Where to watch the Super Bowl in Austin — or where to avoid it

Wondering which bars in our fair city are showing the big game? Here are a few suggestions for where to watch (and other options to entertain you if you aren’t the biggest football fan).

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 30: The Vince Lombardi Trophy is seen onstage during Super Bowl 51 Opening Night at Minute Maid Park on January 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX – JANUARY 30: The Vince Lombardi Trophy is seen onstage during Super Bowl 51 Opening Night at Minute Maid Park on January 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
  • Free pool while you watch the game at Shooters Cedar Park.
  • Watch on a 25-foot HD screen at The North Door.
  • Cheer on your team on a massive projection screen (sun-allowing) at the Whip In.
  • If you want to watch the game outdoors, but not really outdoors, the W Hotel Austin has a screened porch where you can sit and sip (with complimentary sub sandwiches and all-night happy hour).
  • Check out a massive buffet, free beverage samples and swag from some of your favorite boozy brands at Punch Bowl Social. Tickets are $35 per person ($15 for those 15 and under).
  • Enjoy drink and wing specials and buy your football squares at Black Sheep Lodge.
  • Join a raffle to win an authentic NFL football signed by Cowboys legend Emmett Smith at Toss Pizzeria.
  • Imbibe Whisler’s signature Bloody Mary, a keg of beer and complimentary Super Bowl food (or try the specials at Thai Kun).
  • Enjoy all day happy hour and Sangria jugs at Irene’s.
  • If Sixth Street’s your thing, try Super Bowl parties with drink specials at Thirsty Nickel or free food at The Four Horsemen.
  • Eat some freshly grilled hot dogs and burgers at Lucille Patio Lounge.
  • Get away from downtown and take in in some Tex-Mex and specials on beer and margaritas at Serranos Southpark Meadows.
  • Watch the game on the projector and sit by the fire at Friends & Neighbors.
  • Corner Bar is celebrating its five-year anniversary this week, so if you spend $10 at the bar, you get a free plate of barbecue. They’ll also give out Buffalo Wild Wings for free at halftime.
  • $1 off all beer during the big game at 4th Tap Brewing Co-Op.
  • Have an all-American day and enjoy burgers, hot dogs, chips, shots and beer at The Rattle Inn‘s rooftop deck.
  • Watch the game (or, you know, do karaoke instead) at Ego’s.
  • Test out more than 200 international beers (but maybe don’t try them all on Sunday) at Flying Saucer.
  • The showdown on the field may be between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, but the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar is broadcasting another battle: Freddy vs. Jason.
  • Take in some comedy at Dirty Dog Bar with comedian Steve Hofstetter (and watch the game afterward, if you’re so inclined).
  • Grab a gift bag and partake in an all-you-can-eat buffet at Whitestone Brewery in Cedar Park.
  • Celebrate the SOUPer Bowl (get it) at Craftsman – it’s just like it sounds. Lots of soup. And stew. And gumbo. And chili. Hungry yet?
  • Have bowls of chili (and buckets of champagne, both of the mimosa variety and the Miller High Life variety) at The Brixton.
  • Get a bunch of delicious goodies at Weather Up Austin for just $5.
  • Throwing your own party? Order Super Bowl food specials from Mongers, Walton’s Fancy & Staple, Freedmen’s or Tacodeli.

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Your guide to enjoying the Kentucky Derby in Austin

 Jockey Mario Gutierrez rides I'll Have Another to victory in the 138th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Louisville, Ky. Photo by David J. Phillip/Associated Press.
Jockey Mario Gutierrez rides I’ll Have Another to victory in the 138th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Louisville, Ky. Photo by David J. Phillip/Associated Press.

Saturday, May 2 is Derby Day! Whether you want to head to a party for the race or just want to watch and sip a mint julep in the privacy of your own home, we have you covered.

