In Los Angeles, there is no shortage of World Cup viewing venues. Despite start times as early as 3 a.m. PT on the West Coast, there is a demand for places where soccer fans can gather and watch games with friends and family.
There were plenty of local pubs around the city willing to open for the second match of the day for the Group Stages, which started around 8 a.m. PT, and generally serve breakfast if they have a kitchen. Los Angeles alcohol laws forbid alcohol to be sold between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., so the vast majority of bars wouldn’t open for the 5 a.m. matches without being able to sell alcohol.
One of the best things about the Los Angeles area is the diversity. At a local British pub airing the Peru vs Denmark match on the first Saturday of the World Cup, there was a strong Peruvian contingent taking in the game together. Of course the same bar was filled to the brim for England’s matches, but it is also a meeting place for general soccer fans of any background.
A unique opportunity in Los Angeles proper was the McDonald’s FIFA World Cup event hosted at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes for Mexico’s first Group Stage match against reigning World Champions Germany. The match was shown on a large screen in the Plaza’s courtyard, with a McDonald’s food truck handing out free breakfast and coffee for attendees. The Plaza showed the Mexico vs. Germany match as well as the Brazil vs. Switzerland match that followed.
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes will be open for a similar event during the World Cup Final scheduled for July 15th at 8 a.m. PT. Those wishing to attend the event for the Final can RSVP at the link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mcdonalds-fifa-world-cuptm-la-viewing-party-tickets-46240368186