When Cover 3 opened on Anderson Lane in North Austin it instantly changed the way Austinites thought about sports bars. Yes, there were wings, but there were also Chinese lettuce wraps. Yes, there were burgers, but there were also beef tenderloin sliders and thick ahi tuna burgers with wasabi mayonnaise. Shots? Sure, along with dozens of wines by the bottle. And, yes, there were stools, but there were also fat leather chairs that took you from feeling like you were sitting in the bleachers at other sports bars to sitting in the luxury suites at Cover 3.
Hard to believe that was 10 years ago.
The upmarket sports bar-meets-restaurant now has locations in downtown Austin, Round Rock and San Antonio in addition to its original 2700 W. Anderson Lane location and is celebrating its big anniversary with a pre-game tailgate for the UT-Texas Tech game that will include free food, heavily discounted drinks and music from 70s and 80s cover band Suede. There will also be a chicken wing-eating contest at halftime.
The menu will include tailgate-themed entrees and bites, such as chili dogs, corn dogs, Frito pie, chicken wings, burnt-orange cotton candy and more.
The event starts at 2 p.m. and runs right up to kickoff at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are for sale online now for $20 or available at the door for $25.