There may not be a Texas team in the Super Bowl but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the big game like a true Texan. From players to foods to events and more, here’s how to have the most Austin Super Bowl experience.
Cheer Along With Fellow Fans
Kansas City Chiefs fans can mingle with other arrowheads at The Tavern (922 West 12th Street) while San Francisco 49ers fans gather at Oak Sports Bar (3715 South 1st Street).
Cheer For The Team With The Most Ties to Texas
Although the Chiefs only have one Longhorn on the roster, they do have Patrick Mahomes who hails from Tyler and is a grad of Texas Tech. That one Longhorn is Linebacker Alex Okafor (2009-12).
As for the team with the most Texas connections, it’s clearly the 49ers. Wide Receiver Marquise Goodwin (2009-12), Special Teams Coordinator Richard Hightower (2000-02), and Head Coach Kyle Shanahan (2001-02) are all UT grads. Plus, there’s Damontre Moore, who went to high school with Goodwin and then played against him for A&M.
Start Your Super Weekend With the Puppy Bowl
Kick off your tailgating early with the Austin Humane Society and the 13th Annual Puppy Bowl! Enjoy an epic day of delicious tailgate bites, MVPuppy races, Puppy Player predictions, Super Bowl Predictions, Pet Adoptions, and Puppy Bowl LIVE! That’s right, puppies playing football. Your own dogs playing football, too. Yes, yes this is the best thing ever and fun for the whole family. It all starts at the Humane Society on Anderson Lane and then moves to the Yard Bar for the live and local puppy bowl! More info here.
You can also watch the national puppy bowl on Sunday and support Austin Pets Alive! at Indian Roller. While the bar will be showing the Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl, APA! will be showing off some adorable puppies that are in need of homes. A portion of sales from a special drink will be donated to APA!. The event is 21+ and is happening from 3 to 6 p.m.
Hit Up a Unique Super Bowl Watch Party
Not really a fan of either team but want to be out and about with other football fans this weekend? Here are a few Austin area events that are a bit out of the norm.
Neighborhood hangout Revelry on the Boulevard is celebrating Super Sunday with a whole pig roast and TV giveaway. $20 gets you all you can eat tacos and salsa bar! Bulleit Bourbon will be on hand, plus there will be draft beer specials and more! Click here for even more info.
Another option is to head out to Jester King where they’ll be showing the game on their giant movie screen set up in the barn. JK Kitchen will stay open until 9 p.m. (instead of 8 p.m.). It’s the perfect party for all ages.
And if you’re looking to get your half-time dance party on, hit up The Brixton. With free Frito pie and nachos, and so many drink specials, you won’t care who wins the big game. Pre-gaming starts early at 2 p.m. with $11 Mimosa buckets and $7 beer & shot combos so you’ll be all loosey goosey by the time the dance party starts.
Keep It Local With Your Snacks and Sips
Planning to stay in and watch? Here are a few super specials you can take advantage of to keep it local with your dips, drinks, and more.
Fresa’s on South First is offering online pre-orders for menu faves like the Wood-Grilled Wings, Jalapeño Poppers, Siete Layer Dip, the Poblano Spinach Dip, and a Super Party Platter. Pre-orders can be made through Saturday, February 1 at 5 p.m. Items will also be available on Super Bowl Sunday from 11 a.m. until sold out. Place your orders here.
Worried about fumbling when you attempt to pair wines with snacks for your Super Bowl shindig? Avoid a busted play and handoff that responsibility to Utopian Shift. Head on over a day or two before the big game, huddle with your friends, and get a hot read on 10+ wines to pair with a variety of Super Bowl munchies. Get info on times and locale here.
Chicken and beer more your speed? Zilker Brewing Co. and Spicy Boys Fried Chicken have teamed to bring you a one day only Game Day Togo Special. $75 gets you 50 wings OR one tray of boneless, choose dressed OR sauce on side (boneless only available SOS), a one quart side of collards, slaw, som tam, or spicy cukes, one pint of thai basil ranch, and a six pack of Zilker Mainstay. Act fast because pre-orders end at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28. Email orders to [email protected]
Missed the Zilker order deadline? Have no fear, COVER 3 is here! Be the MVP of your own watch party with COVER 3’s Party-To-Go Pack. For $184.75, the pack includes: 25 chipotle ranch wings, 25 buffalo wings with ranch and bleu cheese, signature mac ‘n cheese, COVER 3 slaw, green chile beef quesadillas, chicken tinga quesadillas, and the COVER 3 Triple with chips, queso, salsa, and guacamole. Orders must be placed and confirmed no later than Friday, January 31 at 4 p.m. and scheduled for pick up on Sunday between 2 and 4 p.m. Click here to order.
Go the Anti-Game Route With These Local Events
Sellers Underground is now open at 2 p.m. on Sundays for Sunday Remix Happy Hour until 9 p.m. FREE Chicken and Waffles are served by Nadine Hughes at 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. or they run out! DJ Tony Castro keeps the party alive all afternoon! Sounds like the perfect place to get your dance party on and prep for the half time show (which some may say is the best part of the big game).
Who needs football when you can enjoy the best band in town? Antone’s presents the UN-Superbowl Party: Miss Lavelle White’s Dance Party & Potluck. The Legendary Miss Lavelle White – inductee in Texas Music Hall of Fame – will dazzle the audience with her own mix of blues, soul, sometimes funk and reggae. Miss Lavelle has performed with James Brown, Buddy Guy, Sam Cook, Otis Redding, and knows how to entertain. Plus there will be some of Miss Lavelle’s home cookin’ at the potluck on the bar. Tickets are $7.
Of course, the commercials are another big part of the evening. In the past, many of the ads have had ties to the ATX. No such announcement has been made at time of publishing, but you can reminisce about the 2019 ads here.
Featured photo via COVER 3 on Instagram.