6 ways to enjoy Thursday's NFL Draft from Austin-area sports bars

The NFL Draft begins with the first round at 7-10:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The NFL Draft begins with the first round at 7-10:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The NFL draft on Thursday has become a must-see spectacle for football fans as they watch the league's next potential stars make their entrance.

Austin features a diversity of allegiances to NFL teams throughout the U.S. in addition to the support for the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.

Here are local venues where diehards will be taking in the first round of the draft Thursday from 7 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. when the first 32 selections of the seven-round draft are made.

The draft could be coming to the Lone Star State soon as The Star in Frisco is reportedly among the favorites to host next year's event.

1. Go to the Pluckers NFL Draft Party

The homegrown chicken wings bar chain is hosting its 13th annual watch party during which guests will be chosen to act as the "commissioner" for each of the teams drafting in the first round. If the commissioner chooses the same player the team drafts all guests in the wing bar will be eligible for a special. Pluckers has five locations in the Austin-Round Rock area. www.pluckers.com

2. Attend The Zone NFL Draft Party

Austin sports talk radio station The Zone will host a party from 4-7 p.m. at Lavaca Street Bar, 11420 Rock Rose, Austin. The radio crew will have a round-table discussion leading up to the draft. http://am1300thezone.iheart.com/calendar/april-27-2017/the-zone-nfl-draft-party-556012/

3. Join other Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs fans

Feedback Watch Parties will host a watch party on the western edge of downtown. The Chicago Bears pick third overall in the draft. Fans of the team will gather at Steampunk Saloon, 700 W. Sixth St., Austin, on Thursday night as will local Kansas City Chiefs fans.

4. Join other Detroit Lions fans

The Detroit Lions will pick 21st overall in the draft. Their fans will meet at 7 p.m. at East Austin pub Haymaker, 2310 Manor Road, Austin.  https://www.meetup.com/Lions-Fans-in-ATX/events/239166510/

5. Join other New York Jets fans

Jets fans are set to view the draft at Wings 'N More, 1200 W. Howard Lane, Austin. The franchise holds the sixth overall pick in the draft.  https://www.meetup.com/AustinNewYorkJetsFans/events/239298706/

6. Join other Seattle Seahawks fans

Seahawks fans will watch the draft live at The Common Interest, 8440 Burnet Road, Austin, or as an Austin fan group calls it, the "local Hawks' nest." https://www.meetup.com/Austin-Texas-Seattle-Seahawk-Fans/events/239122448/



Campuses in Austin ISD will be closes to in-person learning the week after Thanksgiving break. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
All Austin ISD classes to be held online through Dec. 4

The district will also be providing free COVID-19 tests to staff and families Dec. 2-4.

Bicycles for public use are docked at a MetroBike station on Lake Austin Boulevard. Austin's $460 million Proposition B will include funding for additional bicycle lanes through the city. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Breaking down Austin's $460 million bond for bike lanes, trails, sidewalks and more

The bond will fun a bridge over Pleasant Valley Road connecting two ends of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike trail, among other improvements.

Local health leaders are urging caution ahead of Thanksgiving. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Ahead of Thanksgiving, Travis County health officials urge caution

Austin Public Health leaders say gatherings with people outside one's household held indoors and without masks pose the greatest risk.

Harini Logan, 10, won the 66th annual Express-News Spelling Bee at the University of Texas at San Antonio downtown campus on March 17, 2019. For 2021, the event is slated to be held in March at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre in New Braunfels. (Photo by Jerry Lara, courtesy the San Antonio Express News)
New Braunfels to host regional spelling bee and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for the state Nov. 23 for a vaccine he said could be available as soon as December. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

The vaccine could start being distributed "as early as next month," according to a Nov. 23 news release.

ACC’s Pinnacle Campus has been closed since 2018. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Community College: There’s 'excitement' for a new Pinnacle campus

The Southwest Austin campus has been closed since 2018 due to poor facility conditions.

A new pedestrian path was build along Sawyer Ranch Road this fall. (Courtesy Hays County)
Sawyer Ranch Road shared-use path completed in Dripping Springs

The project is one of the first completed through Hays County's 2016 bond.

P. Terry’s Burger Stand is expected to open its long-awaited Pflugerville location this January. (Courtesy P. Terry's Burger Stand)
P. Terry's to open in Pflugerville in January and more Central Texas news

Read the latest Central Texas business and community news.

The Bridge at Turtle Creek apartment complex will provide more than 300 affordable units upon completion in 2022. (Rendering courtesy Journeyman Group)
Austin development updates: Apartments could replace two Rainey Street bars, 307 affordable housing units coming to South First Street area

A 569-foot apartment complex could replace Javelina and Craft Bar. Meanwhile, development continues in the St. Elmo area.

Trail of Lights (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Holiday markets, strolls, tree lightings and Trail of Lights: 18 events in the Austin area in November and December

The Trail of Lights has gone drive-thru this year, while the Blue Genie Art Bazaar is taking free, ticketed reservations to adhere to social distancing requirements.

Austin voters approved a $7.1 billion public transit expansion Nov. 3 that will add bus and rail in Austin. (Design by Miranda Baker/Community Impact Newspaper)
After historic public transportation vote, here is what's next for Project Connect in Austin

Shovels won't be hitting the ground on the light rail and downtown tunnel for years, but work is getting started now after Austinites approved the $7.1 billion plan Nov. 3.

Laura Colangelo
Q&A: Laura Colangelo discusses challenges facing private schools during pandemic

Colangelo said private schools have adapted to remote learning and other obstacles in 2020 despite less revenue and a 9% decline in enrollment statewide.