Austin Whether you're a non-American football die-hard, an "every four years" type, or you loathe sports in all forms, there's one thing on which all Austinites can agree: finding excuses to go to bars at odd times of the day is an admirable goal. The World Cup provides an entire month's worth of such opportunities, so here's where you should be going.
Fado’s Irish Pub
Without a doubt, Austin’s most enthusiastic football fans gather at Fado’s -- and for good reason. They’ll be showing all of the games live, and are opening one hour before the morning tilts for improved seat-jockeying opportunities. Aside from the fun Shire-like digs, you can also enjoy $4 imperial pints during happy hour, food specials, and win a million dollars if you guess the outcome of all the games correctly. Start crunching numbers!
Star Bar will show every World Cup game (during operating hours). And, during US games, the bar will offer $4 Miller Lite cans and $4 Jim Beam drinks. Pro tip: Valentina’s food trailer will be serving FREE QUESO for all customers dressed in red, white, and blue for all US games. Score! Oh, we mean, "Goal!"
From June 12th-July 13th, the Red River music venue will be showing every match of the World Cup. Frank is providing the eats, the games will be projected on a large screen, and the bar will be stocked with "IPAs, ambers, ciders, shandies, lagers, pale ales, and cocktails representing many of the teams playing in this year’s Cup". Prove you're a citizen of the world and drink everything.
Sports bar atmosphere not your thing? Join the very chill, very posh crew at Justine’s -- they will be showing all games that start before 5pm and serving Bloody Marys along with their full bar and cocktail service.
The Tavern will air most of the games, but will especially prioritize the US, Mexico, and Spain showdowns. Their World Cup specials are $3 Budweiser and Bud Light and $15 buckets! Also, they have A LOT of televisions, so there's not a bad seat in the house.
Get authentic at the Russian House’s World Cup watch events, going on all month. Along with constantly streaming games, they’ll have food and drink specials. Pro tip: the first US game is on June 16th at 5pm, which means: Happy Hour + Half Time Happy Hour + half off all infused vodkas and appetizers all day. Try the vodka infusions, there are over 70 to pick from!
Lavaca Street Bar
Join the madness at Lavaca Street Bar, who are showing each of the games throughout the competition. They’ll have super-cheap and super-awesome deals, like Lone Stars, Pearl, PBR tall boys, and Miller High Life FOR TWO BUCKS, plus $12 domestic buckets throughout the tournament.
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.
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.
A live music venue and bar that has tunes playing every night of the week from 8p-2a.
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.
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.
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.
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.