Where to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics in Austin


Have Olympic fever?

Sports bars won’t be the only places broadcasting the 2018 Winter Olympics, which have kicked off in PyeongChang, South Korea, and will have all the snowboarding, ice skating, bobsledding and other winter sports action we’ve been ready to watch again.

Here are some other places in Austin where you can cheer on some of the best athletes in the world — because it’s always more fun to watch with a big group of people than just by yourself, right? 

The Barn, 6218 Brodie Ln. Did you know there’s a bar in Sunset Valley devoted to the winter sport of curling? Here, curling memorabilia adorns the walls, and the owners, who want to open a dedicated curling facility in Austin, play curling as often as possible on the TV. During the Olympics, the Barn will host curling watch parties.

Craftsman, 2000 E. Cesar Chavez St. The powder-blue bungalow bar will not only regularly air the Olympics but will also have a patriotic cocktail to boot. Want to cheer on the U.S. team with the most American drink you can find? Order a red, white and blue phish bowl with your friends at the backyard Tiki Bar, open 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 to 8 p.m. Sundays.

Friends & Allies Brewing, 979 Springdale Rd. The East Austin brewery will be playing the Olympic opening ceremony at 8 p.m. today and then showing various competitions throughout the games, which run through Feb. 25 this year. 

Lavaca Street Bar, 405 Lavaca St., 3121 S. Lamar Blvd. and 11420 Rock Rose Ave. All three locations of this neighborhood pub will be throwing watch parties through Feb. 25. And two of the bars will also have drink specials to get you in the Olympic spirit.

  • Lavaca Street downtown has the Tanya Hardicane, a feisty Hurricane riff on draft
  • The South Lamar spot has a patriotic red, white and blue shot you can order throughout the Olympics for only $4. Or, if you want a drink that will last a little longer, there are also $6 frozen Hurricanes (which are also also available at the Domain Northside location).

Live Oak Brewing, 1615 Crozier Ln. Another East Austin brewery is kicking off the Olympic games with a watch party for the opening ceremony tonight, followed by continual showings of the Olympics over the next couple of weeks. Live Oak has a gorgeous beer garden, but you’ll have to stay inside the taproom to watch the games.

Punch Bowl Social, 11310 Domain Dr. This adult wonderland boasts multiple TVs, three bars and games for the inner Olympian in all of us. So it’s a natural destination for oohing and aahing the opening ceremony and subsequent winter games.

There’s even a cocktail fit for a gold medalist: the King’s Cup punch made with Rum Haven Coconut Rum, Barcardi Rum, McClary Brothers Pineapple Fennel Seed Shrub, white pear fuji apple tea and fresh lime juice.

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