An Austin FC watch party at Hopsquad Brewing Co. (Photo by Jana Birchum)
For only its second season, Austin FC is heading to the MLS playoffs, and the team doesn’t have to travel far: its first game takes place on Sunday, October 16 at 2 p.m. at Q2 Stadium. Tickets are long sold out (now reselling for over $1,000), but even if you won’t be in the stands in Q2, there are plenty of places in town to cheer on the Verde.
The Austin FC Pub Club is a group of 39 local bars and restaurants that screen all of the team’s games. The full list of locations is available on the Austin FC website and includes locations all around Austin.
If you want to be as close to the action as possible, there are several locations right next to the stadium: Hopsquad Brewing Co. (2307 Kramer) is just down the road from Q2 and is the official home of the supporters group Los Verdes. Microbrewery Circle Brewing Co. (2340 W. Braker Ste. B) offers another close option to watch the game and is home to the Austin Anthem fan group on game day. Detour at the Domain (11101 Burnet Rd.) is a member of the Pub Club about half a mile from the stadium; it offers pre- and post-game celebrations.
Other North Austin viewing options: the Bon Aire (9070 Research), a large sports bar with plenty of screens and seating; Casa Chapala (9041 Search #100); and Trudy’s North Star (8820 Burnet Rd.) – the latter two are good if you want to eat Mexican food while you watch the game.
Mueller folks flock to BD Riley’s Irish Pub (1905 Aldrich #130), while East Austin locals have options like classic sports bar Haymaker (2310 Manor Rd.), famed for its poutine; New Orleans-style pub, the Cavalier (2400 Webberville Rd. Ste. A); and Austin Eastciders’ spacious bar, the Collaboratory (979 Springdale #130), where you can drink green in honor of the team.
Cider lovers south of Lady Bird Lake can head to Austin Eastciders’ Barton Springs Restaurant (1530 Barton Springs Rd.) on game day (but watch out for ACL traffic!). And if the weather is nice, Bouldin Acres (2027 S. Lamar) in South Austin has a large outdoor patio to watch from, while Far Out Lounge & Stage (8504 S. Congress) is a place to relax to soothe playoff nerves.