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10 Austin Sports Bars to Support on Game Day

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It’s no surprise that the home of the Texas Longhorns boasts an impeccable sports bar scene. Every fall, fans flood the streets in search of a decent burger, beer, and view of the big screen — and in a city like Austin, there’s no shortage of great food and drinks to be found.

This year, it’s up to us to make sure it stays that way, even if we can’t scream and cheer alongside crowds of fellow fans like we used to. As we come together to support local sports bars and restaurants this season, we’ve partnered with Crown Royal to recognize some of the very best spots in Austin to watch the game (safely, and socially distanced) — or grab a meal to go if you’re cheering on your team at home.

A number of Austin-area bars and restaurants have resumed dine-in service at limited capacity, including several on this map. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on local regulations during the Covid-19 pandemic, visit the City of Austin website.

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1. Lavaca St Bar

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3121 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 291-3407
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When South Lamar was in dire need of a good sports bar, Lavaca delivered. Make this your game-day spot if you’re looking for reliable pub grub and custom cocktails. Complete with its own garage, parking is a non-issue, making this a clear favorite for locals and tourists alike.

2. Parlor and Yard

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601 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 524-0466
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Pizza, wings, and Crown. What more could the city of Austin ask for on a weekend? Parlor and Yard offers a variety of Brooklyn Pie Co. pizza pies that are ideal for family-friendly takeout or delivery. Choose from 13 wing sauces if you’re craving more classic sports fare, but don’t forget a rocks glass of Crown Royal to wash it down.

3. Happy Chicks

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214 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 469-0002
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Don’t let the name fool you — the “chicks” in this joint are perfectly deep-fried chicken tenders, served up with a sauce or five (there are 15 to choose from). Happy Chicks is nestled in the center of Austin’s party strip, and the food and big screens make it a must-try spot for game day. Don’t sleep on a side of queso for dipping.

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4. The Local Post Pub

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7113 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 375-5599
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The Local is all about games — and not just of the football variety. Grab a few friends and jump in line for skeeball, shuffleboard, corn hole, and more. The mostly Tex-Mex menu doesn’t disappoint (we’re in Texas, after all) and the bar’s Sunday special is all about Crown Royal. Snag a Crown Vanilla & Apple for $4 before kickoff.

5. COVER 3 Anderson Lane

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2700 W Anderson Ln #202
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 374-1121
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If you’re looking for a more family-friendly game day spot with an elegant menu (like, filet-mignon elegant), look no further than COVER 3. Located slightly outside of downtown, this scratch kitchen and bar boasts a dog-friendly patio space and many, many TVs for game time. Oh, and did we mention Crown Royal is $1 off during pro football games? Sign us up.

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6. Revelry Kitchen + Bar

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1410 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 322-5223
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Pair inventive, Southern comfort food with Instagram-worthy cocktails and you get this East Sixth Street gem. Revelry is known for a laid-back vibe and 21-and-over brunch, which weeds out a wilder crowd in this college town. Order the chicken lollipops and prepare yourself for a new favorite game-time snack.

7. Jack & Ginger's

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11500B Rock Rose Ave
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 350-3738
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You can’t have a sports bar roundup without an Irish pub. Jack & Ginger’s is a fairly new bar to the Austin scene (it opened in 2015), but it makes for an easy stop on your game-day destination list. Start with a jumbo pretzel and beer cheese and you won’t be sorry.

8. The Cavalier

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2400 Webberville Rd suite a
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 696-4318
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This football-loving family-owned bar in East Austin is making a name for itself due to its hip neighborhood roots and impressive food specials. Look for unexpected game-day dishes like gumbo and okra or French onion pork chops to go alongside a custom cocktail (offered to-go if you’re cheering from home).

9. B.D. Riley's Irish Pub at Mueller

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1905 Aldrich St #130
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 580-3782
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Another favorite Irish pub in the area, B.D. Riley’s calls itself a “fan bar” rather than a sports bar. With a spacious patio and emphasis on great food and beer, this is a safe haven for fans avoiding the general game-day crowds. The brunch is nothing to scoff at, either. Try the black bean queso or Irish-style nachos, and you’ll never watch a game the same way again.

