North LamarNo-frills, two-story sports haven with beer by the pitcher and an outdoor patio
One of the longest continuously running establishments in Austin, The Tavern is packed anytime there’s a game on and that goes double for soccer. It’s the official home of FC Barcelona Penya Austin, opens early for Arsenal Games and hosts gameday watches for the Austin Aztex so it makes sense that they’ll have their TVs tuned in. While you’re there, have some of the White Wings — bacon-wrapped chicken with jalapeño dunked in Buffalo sauce — and you might not even care who wins. Specials: Daily game-day surprise specials rotate each day; call for details
East 4th StreetFun, funky, experiential hostel with bar, coffee shop and restaurant
Part hostel, part coffee shop, part event space, part cocktail bar… Native Hostel is at the intersection of everything cool, and hosts fun and quirky events regularly. They’ll be screening all World Cup games (as befits their local and international clientele), and there’ll be free game watch parties with drink specials as well as discounted rooms with the promo code Kick15. They’re also doing a 1-on-1 soccer tournament in their indoor soccer court, if that’s your jam. Specials: Discounts on White Russians, Irish Coffees, and some international beers
Black Sheep Lodge
South LamarDog-friendly sports bar with crafty beer, hefty burgers, and a popular patio
Black Sheep is a spot with regulars; beer signs on the wall, shuffleboard, drink specials every night, and a pub-style food menu all combine to make it a neighborhood fave. It’s most well known for its burgers — big beefy affairs — and extensive craft beer selection, but the dog-friendly patio is a hangout during spring and summer nights, and they’ll be showing any game that falls during their regular open hours. So, the afternoon games. Specials: $3 Whitestone Brewery Konverter Kolsch Pints & $12 Pitchers
East Sixth StDog- and kid-friendly East Austin brewery with tacos, craft beer, and coffee
With their big beautiful taproom, community tables, string lights, and concrete floors, Lazarus Brewing has channeled the spirit of Austin brewing: the spot is kid- and dog-friendly, too, and they’ve got coffee and wine for the non-beer drinkers. Grab a taco and a brew here, and watch the games live in their new “Cool Store” — a reference to the long-time east Austin building they replaced. Specials: Free coffee or beer if your team wins, and the person with the most team wins gets a Patron Saint glass and free beer for life.
Manor RoadCasual bar/restaurant with heavy pours and good-natured patrons
This place might be right across from The Butterfly Bar but the feel here couldn’t be more different: Haymaker has stacked sandwiches, cheap drink specials daily and a great television view from every community bench seat in the house. It’s widely regarded as the best place to watch soccer due to its affiliation with the American Outlaws, the US soccer fan club, and they’ll be showing World Cup games once it’s down to 16 teams, though popular matchups may also warrant an early open. Specials: $3 Whitestone Brewery Konverter Kolsch Pints & $12 Pitchers
North AustinInexpensive neighborhood joint with walls covered in soccer memorabilia
Squatting awkwardly in a parking lot, this bar has nonetheless managed to build a reputation for football fandom. Soccer pennants line the walls of Mister Tramps in all their riotously colored glory, and the place frequently hosts special events around matches. If there’s a major game on somewhere in the world, you can find it at Tramps; for this year’s World Cup, they’ll be opening at 7am to provide patrons with breakfast and match viewings. Specials: Daily specials (e.g. $3 wells, $4 Texas Liquors on Tuesdays)
B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub
Downtown/MuellerIrish-American bar with Guinness on tap
Irish bars are always a safe bet for a solid soccer watch party, and both locations of B.D. Riley’s are no exception. The Mueller location is the official home of Austin’s Liverpool fans, but both locations feature handmade bars imported from Ireland that beg for the ol’ belly up. They’ve got a wide selection draft taps and friendly bartenders willing to pull you the perfect pint. The TVs around each corner and a good pour of Guinness are all you’ll need while cheering on your favorite futbol player. Specials: $5 Magners Cider and $4 Harp, Guinness Blonde, Lite, and Shiner, all in real 20-ounce imperial pints
Downtown/AllandaleSemi-upscale restaurants with American fare and a definite sports bent
