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A Longhorns watch party at Posse East.
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21 Fun Sports Bars in Austin

Cheer on the Longhorns on Saturday, the Cowboys on Sunday, and other Texas sports teams with good food, drinks, and company

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A Longhorns watch party at Posse East.
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The fall means there are all sorts of sports going on right now —it’s the beginning of the football season (both college and professional), nearing the end of the baseball season, the WNBA playoffs, and all sorts of soccer games — which means it’s time to hunker down with beer, food, and television screens with fellow fans.

For those who don't feel like watching the games at home, here is Eater Austin’s rundown of the best sports bars for everyone’s favorite teams. Hunker down at Longhorn tailgating champs Scholz Garten, or pick any game from the many televisions of the Tavern. 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. Those looking for specific football team watch parties should check out Do512’s list.

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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The Bon Aire

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The North Shoal Creek bar with Midwestern vibes is a good place for all-round sports, and especially for fans of football team Pittsburgh Steelers, college football team Longhorns, college basketball team the Kentucky Wildcats, soccer team Austin FC, baseball team the St. Louis Cardinals, and hockey team the St. Louis Blues. Food-wise, there are a bunch of burgers, seafood, kabobs, plus beers and drinks.

Mister Tramps Sports Pub and Cafe

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Besides holding open mics and trivia, the North Austin bar is headquarters for plenty of soccer and football (professional and college) fans, plus there are daily food and drink specials.

Cover 3

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It’s all sports, all the time at the three Austin-area Cover 3 and 2 locations around town, with weekend brunch too.

Billy's on Burnet

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Fellow fans feel at home at Billy’s with beer, burgers, and hot dogs while watching the games.

B.D. Riley's Irish Pub

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The Mueller Irish bar is home to the most Irish-slash-New England teams out there: the Patriots and Fighting Irish, plus it’s a major soccer headquarters.

Crown & Anchor Pub

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The North Campus bar and restaurant is an easy place to hole up and watch games, especially with that great burger and daily beer specials.

Posse East

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

Haymaker

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Football games are made complete with burgers, wings, and beer from the Cherrywood neighborhood bar. Longhorn, Detroit Lions (football), and general soccer fans will feel at home.

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 college football games, plus others.

The Tavern

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Watch any sports game on one 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. It’s the home for football fans of the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, and Kansas City Chiefs, as well as soccer fans of Arsenal and FC Barcelona.

Shoal Creek Saloon

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The Cajun headquarters of Austin is the home of fans of Louisiana sports (Saints, Tigers, Pelicans) with Abita beer specials, plus it’s a Houston Astros home base.

Star Bar

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Eat pizza from the on-site truck Via 313, drink, and watch the games at the downtown bar. The epic bloody marys are meals in themselves. It’s a mainstay for football and hockey fans, especially for University of Wisconsin football team the Badgers and the Longhorns.

Little Woodrow's

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Each of the six Austin-area locations has plenty of television screens, beer bucket specials, and special weekend football hours (11 a.m. to 2 a.m.). It’s a good home base for NFL (especially Seattle Seahawks fans) and UT games.

Nickel City

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The Central East Austin neighborhood bar is the place for Buffalo Bills fans — the name of the bar is actually a nickname for the upstate New York city.

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Carolina Panthers fans will gather at the downtown bar for football games.

Shiner's Saloon

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Watch games on any of the seven televisions at the Congress Avenue bar, especially fans of the football team the Pittsburgh Steelers, and college football teams the Louisiana State University Tigers and Virginia Tech Hokies.

Corner Bar

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The South Lamar neighborhood bar airs NFL, baseball, basketball, and Austin FC soccer games.

Black Sheep Lodge

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Similar to sister restaurant Haymaker, the South Austin bar offers up Saturday and Sunday drink specials ready for all the sports watching.

Bouldin Acres

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The South Lamar bar is hosting regular tailgates for Longhorn games, plus it’ll screen other games, and expect drink specials and barbecue specials from on-site truck CM Smokehouse.

Lavaca St Bar

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The South Lamar bar will screen all sorts of sports games, plus there’s food from its newer on-site restaurant Thunder Chief.

Warehouse Billiard Bar

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

The Bon Aire

The North Shoal Creek bar with Midwestern vibes is a good place for all-round sports, and especially for fans of football team Pittsburgh Steelers, college football team Longhorns, college basketball team the Kentucky Wildcats, soccer team Austin FC, baseball team the St. Louis Cardinals, and hockey team the St. Louis Blues. Food-wise, there are a bunch of burgers, seafood, kabobs, plus beers and drinks.

Mister Tramps Sports Pub and Cafe

Besides holding open mics and trivia, the North Austin bar is headquarters for plenty of soccer and football (professional and college) fans, plus there are daily food and drink specials.

Cover 3

It’s all sports, all the time at the three Austin-area Cover 3 and 2 locations around town, with weekend brunch too.

Billy's on Burnet

Fellow fans feel at home at Billy’s with beer, burgers, and hot dogs while watching the games.

B.D. Riley's Irish Pub

The Mueller Irish bar is home to the most Irish-slash-New England teams out there: the Patriots and Fighting Irish, plus it’s a major soccer headquarters.

Crown & Anchor Pub

The North Campus bar and restaurant is an easy place to hole up and watch games, especially with that great burger and daily beer specials.

Posse East

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

Haymaker

Football games are made complete with burgers, wings, and beer from the Cherrywood neighborhood bar. Longhorn, Detroit Lions (football), and general soccer fans will feel at home.

Scholz Garten

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 college football games, plus others.

The Tavern

Watch any sports game on one 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. It’s the home for football fans of the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, and Kansas City Chiefs, as well as soccer fans of Arsenal and FC Barcelona.

Shoal Creek Saloon

The Cajun headquarters of Austin is the home of fans of Louisiana sports (Saints, Tigers, Pelicans) with Abita beer specials, plus it’s a Houston Astros home base.

Star Bar

Eat pizza from the on-site truck Via 313, drink, and watch the games at the downtown bar. The epic bloody marys are meals in themselves. It’s a mainstay for football and hockey fans, especially for University of Wisconsin football team the Badgers and the Longhorns.

Little Woodrow's

Each of the six Austin-area locations has plenty of television screens, beer bucket specials, and special weekend football hours (11 a.m. to 2 a.m.). It’s a good home base for NFL (especially Seattle Seahawks fans) and UT games.

Nickel City

The Central East Austin neighborhood bar is the place for Buffalo Bills fans — the name of the bar is actually a nickname for the upstate New York city.

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Carolina Panthers fans will gather at the downtown bar for football games.

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Shiner's Saloon

Watch games on any of the seven televisions at the Congress Avenue bar, especially fans of the football team the Pittsburgh Steelers, and college football teams the Louisiana State University Tigers and Virginia Tech Hokies.

Corner Bar

The South Lamar neighborhood bar airs NFL, baseball, basketball, and Austin FC soccer games.

Black Sheep Lodge

Similar to sister restaurant Haymaker, the South Austin bar offers up Saturday and Sunday drink specials ready for all the sports watching.

Bouldin Acres

The South Lamar bar is hosting regular tailgates for Longhorn games, plus it’ll screen other games, and expect drink specials and barbecue specials from on-site truck CM Smokehouse.

Lavaca St Bar

The South Lamar bar will screen all sorts of sports games, plus there’s food from its newer on-site restaurant Thunder Chief.

Warehouse Billiard Bar

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

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