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Where to watch the World Cup in Austin

Published On 06/12/2014 Published On 06/12/2014
Fado’s Irish Pub
Star Bar
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The Tavern
Russian House
Lavaca Street Bar
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1. Fado Irish Pub 214 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Downtown footie headquarters Fado is the place to watch the all of your favorite games, and they often feature special game-day menus that pair a sandwich or select app (Guinness BBQ Chicken, son) with a pint of Stella, Guinness, or Newcastle.

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2. Star Bar 600 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Warehouse District)

Boasting an on-site food truck, Star Bar will keep you plied with BBQ and tacos while you sip away on beer from one of the 11 rotating taps. In addition, guests can also enjoy popular cocktails like Star's refreshing Emma Dalton (made with Hendrick's Gin, St. Germain, lemon, and Topo Chico). Two patios, eight televisions, and a famous, behemoth Bloody Mary -- topped with skewer after skewer of meats, eggs, chicken, and cheese -- make Stars a one stop shop for all of your needs.

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3. The Mohawk Austin 912 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

A live music venue and bar that has tunes playing every night of the week from 8p-2a.

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4. Justine's Brasserie 4710 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

Situated in East Austin, Justine's Brasserie is a sexy French eatery and social club specializing in "very late night dining." Classic bistro fare (steak frites, ratatouille) and daily blackboard specials make up the bulk of the menu. Super boozy cocktails, lots of red wine, and the company of friends may make it hard to leave this lounge-y, chic bistro.

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5. The Tavern 922 W 12th St, Austin, TX 78703 (Downtown)

These days, venues don’t feel the need to let you know if they do (or don’t) have air conditioning. But the world wasn’t always graced with such luxury, and when Austin’s Tavern -- founded in 1933 -- had an air-cooling system installed, it was so important that The Tavern enshrined “Air Conditioned” in the neon sign that welcomes you to this half-timbered, Tudor haunt. Though it’s rumored to have once been a speakeasy and brothel, today The Tavern is -- perhaps less excitingly -- a local favorite sports bar and hangout spot. The menu of bar fare faves includes appetizers, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, salads, and entrees, and we recommend that you try the “Amazing White Wings,” in which the chicken is wrapped with bacon and jalapenos and tossed in wing sauce, the Longhorn Philly Sandwich with thinly sliced rib-eye on a Tavern hoagie, or the steak tacos.

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6. Russian House NaZdorovye 307 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

The Russian House NaZdorovye is as traditionally Russian as it sounds: a seasoned team of chefs all hailing from the country serve up plenty of meats, sauteed veggies, and sauerkraut. And then there is, of course, the vodka.

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7. Lavaca Street Bar 405 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Lavaca's got a full menu of drink-friendly eats designed by the former Belmont chef, including pulled-pork honey chipotle sliders, wings smothered in eight different sauces ranging from Hot & Sassy to Sweet/Spicy Asian BBQ, and sweet specialty burgers.

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