Equal parts hearty American restaurant and bar, Cover 3 is mini-chain with spots in Austin, Round Rock, and San Antonio that holds its own on both fronts. There’s a special almost every day — fish and chips on Friday, half-price wine bottles on Wednesday, a weekend Bloody Mary bar — and both Austin locations open for business at 11am, meaning you’ll be able to catch all the afternoon games here. Soccer lovers may come for the games, but their tagalongs will be equally happy with the award-winning burgers and crafty cocktails. Specials: TBA
Sixth StreetBreezy bakery, restaurant, and beer garden with pastries, wine, and pints
Eschew your regular coffee shop routine and head to Easy Tiger with your fellow soccer fans. Famed for its baked goods and craft brews, Easy Tiger is opening its Beer Garden early for World Cup viewing parties; pull up a seat at one of the long community bench tables while the weather is still a cool 85 degrees. Pastries and draft beer are served before 11am, at which point the full menu comes available. Make sure to check their calendar for opening times, as they’ll vary depending on game schedule. Specials: Free drip coffee during morning games, $3 Founders Solid Gold later on, and $5 World Cup Bloody Marys all day
Lavaca Street Bar
South Lamar/The Domain/Warehouse DistrictGood times sports bar with drink specials, bar games, and a Southern-fried menu
This long-time haven for sports fans has expanded in the last couple of years, much to the delight of sports fans. In all three locations, you’ll find a TV on every wall, drink specials, and a bevy of bonafide soccer enthusiasts; they’re also paired up with Turf N Surf po-boy, which means you’ll have access to Southern-style fried fish, chicken, and shrimp plus snacks. Specials: TBA
Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse
Barton Springs RoadBusy brewpub/smokehouse serving specialty crafts plus smoked meats
No matter what match you’re into, Uncle Billy’s will be showing it at full volume on the patio on multiple HD TVs. They’ll be open for all morning games — including the 5am-ers. Breakfast, barbecue and burgers are on the menu (depending on time of day), and along with on-site craft beer, fans can find specialty cocktails (like Bloody Marys) made with Uncle Billy’s spirits. Specials: None, but breakfast is served with the early morning matches until 11am
West SixthUpmarket sports bar with locally sourced food menu & craft cocktails
You won’t find beer-soaked floors and expired chips here; helmed by veteran restaurateurs, this leveled-up sports bar offers craft beer and cocktails alongside a gourmet pub food menu put together by a pedigreed chef whose past exploits include a stint at Uchi. BaseCamp’s large, comfortable booths scattered around 13 big screen TVs make it an ideal spot to post up on match day. Specials: TBA
Jack & Ginger’s
Rock RoseExpansive Irish pub in the Domain with 82+ beers on tap
With Fado gone, Austin’s other Irish bars are stepping in to fill the gap. Jack and Ginger’s plans to open early for all of the games, sweetening the deal with breakfast drink specials, and they’ll be be serving their elevated pub food menu as well, so devotees can indulge in soft pretzels, pizzas, or a stacked sandwich during game time. Specials: $5 Screwdrivers, $6 Irish Coffee and $5 Micheladas
Various locationsIndoor/outdoor, family-friendly, come-as-you-are bar
With five locations in Austin, you’re never too far from Little Woody’s particular brand of lovable sports bar. There are sports on the telly year ‘round along with daily drink specials that include fireball shots and buckets of beer. (Friday is steak night if you’re feelin’ classy.) Though they likely won’t have special watch parties until the grand finale, you’ll be able to catch a game here if you ask. Specials: Game-day deals vary by location; for example, the Burnet Road bar has specials on Heineken and Dos Equis, but the 6th Street bar has none. Call for details!
East 4th StreetCasual hometown joint with craft cocktails and killer wings and dogs
With promises “to show all matches on the big screen!” Nickel City might be the darkest, coolest place to pull up a stool and watch your favorite team do their thing. They’ve managed to juxtapose a retro, neighborhood bar vibe with craft cocktails; come here for a Boilermaker… or for a perfect Negroni. During games, they’re offering a specialty cocktail menu with items like a Caipirinha made with Leblon Cachaca and a Mezcal Mule. The food trailer onsite, Delray Cafe, slings burgers, dogs, wings, and all the tater tots you need to fuel a futbol carb-load. Specials: Happy hour during games, and a specialty drink menuFind out where to watch the World Cup games with all the soccer fans in your city with our list of the best World Cup bars in NYC, LA, SF, Chicago, DC, Miami, Houston and more.Sign up here for our daily Austin email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town.
