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).
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.
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!]
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....