- August 26, 2019

These are the Best Places in Austin to Watch UT Longhorns Football Games

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It’s time to cheer because another football season is here! When Texas Longhorns football kicks off on August 31, 2019 we don’t know about you, but we’ll be sporting our burnt orange ready to hook ’em every Saturday.

Need some new team-colored accessories to make your game day getup complete? Get in the spirit with one of Kendra Scott‘s most beloved styles in goldstone – their sparkling version of burnt orange! Throw your hair up and turn heads with a pair of statement earrings like the Alex Drop or Deena Earrings. Don a necklace like the Elisa or Alex Pendant Necklace or take on the layered look by pairing together a longer length like the Fern Y Necklace, a choker like the Alina, and an adjustable chain with a charm of your choice. The State of Texas and UT charms are perfect for game day, and both give back! None of that works for you? No worries. You can create your own custom jewelry at the Color Bar™ for a unique look that’s completely your own.

Now that you’re all dudded up in your team colors, let’s talk where to watch. Of course, we all know the best place to catch a Longhorns football game is at the Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium! However, if you aren’t able to get tickets to the game, there are many other places to watch and party with your fellow Longhorn fans.

Here are the best places to watch a UT Longhorns football game!

Near the Stadium:

Scholz Garten | 1607 San Jacinto Boulevard
The oldest operating business in Texas, Scholz hosts the largest University of Texas Tailgate Party in the city. The beer garden usually opens at 11 a.m. to get the party started early, even when a night game is scheduled. Check their calendar for updated details as the game times are announced. And be sure to arrive early if you want a good seat. This place is always packed!

Photo courtesy @scholzgarten on Instagram

Posse East | 2900 Duval Street
Located at the edge of Hyde Park, right next to UT campus and walking distance from Darrel K. Royal Memorial Stadium, the Posse East is the perfect tailgate destination for Longhorns football. The bar hosts pre-game and watch parties with the game playing on their 13 TVs.

Crown & Anchor Pub | 2911 San Jacinto Boulevard
Since opening in 1987, Crown and Anchor Pub has been a favorite neighborhood spot of the Hyde Park/University Area. The Crown is a great place to watch the game on five big screen televisions with beer specials every day focusing on local and craft beers.

Other Downtown Bars:

Cover 3 | 1717 W 6th Street
Cover 3 has been a downtown favorite for all sports events for years. While they don’t host specific UT themed watch parties or events, you can count on the Horns to be playing on many of their TVs. And though the bar can accommodate hundreds, tables fill up fast, so arrive early if you’re looking to take a seat. Or, better yet, request a reservation.

Sports commentators appear on a TV screen above  the bar at Cover 3.
Photo courtesy @cover3dining on Instagram

Tavern | 922 W 12th Street
With a history that stretches back to the early 1900s, the Tavern remains a neighborhood pub steeped in Austin lore. That’s why you’re sure to find screens dedicated to Longhorns football on game day. With a revamped menu focusing on fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, innovative comfort food, and classic pub fare, the historic Tavern is a fantastic place to catch a game. And you’re welcome to bring your pup along and enjoy their expansive, dog-friendly deck.

Buford’s Backyard Beer Garden | 700 W 6th Street
With 50 beers on draft, frozen daiquiris, games, and an extremely large outdoor patio, game day viewing at Buford’s is a blast! Serving as a favorite for Chicago Bears fans on Sundays, many a Longhorn fan flocks to the West 6th backyard beer garden on Saturdays. In addition to an expansive bar selection with 15 TV screens, the Via313 food truck is also on hand to provide tasty snacks to keep you fueled with game day eats.

B.D. Riley’s | 204 E. 6th Street
Hailed as the Irish Pub That Rocks Like a Fan Club, B.D. Riley’s is a great place to watch UT games. In addition to 20-ounce draft beer specials they offer deals on vodka, mimosas, and Irish coffees. Of course, you are also free to order one of the 21 Irish and local craft-brewed beers they stock.

A flyer containing a list of the drink specials at BD Riley's.

BBG’s |214 E. 6th Street
One of the newest sports bars on the scene, this Historic 6th Street bar boasts that they’re better than the average sports bar. With a chef-inspired kitchen that blends sports bar favorites and pub fusion, you’ll find unique flavor combinations only at BBG’s. While it’s likely there will be other teams on screen as well, we’re sure the Longhorns will take center stage.

East Side:

Haymaker | 2310 Manor Road
The Haymaker doesn’t claim to be a sports bar, though they offer plenty of TVs for your sports viewing pleasure. Inspired by the simple, neighborhood bars of the Midwest and northeast, they serve simple, hearty food: Poutine and comfort sandwiches. Saturday drink specials are offered on well drinks, beer cocktails, and white trash cans. Though no official 2019 watch parties have been announced as of press time, Haymaker hosted events for big showdowns in the past like Texas vs. OU and TCU.

A Longhorn football flag hangs outside of Haymaker Austin.
Photo courtesy @haymakeraustin on Instagram

South:

Doc’s Backyard | 5207 Brodie Lane, Suite #100
You’re sure to find lots of UT fans at Southside favorite Doc’s Backyard. Though no official events have been announced for 2019 as of yet, in previous years, the Texas Exes have hosted multiple events at Doc’s and last year saw viewing parties for just about every game. Saturday specials include $3 Corona and Coors Light Drafts, $5 Austin Eastciders Blood Orange Mimosa, and $8.50 Flying Longhorns. Served in a draft glass, the drink consists of UV Orange Vodka, a can of Red Bull, Watermelon Pucker, and a ho lotta sumpthin’ sumpthin’.

Rusty Cannon Pub | 730 W Stassney Lane #120
Every weekend during football season, Rusty Cannon opens early at 10 a.m. and offers $2 breakfast taco specials until noon so you can get your party started early! With nine HDTVs, they’ll play all the games, but you’re sure to find at least one tuned to the UT game, especially on the weeks they host Longhorn events. Though none are posted for this season yet, there surely will be some announced soon.

A collage of photos that include the Longhorns football and Texas Tech logos, margaritas, and the door of the Rusty Cannon Pub.
Photo courtesy @rustycannonpub on Instagram

Mueller:

B.D. Riley’s | 1905 Aldrich Street, Suite 130
In addition to their 6th Street locale, B.D. Rileys offers the same game day experience at their newly added Mueller location. The same specials apply on their select 20-ounce draft beers, vodka drinks, mimosas, and Irish coffees.

North:

Lavaca Street Bar at Rock Rose | 11420 Rock Rose Avenue, Suite 100
A favorite for college football viewing in downtown, Lavaca Street caters to the Domain crowd on Rock Rose Avenue, offering buckets of five domestic bottles of game day favorites for $15. This year, they’re getting patrons pumped for football on August 24 with two of the best games in UT history! Watch the 2004 and 2005 Rose Bowl games starting at noon.

Cover 3 | 2700 W. Anderson Lane
Much like the downtown location, the Cover 3 on Anderson Lane doesn’t host specific UT themed watch parties or events, but you can count on plenty of TVs dedicated to Longhorn games.