Kelly Stocker wasn’t born in Austin, but she got here as fast as she could. If you want to follow her adventures around town, find her on Twitter and Instagram.
In the midst of all the SXSW chaos, it helps to remember that there’s a rainbow at the festival’s end-that is, the hangover-blessing we’ve been granted of having St. Patrick’s Day 2023 fall on a Friday. Whether you attribute this small win to the Gregorian calendar or the luck of the Irish, it’s sure to amp up the already liver-damaging activities associated with this cultural celebration. However, Éire is more than just leprechauns and Colin Farrell-it’s a breathtaking land full of warm, welcoming, and good-hearted people. Fortunately, there’s a way you can get a taste of the Republic’s spirit, and a dark stout, at the same time by hitting up one of Austin’s various Irish pubs. From cozy, intimate spaces decked out like small taverns in Cobh, to modern dives with all the party energy of Temple Bar, our list has the best spots in the city to “erin go bragh” all out on March 17.
With a giant model of a beer tap literally decorating their front door, you can’t miss B.D Riley’s, nor doubt that this East Austin hang is a spot to down some serious brewskis. And its name, and perfect pours of Guinness, aren’t the only aspects they draw from the Emerald Isle-the entire pub itself was actually designed and built in Dundalk, Ireland, and shipped over for assembly in Bat City. Such authentic decor calls for equally authentic sounds, therefore, on St. Patrick’s Day, B.D. Riley’s will feature an all-day, four-artist bill of live, trad-inspired music. So, while you may not start the day knowing all the words to “The Galway Girl,” you are bound to sing along by last call.
Having only opened this past December, Kelly’s is the new kid with a brogue on the block. Occupying the space which formerly housed tapas restaurant Winebelly, this pub had big shoes to fill for South Austin barflies, but quickly won them over with an impressive whiskey selection and friendly atmosphere. A big reason behind the real deal Éire vibes can, most likely, be chalked up to the fact that one of Kelly’s owners was actually born and bred in Ireland-and the dedication to delivering a true-to-life experience is evident in everything from the shepherd’s pie to the witty bartenders. For St. Patrick’s Day, they are getting the party started early with live music and an opening time of 8 am.
While The Domain may boast more bars than you can shake a shamrock at, there’s only one spot in the North Austin entertainment behemoth that can be properly called an Irish pub: Jack & Ginger’s. Start off the night with selecting a tasting flight from their over 82 beers on tap, then, move onto shots poured straight from their Irish Whiskey Tours-after loosening up with a round or two, you might just find yourself with the gift of gab. And, before snapping a selfie over Jack & Ginger’s see-through glass floor, balance out that buzz with food offerings like a giant soft pretzel or a round of fried pickles.
Here’s a spot that visibly radiates with Irish pride-at Foxy’s, the glow of green beams out from the bar’s lighted panels, and across their chandelier made of Jameson bottles. When it comes to cups and chow, their commitment to the theme continues-the use of the word,”proper,” in the pub’s name alone indicates you’re in for a heavy pour of the standards. Consequently, the taps are abundant with essential Irish sips, including Guinness, Magners, and Smithwick’s. With Lone Star on draft, there’s also a nod to Texas tradition as well. But don’t fear if you’re bored of beer-Foxy’s variety of whiskey-based cocktails will let you switch it up (and still keep it Celtic). March 17 will find them celebrating with live music, whiskey tastings, and swag giveaways.
Compared to a flight to Dublin, the 30-minute drive to Round Rock’s Cork & Barrel is much more convenient-not to mention, won’t require waiting in a TSA line. A mix between a modern Austin beer garden and a historical Irish pub, this spot’s spacious interior and expansive outdoor patio guarantees there will be enough room for the whole crew to cheer “sláinte.” And, their microbrewery’s signature beers are the ideal drinks to do such a toast with. The menu of specially crafted drafts includes a blueberry wheat, an Irish red ale, and a vanilla stout. This St. Patrick’s Day also marks Cork & Barrel’s two-year anniversary, and they are throwing down for the double-celebration with live music, yard games, Irish food specials, and plentiful amounts of green beer and Irish Car Bombs.