The arrival of September means one very big thing in Austin — a new University of Texas football season. This year, the season opener is an away game, UT vs. Maryland, which means we won’t be able to cheer on our Longhorns in person Saturday. But we can still show them plenty of support when we congregate at our favorite sports bar to watch the game.
Not sure where to go if you don’t have tickets to the UT game? Whether the team is near, playing at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, or far away, root for them this season at one of these Longhorn-loving bars.
BaseCamp, 120 W. Fifth St.
Wishing for fancier food when you’re out watching the game with your buds? You’ll get more than chicken wings at this upscale bar offering "a fresh, farm-to-table take on game day fare," according to its website. BaseCamp opened downtown two years ago with a laid-back atmosphere, just like any good sports-obsessed hangout, and with drinks beyond Budweiser. You can even find good wine here.
Buford’s Backyard Beer Garden, 700 W. Sixth St.
Once the much-derided Steampunk Saloon, the large West Sixth Street bar rebranded into a sports-focused spot featuring 15 TV screens and 50 draft beers. Though it’s become the de facto local hangout for Chicago Bears fans, Buford’s plays plenty of college football, including games of the hometown team. With one of Via 313’s food trucks in the yard, it might be a hard place for UT fans to resist this fall.
Cover 3, 1717 W. Sixth St. and 2700 W. Anderson Ln.
This Central Texas chain has a similar premise — elevated pub food in a casual setting — and it’ll be the place to visit on weekends for brunch, when you can partake in the Bloody Mary and bubbles bar while rooting for the Longhorns.
Crown & Anchor Pub, 2911 San Jacinto Blvd.
The campus-area bar celebrated 30 years in business last September and remains a reliable spot where you can go for friendly service, good burgers and local beers, as well as a half-dozen TV screens that just might be fixated on the latest Longhorn football match.
Doc’s Backyard, 5207 Brodie Ln.
The official site of the Texas Exes’ Away Game Watch Parties this season is this Sunset Valley sports bar and restaurant. Doc’s will have fun activities at each one, including the season opener with Maryland, as well as cocktails like the new 40 Acres and a range of local and macro beers. RSVP if you want to attend.RELATED:Where and what to eat near DKR-Memorial Stadium during Longhorns football season
Dogwood Rock Rose, 11420 Rock Rose, Ste. 130
Looking for a bar in North Austin to watch the Longhorns in action? Your best bet might be the Dogwood’s Domain Northside location, which boasts two levels — including a rooftop bar — and nearly 40 high-definition TV screens. The Dogwood also has a 40-foot projector that will get constant use during football season; cozy up to a table in front of it and enjoy Southern comfort dishes.
Haymaker, 2310 Manor Rd.
You’ll no doubt be making new friends by the end of a game at this East Austin bar, which is already planning to play Longhorn showdowns including the Maryland game (and will be opening early on Saturday to screen it) on its many TVs. Haymaker has lawn games, a dog-friendly patio, constant beer specials and pub food like poutine.
Posse East, 2900 Duval St.
Within walking distance of the football stadium is this longtime UT student haunt where you can tailgate before games and then lounge on the patio to watch them. Posse East has all the snacks you’ll want to eat while you watch (chili cheese tots, anyone? Chips and queso?) as well as plenty of cold beer.
Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd.
This legendary local institution isn’t a sports bar in the traditional sense, but we’d be remiss not to mention Scholz Garten and its many TVs, which blast sporting events (or politics) and most definitely don’t skip out on showing UT games when they’re happening.
The more than 150-year-old downtown establishment has a long history supporting the Longhorns. A beer garden that serves up authentic German fare thanks to sausage purveyors Frank — which took over restaurant operations last year — Scholz hosted a celebration in 1893 for the team’s first undefeated season and has since become a place where UT fans meet for rowdy pregames and watch parties alike.
The Tavern, 922 W. Twelfth St.
The founders of longtime comedy troupe Esther’s Follies know how important it is to preserve iconic local businesses, so they bought up the Tavern and have recently reestablished it with a new food menu (still containing old favorites like the white wings) and cocktails. No doubt it’ll devote a TV screen or two to Austin’s beloved Longhorns when they’re playing, too.
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