The World Cup is nothing like the Olympics. Everyone knows who won and understands how they did it. Everyone knows what a goal is. Everyone enjoys a scoring celebration. Because of that – and because Team USA needs all the support it can get – a crowd makes the event far more entertaining. Drinks don't hurt either. Here are the bars that will get busy during the tournament and regulars walk the line between enthusiasm and hooliganism.
Mad Dog in the Fog, San Francisco
The Vibe: Mad Dog in the Fog is a great bar, popular for its trivia nights, excellent beer selection, and being blessedly free of tech industry chatter and Mission District pretensions. The place is always at its best during games and this World Cup will be no different. This is where the city's day drinkers will congregate to cheer on the boys in white.
The Game to Watch: Come watch the U.S. take on Portugal on June 22. This rumble in the Amazon jungle will make all the difference for the Americans, which means the game is going to get extremely physical.
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