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Sep 14, 2008 08:02 AM

Restaurant Bar in South or Central to watch sports

To complement this thread

What's a good hangout place? has Sunday Ticket, decent food (not all fried).


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  1. My favorite in the Central area is Third Base... lots of seating and TV's, all the sports packages, and slightly above average sports bar food. I always go for their chili.

    In south Austin, Pluckers is an option although their food can be hit or miss.

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    1. re: jwynne2000

      Third Base is owned by the guys from Hog Island Deli, but if you want Hog Island food, you could also check out Lavaca Street Bar, which now has a Hog Island inside it. I hope that makes sense.

      1. re: jwynne2000

        I've been to Pluckers a few times. They have some great deals on some call liquor... but not much else. Their food always seems pricey to me, no real food specials, and the wings can be pretty greasy. it is tasty food, but not what I consider good value or 'good eats'.

      2. We enjoy sitting in the bar area at BJ's, which is in the Ben White/Brodie area. They have 6 or 8 large screen tvs over the bar, and are usually showing all the games. There is a large, varied menu (we like the avocado egg rolls and pizzas), and lots of beers to choose from. If BJ's is too full, duck around the corner to the new Doc's which also has many large screens and a nice patio.

        1. I don't know about Sunday Ticket, but my favorite place to catch Astros games in Austin remains the Tavern. The food is decent, for what it is, and they have a full bar. (And while Hog Island Deli is amazing, the food at Third Base isn't as good as the Tavern.) Pound for pound, Tavern is probably the best sports bar / restaurant in Austin, at least as far as I've experienced. Throw in the free wireless to make fantasy draft days (football or baseball), or following your NCAA bracket, a raucous, geeky affair.

          If you're interested in catching EPL games, Fado does it live starting at a rousing 6 AM sometimes. Kitchen opens early, and the coffee, Guinness, and kitchen starts cranking around 7 AM. Be warned that their corned beef hash is really bland, not good at all. Their colossal Irish breakfast, however, is hearty, a little gross, and pretty tasty (although not as delicious as seeing another artful, virtuoso goal by Berbetov of the Hotspur). Fado also does rugby and sometimes (not often) cricket. [For cricket, Shalimar on the north side is a good bet!]

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          1. re: tom in austin

            Thanks for the post Tom. This is now a great option for Monday Night - as next door is Austin Land and Cattle with awesome 5pm to 7pm happy hour food deals. Go eat there, then walk next door to The Tavern for the game. Worked pefect.

          2. Great post- please keep the suggestions coming! We're always looking for spots just south of the river to watch college football. I've tried Freddies- eh. Wish Zax's had decent TVs. Like the Tavern & Shoal Creek, but both suffer from that 24/7 north of the river/Whole Foods traffic & congestion....

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            1. re: ehill03

              Does Uncle Billy's have Sunday Ticket? I know they have tvs...

            2. I've never been, but says they have Sunday NFL Ticket on a building banner - and on their website. Although $2.50 Miller light draft isn't much of a beer special ;)

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              1. re: RoundSparrow

                Oh, but it's the Cedar Door!!! It's a special Austin place and they do have a few TVs, if I recall, a rather large one on the fantastic outdoor patio,