Five great spots around town to catch World Cup fever

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Whether you already have World Cup fever or just want to root for the home team after its stunning upset win against Ghana, the Sacramento region is teeming with great places to watch the USA-Portugal match this Sunday, June 22, at 3 p.m. From partying with the Republic to joining the frenzy in Davis, catch the excitement at one of these World Cup hot spots:

Sacramento Republic FC Viewing Parties
What better way to watch the game than with those who know it best—players and staffers of the Sacramento's new professional soccer team, the Republic FC? The squad's neigbors at New Helvetia Brewing Company will host a Republic viewing party complete with a food truck, team swag and plenty of its acclaimed beer. Alternatively, stop by another team-sanctioned watch party at downtown's Republic Bar and Grill, where CBS Radio will be doing ticket and merchandise giveaways. 3-5 p.m. New Helvetia Brewing Company: 1730 Broadway. 469-9889. Republic Bar and Grill: 908 15th Street. 822-5152.

de Vere’s Irish Pub
As one of Sacramento’s prime spots for year-round viewing, this midtown soccer mecca may just be the most popular place to catch the entire World Cup. Happy hour runs all day on Sunday, so you can fuel your game watching with beers from the bar's 32 taps starting at $3. 1521 L St. 231-9947.

Hot Italian
The sporty European décor at this midtown pizza joint is perfect for the World Cup, and the giant projector, three HD TVs and communal tables ensure that your group can see the game from anywhere. While you’re there, buy a carafe of Peroni beer and you’ll get two limited-edition glasses, or bid on soccer artwork in the ongoing “Art of the Ball” exhibition. 1627 16th St. 444-3000.

The Davis Graduate
When U.S. soccer legend Landon Donovan scored a game-winning goal for the Americans during the last World Cup, a video of fans’ overjoyed reaction at this renowned Davis sports bar went viral on The Huffington Post. Don’t miss the action this time, which will be shown via a 15-foot projection and five big-screen TVs . 805 Russell Blvd. Davis. 530-758-4723.

36 Handles Pub & Eatery
Budweiser and Newcastle Brown Ale for $3 will be pouring from this Irish pub’s 36 taps in honor of the game, which will be broadcast on the big screen and all other TVs. 1010 White Rock Road. El Dorado Hills. 941-3606.