakfast burritos for the occasion, alongside regular menu mainstays like the Islander burrito (with spam, grilled shrimp, pineapple, kimchi, and nori rice), and the fish & chips burrito, which is exactly what it sounds like. You’ll also find a whopping selection of 30 beers on tap, as well as TVs behind the bar and on the outdoor patio.
Deals: TBD

Courtesy of O'Briens Pub
Courtesy of O’Briens Pub
Courtesy of O’Briens Pub

O’Brien’s Pub

Kearny MesaA die-hard soccer lover’s bar with a ridiculously good craft beer offering
O’Brien’s Pub on Convoy Street in Kearny Mesa has long been a go-to for soccer enthusiasts in San Diego. An otherwise nondescript bar in a neighborhood more famous for various Asian restaurants anything else, what O’Brien’s lacks in atmosphere is more than made up for by the clientele’s enthusiasm. Like Bluefoot, you’ll want to arrive early to claim a seat at the bar — in addition to soccer loyalists, the bar also serves rare, unique and hard-to-get kegs and casks.
Deals: O’Brien’s will open early at 9am and serve breakfast for select World Cup gamesSign up here for our daily San Diego email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town.

Jackie Bryant is a food and travel writer based in San Diego who is best described as a human Roomba: eating and drinking everything she bumps into. Originally from New York, her favorite things about life in her adopted city are border-hopping, practicing yoga in exceptionally beautiful locations, becoming a beer snob, and living at the beach. Find her on Twitter and on Instagram.

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How to Celebrate Women’s History Month in San Diego

Check out female-led dance programs, pop up markets, beer dinners, and more events this March.

Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona
Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona
Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona

Women have played a huge part shaping San Diego into the city it is today. In celebration of Women’s History Month, there are a variety of events across the city that commemorate women’s contributions to our community and culture. Home to the Women’s Museum of California, which hosts events throughout the year, be sure to check out all the ways to support and honor women this month. From art exhibits to dance performances, pop-up markets and yoga, check out the best events to celebrate Women’s History Month in San Diego:

Photo courtesy of The San Diego Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of The San Diego Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of The San Diego Museum of Art

Discover works from overlooked women artists

Ongoing through November 7, 2023
Balboa Park
The San Diego Museum of Art currently has 20 modern and contemporary works of art on display from women who unjustly didn’t receive the same amount of fame as their male contemporaries. The museum’s Modern Women exhibit is your chance to see work from artists like Elaine de Kooning and Lee Krasner, who were overshadowed by artist husbands Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock but whose work has long deserved its own moment in the spotlight. The collection showcases pieces that range from acrylic paintings to photography, inviting us into an untapped artistic sphere.
Cost: $20

Practice Sun Salutations while supporting a good cause

Saturday, March 4, 10 am to 11 am
Pacific Beach
Make a difference in the lives of teen girls of colour while taking a yoga class at Kate Sessions Park. Organized by local nonprofit One Love Movement, all donations for the event go towards college scholarships for girls of the DETOUR F.A.N.C.Y. Expo & Leadership Academy, a mentorship program that promotes equity and inclusion in higher education for girls of colour. All while enjoying stunning views of Mission Bay.
Cost: Donation-based

Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona
Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona
Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona

Shop local women-owned businesses

Sunday, March 5, 1 pm to 5 pm
Middletown
What better way to celebrate the women in your community than by supporting their local businesses? The Women’s History Month Market, located in the FEMX Quarters venue, is a pop up market you don’t want to miss. The market will feature over 35 vendors from women artisans and you’ll find uniquely crafted sunglasses, jewellery, clothing, and more. The family-friendly (and pet-friendly) event will also include food and music.
Cost: Free

Drink beer crafted by female brewers on International Women’s Day

Wednesday, March 8, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Escondido
Women were the original brewers of ale, after all, so it only makes sense to honour our past and present beer connoisseurs with dinner and brews. Located at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Stone International Women’s Day Beer Dinner features three courses, each paired with a tasty beer specially brewed by a team of women at Stone Brewery. The event is part of a larger global celebration for International Women’s Day, where brewers all over the world brew a speciality beer that supports The Pink Boots Society, a non profit that empowers women and non-binary people in the beer industry through scholarships and education. Grab your tickets while you can! 21+
Cost: $50-$70

Attend an exhibition celebrating female and non-binary artists

Saturday, March 11, 5:00 pm
Barrio Logan
Head over to the entertainment and community venue Corazon del Barrio and show your support to female and non-binary artists, whose art and music will be featured in the Diosa Art Show. Around 40 artists are on the bill at this all-ages event.
Cost: Free

