Where to score some big-screen World Cup action, from Civic Center to North Beach
Horatius: The proprietor of this Potrero Hill café, Horacio Gomes, has thrown down the "best place to watch the World Cup" gauntlet by promising to be open for every single match — including those that start at 4:30 a.m. — and screening simultaneous games when they occur. Plus, the venue boasts a 15-by-15-foot projection screen that you won't find at your run-of-the-mill sports bar and a capacity for up to 300 people. Free coffee will be served during the early morning matches, and light breakfast at 6 a.m.
350 Kansas, SF. (415) 252-3500, www.horatius.com
Steps of Rome Caffe: This North Beach stronghold is also planning to be open for every game — including those 4:30 matches that only the most diehard fans would consider attending (New Zealand vs. Slovakia anyone?). If you're not yet a diehard fan, this might be the place that turns you into one, what with all that Italian coffee, pizza, and overseas-bred enthusiasm for the world's greatest game flowing like a robust house red.
348 Columbus, SF. (415) 397-0435, www.stepsofromecaffe.com