December 7, 2022

Check out these bars to watch the Soccer World Cup in Sacramento

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Moroccan fans cheer as they march in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. Fans flocked to Qatar on Friday ahead of the Middle East’s inaugural World Cup as Doha ordered beers not to be poured in stadiums during the tournament – a last-minute surprise widely welcomed by the country’s conservative Muslims and ignored by giddy fans. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

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The 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off at 8 a.m. on Sunday when host country Qatar takes on Ecuador. Closer to Sacramento, fans will head to local restaurants and bars to watch not only Team USA, but stars from around the world on football’s biggest stage.

De Vere’s Irish Pub was a terrific host for a de facto watch party in Sacramento in 2014, garnering queues an hour before the start of US games, but it closed last fall. USA’s enthusiasm for the 2018 World Cup lagged after the Americans failed to qualify.

Now, however, the competition to become Sacramento’s next big football bar is as open as the broadcast tournament (watch from home on Fox Networks and Telemundo). These restaurants and bars all offer specials in hopes of attracting long-term fans.

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Golden Road Brewing (1830 L St., Sacramento): $2 pints for people who RSVP online, $2 off micheladas and $10 off Golden State Cerveza buckets at this Los Angeles-based brewery’s Sacramento Tavern.

Old Tavern Bar & Grill (1510 20th St., Sacramento): Free food, drink specials, and bracket-based prices at this long-running downtown dive bar.

Goose Port Public House (316 Vernon Street, Roseville): Doors open at 10 a.m. with themed specials based on American opponents, such as Welsh cheese and leek concoctions called Glamorgan sausages on November 21 and a full English breakfast on November 25.

Streets Pub & Grub (1804 J St., Sacramento): Open in time for 8 a.m. games every day except Thanksgiving, with undisclosed daily drink specials.

Zocalo (1801 Capitol Ave, Sacramento): The Arden Arcade, Folsom and Roseville venues will show games during normal business hours, but the downtown Zocalo will open in time for the Mexico game at 8 a.m. on November 22 and will offer a breakfast menu. lunch. There will be face paint, batsmen and a photo booth when Mexico take on Argentina at 11 a.m. on November 26.

Benjy Egel covers local restaurants and bars for The Sacramento Bee as well as breaking general news and investigative projects. A native of Sacramento, he previously covered affairs for the Amarillo Globe-News in Texas.