It’s almost that time again — when we wake up at the crack of dawn, head to our favorite neighborhood bar and cheer ourselves hoarse while watching soccer matches — all while wondering if 9 a.m. is too early for a beer. That’s right: The FIFA World Cup is back.
Sure, you can watch it at home, but it’s always more fun doing it this way. A variety of Austin bars and restaurants are expanding their open hours to accommodate the World Cup schedule and will also have fun food and drink specials throughout the tournament, which kicks off June 14 and runs through July 15.
Here’s where to go.
Cover 3, 1717 W. Sixth St., 2700 W. Anderson Ln., and 2800 N. Interstate 35, Round Rock. The three Austin-area locations of this upscale sports bar are displaying World Cup games, but keep an eye on their respective hours, as the times they will be open varies. You can reserve a table or booth for your World Cup needs in advance.
Crown & Anchor Pub, 2911 San Jacinto Blvd. One of Austin’s original beer bars will have daily beer specials to go along with the World Cup games it’ll show each day.
Easy Tiger, 709 E. Sixth St. For the first time ever, the beer garden will open up its interior nice and early for World Cup viewing parties. During morning games, drip coffee is free; there will also be $3 Founders Solid Gold Lager pints and $5 World Cup Bloody Marys all day. Pastries and draft beer will be available before 11 a.m., but the full menu doesn’t kick in until then.
Haymaker, 2310 Manor Rd. Along with sister bar Black Sheep Lodge, the Cherrywood hangout Haymaker is hosting ongoing World Cup watch parties featuring $3 Whitestone Konverter Kolsch pints and $12 pitchers. On days the bar opens before 11 a.m., there will be a breakfast menu.
Jack & Ginger’s, 11500 Rock Rose Ave. The Domain Northside-based Irish pub, boasting more than 80 beers on tap, has early weekend hours as it is to broadcast soccer games, so you can bet it’s going to be open for all World Cup matches, too.
La Matta, 501 Comal St. This charming Italian eatery won’t have extended hours to host its World Cup watch parties, but there will be happy hour pricing from 1 to 7 p.m. on game days, as well as a bracket with prizes.
Lazarus Brewing, 1902 E. Sixth St. How about cheering on your favorite team at an Austin brewery? This East Austin tacos-and-beer spot is screening almost every World Cup match at the new next-door Lazarus Cool Store, and if your team wins, you’ll get a free coffee or beer. Rack up the most team wins to earn the sweetest prize of all: a Patron Saint beer glass and access to the Free Beer for Life program.
Licha’s Cantina, 1306 E. Sixth St. Supporting Mexico? This East Austin restaurant is, too, in a big way: with lunchtime hours, food and drink specials, and extra TVs. Through June 28, Licha’s will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a special Copa Mundial menu featuring the Concha burger, tacos and tortas, margarita pitchers and more.
Little Woodrow’s, 5425 Burnet Rd., 520 W. Sixth St. and 12601 Tech Ridge Blvd. Three of Little Woodrow’s Austin locations are displaying the World Cup action — the Burnet pub opening early to show the 7 a.m. games, the downtown and North Austin spots opening a little later for the 1 p.m. showdowns. Each place will have beer bucket specials.
Mister Tramps, 8565 Research Blvd. A popular pub for soccer fans, Mister Tramps has dubbed itself as Austin’s Home of the World Cup and will air every game.
Native Hostel, 807 E. Fourth St. Soccer fans of all stripes are invited not only to watch each match here but to participate in a couple friendly soccer duels themselves. Native Hostel’s new event space will include an indoor soccer pitch for two-person competitions. And if you’re waking up early for a World Cup game, the East Austin hostel is offering discounts on an overnight stay.
The Park at the Domain, 11601 Domain Dr., #200. Thanks to the Park’s expansive patio space, you might not have trouble finding seating in front of a TV broadcasting World Cup games. You can also buy drinks at happy hour prices if you show up in your country’s colors. The Park will open an hour early, at 10 a.m., each day.
Pluckers Wing Bar, 9070 Research Blvd. This homegrown wings chain will open early for Mexico games in particular and have $1 discounts on giant mugs of Dos Equis.
Russian House, 307 E. Fifth St. You might well feel like you’re in the host country of this year’s World Cup competition at this authentic Russian restaurant, which will be showing games and highlights upon opening every day at 4 p.m.
Takoba, 1411 E. Seventh St. One of the best places in town to watch the international sporting event is reopening just in the nick of time. The eastside Mexican eatery, which had shuttered indefinitely in January for renovations, will open temporarily during the World Cup — with hours corresponding to the time of each game — and will offer a limited menu of food and drink specials.
Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse & Brewery, 1530 Barton Springs Rd. Every single World Cup game is getting screened at this South Austin restaurant — yes, even that 5 a.m. match on June 16. There will be multiple HD TV screens both inside and outside on the patio, as well as breakfast tacos and lots of coffee during the early matches.
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