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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.

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  1. 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...

    1. First, are you married to Debbie - from BC? I was going to suggest Cover 3 also. Also thought about the Tavern. That's always a fun place.

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      1. re: jjs21582

        Third vote for Cover 3. Plenty of tv's and to food is excellent.

      2. Is there any particular part of town you prefer?
        At any rate, stay away from Bikini's. The food there is atrocious.

        1. How about Jaspers at the Domain. Lots of big TV screen and also a covered outdooor area.Also very far away from SXSW.

          1. 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

            1. 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.

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              1. re: wendella

                Oh man...Pro Football kicks off tonight, and I am craving a sports bar. Has anything new opened lately?

                1. re: NWLarry

                  My Place (the old Bellagio) has opened back up touting itself as "the Neighborhood Sports Bar".

                  1. re: amysuehere

                    Amysue-I read a lot of Tulsa reviews from you recently while preparing for a weekend trip. Got to hit Local Table and Weber's. Their root beer milkshake is crack.

              2. 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).

                1. 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