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Hopsquad Brewing is one venue to watch Austin FC matches. (Josh Jaxon/Twitter)

Austin FC are fighting off a tough loss after their ringleader, Captain Alex Ring, was kicked off the field due to a second yellow card last weekend. Now, they'll have to fight the odds even further as they take on the formidable LA Galaxy, headlined by Chicharito, in Los Angeles this Saturday.

A match with this high of stakes can't simply be watched from home (unless you'd like to, no judgment here). If you're looking to grab a beer with some friends and drop your taco when your club scores, check out these watch parties happening in Austin this weekend.


Austin FC official watch party—Pluckers, 6406 N. I-35 Frontage Road

Looking to replicate the 1,000-plus-member watch party when Austin FC took on fellow Los Angeles team LAFC for their first match, the club is hosting its own official watch party this Saturday. Located outdoors and presented by Pluckers, the event comes with wings, a live DJ, prize giveaways and a party tent. Pack a mask and head to the spot after 1 p.m., when doors officially open.

Los Verdes watch party—Hopsquad Brewing, 2307 Kramer Ln

Hopsquad Brewing is bringing back its signature LED screen, local food trucks and live music in partnership with Austin FC fan club Los Verdes this weekend. They're also releasing much-awaited micheladas and bringing a rain tent in case it pours. Come early with a lawn chair and rain gear well before kickoff at 2:30 p.m. if you want a good spot.

Los Verdes South Side—Armadillo Den, 10106 Menchaca Road

For those a little bit south of Q2 Stadium, Los Verdes is offering a second watch party complete with the official fan band, La Murga de ATX. Expect live music and a rowdy crowd starting at the 2:30 p.m. kickoff. *Warning: parking is limited.

Austin Anthem—Celis Brewing, 10001 Metric Blvd.

The fan club that brought over 1,000 people to its own watch party as the season began, Austin Anthem is back at Celis Brewery but has added a new twist to its typical watch party fare. Enjoy plenty of beer and a Cajun China-style pig roast as the club hosts a limbo-infused luau right after the match. RSVP here.

Austin Anthem goes West—Dreamland, 2770 W. Highway 290 

Austin Anthem is going West with their club in a big way as they add a watch party in Dripping Springs. The event will be complete with 90 self-pour taps, art, pickleball and mini golf. Starts at kickoff, 2:30 p.m.

40 pub partners

From Round Rock to San Marcos, these 40 pubs are set show the match as official pub partners of Austin FC. They could get packed, so make sure to be there before kickoff at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Sample some spirits
When: 11:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Desert Door, 211 Darden Hill Rd. Driftwood
What: Attend Desert Door Distillery’s first Explorer Series of 2022. Guests will be able to sample Caliber on its own or in a delicious cocktail.

Eat some chili
When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sagebrush, 5500 S. Congress Ave.
What: Enjoy great chili and great music at the 14th Annual Chili Cold Blood Chili Cook-Off. All proceeds will be donated to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians in memory of Nick Curran.

Enjoy some local art
When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St.
What: The Neil-Cochran House Museum will host a multi-media art exhibition by Austin artist Nell Gottlieb, titled “Land as Persona: An Artist’s Journey.” Gottlieb works in multiple media to reexamine her coming of age, white and female in the Jim Crow South.

Catch some improv comedy
When: 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: GameOn! ATX, 1515 Dungan Ln.
What: ColdTowne ThrowDowne is an improv comedy tournament between troupes that will take place in front of a live studio audience and streamed live to the world on Twitch.

Catch a Johnny Cash-style show
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Georgetown Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave.
What: Experience music history with a unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and the healing power of home and family set to the tune of the legendary Johnny Cash.