Every four years, the World Cup brings people together in cities around the globe, and Santa Barbara is no different. In order for you to get the most out of this year’s month-long affair, The Indy put together a reference guide to the frenzied fútbol celebrations. Be sure to look online for TV schedules and to contact business owners before you make any plans so you can be sure they’ll be airing your desired match!
Arlington Theatre: The Arlington’s size and environment make for the best viewing atmosphere, though some U.S. fans may still associate it with 2010’s heartbreaking loss to Ghana, which sent scores of disgruntled U.S. soccer fans out of the theater and into a chorus of celebrating Ghanian supporters dancing and playing djembe drums. 1317 State St. Call 963-4408.
Hoffmann Brat Haus: What better way to celebrate the 2014 World Cup than with German beer, Bratwurst, and multiple big-screen TVs — a fitting tribute to U.S. coach/soccer messiah Jurgen Klinnsmann’s squad of psuedo-Germans. 801 State St. Call 962-3131.
Dargan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant: Dargan’s pub-worthy beer selection and large viewing area make it a prime spot for larger groups looking to partake in soccer fun. Plus, there’s darts and three pool tables in case you have a hard time paying attention to all 90 minutes of the Croatia/Cameroon matchup. 18 E. Ortega St. Call 568-0702.
Press Room: Long considered to be Santa Barbara’s soccer headquarters, the Press Room is a favorite for the football-savvy crowd who love watching European league matches at dawn. Those unfamiliar should think of the Press Room as S.B.’s soccer CBGB (pre-Varvatos, of course) — not just a cultural launching point but an institution in and of itself. 15 E Ortega St. Call 963-8121.
Santa Barbara Brewing Company: Who’s better outfitted for sports than one of State Street’s main “sports bars”? BrewCo, a hotbed of activity for almost every sporting event, with multiple TVs, ample seating, and a central location, makes it a great hub for World Cup viewing. 501 State St. Call 730-1040.
Brasil Arts Café: The headquarters for Brazilian fans looking to cheer, cry, and shout at soccer superstar Neymar, the Brasil Arts Café will show all of the games in its large studio and viewing space. Fans of any team should make this a stop, though, in order to binge on the venue’s delicious taro fries. 1230 State St. Call 845-7656.