Derby in the City

Pull out your big hats and dapper attire to watch the Kentucky Derby on a jumbotron in the Austin American-Statesman’s very own parking lot at this party. The derby won’t be the only entertainment, as Shakey Graves, Leftover Salmon, Whiskey Shivers and more perform live. Tickets are $25 for general admission from 1 to 10 p.m., or $100 for VIP access, which includes complementary food, private toilets, and more.

For more Kentucky Derby Parties, download the Austin360 app and check out the special category, or head to our events database.

Make your own mint julep

Mint Julep. Photo by Dayton Daily News.
Mint Julep. Photo by Dayton Daily News.

From the bar at drink.well, here’s a recipe for a classic mint julep you can make in the comfort of your own home:

2 oz Bourbon or Cognac

.5 oz of Simple Syrup

6-8 Mint Leaves

Gently muddle the mint leaves with the syrup in a julep cup. Add the spirit snd crushed ice. Swizzle until the cup begins to frost. Top with additional crushed ice and garnish with a generous sprig of fresh mint.

And for a twist, try drink.well’s Roseto Julep:

1.5 oz Bonded Bourbon

.5 oz Amaro Montenegro

.5 oz Simple Syrup (equal part sugar and water)

.25 oz Combier Rose

Mint Garnish

In a julep cup place 6 mint leaves and add .5 oz simple syrup. Gently muddle the mint and sugar. Add 1.5 oz bourbon, .5 oz Montenegro, .25 oz rose liqueur and crushed ice. Swizzle until side of the cup is cold and frosty. Top off with more crushed ice. Garnish with mint sprig and add straw.

 

Mayweather-Pacquiao: Where to watch the ‘Fight of the Century’

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Fight week is officially underway. The undefeated, 11-time world champion Floyd Mayweather faces Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in a welterweight boxing match of historic proportions on Saturday, May 2, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Unless you miraculously scored tickets to the “Fight of the Century,” you’ll have to dish out $99 for a high definition pay-per-view home broadcast, or head to one of these local venues that will be showing the fight (for a cover charge):

Bikini’s Sports Bar and Grill North, $25 adults, $35 minors. 601 N IH 35. bikinisportsbarandgrill.com

Buffalo Wild Wings Parmer, $25. 13000 N IH 35 Bldg 4. buffalowildwings.com.

Buffalo Wild Wings Stassney, $25. 901 Little Texas Ln Bldg D. buffalowildwings.com.

Dave & Busters, $25. 9333 Research Blvd. daveandbusters.com

Hooters, $30. 425 W Riverside Dr. hooters.com

Sidelines Sports Grille, $15. 200 Buttercup Creek Blvd Ste 130. sidelinescedarpark.com

Lavaca St Bar, $20-$400. 405 Lavaca St. lavacastreet.com.

Little Woodrow’s Southpark Meadows, $25. 9500 S Interstate 35 #100. littlewoodrows.com.

Midway Field House, $20. 2015 E Riverside Dr. facebook.com/midwayfieldhouse.

Palazio Gentlemen’s Club, call for reservations. 501 E Ben White Blvd. palaziomensclub.com.

Tap 24, $30. 1004 W 24th facebook.com/tap24austin.

Texas Card House, $10 for members. 11907 Manchaca Rd. texascardhouse.com.

The Landing Strip Gentlemen’s Club, $30. 745 S. Bastrop Highway. austinlandingstrip.com.

The Warehouse Saloon & Billiards, $25. 509 E Ben White Blvd. warehousesaloon.com.

Third Base Northwest, $20. 13301 US 183, Bldg E. thirdbaseaustin.com.

Third Base Round Rock, $20. 3107 S IH 35. thirdbaseaustin.com.

Third Base Southpark Meadows, $20. 9600 S IH 35 #B. thirdbaseaustin.com.

Twin Peaks Austin, $20. 701 Stassney Ln. twinpeaksrestaurant.com.

Twin Peaks Round Rock, $20. 100 Louis Henna Blvd. twinpeaksrestaurant.com.