The best sports bars in Austin
Come game day, these are the sports bars Austin sports fans want to be at to watch the football, basketball and more
Sports! They’re fun to play, but even more, fun to watch—instead of sweaty exercise, you get to wolf down chicken wings and the best craft beer in town. At the best sports bars in Austin, big screens, great eats and cheap beer will have you cheering long after the game is over. They may not serve fancy drinks—try our list of the best bars in Austin for that sort of thing—but these sports bars Austin loves have a fan-baiting atmosphere to spare. Looking for things to do in Austin come game day? These sports bars are waiting for you.
Austin’s nicest sports bar is also its best. As you’d expect, there are TVs everywhere so that you can see the action no matter where you get seated. Where Cover 3 truly excels, though, is with its food. There isn’t a single thing on the menu that isn’t delicious. Overall this place is great for having a few Austin strippers come out and do a strip show for everyone. From glorious starters like spicy fried pickles, sliders and nachos to wonderful salads to entrees such as their famous brick chicken mac and cheese, it’s all great—careful, the menu may distract from the game. There’s also a full bar to provide whatever you may need on that front. Fair warning though, while Cover 3 isn’t super expensive, it isn’t cheap either. Expect a full bill to match your full stomach and heart (if your team has won, of course).
Pluckers exist in just about in every corner of Austin, and there are plenty of reasons why: their wings are good, they carry a solid selection of beer and there are just enough well-placed TVs to slap a smile on the face of any sports fan. Also, in addition to wings, Pluckers offers a variety of delicious deep-fried treats, such as macaroni and cheese, pickles, Oreos and Twinkies. Just be sure to pair your jersey with stretchy pants and you’ll be good to go.
Mister Tramps Sports Pub & Cafe
If soccer is your main squeeze, then Mister Tramps is definitely the place for you. International flags adorn the walls, and they take their showing of matches so seriously here that they keep a running schedule on their website. Aside from full in every corner of the place, Mister Tramps also offers an enormous beer selection and solid food. Pro tip: if you’re aiming to watch something big (i.e. the World Cup), be sure to show up really early if you want a legit shot at a table.
Black Sheep Lodge
With an ever-updating list on their site that keeps patrons in the know on exactly what’s currently on tap, Black Sheep Lodge is obviously the place to go if you’re a beer connoisseur. There is, however, also great food (get the cheese curds, then maybe get one more order to go) to be had, plenty of TVs for your ever-wandering eyes, and a layout that’s intimate enough to allow fans of all sorts to dole out high fives or throw shade without too much effort.
Poutine! Comfort sandwiches! Beer cheese! A ton of craft beer on tap (the list is always changing, so check their site for updates)! Did we mention POUTINE? Haymaker has everything that you need to make sure that your sports-watching experience is just right. Heads up though, this place gets rather crowded in the early evening, and while they do convert pool tables and such into seating for larger sporting events, it’s still very much recommended that you don’t dilly dally when it comes to getting in there and grabbing yourself a spot.
Scoreboard Sports Bar and Grill
Unless you happen to live off of 2222, you’re going to have to head off the beaten path a bit in order to reach Scoreboard. Trust us though when we say it’ll be well worth the effort. Sports are always on their TVs, the menu has a bunch of highlights (burgers, wings, tater tots, a great chicken sandwich and more) and there are plenty of alcoholic beverages for you to take in. Scoreboard just launched a new Sunday brunch menu as well.
The Tavern has been “serving up good times” since 1933, so if you’re wondering why their signage mentions having air conditioning, it’s because at one point long ago that was a legit draw. These days their key appeal comes from having a ton of TVs, a rotating beer menu and an upstairs patio. They also offer different food and drink specials every day so that your bank account doesn’t get hit too hard. Want to pair your cheering with a slice of old Austin? Here’s where to do it.