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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Things to do in Austin Jan. 19-22

Austin Playhouse’s “Bloomsday.” The Texas premiere of this production by Austin Playhouse comes from one of Austin’s most acclaimed playwrights, Steven Dietz. In his literature-laden love story, an American man searches for the Irish woman who captured his heart 30 years earlier while leading a Bloomsday walking tour in Dublin. As they stroll backwards through time, the couple rediscovers their younger selves and reflects on what might have been, had they made very different life decisions. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 5. $14-$36. 6001 Airport Blvd. austinplayhouse.com.

The Amazing Acro-cats. They are a troupe of real house cats that will jump and pounce their way into your heart. Reaching out to shelters in need and accepting cats found homeless in the streets, Samantha Martin has not only rescued her own cats but has also found homes for more than 182 cats and kittens. After she’s given them a second chance with positive reinforcement-only clicker training, the cats take these amazing abilities on the road and tour the nation in the infamous Acro-cat Bus. Their act — including tightrope walks — is something you must see to believe. 7 p.m. Jan. 19-20, 21 and 23; 3 p.m. Jan. 21; 1 and 5 p.m. Jan. 22. $27. Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress Ave. 512-472-5470, austintheatre.org.

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Guided Garden Tour. Tour the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent, learning about native plants and the history and architecture of the center. Each of the docents brings their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. 11 a.m. Saturday. $4-$10. 4801 La Crosse Ave. 512-232-0100, wildflower.org.

KUTX Winter Jam at ABGB. Public radio station KUTX 98.9 FM showcases a diverse cross-section of top-notch Austin sounds at this free, family-friendly event. Politically charged Austin/San Antonio hip-hop act Third Root takes the 5 p.m. headline spot, performing songs from their 2016 work of crucial rap scholarship, “Libertad.” Tele Novella plays tracks from their beautifully crafted psych pop platter “House of Souls” at 4, and country artist James Hand kicks things off at 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. 1305 W. Oltorf St. theabgb.com. — Deborah Sengupta Stith

Sarah Silverman at Bass Concert Hall. On stage, two-time Emmy Award winner Silverman continues to cement her status as a force in stand-up comedy. But she is also one of the most versatile talents in entertainment, with credits including that of actress, creator, writer, executive producer and author. Silverman will next be seen in both “The Book of Henry” and “Battle of the Sexes,” both of which are set for release this year. 8 p.m. Sunday. $39.75-69.75. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org.

 

Inauguration Day 2017 events in Austin

Warriors Gather for Silent Prayers for our Nation — 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave., near the African-American history statue on the southwest side. Those of all faiths will start silent prayers at 6:30 p.m.

March for Justice and Families — 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Marchers will meet at 5 p.m. at Vic Mathias Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive, march together up Congress Avenue towards the Capitol and then march back Lady Bird Lake for a rally starting about 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.oneresistance.com. A group of University of Texas students is also planning an event called J20 UT Walkout on Friday that will join the OneResistance march.

LGBTQ Human Rights Rally — 7 to 9 p.m. Friday on the south steps of the Capitol. For more information, visit bit.ly/2jantwR.

Women’s March on ATX — 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Marchers will meet on the south lawn of the Capitol in advance of the march, which begins at noon and takes a circular route from the Capitol on 11th Street, south on Congress Avenue, west on Sixth Street, and north on Lavaca Street to return to the Capitol to hear speakers. For more information, visit marchonaustin.com.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Republican president-elect Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd during his acceptance speech at his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 09: Republican president-elect Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd during his acceptance speech at his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Inaugural Address Watching Event & Discussion — 11 a.m. Friday. The Texas Public Policy Foundation is hosting a watch party and a discussion with experts after President-Elect Donald Trump’s speech.

Twerk the Inauguration — 11 a.m. Friday. Not into what’s happening Friday morning? Skip the inauguration address and learn some new moves instead.

The Taming: Inauguration Day Staged Reading — 4:30 p.m. Friday. A group of local female comedians will present a staged reading of Lauren Gunderson’s “The Taming,” inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” Tickets here.

Ghostlight Inauguration Vigil — 5:30 p.m. Thursday. A local comedy troupe honors the final day of the Obama administration.

Inauguration Rapture Happy Hour — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the Whip In. Whether in protest or celebration, day drinking is totally acceptable on Inauguration Day.

State of the Uterus — 6 p.m. Friday at Cheer Up Charlie’s. BossBabesATX is hosting the event as a fundraiser for women’s health organizations.

44th Roe v. Wade Celebration Rally — 1 p.m. Sunday. Described as a “non-partisan grassroots rally,” the event at the Texas State Capitol will feature various speakers and performances.