Best Sports Bars To Watch World Cup Soccer In OC

June 30, 2014 5:00 AM

Michael Parkhust #15 of the United States Men’s National Team in action against Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium on September 10, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. (credit: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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(credit: Loan D./Yelp)

Bringing people of all nations together to cheer their favorite team to victory, few events have as much worldwide appeal as the World Cup. If you’re looking to watch the games, you want not only a place with many televisions, but also with fans who know the nuances of the sport. These are the best places in Orange County to check out the World Cup action.
(credit: The Daily Dose)

(credit: The Daily Dose)

The Daily Dose
2963 Michelson Drive, Suite B
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 863-0908

The Daily Dose is a great bar where soccer fans regularly go to watch matches. Whether from the English Premier League, UEFA or any other league, the fans here are knowledgeable about the sport and they are avid fans without being aggressive about their team. You can also enjoy a good menu as well as a full bar while you watch the match. Plus, the room is filled with comfortable chairs, which is an important consideration especially if you’re planning to watch more than one match in a day.

(credit: The Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery)

(credit: The Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery)

The Shamrock
2633 W. Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 631-5633

It’s not surprising that an Irish pub is a good place to watch soccer matches. Here you’ll find a lot of fans that don’t need to wait for the World Cup to watch soccer. The Shamrock has a full menu of items that are perfect for when you’re watching a match. Parking around The Shamrock can be tricky, particularly since the place is likely to fill up when there is a full menu of soccer matches.

Related: Best Irish Pubs In Orange County

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(credit: Clancy’s Bar & Grill)

Clancy’s American Grill
2191 S. Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 750-7500

A lot of action will be going on during the World Cup, and you won’t want to miss a minute of it. At Clancy’s, you don’t have to though as the bar is completely surrounded by 36 flat-screen TVs. There are even TVs in the restroom so you don’t have to miss any action! Soccer fans regularly come here not only to support their teams, but also to enjoy the food. Clancy’s specializes in comfort foods like fries, macaroni and cheese and burgers. You’ll also find a decent selection of beers and wines to wash down whatever comfort food you choose to enjoy while you watch the matches.

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(credit: Teresa P./Yelp)

The Olde Ship
1120 W. 17th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 550-6700

An English pub seems like a natural place to watch a soccer match. This place is an official viewing venue for the L.A. Galaxy, so patrons here are accustomed to seeing soccer on the televisions. While you enjoy the match, you can also enjoy your favorite English dishes and a great selection of English ales that goes far beyond Bass and Newcastle.

(credit: Loan D./Yelp)

(credit: Loan D./Yelp)

Michael’s Sports Pub & Grill
15192 Goldenwest St.
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 373-5665

Michael’s is a great place to watch any sporting event because it has 37 large-screen televisions throughout the dining room. It’s not false advertising when the place advertises that it has every sport all year. Michael’s also has a great menu of bar food including nachos and deviled eggs, among many other favorites. Plus, Michael’s has 27 kinds of beer that you can enjoy as you watch your favorite teams. You can definitely settle in here to watch all of the World Cup action you want.

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on

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