Sometimes, Americans forget just how popular soccer is. Every four years, however, we are reminded that the entire world loves the sport and comes together to celebrate talent from around the globe. This year’s World Cup, the 22nd in the tournament’s history, is being played in Qatar, which is 8-15 hours ahead of most of the United States.
The time difference makes it tricky to watch games daily, as they mostly take place during the workday — but it’s not impossible. The San Fernando Valley is self-sufficient, meaning residents in the 818 don’t even have to travel to “LA proper” to soothe their soccer fever.
Keep reading for 10 places in the San Fernando Valley where you can watch the 2022 World Cup.
10 places in the Valley where you can watch the World Cup
1. The Fox and Hounds, Studio City
Address: 11100 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604
Soccer fans in the San Fernando Valley know this is the spot to watch international soccer matches — whether that’s the English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, or the World Cup. If you’re considering catching the next World Cup match at The Fox and Hounds, keep in mind that you need to get a ticket. Each ticket is $5, and each person can buy a max of six tickets per game. Tickets can only be purchased with cash at the front door.
2. The 513 NoHo, North Hollywood
Address: 11100 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
Many fans have enjoyed watching their favorite sports games on 513’s gigantic TVs, making it a great Valley bar to watch the World Cup at. What’s also great is that it’s right next to EAT, a breakfast and brunch joint, and 513 allows food to be brought in if the stuff on their menu isn’t to your liking.
3. White Harte, Woodland Hills
Address: 22456 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364
On Saturday, Dec. 3, White Harte — which is a British pub — will open their doors at 5 a.m. to accommodate USA fans hoping to catch the 7 a.m. match against the Netherlands. Judging by the crowd during the last USA game (versus Iran on Nov. 29), the ambiance is poppin’.
4. Taps Valley Gastropub, Northridge
Address: 18673 Devonshire St., Northridge, CA 91324
Even though Taps isn’t playing all the World Cup games, they tend to select the most popular matches. For instance, this week, they showed the Portugal vs. Uruguay game, the USA vs. Iran match, and Mexico vs. Saudi Arabia. We advise checking their Instagram or calling (818) 217-4199 to make sure they’re showing the match you want to see.
5. The Barrel Tavern, Sherman Oaks
Address: 4547 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
The Barrel Tavern is pretty lowkey on social media, so there aren’t any posts hinting to the bar playing any World Cup games. But Viva the Valley’s job is to do the research for you — so we called up someone at the tavern to confirm. Turns out they are playing some games, mostly the matches that start at 11 a.m. PST. Call The Barrel Tavern at (818) 386-8278 if you have any questions.
6. Brewz Sports Café & Grill, Canoga Park
Address: 7921 Canoga Ave., Canoga Park, CA 91304
You know that overwhelming feeling of joy rushing through your body when your team scores a goal? Well, you can multiply it by two when you watch World Cup matches at Brewz Sports Café & Grill — because it’s a family-owned restaurant founded by the Valley’s own Zavalas. Their Valley roots run deep, as multiple members of the family were born and raised here.
7. Springbok Bar & Grill, Van Nuys
Address: 16153 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406
Regardless of how early a World Cup match is, you can expect to catch it at Springbok Bar & Grill — and you can certainly match that with some morning drinks. The Bok, as it’s adorably dubbed itself, is a full-service bar with a number of beers on tap.
8. The Local Peasant, Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills
Address: 14058 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Address: 22901 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364
In my not-so-humble opinion, The Local Peasant has some of the best food in the San Fernando Valley. That’s why it’s a bit of a bummer that they have a limited menu before the 11 a.m. World Cup matches. However, there is a full bar throughout the day — but make sure you get a reservation before heading over, as it may get a bit busy.
9. Over/Under Public House, Burbank
Address: 310 N San Fernando Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502
Similar to Taps in Northridge, Over/Under Public House isn’t playing every single World Cup match. Since their Instagram account also doesn’t provide event updates, the best way to find out if they’re playing what you want to see is to call them at (818) 237-9186. It’d be cool to catch a weekday game here, since Over/Under has happy hour 2-6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
10. Red Lion Tavern, Glendale
Believe it or not, the inspiration for this list came from an Instagram story. A friend of mine recorded a roaring crowd following USA vs. Iran on Nov. 29. They were vibing at The Red Lion Tavern in Glendale (which we consider part of the Valley) , so I wondered what other Valley joints were screening the matches. I guess you could say this is the one that started it all, which may make it worth a visit. Plus, they’re showing all the matches.