Posted September 1st, 2016
The football season is approaching fast, and Texas fans are getting excited. Counting today, there are 4 days until the start of the football season. To help celebrate, we’re counting down five things every day until the start of the season.
If you’re a sports fan like myself, then the best place to watch your favorite team play is at home, probably by yourself, with some sort of food to eat while you nervously watch the game. And there’s probably a pillow in one hand to hug when you’re happy or scream into (because your wife doesn’t like you yelling and cursing at the television) when you’re sad. It happens. Usually there’s a safety room I go into when the game gets close. I don’t want to be in public when my team plays. This is serious stuff.
For everybody else, the best place to watch a game can be any number of locations.
Like I said above, my preferred location is home. Some people have to be there. But most people aren’t watching the game at Royal-Memorial Stadium.
We also know that any tailgating experience near the stadium is going to be a great time, as some fans will roll out 60-inch televisions for their setup and smoke amazing food.
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But what are the best establishments to watch a Longhorn football game while in Austin?
We asked a handful of Statesman staffers and came up with a list of good Longhorn watching stops.
Here are five places to watch the Texas Longhorns play football:
5. Abel’s on the Lake: Multiple locations
Statesman restaurant critic and food writer Matthew Odam calls Abel’s one of the five classic places to watch a Longhorn game in Austin. Abel’s has three locations: off Parmer and MoPac and two closer to downtown with Abel’s on the Lake and a West Campus location. Odom likes the Lake location, and there’s not much to hate about that stop as it boasts the “spectacular views of Lake Austin” and “the best sunset view in Austin.”
Texas kicks off at 6:30 p.m., so Longhorns and sunsets can go together.
4. Crown and Anchor: 2911 San Jacinto Blvd.
Odom and Statesman social media editor Eric Webb suggest that Crown and Anchor, which touts a lengthy list of awards on its website, is a good place to take in a game. And look at that burger (Odom says its one of the best values you can get!). With a lengthy list of beers and what appears to be the basic array of bar and grill food, Crown and Anchor does look like a solid place. But how about this: Happy Hour prices for Crown and Anchor are in effect all day on Sundays. The Texas Longhorns play its first game on a Sunday.
Stay thirsty Longhorn fans, and be safe.
3. Texas Chill Parlor: 1409 Lavaca St.
Statesman content producer, and occasional Hookem.com blogger, Maribel Molina says she had a fun time when she went to this legendary establishment for a Longhorn game. Texas Chill Parlor is on Lavaca Street in downtown and is near the capitol building, so the location definitely is an iconic one. Eat the chili, maybe meet a politician and watch the Longhorns.
2. Posse East: 2900 Duval St.
This was voted “one of the best college football bars in the nation” by someone because their website claims it. We’ll take their word for it, because we can’t find that list. Odom calls it a classic place to watch a Longhorn game. Posse East has been around since 1971. The bar and restaurant opens at noon this Sunday and is already touting its game day experience.
1. Scholz Garten: 1607 San Jacinto Blvd.
Statesman sports editor Jason Jarrett calls this an obvious choice and this is one of Odom’s classic venues. A pre-game radio show is hosted before the Longhorns play football at Scholz, which is now located deep in the heart of the Texas campus (Dell Medical School on its way). Scholz Garten has been open since 1866, so they’ve been around longer than the football team and have had plenty of time to perfect their game day experience.