14 World Cup-Ready Places in Austin
Once every four years that you get to enjoy the World Cup — and it’s even more rare when the World Cup is only two time zones ahead of Austin. Forget about waking up at the crack of dawn (along with vuvuzelas) and make the most out of this year’s global futbol tournament with the best local venues to catch all of the action from June 12 – July 13.
The most important element you can ask for at a World Cup watch party is multiple screens, and the ‘Hawk will have that and more. The Red River bar will add a few more screens inside and outside, including a large projector on the interior stage, with surround sound no less. For a break from the heat, just migrate inside and enjoy that IPA with some craft hot dogs from Frank.
The Red River music venue is joining the World Cup fun with a new projector set-up, as well as trivia before games and during halftime for the chance to win prizes like drink tickets. Holy Mountain will have more special events scheduled, but the most important highlights to remember is the Thrilled Cheese food truck and Jim Beam drink specials.
You’re free to root for whomever you want during the World Cup, but if you’re leaning towards Mexico then you’ll likely find some compadres at Takoba, a restaurant that doesn’t hide its Mexican pride. With a 112-inch screen inside and a 75-inch screen on the outside with misters, Takoba is where you’ll want to be to root for Mexico’s victory.
Does your loyalty lean more towards Mother Russia? Then naturally you’ll want to join your comrades at Russian House of Austin to cheer on Putin’s favorite team as they face South Korea in Group H on June 17. Russian House was a top spot to watch this year’s Winter Olympics, and now the downtown spot has added new drink and food specials along with a new halftime happy hour.
British expatriates have some good venue options to root on the English national team (sorry, Scotland and Wales); and Mister Tramps a great option considering its Scotland-born owner who bedecked the pub with numerous flags and banners. Adding to the atmosphere are some pretty good fish and chips, but your best food bet is anything topped off with the drunken queso, like the pig-out nachos or the drunken burger.