A sports bar goes gigantic

Published On 03/28/2011 Published On 03/28/2011

They say go big or go home, though technically you could have it all by just renting Big. Floor-piano solo! Opting to go humongous, Draft Pick Sports Bar.

Nestled into the AMLI apartments on Riverside, Draft's the latest project from the guy behind Texican Cafe: a tastefully wood-paneled sports-watcher's paradise whose 17 flatscreens include a 226in monster they claim's the biggest in the 787, meaning finally someone can show Leonard Davis' player-introduction photo without cutting off his ears. The 31 taps are exclusively TX-bred, with showings from Austinites like Shiner (Bock, Black, Light Blonde), Independence (Austin Amber, Freestyle Wheat, Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout), and Jester King (Commercial Suicide, Wytchmaker Rye IPA), as well as out-of-towners like Ft. Worth's Rahr & Sons' Texas Red, Iron Thistle, and Ugly Pug, though if you drink a lot, it becomes just "Pug". For a little kick in your beer, they're rocking concoctions like the Texas Rattlesnake (your choice lager + Leprechaun Cider), the Lunch Box (any draft + shot of amaretto/OJ), and the Shiner Black Lager + Oatmeal Stout "Black Eye" -- for a second black eye, simply inquire after the largest man in the bar's brown eye.

Draft also boasts eats ranging from Franchise Players (subs like Philly Cheesesteaks and Italian Ham & Cheese), to Most Valuable Pizzas, to Big Leaguer entrees like Chicken Fried Steak or Tenders -- or, how your feet will feel after an afternoon spent jumping on "Chopsticks".

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1. Draft Pick Sports Bar 1620 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741 (Oltorfeast Riverside)

Nestled into the Amli apartments on Riverside, Draft's the latest project from the guy behind Texican Cafe: a tastefully wood-paneled sports-watcher's paradise whose 17 flatscreens include a 226in monster they claim's the biggest in the 787.

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