England have made it through to the semi-finals of the World Cup, which we must admit caught us by surprise a little, so we’ve hurriedly whipped together a Best of the Bay summary of places where you can go and enjoy the action here in Silicon Valley.
A massive thank you to the members of the Silicon Valley Brit Parents group who have helped with some places and photos for this as we’ve been watching the football from the living room in pyjamas and no one needs to see that!
We’ve found you five options, all are family friendly and opening for the England v Croatia semi-final on Wednesday with kick off at 11am. As always, please keep us in the loop with your favourite places to watch the football and tag us in your pics on Instagram using #TheBayCollective
Avaya Stadium, San Jose
The San Jose Earthquakes have been hosting viewing parties for all the World Cup games at the Avaya Stadium with free entry and parking. The atmosphere has been great and incredibly family friendly, possibly fuelled by the free coffee being given away for the early games! There is a bar on site as well as some food available, but please do not take your own alcohol into the stadium. You do need to RSVP if you wish to attend so we’ve given you a handy link here, the RSVP will enter you in to some raffle action.
Britannia Arms, various locations
There are three Britannia Arms in the Bay Area – Cupertino, Downtown San Jose and Almaden. They are all showing the World Cup games and two of them – Cupertino and Almaden – have been lovingly tested out by Brit parents for some of the earlier games. The Downtown San Jose location serves a great English breakfast if you want to get your full English on!
Danny Coyle’s, San Francisco
Danny Coyle’s is a real football (can’t quite bring myself to say soccer) bar in the heart of San Francisco, the place is football obsessed and even opened on the first day of the 2006 World Cup. The pub supports several local football teams and many expat supporters’ groups call Danny Coyle’s their home, so you can guarantee a good atmosphere and some great armchair experts. There’s no kitchen, but owner Brian has been known to hand out the pies.
Duke of Edinburgh, Cupertino
Having been to this pub a whole two times over the festive period when the grandparents were in town and we actually had childcare, we must declare a slight bias as we consider it our local! This is a great little pub founded by a group of 6 in 1983, the minute you walk in the place you are transported back to a proper British pub, flock wallpaper, dado rails and all. They’re fully family friendly for the games and the kitchen’s open so you can grab yourself some proper pub grub, we’ve been told the scotch eggs are worth a try.
The Rose & Crown, Palo Alto
The Rose & Crown is a charming little pub tucked away in an alley in downtown Palo Alto, renowned for its beer selection. You can watch the football alongside a breakfast burrito and a half litre boot of lager and you even get to keep the boot. We’ve been assured that the prices are very non-Palo Alto and the atmosphere has been described as unpretentious which is always a bonus!