Super Bowl Sunday in Austin: Where to Feast and Watch Football
Check our guide to eating, watching and partying on game day
By Trichelle Lee
Whether your team made it to Super Bowl LIV or not, you’re probably going to watch the game. Fortunately for us Austinites, no matter where and how we celebrate, we have ways of ensuring a great game day. It’s all about the food, anyway. For those hosting parties on Super Bowl Sunday, there’s still time to score party platters and other crowd-pleasing catering options. If you prefer to go out and watch the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs faceoff – not to mention Jennifer Lopez and Shakira heat up the half time show – we’ve gathered some of Austin’s best buffets and bars for Super Bowl Sunday carousing.
Central Standard on South Congress will have indoor and outdoor TVs set to CBS’s Super Bowl coverage and all-day $8 menu specials and $30 mimosa service. Take your pick of hot chicken, shrimp hush puppies and chili honey wings. A Bloody Mary bar will be stocked with more than 20 garnishes for the beloved beverage including shrimp, bacon, mac ‘n’ cheese bites and oysters. For parties of four or less, book online; for parties of five or more, call 512 942 0823.
Fulton, located inside the main lobby of Fairmont Austin downtown, is having a party, “The Big Game in Fulton,” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday. Scrutinize every pass and dash on the bar’s 15-by-9-ft. projector screen. Order hot wings, nachos and burgers as well as specialty cocktails and domestic beer buckets. No reservations needed.
Hang at flat screen-filled taverns Cover 2 & Cover 3 for their In-House Super Bowl Special, available at 4 p.m. on Sunday. They are serving green chili beef nachos, chipotle ranch and Buffalo wings, fried pickles and more to make you forget about Keto. If you are hosting at home, the Covers have you covered. The Party To Go Pack retails for $184.75 and contains 25 Chipotle Ranch Wings, 25 Buffalo Wings, a half pan of their signature mac ‘n’ cheese, chicken-tinga quesadillas and more. Order at firstname.lastname@example.org before the clock runs out on January 31st at 4 p.m.
For those craving something spicy, Fresa’s 3rd Annual Super Bowl Watch Party is the place to be. The South First location will be hopping from 4 to 10 p.m., with a giant video wall on the patio, multiple screens inside as well as beer, wine and margaritas at happy hour prices. Order from their regular menu or a special Super Bowl snack menu that includes a Fresa’s twist on game day favorites: wood-grilled wings with sweet arbol chile glaze and poblano ranch, siete layer dip and jalapeño poppers. The snack menu is also available for online pre-order and pickup at both locations.
Hotel Ella’s Super Bowl Buffet has something for every hungry fan. Spend Super Bowl Sunday at the boutique hotel inside the historic landmark mansion and fill up on deviled crab dip, burger and pulled pork sliders, queso, wings waffle fries, mini apple pies, pecan bars, pumpkin cheesecake and more sweet treats. The buffet is $35 per person and $15 for kids 12 and under. Valet parking is complimentary.
Corner Bar on South Lamar has free barbecue starting at 3 p.m., until they run out. Wash it down with a Casamigos cocktails served up in a helmet pitcher for $30. If that’s not enough to get you there, they’re giving away a flat screen TV.
Sundays are for ribs at Loro, South Lamar’s Asian smokehouse and bar. Their famous Smoked Baby Back Duroc Pork Ribs will be served on game day with pickled cauliflower and green onions as well as with delicious South Asian-inspired sauces, made with pineapple juice, tamarind and chilis. Their bar snacks are also worth a try: candied kettle corn with brisket burnt ends and togarashi, wonton chips and dip, crunchy sweet corn fritters with sriracha aioli.