Once again, there are no Texas heroes in this year’s Super Bowl with a New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams match-up. But if you’re a fan of football, specialized commercials or just Super Bowl-related food (read: chips, dips and wings), there’s a spot for viewing the biggest game of the year.
Whisler’s is grilling up complimentary hot dogs and hamburgers to go alongside a chip and dip spread and mascot-themed drinks. Craftsman and the Volstead are hosting chili cook-offs again, both including free tastes of the competitors' entries. Corner Bar has 10 TVs and a raffle for a 50-inch flat-screen, and Dirty Dog Bar is serving up potluck-style food and drink specials. Haymaker, the Historic Scoot Inn and Black Sheep Lodge also willhost watch parties.
If you have actual stakes in this game, the Tavern is hosting Rams fans, and the Ranch is the spot for Patriots fans wanting unified camaraderie over some brews and food.
Austin-based sports bar Pluckers has been accepting reservations at $10 a seat if you call your favorite location ahead of time, although you must reserve an entire table. Ring in crawfish season at 8 Track’s Super Bowl crawfish boil with free plates starting at noon and drink specials all day. Punch Bowl Social in the Domain is hosting football fans around three different bar areas and “countless TVs.”
Downtown food hall Fareground is hosting a combined Super Bowl and first anniversary party with live music, food and drink specials and a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Andy Roddick Foundation. If you’re feeling fancy for your football viewing, reserve a VIP table with front row viewing, cocktail service and snacks from all six of Fareground’s vendors.
Don't live in town? San Marcos' new Industry restaurant will offer $10 loaded barbecue plates while you watch the big game on a massive 10-foot projector screen. Get there early for a cornhole tournament, shot specials, live music and more from 2 to 5 p.m.
OTHER PLACES TO GO
Kid-friendly co-working space the Hive is hosting a family-friendly watch party where the kids can run around while the adults watch the game. If your group is the competitive type, Topgolf is inviting people to play their version of golf-for-people-who-are-bad-at-golf while they watch the big game in their temperature-controlled bays.