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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