When it comes to sports events, this is not Austin’s first rodeo. A city that has made it to the BCS championship twice in the last five years is not new to hosting large numbers of sports fans eager to find a big screen to watch the game. However, with the World Cup games being held in South Africa, seven hours ahead of “Austin time”, you may think that it might be a little tricky to find a bar that is open at 7am . . . not so. Below is a list of establishments that will be showing the World Cup games.
Downtown and Central Austin:
This past Saturday, Knuckle Rumbler, Ultra8201, and Luminaria Media hosted the U.S. vs. England game at the ND at 501 Studios. The match was projected on a 30-foot HD screen. If you missed this event, keep your eyes and ears open; word on the street is that a huge party for the World Cup final is currently in the works.
Fadó is the self-proclaimed “Official Soccer Bar of U.S. Soccer”. Whether you believe that or not, you should at least check it out for one of the matches. If you’ve never watched a soccer game overseas, this is about as close as you’re going to get to the atmosphere here in Austin. This Irish pub is featuring a special World Cup menu during morning games. For $7 you can get a breakfast sandwich and OJ or coffee, and for $9 substitute that non-alcoholic beverage for a pint of your favorite brew. For those of you who can’t get up that early or can’t get away from the office, the pub will reshow the games each night, starting at 6:00pm.
Crown & Anchor, located @ 2911 San Jacinto, will open early for the games and serve breakfast tacos. Happy hour begins when the doors open!
Doc’s will be open for all 64 matches at both locations (1123 S. Congress and 5207 Brodie). The restaurant/bar will feature a full menu and drink specials, as well as breakfast tacos for the 6am matches.
Dog & Duck Pub, located @ 406 W. 17th, will be showing selected World Cup games.
El Arroyo, located @ 1624 W. Fifth, will be showing all the World Cup matches.
El Mercado, with its new flat-screens, will show the games and have drink specials all day at all three locations (1302 S. First, 1702 Lavaca, and 7414 Burnet Rd.).
The Screaming Goat, located @ 900 W. 10th, will offer $1 beers during all World Cup matches.
Third Base All locations (1717 W. Sixth Ste. 210-R, Bldg. 2; 9600 S. I-35 Ste. B-500; and 3107 S. I-35 #810, Round Rock) will be open at 6am for early games and 8am for 9:30am matches, with breakfast menus and daily food and drink specials plus they will rebroadcast the day’s matches during happy hour.
Waterloo Ice House (1106 W. 38th) will show World Cup games on big-screen TVs.
Opal Divine’s All locations (3601 S. Congress, Ste. K; 700 W. Sixth; and 12709 Mopac N.) will play all the 1:30pm matches.
Austin Sports Tavern, located @ I-35 & Oltorf, with 12 big-screen TVs and a smoking patio.
Black Sheep Lodge, located @ 2108 S. Lamar, will be open early for all World Cup matches and will have daily breakfast and drink specials.
The Lion & Rose (701 S. Capital of TX Hwy.) will be open for every match – 6:30am. With 24 screens, including in the restrooms, you will be guaranteed to not miss a minute of the game. The Lion & Rose will have a special breakfast menu and half-price appetizers for afternoon matches.
Nomad, located @ 1213 Corona, will show all World Cup matches on a large projection screen and two TVs. Special breakfast options for morning games.
Pluckers All locations (2222 Rio Grande; 9070 Research Ste. 201-C; and 3909 S. Lamar) will be opening at 9am on June 11-12, 18, 22-23 & 25-29. Breakfast will be available and $2 beer specials during all featured games.
Cover 3, located @ 2700 W. Anderson, will have $2 Dos Equis drafts and $3 frozen margaritas during matches.
DoubleDave’s Pizzaworks (7 locations) will show all World Cup up games; the Duval location will have $8 pitchers for all games; all other locations will offer 2-for-1 pizza rolls for all games and $1.50 pints for 1:30pm matches.
Weirdos, located at 12408 N. Mopac, will show the games on 15 big flat-screens; specials include $2 domestic pints, and half-price appetizers.
Kahuna’s will open early for several of the matches.
Below is a list of venues catering to particular teams:
Cedar Door, located @ 201 Brazos, will be screening all USA matches.
Bikinis, located at 214-A E. Sixth, will be open early for the 9am U.S. and Mexico games, June18, 22 & 23.
Red’s Porch, located @ 3508 S. Lamar, will be hosting viewing parties for the U.S. games and some others, with drink specials, a World Cup kids’ menu, and food specials.
Jo’s Downtown @ 242 W. Second Street will screen all England matches.
Rio’s Brazilian Café, located @ 408 N. Pleasant Valley, will show all the games on TVs inside and outside. However, they will have specials during the Brazilian and American games. Rio’s Brazilian currently has a beer and wine license; however, you can bring your own liquor and for $2 purchase mixers, including caipirinha set ups.
Buenos Aires Cafe Both locations, 2414 S. First and 1201 E. Sixth, will be showing all Argentina games as well as all 9am and 1:30pm matches.
The 04 Lounge, located @ 3808 S. Congress, will show all matches except the 6:30am ones, with specials for Italy matches.
Justine’s Brasserie, located @ 4710 E. Fifth, will be hosting the “French delegation” every day with croissants and a full bar.
La Condesa, located @ 400-A W. Second, will screen all Mexico matches, with $3 Tecate specials.
Bikinis, located at 214-A E. Sixth, will open early for the 9am U.S. and Mexico games, June 18, 22 & 23.By Katie Warner
Photo by Maggie Lieser