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Beer, cheers and a club premiere: Where to watch Austin FC's first match

(Austin Anthem/Twitter)

Austin FC's first season will officially be underway, but their inaugural match will be nearly 1,500 miles away from their home city.

The match, which will see No. 21 ATXFC face No. 2 LAFC, will be broadcast nationally on FOX and FOX Deportes at 5 p.m. on Saturday, but for some, simply watching from home isn't quite enough.


Luckily, Austin FC, fan clubs and bars across the city are looking to keep the soccer spirit alive in Austin through several Saturday watch parties. So, put on your Verde gear and head to one of these watch parties this weekend.


1. Circle Brewing Co., 2340 W Braker Ln

This 12-hour party (from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.) claims to be the biggest watch party in Austin. Formed by Austin Anthem, ATXFC's original supporters' group, the outdoor party will hold over 1,000 people in the lot in front of Circle Brewing near Q2 Stadium. Entry is free, and the immersive experience will feature a 23' x 13' screen viewable from 500 feet away, an immersive audio experience and a special guest DJ at 7:30 p.m. RSVP here.

The event is entirely outdoors. All attendees must wear face masks when not eating or drinking.

2. Hopsquad Brewing, 2307 Kramer Lane

Hopsquad Brewing, the official headquarters of Austin FC supporters group Los Verdes, is launching an immersive watch party to kick off the team's first season. Free to enter, the Brewery will feature indoor and outdoor taps and screens, live music, art and food trucks. Rideshare or take a ride on Cap Metro for $1 off your first beer. The party begins at noon and is set to end at 7 p.m. RSVP here.

Indoor and outdoor space is available, and masks are required when not eating or drinking.

3. Black Sheep Lodge, 2108 South Lamar Blvd.

For those who want Los Verdes action on the south side, head to Black Sheep Lodge. Starting at 3:30 p.m., the watch party will include La Murga's signature chants, stickers and plenty to drink through 8:30 p.m. RSVP here.

A mask is required when not eating or drinking.

4. Rustic Tap, 613 W. 6th St.

For those looking for a downtown locale, this watch party will be going from noon to close. This pet-friendly location will feature a 7 by 12 foot LED wall, live music and over 60 Texas-based spirits.

5. Mean Eyed Cat, 1621 W 5th St.

The Mean Eyed Cat will host a 21 and up watch party starting at game time. RSVP here.

6. Star Bar, 600 W 6th St.

Local sports bar Star Bar will host a more lowkey Austin FC watch party starting at 5 p.m. RSVP here.

7. Lavaca Street Bar, 405 Lavaca St.

Kicking off at 5 p.m., the home of the turf n' surf po boy will host a watch party of its own. RSVP here.

Gibson Street Bar, 1109 S Lamar Blvd

For those south of downtown, Gibson Street Bar will have a low-key watch party ready for the club's first match. RSVP here.

6. Over 30 pub partners

If none of these watch parties are quite the right fit for you, 31 bars will be streaming the match in the Austin metro as part of the Austin FC Pub Club.

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