Best Sports Bars in Austin
Last updated on Nov 06, 2022 by Jane Mesa
922 W 12th Street
Many folks around Austin have a story that begins “Y’all, this one night at The Tavern…”. As soon as you walk into this quirky looking German style pub, you’ll know you are ready for a good time. While it’s very much a Kansas City Chiefs bar, there’s enough indoor tables, TVs, and outdoor spaces that you can catch your favorite team play any time. Check out our review for more information on The Tavern.
Little Woodrow's Downtown
520 W 6th Street
While you can’t beat the vibe at Little Woodrow’s in The Domain, one of the best spots to enjoy watching your favorite team play is their downtown location. This dog-friendly spot is the perfect sports bar combination of chill and spirited. When you add in fast-paced bartenders, friendly servers, and drink specials every night of the week, Little Woodrow’s is an iconic spot for you and your crew to enjoy cheering on your team.
Black Sheep Lodge
2108 S Lamar Boulevard
If you’re looking for a sports bar on South Lamar, you can’t go wrong with Black Sheep Lodge. Once you go there, you’ll want to be a regular. The covered outdoor space has plenty of TVs, allows pets, and even has misters during the summer. Inside, there’s even more TVs and seating that gives you a great view of the game no matter where you are. While you’re cheering your team on, make sure to check out their menu. Order a round of Little Stinkers Sliders, and thank me later.
Lavaca Street Bar Downtown
405 Lavaca Street
Casual vibes, delicious food, great drinks, and TVs as far as the eye can see are the standard at downtown Austin’s Lavaca Street Bar. While folks love the Domain location, downtown is a sports fan’s dream! The food comes in portions large enough to share with your crew and the drinks are priced to keep you well hydrated through the entire game. I recommend a Serrano ‘Rita and an order of Traditional Cajun Spice Wings. If that gets too spicy, order a beer bucket to wash it down.
2310 Manor Road
If you’re like me and you can’t watch sports without some amazing snacks, look no further than Haymaker. Throw in a huge beer selection and a great outdoor space, and you have all the ingredients for a perfect sports bar. While a lot of spots around Austin cater to football, Haymaker shows everything from rugby, to extreme frisbee, and everything in between. Don’t worry, Longhorns, you can always cheer and wear burnt orange at Haymaker for any University of Texas team.
BD Riley's at Mueller
1905 Aldrich Street #130
While watching sports at a bar is fun, there’s something about watching sports in an Irish pub that elevates the entire experience. If that sounds like your type of party, run to B.D. Riley’s at Mueller. Also, if you’re a Liverpool FC fan, you’re going to want to become a regular here. No matter what time a Liverpool FC game starts, B.D. Riley’s opens 30 minutes before every game so you’ll never miss a minute of all the soccer action!
2900 Duval Street
Since 1971, Posse East has been Austin’s favorite spot to cheer for the Longhorns. Located a short walking distance to Darrel K. Royal Memorial Stadium makes this a perfect for pre-game tailgating or post game celebration! Speaking of tailgating, it doesn’t get any better than hanging out on Posse East’s huge outdoor patio while enjoying a few rounds of cold beers with fellow fans. Since you’ll need more than beer for your game day fuel if you’re going to make it past half time, order a burger with a side of onion rings, and you’ll feel like Longhorn Super Fan Royalty!
1607 San Jacinto Boulevard
Scholz Garten has been one of downtown Austin’s favorite bars since 1866, making it the oldest operating biergarten & restaurant in Texas. If you’re a Longhorn fan, there’s no better spot to rock your burnt orange on game day. The outdoor patio is perfect for large groups. If you’re looking for game day snacks, you’ve got to check out the “Build Your Own German Sausage” Board, where you can select from a range of toppings, sauces, and of course sausages to create a perfect snacking experience. While you’re enjoying that, don’t forget to save room for a Giant Bavarian Pretzel. Prost!
1133 E 11th Street
Nickel City could easily be considered Austin’s Favorite Dive Bar. The lights are low, the drinks are strong, and there’s plenty of TVs to watch the game. Another quirky perk of this bar is its transformation every October into Moe’s Tavern from The Simpson’s. Nickel City is said to have some of the coldest beer in town and one of the best whiskey selections in the Hill Country. When you add in the fact that they’re also pet friendly, it’s no wonder people flock to Nickel city for game day.
Parlor & Yard
601 W 6th Street
If you’re in Austin and you’re a Penn State fan or alumni, you have to check out Parlor & Yard. No matter when a Penn State team plays, you’ll be able to watch them win at this spot. If Penn State isn’t your dedicated fandom, this is also a great place to watch an Austin FC match. For the Longhorns, there’s even a game day shuttle that runs between Parlor & Yard and the stadium. Here you’ll find 17 TVs, a huge Jumbotron, and a vibe that's comfortable and retro.
401 E 6th Street
Houston Astros fans: THIS is your bar! Since 2018, Pour Choices has offered patrons the perfect combination of Rainey Street vibes with all the energy of Austin’s infamous 6th Street. There are lots of cute spots for photos so you can prove your sports team fandom to all your Instagram followers. The drinks are priced for you to enjoy round after round. If you’re a fan of Austin Eastciders, you’ll be in love with their selection of ciders.
422 Congress Avenue, D
Since 2008, Shiner’s Saloon has been showing Austin a good time while keeping folks full of great food & drink. This is one of those spots downtown where you can grab lunch, catch the game, and dance the night away all in one day! You can’t beat the view of the downtown skyline from their rooftop patio. Of course you can catch any University of Texas game there you’d want to see, but Shiner Saloon also caters to Virginia Tech, Louisiana State University, and Pittsburgh Steelers fans. There’s always watch parties happening when the teams are playing and you’re guaranteed to have a good time. The food there is a delicious selection of bar food faves with a Texas twist.
5000 W Slaughter Lane, #206
While most folks don’t go to a sports bar with food on the brain, the menu at Backspin will change your mind. They have a scratch kitchen that offers all your favorite bar foods with an elevated approach. Don’t skip the Irish Nachos which are Backspin’s seasoned fries topped with all your favorite nacho toppings. Even if it’s your first time visiting this spot, you’ll always feel as welcome as any regular that comes through the doors. There are so many TVs at Backspin that you can watch anything from professional bull riding to college sports to hockey.
The Dogwood Downtown
715 W 6th Street
As someone who loves both Southern style food and the Chicago Bears, this bar is so perfect that it almost feels like a glitch in the Matrix. Bears fans from all over Austin flock to this bar any time Da’Bears are playing. Of course with mouth watering Southern style food, you’ve got to have some amazing Southern hospitality. From the friendly and attentive bartenders serving up Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka cocktails to the food, to the TVs all around, you’re sure to love The Dogwood Downtown. For our friends in The Domain, there’s also a location up there so you’re never too far from good food and good times.
600 W 6th Street
Beer, sports, and pizza. What else do you need? If this sounds like your type of party, look no further than 6th Street's iconic Star Bar. They open bright and early for every UT football game and this is THE place in Austin where the Green Bay Packers fans unite to cheer for their team. Just like any good sports bar, Star Bar is also dog friendly.