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The Best Sports Bars in Austin to Watch NFL and College Football

Cheer on the Longhorns and all of those other teams

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It’s football season, which means it’s time to hunker down with beer, food, and television screens. The UT Longhorns's first game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs takes place on Saturday, August 31, and the NFL season begins on Thursday, September 5 with the Green Bay Packers versus the Chicago Bears.

For those who don't feel like watching the games home, here is Eater Austin’s rundown of the best sports bars for everyone’s favorite NFL and college football teams. Hunker down at Longhorn tailgating champs Scholz Garten, or pick any game from the many televisions of the Tavern or Cover 3. Every Austin bar will play Longhorn games (it’s an unofficial requirement), but there are many friendly bar grounds for those inclined to root for other teams in Texas and beyond with like-minded people.

Similarly, check out Austin’s best chicken wings, beer bars, and breweries. For those looking to tailgate, scope out Austin’s best bets for tailgating food.

Is a favorite sports bar missing? Let us know on the tipline or in the comments.

With updates by Nadia Chaudhury.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mister Tramps Sports Pub and Cafe

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8565 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 837-3500
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Besides holding open mics and trivia, the north Austin bar is headquarters for plenty of professional and college football team fans, including the Texans, Eagles, Cowboys, and Titans.

2. Cover 3

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2700 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 374-1121
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It’s all sports, all the time at the three Austin-area Cover 3 and 2 locations around town, with a weekend bloody mary bar.

3. Local Post Pub

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7113 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757

The ten-pound can of nachos should last through the game. Steelers fans are known to gather at the Crestview sports bar.

4. Billy's on Burnet

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2105 Hancock Dr
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 407-9305
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Fellow cheeseheads feel at home at Billy’s with beer, burgers, and hot dogs while rooting for the Green Bay Packers.

5. Posse East

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2900 Duval St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 477-2111
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Located near the stadium, the campus bar is perfect for tailgating during Longhorn games. Snack on chili cheese tots, perfectly greasy burgers, queso, and drinks, and enjoy the game on the patio courtesy of the outside television screens.

6. Pluckers Wing Bar

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2222 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 469-9464
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Alumni from University of Texas Austin opened the chicken wing bar, so it makes sense the chain would bleed burnt orange, along with showing support for the Texans and Cowboys. Texas forever.

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7. Haymaker

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2310 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 243-6702
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Football games are made complete with burgers, wings, and beer from Cherrywood neighborhood bar Haymaker. Fans of the University of Southern California Trojans will feel welcomed.

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8. Scholz Garten

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1607 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-1958
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Historically, the downtown beer garden has always been a University of Texas Longhorns destination. In 1893, it’s where the team celebrated its early wins. So it’s a fitting place to watch the games.

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9. The Tavern

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922 W 12th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 320-8377
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Watch the game on any of the 46 televisions at the historic downtown bar, with a daily happy hour and an updated menu under new owners from Esther’s Follies.

10. Shoal Creek Saloon

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909 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 474-0805
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The Cajun headquarters of Austin is the home of fans of Louisiana football (Saints, Tigers) with Abita beer specials.

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The exterior of Shoal Creek Saloon
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11. Buford's Backyard Beer Garden

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700 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

The home of Chicago sports, Bears fans can gather at the West Sixth bar for frozen drinks, 50 beers on tap, and many televisions. Pizza from Via 313 doesn’t hurt either.

12. Star Bar

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600 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 477-8550
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Eat sausages from Schaller’s, drink, and watch the Packers play at the downtown bar. The epic bloody marys are meals in themselves.

13. Little Woodrow's

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520 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 477-2337
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Each of the five Austin locations has plenty of television screens and beer bucket specials for NFL and UT games.

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Little Woodrow’s
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14. B.D. Riley's Irish Pub

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204 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 494-1335
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The downtown sports bar (and its second location in the Mueller area) is home to the most Irish teams out there: the Patriots and Fighting Irish.

15. Blind Pig Pub

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317 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 369-3358
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The downtown Sixth Street bar works at the home base for both fans of the Carolina Panthers and the Houston Texans.

16. Shiner's Saloon

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422 Congress Ave Ste D
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 448-4600
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Watch football on any of the seven televisions at this Steelers-leaning Congress Avenue bar. Shiner's is also home for Virginia Tech and LSU Tigers fans.

17. St Roch's Bar

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515 Pedernales St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 777-4441
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Another fiercely Louisiana bar, St Roch's is home to Cajun food and Saints fandoms on the east side.

18. Black Sheep Lodge

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2108 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 707-2744
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Similar to sister restaurant Haymaker, the South Austin bar offers up Saturday and Sunday drink specials ready for all the football watching. The bar is also the home base for fans of Oklahoma State University’s Cowboys.

