Sunset Valley, 38th Street
Retro family-friendly Austin sports bars with big outdoor spaces
When Doc’s on South Congress closed, it was the saddest day for all of us. The good news is that we have two other locations to indulge in big beers and big screens when the mood strikes. It’s pretty no-frills: just nice bartenders, a kitchen that’s open late night, and the option to bring your dog on the patio. You can also score breakfast all day -- don’t skip those cheese tots.
Deals: Monday - Friday from 3-7pm, you’ll get $6 appetizers, $1 off drafts, $4 off pitchers, $1 off wells, $1 off Frozen Hybrids and daily specials
Home teams: N/A
West Sixth Street
Well-designed bar with plenty of outdoor space and bar games
This spot isn’t your average sports bar -- owing to its original life as an upscale restaurant, it’s a surprisingly classy place to watch sports. They’ve managed to avoid the stuffiness you might expect, though, with casual, comfortable furniture in intimate groupings, plenty of cold beer, and an astroturfed, shaded patio with string lights. There’s no food menu to speak of, but the Hot Mess food truck is on-site, where you can get everything from wings to brussels sprouts, jalapeno poppers to fish tacos.
Deals: $2 off drafts, specialty cocktails, and wine from 4-7pm
Home teams: Nittany Lions, 49ers
Huge sports bar with lots of seating plus poker and board games
What once was the area’s most infamous country bar is now one of the most frequented sports bars in north Austin. With a lively atmosphere, multiple rooms, and an on-site dodgeball court (really) this is truly a sports fan’s paradise; it’s also dog- and family-friendly with bean bags, Pac-Man, Skee-Ball, giant beer pong, and cornhole. Oh, and you can also get 10 pounds of nachos in a tin can.
Deals: Daily specials Monday - Friday from 3-7pm, and $4 liquor specials all day, every day
Home teams: Pittsburgh Steelers