922 W. 12th, 512/320-8377
Hours: Sun.-Wed., 11am-12mid; Thu.-Sat., 11am-2am
The Tavern has been a popular watering hole and eatery and Austin's most tradition-packed venue for sports viewing for many decades. Not only is it open till 2am, it's also air-conditioned.
Word got out that the burgers are divine, and soon we discovered a varied and plenty appetizer menu. Our mouths were too full of Parmesan fries to take it all in, but we know the Chicken-Fried Beef Tenderloin takes the sports bar menu to a new respectability. Never fear for thirst – the beer selection here is terrific.
1717 W. Sixth, 512/982-1550
You'll be greeted by 32 hi-def screens and free wi-fi. Try the Philly cheesesteak rolls or the Quarter Pounder Dog – yikes.
1717 W. Sixth, 512/476-2273