The matches may be in Brazil, but here in Oakland, dozens of local bars and restaurants will transform into soccer-loving havens. The games kick off (pun intended!) on June 12 and wrap up on July 13, meaning theres plenty of time to catch World Cup Fever. Take part in the excitement in every corner of Oakland!
*Note: please check individual businesses for hours of operation. JACK LONDON SQUARE Yoshis Jazz Club (510 Embarcadero West) Yoshis will air the games in its lounge during happy hour (4:30 6 p.m.) and for the duration of restaurant service (5:30 10 p.m.). Sip on Brazils national cocktail, the Caipivodka, or opt for the World Cup Caipirinha ($7 each). Venga Paella (229 Brush Street) Nosh on Venga Paellas delicious happy hour menu ($10 paella, $4 draft beer and sangria) and catch the games on the wide screen behind the bar. The cozy ambiance will make you want to stay to watch back to back games. PIEDMONT AVENUE Adesso (4395 Piedmont Avenue) Adesso will have a jam-packed World Cup schedule, screening all 64 games on two televisions. A special lunch menu and full bar service (including daily drink specials based on the countries playing each day) will be offered. LAKE MERRITT The Star on Grand (3425 Grand Avenue) Deep dish pizza and soccer? Sounds like a winning combination. Head to The Star on Grand Avenue during the World Cup extravaganza to see the games at the bar. UPTOWN Era Art Bar & Lounge (19 Grand Avenue) Coined as the World Cup Headquarters for 2014, Era Art Bar will no doubt be the place to celebrate. Watch all 64 soccer matches on 6 huge screens. Enjoy ice cold pints, themed cocktail specials (inspired by the game of the day), and get into the games with this high-spirited soccer crowd. Lukas Taproom (2221 Broadway) Lukas in Uptown Oakland is all about the burgers, beer and ballgames. During the World Cup, there will be multiple ways to see the games: on the big screen in the lounge, the four televisions in the bar, and two televisions in the back room. Happy hours specials are a steal, lasting all day until 6 p.m. Monday Friday. Ozumo (2251 Broadway) Taste drinks from around the world during Ozumos World Cup special. Grub on a special pub style happy hour menu and watch the games in the lounge-style private room on the flat screen TV. The New Parkway (474 24th Street) Cozy up on one of the Parkways comfy couches, beer in hand, as you root for your favorite team. Cause theres nothing like watching a game on the big screen. OAKLAND HILLS Paragon (41 Tunnel Road) Up in the hills at the Claremont Hotels Paragon Restaurant, youll find a diverse sampling of imported Brazilian beers and authentic pastels on the menu. Raise a pint to your favorite team as you enjoy the view! TEMESCAL Commonwealth (2882 Telegraph Avenue) Commonwealth is Oaklands soccer headquarters 24/7, so its no surprise that theyll be taking part in the World Cup frenzy. Authentic pub-style food and local craft brews are an added bonus. Asmara Restaurant (5020 Telegraph Avenue) Asmara is not only a fantastic place for Eritrean & Ethiopian eats its also a home base for soccer-lovers. Games and events will be shown during the entire World Cup competition. Where do you plan to watch the World Cup? Have a spot in mind that weve missed? Share your favorites with us in the comment section below!