Drink some pints for the pups

Saturday, March 11, 12 pm to 4 pm
Carmel Mountain
If you need another excuse to down some brews, Second Chance Beer Company is hosting its first ever Ladies & Pups Market for Women’s History Month. The brewery, which holds various events throughout the year, donates a percentage of its sales to animal rescue organizations in California and Arizona. The dog-friendly market will include pop ups from women-owned businesses such as Bold Bouquet, Wet Nose Pottery, and No, You Sit! Treats. For the occasion, Second Chance will serve Fistful of Gummies – Berry Edition, a rendition of their fruited sour beer created in collaboration with Pink Boots Society, an organization that supports women and non-binary individuals in the beer industry.
Cost: Free

Photo courtesy of Women's Museum of California
Photo courtesy of Women’s Museum of California
Photo courtesy of Women’s Museum of California

Attend a ceremony at the Women’s Museum of California

Saturday, March 18, 11 am to 1 pm
Rolando
Perhaps San Diego’s largest Women’s History Month event, the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame recognizes local women for their achievements in the community. The annual event, which takes place at Joan B. Kroc Theatre, is a project of the Women’s Museum of California, a museum dedicated to educating the public about women’s contributions through history with exhibits, programs, and events. Over 100 women have been inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame since the program was founded in 2001, and this year’s class includes notable women like activist Norma Chávez-Peterson and Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. The event includes a VIP brunch followed by the Induction Ceremony. Be sure to purchase tickets early to secure your spot.
Cost: $20-$150

Join a community of local women and get inspired

Monday, March 20, 5 pm to 7:30 pm
Miramar
The Women’s Speaker Series at Alesmith Brewing Company is a monthly community gathering where local women come together to support one another in achieving professional and personal goals. The event includes a social hour followed by a selected speaker. For this month, the Women’s Speaker Series features career coach and small business owner Laura Bashore, who will share her insight on how you can advance your career or business. Make sure to reserve your spot before attending!
Cost: Free

Come hear about the roles San Diego women played during World War II

Tuesday, March 21, 1 pm to 3 pm
Mission Valley
In the early 20th century, many women were not allowed or expected to be the breadwinners for their households, but things suddenly changed with the United States’ entry into World War II. Here’s your chance to learn about the real experiences of women who lived through WWll and how they navigated through it all. Presented by Oasis San Diego, head over to Mission Valley Library to attend this in-person event.
Cost: Free

Photo by Carly Topazio l Courtesy of The Rosin Box Project
Photo by Carly Topazio l Courtesy of The Rosin Box Project
Photo by Carly Topazio l Courtesy of The Rosin Box Project

Attend a ballet program choreographed entirely by women

Thursday, March 23 – Saturday, March 25 & Monday, March 27, 7:30 pm
Liberty Station
Experience not one but three world premiere ballet performances at The Rosin Box Project, a contemporary ballet company that works to redefine the concept of dance and how it’s experienced for both artists and audiences. To coincide with Women’s History Month, TRBP is kicking off its 2023 season with Empower, a female-led ballet program choreographed by TRBO Residents Lauren Flower, Bethany Green, and Carly Topazio. The program, which takes place at Light Box Theater, offers a fresh take on dance by pushing the boundaries of traditional ballet. Your ticket includes a post-show reception.
Cost: $45

Hear music by a little-known female early 20th-century composer

Friday, March 24, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
Balboa Park
While you may not be familiar with composer Alice Barnett Stevenson, she played an integral part in San Diego’s music scene during the early 1900s. Stevenson was an active member of various music organizations at the time, and she composed art songs for voice and piano and performed at schools all over the country. Her home became a hub for local recitals from visiting musicians, and was also where the San Diego Symphony was founded. This month, you can hear her compositions performed live for the first time in nearly 100 years at the San Diego History Center. Selected works by Stevenson will be performed by musical scholar Katina Mitchell and pianist Yewon Lee. Be sure to reserve tickets ahead of time.
Cost: $25-$40

Listen to Black San Diego women discuss important community issues

Saturday, March 25, 12 pm to 4 pm
Valencia Park
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Friends of Malcolm X Library are hosting Ain’t I a Woman, an event featuring Black women who will be speaking about their professions and discussing the challenges faced within the workplace and the community while offering suggestions on how to further enhance and embrace equality. The event includes a Q&A panel discussion, door prizes, free raffles, as well as music, poetry, and dance. Seating is limited so be sure to reserve your spot early.
Cost: Free event. Lunch purchase is $15.

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Michelle Harris is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Over the years her writing has also appeared in Atlas Obscura, Mental Floss, and Audubon Magazine. When she’s not busy typing, she enjoys hiking, road trips, and cooking vegan food.

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