FC you at the bar
8 hot spots to cheer on Austin FC in the Western Conference Final this weekend
Good news for this part of Texas: Austin FC prevailed against FC Dallas in the 2022 Western Conference Semifinal, which means they’re off to the Western Conferene Final on Sunday, October 30. Sad news for this part of Texas: the team is traveling to Los Angeles to do it. Still, away games are no match for Austinites, who have plenty of bars to gather at and cheer on the team.
Most Austinites likely already have a favorite bar — and who are we to tell you to go anywhere else? — but these eight venues are great places to branch out. These are fun, inclusive places to get deals, spice up the home couch routine, and hang out with non-soccer-loving friends and partners who are doing their best.
Austin FC maintains a list of official bar partners, who have committed to being official viewing locations throughout the season. Half of this list are bar partners. Check the list to see which bars in your neighborhood have committed, but keep in mind that these are all long-term partners, and may not plan anything specific for this game.
Live Oak Park (official watch party)
Not that there will be any penalties for going to another bar (offsides?), but this is the official watch party as declared by Austin FC. It promises the “biggest Watch Party in Austin FC history,” right at Q2 Stadium in Live Oak Park. Attendees who have beat the rest of the crowds (there’s limited space) will get special drink prices, a shot at playoff merch, and a chance to win a poster giveaway. RSVP on the Austin FC app.
Hopsquad Brewing Company
Hopsquad Brewing Company has been following the playoffs weekly, and is ready for the next with $5 beers all day. The brewer is selling its own jerseys and shirts — day-of sales get a free six-pack and a free pint, respectively. Peña Madridista Austin (the local Real Madrid supporters club) will be watching their game just before the AFC game, so it’s a soccer-heavy day for everyone. Things kick off at 10 am.
Little Woodrow’s, one of the local favorite equalizers for sports fans and revelers just looking for a good atmosphere, is one of the easiest places to catch a game. Each of the six locations is a little different, but the old hole-in-the-wall vibes are always perfect. If Austin FC scores three goals, patrons get $3 Michelob Ultra drafts.
B. D. Riley’s Irish Pub
Green supports green, and B. D. Riley’s Irish Pub is one of Austin FC’s loudest supporters throughout the season, advertising every game on social media. If this is your home bar it’s a no-brainer, but non-neighbors looking for a little more team spirit should stop by this bar partner (and get there early in hopes that space doesn’t run out).
Warehouse Billiard Bar
Yes, it’d be great to get the whole gang involved in the game, but if you always have some folks looking a little left out, a game of pool is a great way to make sure everyone’s having a good time. Plus, tables are always half off on Sundays. Patrons can also play foosball, darts, and other old fashioned arcade games, while enjoying frozen drinks.
One official bar partner, Haymaker, hosts frequent viewing events for many teams, and rarely misses an opportunity to turn something into a party. This bar is known for its sandwiches and poutine, which far outpace most standard bar food. Sundays mean $4 mimosas, sangria, and bloody marys, and there are plenty of craft and natural beers to choose from.
Another official bar partner, Austin Eastciders brings a sweeter option than your typical game day brew. In fact, since last February, these are the official cider for the football club. The Barton Springs location will be serving its regular Sunday brunch until an hour into the game (3 pm), and $4 pints until the game ends. (The Collabaoratory is closed on game day for an event.)
For something more like tailgating vibes, visit the lawn at Bouldin Acres. This laid-back bar partner has lots of backyard seating, two pickleball courts, and is pet-friendly. There are also food trucks-on site, lawn games, and pretty much everything you’d need to entertain anyone tagging along for a fun outdoor day.