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Jun 8, 2010 05:45 PM

Drinking, Eating and Watching the World Cup in Austin, Texas 2010

The World Cup is almost upon us.

Where are y'all going to watch as your team steps onto the pitch?

No chain bars please [I know Fado, Gingerman, Flying Saucer, Hooters, Little Woodrows and others of their ilk will be broadcasting the games but I want to put my money in the pockets of local owners]

i Viva el Tri !

Any Mexico fans out there with a particular Mexican venue in mind?

Has anyone been to ATX sports bar on 6th st. a few blocks east of I-35? How is it?

I want to drink some ice cold, dirt cheap beer, eat some tacos and cheer for el Tri.

Let's get some lists going

The Gingerman
304 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701

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  1. Kahuna's is opening early for several of the games.

    1. Third Base is locally owned and operated by three Austinites and all three locations will open early for games.

      Opens at 6am for 6:30 games and 8am for 9:30am games. Also serving a breakfast menu.

      Third Base Sports Bar
      1717 W. 6th St.
      Austin, TX 78703

      Third Base Sports Bar
      3107 S. IH 35 Suite 810
      Round Rock, TX 78664

      Third Base Sports Bar
      The Grove @ Southpark Meadows:
      9600 South IH-35
      Austin, TX 78748

      Third Base Round Rock
      3107 S Interstate 35, Round Rock, TX 78664

      Third Base
      1717 W 6th St Ste 210R, Austin, TX 78703

      Third Base
      9600 Ih 35 S #500, Austin, TX 78748

      1. I see that the Austin Aztex are doing a big shindigs with give aways and "watch with the team" parties all over town. Since they have players from England, Mexico, Brazil and Kenya, it could be pretty fun no matter who you are rooting for. The venues rotate between Third Base, Cuatros and Waterloo Ice House. Google the team website for the specific schedule.

        Also, Dog and Duck pub has had great crowds for the World Cup in the past. I have friends who have gotten up at 6AM and stumbled over to the Dog and Duck and had a great time cheering on their team.

        I have yet to find that ideal World Cup location I picture in my mind - you know, working class customers wearing their team colors, speaking English as a 2nd language, with the Michiladas flowing and tacos or tamales for nourishment. If you do find it, please let me know.

        1004 W 24th St, Austin, TX 78705

        Third Base
        1717 W 6th St Ste 210R, Austin, TX 78703

        4 Replies
        1. re: Alan Sudo

          I also noticed a mention on a social site for Chilean expats living in Austin. They are gathering to watch Chile vs. Honduras at the Takoba Restaurant at 1411 East 7th Street @ 6:30AM. They promise pisco sours, breakfast and empanadas, with the game shown on multiple Hi-Def TVs in the recently renovated restaurant.
          A neighborhood message boards also says that Takoba is inviting everyone over to "Watch LIVE as Mexico takes on the host team at 9 am and then stick around for Match 2, Uruguay vs. France at 1:30 pm. ... There is big patio with a sand soccer court, foosball, breakfast and drink specials."

          I've never made it to Takoba Restaurant (the old Dona Emilia's, across from the State Cemetery), so have no idea what this will be like, but it is an interesting option.

          1. re: Alan Sudo


            Thanks for the considered response.

            Also, Rabbits at the corner of e.6th and Chicon is throwing a Mexico vs South Africa party tomorrow morning [June 11th] at 9 am. Maybe the barbecue joint in their parking lot will be selling some barbacoa in honor of El Tri romping all over their opponents.

            Another good spot to watch Mexico could be La Mexicana on s.1st st. They have a giant tv over in the corner and tend to show lots of soccer year round. While the quality of food has slipped noticeably in the last 3 years it's still light years ahead of their nearest neighbor [Polvos].

            I have a feeling Janitzio over on Riverside could be a good place as well. Once again, they have a big tv and tend to show soccer when the ladies haven't wrestled control over the remote and put the telenovelas on.

            They still have my favorite queso in town as well as a good fideo.

            1. re: scrumptiouschef

              Inspite of watching El Tri get robbed by the homer refs this morning, a good time was had at Rabbit's Lounge. A small crowd of dedicated la Raza were on hand all sipping Tecate and enjoying the convivial spirit of the '69 era tavern.

              The barkeep informed me that they will open early for all Mexico and USA games as the start times warrant.

              There is no food offered but with plenty nearby taco joints you don't have to worry about going hungry during the matches.

              1. re: scrumptiouschef

                The offsides call was the correct call - you must have two defenders behind you - the goalie essentially pulled them offsides.

        2. The Alamo Drafthouse is showing games on the big screen at the South Lamar location.

          1. El Arbol is opening at 8 a.m. tomorrow with discounted Argentinian beer, on tap. They will also have some British beers on sale for the 1:30 p.m. game. They have several flat screens at the 2nd floor bar.