19. Warehouse Billiard Bar

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509 E Ben White Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 443-8799
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The renovated Vikings sports bar screens the Minnesota games, along with others.

1. Mister Tramps Sports Pub and Cafe

8565 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

Besides holding open mics and trivia, the north Austin bar is headquarters for plenty of professional and college football team fans, including the Texans, Eagles, Cowboys, and Titans.

8565 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78758

2. Cover 3

2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757

It’s all sports, all the time at the three Austin-area Cover 3 and 2 locations around town, with a weekend bloody mary bar.

2700 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757

3. Local Post Pub

7113 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757

The ten-pound can of nachos should last through the game. Steelers fans are known to gather at the Crestview sports bar.

7113 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757

4. Billy's on Burnet

2105 Hancock Dr, Austin, TX 78756

Fellow cheeseheads feel at home at Billy’s with beer, burgers, and hot dogs while rooting for the Green Bay Packers.

2105 Hancock Dr
Austin, TX 78756

5. Posse East

2900 Duval St, Austin, TX 78705

Located near the stadium, the campus bar is perfect for tailgating during Longhorn games. Snack on chili cheese tots, perfectly greasy burgers, queso, and drinks, and enjoy the game on the patio courtesy of the outside television screens.

2900 Duval St
Austin, TX 78705

6. Pluckers Wing Bar

2222 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705
A plate of chicken wings with celery stalks and a container of ranch dip
Pluckers’s chicken wings
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Alumni from University of Texas Austin opened the chicken wing bar, so it makes sense the chain would bleed burnt orange, along with showing support for the Texans and Cowboys. Texas forever.

2222 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705

7. Haymaker

2310 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Haymaker
Haymaker
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Football games are made complete with burgers, wings, and beer from Cherrywood neighborhood bar Haymaker. Fans of the University of Southern California Trojans will feel welcomed.

2310 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

8. Scholz Garten

1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
Tailgating at Scholz Garten
Tailgating at Scholz Garten
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Historically, the downtown beer garden has always been a University of Texas Longhorns destination. In 1893, it’s where the team celebrated its early wins. So it’s a fitting place to watch the games.

1607 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

9. The Tavern

922 W 12th St, Austin, TX 78703

Watch the game on any of the 46 televisions at the historic downtown bar, with a daily happy hour and an updated menu under new owners from Esther’s Follies.

922 W 12th St
Austin, TX 78703

10. Shoal Creek Saloon

909 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
The exterior of Shoal Creek Saloon
The exterior of Shoal Creek Saloon
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The Cajun headquarters of Austin is the home of fans of Louisiana football (Saints, Tigers) with Abita beer specials.

909 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

11. Buford's Backyard Beer Garden

700 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

The home of Chicago sports, Bears fans can gather at the West Sixth bar for frozen drinks, 50 beers on tap, and many televisions. Pizza from Via 313 doesn’t hurt either.

700 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

12. Star Bar

600 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

Eat sausages from Schaller’s, drink, and watch the Packers play at the downtown bar. The epic bloody marys are meals in themselves.

600 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

13. Little Woodrow's

520 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Little Woodrow’s
Little Woodrow’s
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Each of the five Austin locations has plenty of television screens and beer bucket specials for NFL and UT games.

520 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

14. B.D. Riley's Irish Pub

204 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

The downtown sports bar (and its second location in the Mueller area) is home to the most Irish teams out there: the Patriots and Fighting Irish.

204 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

15. Blind Pig Pub

317 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

The downtown Sixth Street bar works at the home base for both fans of the Carolina Panthers and the Houston Texans.

317 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

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16. Shiner's Saloon

422 Congress Ave Ste D, Austin, TX 78701

Watch football on any of the seven televisions at this Steelers-leaning Congress Avenue bar. Shiner's is also home for Virginia Tech and LSU Tigers fans.

422 Congress Ave Ste D
Austin, TX 78701

17. St Roch's Bar

515 Pedernales St, Austin, TX 78702

Another fiercely Louisiana bar, St Roch's is home to Cajun food and Saints fandoms on the east side.

515 Pedernales St
Austin, TX 78702

18. Black Sheep Lodge

2108 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Similar to sister restaurant Haymaker, the South Austin bar offers up Saturday and Sunday drink specials ready for all the football watching. The bar is also the home base for fans of Oklahoma State University’s Cowboys.

2108 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

19. Warehouse Billiard Bar

509 E Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

The renovated Vikings sports bar screens the Minnesota games, along with others.

509 E Ben White Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

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