21 Super Bowl LIII Watch Parties in Austin
Pluckers Wing Bar is taking reservations, y’all
By Emily Beyda,
3:40PM, Wed. Jan. 30, 2019
Whether or not you identify as a sporty spice, local bars and restaurants across this great burg of ours are rising to the Super Bowl occasion. Enjoy drink specials, super indulgent takes on classic comfort food, and huge TVs. Just relax and watch the Rams give the Pats a run for their Brady money. Or just chill with the puppies and commercials.
Pluckers Wing Bar is responding to the insane game day demands by taking reservations ahead of time for $10 per person – first come, first served. Or skip the madness and pre-order take-out wings in unique flavors like Dr. Pepper, Manganero (mango and habanero), ginger peach Sriracha, spicy Mandarin, and gochujang.
Home Slice Pizza is accepting pre-orders for pies, calzones, subs, desserts, and garlic knots, as well as specials including buffalo wings and Sicilian pies. Make sure to schedule your pizza in advance, as pick-up times for take-out orders are limited and reserved on a first come, first served basis.
Fareground is celebrating their first anniversary on game day with food and drinks specials. The party kicks off at 3pm with a 3:30pm performance by Mobley, Austin's local one-man-band/multimedia artist. For the fancies, a VIP package gets you tables with front row viewing, cocktail service, and buckets of beer and snacks from all of the vendors. A portion of all proceeds from the event will benefit the Andy Roddick Foundation.
Central Standard is hosting brunch all day, with $8 specials like deep fried hot chicken tossed in a dry chili and spice rub with a side of jalapeño ranch, Frito pie with smoked brisket and toppings, and crispy chili honey chicken wings glazed with red pepper honey and served with pickled veggies. There’s also a $10 per glass Boozy Bloody Bar where you can make the Bloody Mary of your dreams featuring the spirit of your choice with the works, including shrimp, oysters, miller ponies, brunch toppings, and various mixers before kicking back in front of one of their four screens for optimal sports viewing.
Shake Shack is making hosting a game day shindig slightly less financially taxing with $5 off every $20 you spend on Sunday, ordering online using the promo code GOBOSTON or GOLA, depending on your personal allegiance.
At Il Brutto they’re doing an all day happy hour, featuring special prices like Peroni for $2.50 and Aperol Spritz for $5 as you watch the game on their bar TV or a special projector screen set up in the cocktail lounge.
Sway is making it easier to be the host or hostess with the most (or mostess) at home with $15 takeout specials like the one dozen chicken wings glazed with chili caramel, fish sauce, ginger, and cilantro, served with sides of buttermilk slaw, celery, and jasmine rice. They’ll also be showing the game on the rooftop bar of Sway Westlake, where the lovely skyline provides a nice distraction if you only ventured outside of the house because it’s Sunday funday.
Super Bowl Sunday marks the last day that Black Sheep Lodge and Haymaker will be running their Native Texan Specials, featuring $3 pints pints of Independence Brewery's Native Texan, made with German Pilsner Malts and Augusteiner Lager Yeast.
In San Marcos, Industry is hosting a party with the big game streaming on a 15-foot projector screen. There will be live music from 2-5pm, with specials like $10 loaded barbecue plates, $2.50 tallboys, $4 cocktails, shot specials, and an all-day cornhole tournament for hands-on athletic types.
COVER 3 is featuring both dine-in and take-out specials at all of their locations. The Party To Go menu includes game-day favorites like chicken wings, sliders, queso & guacamole, nachos, tacos and to celebrate they’re waiving the minimum order requirement so you can cater any party, no matter the size. Just make sure to place your order by Friday, Feb. 1, and pick up by 4pm on Sunday.
The backYARD at Waller Creek is hosting a free Game Day party starting at 3pm, complete with a livestream projection, football-worthy bites, and drink specials like $4 select draft beers, $20 craft beer buckets, and $16 domestic beer buckets.
Out in Hill Country, Horseshoe Bay Resort is hosting a Super Bowl party at their Whitewater 360 Sports Club, where 16 flat-screen televisions inside give guests a view of the game no matter where they're sitting. They’ll be serving up handcrafted cocktails, beer, wine bar food, so you won’t have to step away and risk missing even a moment of excitement.
At the W Austin, TRACE is hosting the Puppy Bowl, A Real Tail-Gate (get it?) from 2-4pm. Sporty puppers are encouraged to wear their favorite jerseys to rep teams that didn’t make it to top of the dogpile. Nosh on special puppy treats as human friends enjoy feature cocktails. Once the game starts, there will be a human-oriented football watch party, with complimentary game time subs. No word yet on whether the subs will include pupperoni.
Gabriel’s Café at AT&T Hotel and Conference Center will be serving up discounted eats and drinks from 5:30-11pm, including $12 pitchers of beer and half-off appetizers like the dip trio, buffalo wings, or tuna tostada.
Geraldine’s at Hotel Van Zandt will be transforming its Writers’ Lounge into a cozy watch space complete with oversized couches perfect for enjoying the game on the big screen beginning at 5:30pm. Themed food and drink specials will be available throughout the day.
Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar will be running menu specials including beer features and themed cocktails crafted by head bartender Zach Sasser as they show the game.
Fresa's Chicken al Carbon is serving several special snacks available for one day only, including a return of favorites like the wood-grilled wings, jalapeño poppers, siete layer dip, and the Super Party Platter, which features the full array of game-day specials plus poblano spinach dip and chicken pastor skewers. It’s available for pre-order with pick-up the day of the game. They’ll also be hosting their second annual watch party at South 1st, if you’d prefer to keep the kitchen within arms reach.
Craftsman will host their fourth annual SOUPer Bowl Brewery Chili Cook-Off on game day. Reps from Austin’s favorite breweries will compete against last year’s champion – 512 Brewing – to create a beer-infused chili. Attendees will eat their way through the roster to determine the winner, before settling in to watch the big game on four TVs.
Punch Bowl Social will be showing the game on countless televisions in each of their three different bar areas, where sports fans can inhale cilantro wings with house-made buttermilk dressing or an order of Sriracha peanut fries with hoisin sauce. Wash it down with a shared bowl of The King's Cup punch with rum, pineapple-fennel shrub, white pear Fuji apple tea, and lime juice. If you’re more into playing than watching, you can play games like bowling, foosball, or ping-pong while the rest of your gang yells at grown men hurling themselves at each other.
Lavaca Street Bar will have game day deals at all three locations, including $15 domestic buckets and celebratory Turf ‘N Surf specials.
Super Bowl specials at Star Bar will include $15 domestic buckets, Lone Star buckets on special, $6 select drafts from 11 rotating taps, and $10 themed specialty cocktails for true fans (or up-and-coming actors practicing their cheer face).
[Editor's note: We updated the Plucker's information to reflect the $10 per person fee.]