Best Sports Bar NOT Downtown
A friend who lives here part time wants to spend a little time male bonding and suggested watching the UT/Minnesota game at a sports bar. I figure that all of downtown will be overrun with SXSW so I need to know the best place to catch the game on a big screen, drink some libations and eat some food...I know Cover 3 is a bit pricey and I think Bikini's looks a tad cheesy but I'm open to them or any other, just need to know your take on them. Thanks.
i haven't been, but cover3 did get some good reviews on here.
and, i understand they have a good bar menu, so you could avoid a $20 entree...
Is there any particular part of town you prefer?
At any rate, stay away from Bikini's. The food there is atrocious.
How about Jaspers at the Domain. Lots of big TV screen and also a covered outdooor area.Also very far away from SXSW.
If you want to venture North:
Third Base (tons of tvs), Twin Peaks, Pluckers are all good spots with lots of Tvs and pub grub withouth the Cover 3 prices
Cover -3. I think that some of the earlier comments about it being expensive were based on a misunderstanding. Drinks prices are on par with other average places. Food is really good and also reasonable for what you order. I think the quality and service is way above average. Atmosphere is nice and there are a couple of options - sitting around the bar or at a table in a more conventional restaurant-like set up. What isn't apparent when you first walk in, is there is an upstairs with comfy couches. Seems like a great place to watch a game to me.
If you're down south, we were pleasantly surprised by Top Spin (NE "corner" of Mopac and Slaughter, where Starbucks used to be, next to Which Wich). Service was good for the very busy opening UT game of the season, and the food was surprisingly good and priced reasonably. The one thing that stood out was the chicken pesto sandwich - slightly sweet bun, strong flavored pesto, and a thick, well-cooked piece of chicken. Crowd spilled into the parking lot, and it's not all that large, so we were glad we arrived early (especially when the rain picked up).
another suggestion - mister tramps sports pub and cafe up north off 183. went there for a grammy-watching party and it had the typical smattering of televisions, however the food was stellar. i was really impressed with the sliders. 30 some-odd beers on tap as well.
(i don't know why this is repeating again below - i tried to edit it but alas.)
Mister Tramps Sports Pub and Cafe
8565 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758