10. Spinners

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14106 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd Suite A
Austin, TX 78728
(512) 990-3665
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Known for its New Orleans-inspired shrimp boils, Spinners welcomes sports fans and seafood-lovers alike as regulars. Think: no-frills, great food, and clientele that’s just as interested in the game as you are.

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1. Lavaca St Bar

3121 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

When South Lamar was in dire need of a good sports bar, Lavaca delivered. Make this your game-day spot if you’re looking for reliable pub grub and custom cocktails. Complete with its own garage, parking is a non-issue, making this a clear favorite for locals and tourists alike.

3121 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

2. Parlor and Yard

601 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

Pizza, wings, and Crown. What more could the city of Austin ask for on a weekend? Parlor and Yard offers a variety of Brooklyn Pie Co. pizza pies that are ideal for family-friendly takeout or delivery. Choose from 13 wing sauces if you’re craving more classic sports fare, but don’t forget a rocks glass of Crown Royal to wash it down.

601 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

3. Happy Chicks

214 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
A basket of fried chicken and dipping sauces Courtesy of Happy Chicks

Don’t let the name fool you — the “chicks” in this joint are perfectly deep-fried chicken tenders, served up with a sauce or five (there are 15 to choose from). Happy Chicks is nestled in the center of Austin’s party strip, and the food and big screens make it a must-try spot for game day. Don’t sleep on a side of queso for dipping.

214 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

4. The Local Post Pub

7113 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757

The Local is all about games — and not just of the football variety. Grab a few friends and jump in line for skeeball, shuffleboard, corn hole, and more. The mostly Tex-Mex menu doesn’t disappoint (we’re in Texas, after all) and the bar’s Sunday special is all about Crown Royal. Snag a Crown Vanilla & Apple for $4 before kickoff.

7113 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757

5. COVER 3 Anderson Lane

2700 W Anderson Ln #202, Austin, TX 78757
A table with plates of enchiladas, chicken, and cole slaw Courtesy of COVER 3 Anderson Lane

If you’re looking for a more family-friendly game day spot with an elegant menu (like, filet-mignon elegant), look no further than COVER 3. Located slightly outside of downtown, this scratch kitchen and bar boasts a dog-friendly patio space and many, many TVs for game time. Oh, and did we mention Crown Royal is $1 off during pro football games? Sign us up.

2700 W Anderson Ln #202
Austin, TX 78757

6. Revelry Kitchen + Bar

1410 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Pair inventive, Southern comfort food with Instagram-worthy cocktails and you get this East Sixth Street gem. Revelry is known for a laid-back vibe and 21-and-over brunch, which weeds out a wilder crowd in this college town. Order the chicken lollipops and prepare yourself for a new favorite game-time snack.

1410 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

7. Jack & Ginger's

11500B Rock Rose Ave, Austin, TX 78758

You can’t have a sports bar roundup without an Irish pub. Jack & Ginger’s is a fairly new bar to the Austin scene (it opened in 2015), but it makes for an easy stop on your game-day destination list. Start with a jumbo pretzel and beer cheese and you won’t be sorry.

11500B Rock Rose Ave
Austin, TX 78758

8. The Cavalier

2400 Webberville Rd suite a, Austin, TX 78702

This football-loving family-owned bar in East Austin is making a name for itself due to its hip neighborhood roots and impressive food specials. Look for unexpected game-day dishes like gumbo and okra or French onion pork chops to go alongside a custom cocktail (offered to-go if you’re cheering from home).

2400 Webberville Rd suite a
Austin, TX 78702

9. B.D. Riley's Irish Pub at Mueller

1905 Aldrich St #130, Austin, TX 78723

Another favorite Irish pub in the area, B.D. Riley’s calls itself a “fan bar” rather than a sports bar. With a spacious patio and emphasis on great food and beer, this is a safe haven for fans avoiding the general game-day crowds. The brunch is nothing to scoff at, either. Try the black bean queso or Irish-style nachos, and you’ll never watch a game the same way again.

1905 Aldrich St #130
Austin, TX 78723

10. Spinners

14106 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd Suite A, Austin, TX 78728

Known for its New Orleans-inspired shrimp boils, Spinners welcomes sports fans and seafood-lovers alike as regulars. Think: no-frills, great food, and clientele that’s just as interested in the game as you are.

14106 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd Suite A
Austin, TX 78728

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