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Football fiestas: Where to spend your Super Bowl Sunday

Meanwhile Brewing will play the game on two massive outdoor screens. (Meanwhile Brewing Co.)

T-minus three days until the Los Angeles Rams take on the Cincinnati Bengals at Super Bowl LVI. Though the Rams are 15-5 compared to the Bengals score of 13-7, it’s still anyone’s game as football fans ramp up to cheer on their favorite team this Sunday.

You’ll find the Super Bowl playing at nearly every sports bar, or venue with a TV for that matter, but here are a couple of options to get you started.

B.D. Riley's Irish Pub at Mueller | 1905 Aldrich St.

For a full weekend of sports, starting with the Rugby’s Greatest Championship the day before, this Irish pub will have you smelling the football food before you even walk in. Of course, there will be plenty of beer on tap, bloody Marys, a cozy atmosphere and TVs for an all-around exciting experience.

​The Cavalier | 2400 Webberville Road

The Cavalier is starting the festivities early this year, kicking off with drag brunch from noon-2 p.m. before switching gears to the NFL. The bar is screening the Super Bowl on every indoor and outdoor television, plus offering a Super Bowl-savvy happy hour: $1 off draft beers, $2 Jello shots, $3 cans of Austin Beerworks, $4 well drinks, $5 frozen drinks and $6 burgers.

​Dreamland Dripping Springs | 2770 US-290

Screening on its outdoor amphitheater screen, Dreamland Dripping Springs guests will be met with a specialty cocktail menu and plenty of Super Bowl food with room to explore and then some. Guests who come in wearing a team jersey will receive 10% off their beverage tab.

​The Dogwood | 715 W 6th Street and 11420 Rock Rose Avenue

Whether you visit the 6th Street or Domain location, The Dogwood will put you right in the middle of the action for the afterparty. The sixth street location will hold drawings and activities throughout the game but both locations will have a DJ, brunch food and a crawfish boil to boot. Beware–word on the street is that The Dogwood is a haven for Bengals fans.

​Fresa's | 1703 S 1st Street

Watch the Bengals take on the Rams on the (really) big, 115-inch screen at Fresa’s gigantic outdoor patio. For the fifth year in a row, Fresa’s will offer $2 off on beer, wine and its signature margaritas from 4-10 p.m., a special game-day menu complete with wings, poblano spinach dip and jalapeno poppers. Fresa’s is also offering game day takeout if you’d prefer to watch from home.

​Hold Out Brewing | 1208 W 4th St.

Promising it won’t be the “average” Super Bowl party, Hold Out Brewing is pulling out the stops for its football fiesta this year. The brewery is celebrating the biggest game of the year with a special menu consisting of cheeseburger egg rolls, chicken wings, fries of all cuts and seven-layer dip. Don’t miss the two new beer collaborations, half-time field goal kicking competition and live music to close out the evening.

​Jester King Brewery | 13187 Fitzhugh Road

Enjoy the action-packed game from the serenity of Jester King Brewery’s goat farm, complete with extravagant food options and a big screen to watch on. Though tickets cost anywhere from $25-$80 depending on the package you choose, party-goers will be treated to drink tickets, a whole pig roast from tacos, brisket chili, cornbread and raffle prizes.

​Meanwhile Brewing | 3901 Promontory Point Drive

With four acres to sprawl out on, Meanwhile Brewing Co. allows plenty of room to romp and will project the game from both its 16-foot and 40-foot outdoor screens. There will be game day food for all at the four adjacent food trucks: buffalo chicken pizza, available with an alternative cauliflower crust, from Dough Boys; pulled chicken sandwiches from Distant Relatives, Dorito Migas from Pueblo Viejo and cookie dough from Bésame’s. RSVPs are recommended.

The Tavern | 922 W 12th St.

The German-inspired downtown sports bar has 31 TVs spread out across two floors, so there will be no need to bottleneck while watching the game. With all the classic sports food, like wings, burgers and fries, a central location and beers galore on tap, the pub recommends arriving early and hungry.

​Bonus: Austin Humane Society’s Puppy Bowl at the Yard Bar | 124 W. Anderson Lane and 6700 Burnet Road

Kicking off the excitement on Saturday before the big game, Austin Humane Society will host an adoption event with $200 discounted adoption fees from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., while local restaurants compete for the 2022 Best Tailgating Treat competition. The Puppy Bowl will kick off at Yard Bar at 2 p.m., with sweet little floofs “competing” for the win. If your dog is under 35 pounds, enter them as a player for $30, or just bring them by for a $30 photo session, with 20% of the proceeds going toward Austin Humane Society.


With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again

Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.

Austin rents nearly double in a year and are now in the top 5 nationwide

While searching for a place to live, Austin renters will face monthly rates of nearly $3,000, a recent guide from rental marketplace Dwellsy shows.

The median rent in August this year was $2,930, a more than 86% increase since August 2021. That’s $820 more than the nationwide median asking rent in August and puts Austin just below the Bay Area, Boston and New York for large cities with the most expensive asking rent.

“Within this group, Austin, TX stands out for the highest increases in asking rent, which has nearly doubled since this time last year,” the study notes.

Outside of those large cities, however, others are seeing even higher rent spikes. Metro areas that ranked above Austin in one-year increases include those like Kansas City, MO with a 112% change in rent since last August and Tucson, AZ with a 124% change.

The data reflects large apartment communities, single-family homes and 2-6 unit buildings.