5 Great Places To Catch Football In Austin
Sure, you could watch football from home. But what fun is THAT? Here's just five of our favorite places in town to catch the game.
This may come as a shock to some readers, but it turns out that people in Texas... get this... really like football. I know, right? I was shocked, too.
Austin isn't an island (although it may seem like it compared to a lot of the rest of the state) - people from all over the world have moved here for school, work or just because Austin is just damned awesome. A lot of those people, shockingly enough, also like football. It's true - not everyone in Austin is a Cowboys or Texans fan. Don't even get us started on college football, either.
So, one of the things that make going out to catch a football game as opposed to staying home is meeting other people who also like the same team you do. It's highly unlikely that you're the only Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan in Austin (OK, maybe it's kinda likely). But the question is - where do you go?
Well, football fans have a lot of choices - this city isn't exactly hurting for sports bars. But we put together a list of five places that we like a lot. Are they the best sports bars in town? Eh, not necessarily. But, we like 'em.
Black Sheep Lodge - 2108 S. Lamar Ave.
Source: Black Sheep Lodge website
There's a lot of reasons to love the BSL, located just minutes from downtown. They have a great staff that always seem to go above and beyond to help their customers. Their food is ridiculously good and they take pride in it. They also have, quite possibly, the best outdoor patio in the entire city. Most of all, though, are the numerous TVs spread out over the entire place - including the outdoor patio.
Parking can be a little limited considering how packed the place can get (they have valet parking during the weekends and big games), but other than that it's a great place to spend a Sunday
Mister Tramps - 8565 Research Blvd.
Source: Mister Tramps website
This fun pub on the north side of Austin is a lot like its owner. The proprietor, Alfredo Cedrone was originally born in Italy but raised in, of all places, Scotland. His bar is also a brilliant melting pot of styles. It's a great venue for live music that you would expect in Austin, but it also can be a quiet place to get a drink like a pub in Dublin. Of course, it's also a great place to catch a football game. On top of the easily accessible TVs all over the floor area, there's a huge theater sized screen in the back, making sure that no one misses a minute of the big game.
It's also right down the street from Cap City Comedy Club, making it a perfect place to get a cocktail before the show. And be sure to ask for Alfredo when you get there. The dude will talk your ear off, but he has some great stories.
The Warehouse - 509 E. Ben White Blvd.
On the other end of the city, you have The Warehouse, a bar that has nearly everything a football fan could want. The drinks are reasonably priced. It's big and spacious so you never have to worry about finding a table. There's pool tables a-plenty for when you need a distraction when your team is losing. And, there's the collection of GIANT televisions along the wall. It's no wonder that the Warehouse is the place where groups of fans of all teams congregate there every week.
If there's a downside, it's that they don't have a kitchen, so you'll want to eat beforehand. However, on the days there are NFL games being played, they have a catered buffet - and they also generally don't care if you bring your own food in as well.
Buffalo Billiards - 201 E. 6th St.
Source: Buffalo Billiards website.
There's no lack of places to watch sports on 6th St. downtown, that's a given. B.D. Riley's pub downtown is a personal favorite of mine, but it's also kind of pricey. So, for this list we're going with Buffalo Billiards. It's big and spacious and has two floors of pool tables and TVs. The staff, from the doorman to the bartenders, all seem dedicated to making sure everyone there has a good time.
On top of that, the food is pretty good, as well. Sure, there's no waitress in bikini tops but when it comes to a great place downtown to watch football, you'd be hard pressed to find one better.
Shoal Creek Saloon - 909 N. Lamar Blvd.
Source: Shoal Creek Saloon website
There's plenty of "team bars" across Austin. If you're a Broncos fan, you have a number of places where fellow fans meet up whenever the team plays. But, no bar wears their team allegiance on their sleeve quite like Shoal Creek Saloon. If the giant New Orleans Saints helmet on the roof of the place isn't a tip off, the decor inside is.
You don't have to be a Saints fan to enjoy what Shoal Creek has to offer, however. Their cajun menu and drink selection. Fan or not, it's worth checking out at least once.
Those are just five. What's your favorite spot to catch football games? Have you voice heard in the comments below and tell us!