World Cup action at Dargans Irish Pub and Restaurant.

James Sinclair

World Cup action at Dargans Irish Pub and Restaurant.

Where to Watch the World Cup

Tips on Where to See the Fútbol Matchup

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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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.


Independent Discussion Guidelines

...and each of these establishments is getting a cease and desist from FIFA in 3, 2, 1...

SB_Guy (anonymous profile)
June 11, 2014 at 8:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If you want more proof that the U.S. of A is the greatest nation on Earth look no farther than our general disdain for this unwatchable sport...only 85 more days until the beginning of the real football season.

jeffyo (anonymous profile)
June 11, 2014 at 10:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Columnist George Will once said that “Football combines the two worst things about America: it is violence punctuated by committee meetings.” You might not be able to get rid of the mock violence but surely, you can get rid of the huddles. The only thing missing is someone distributing an agenda.

The Wall Street Journal analyzed NFL games a couple of years ago and found that a game that takes nearly 3 hours to watch should only take 11 minutes because that is all the action you get. Or looking at it another way you could take the action from 16 games and combine it all into the time it takes to televise one game."

Soccer and Rugby have far more action, and skill.

tabatha (anonymous profile)
June 11, 2014 at 12:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Geo Will is a baseball guy through and through, e.g. his recent tome on the losers of all time, the Cubbies of Chi. Can't agree jeffyo, soccer's a most enjoyable sport to watch as well as play...see, action all the time, not all this made-for-TV BS, and note Tabatha's ref. that a long NFL game out to take 11 minutes, or perhaps 25. No, jeffyo, "the real football season" is now culminating in the World Cup, you're missing out, dude.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
June 11, 2014 at 1:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

george will's 'men at work' is a great baseball book.

and rugby is king. truedat.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
June 11, 2014 at 1:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

As a frequent visitor to SB, I'm surprised you omitted the Kings Road Pub - interesting to note jeffyo's ignorance...I hardly think the US network would spend millions of dollars on the rights if it wasn't profitable.

In addition, as the most popular sport in the rest of the world, the winners of the World Cup will be true world champions - unlike the winners of the Super Bowl and the World Series. World Series...really...?

fulham9 (anonymous profile)
June 11, 2014 at 5:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

uh, that's American Exceptionalism at work, fulham!

DrDan (anonymous profile)
June 11, 2014 at 5:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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