How, where to watch historic first Austin FC match April 17

Austin FC supporters celebrate the official announcement of the team in January 2019. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin FC supporters celebrate the official announcement of the team in January 2019. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin FC supporters celebrate the official announcement of the team in January 2019. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)

Upstart Major League Soccer outfit Austin FC plays its first-ever match April 17. The squad is traveling to California to face off against Los Angeles FC, the first of seven games on the road to start the season. Kickoff is scheduled at 5 p.m. CST on April 17.

Ahead of Austin FC’s historic inaugural game, here is a primer on how to watch the team from home as well as a collection of bars and venues around town that are holding watch parties. This list is not comprehensive.



TV, streaming


Television networks: Fox, Fox Deportes

Streaming: Austin FC will stream all locally broadcast games on its website and smartphone app this season. However, the April 17 match is a nationally broadcast game and will not be streamed by the team.

North Austin breweries


There are several breweries in North Austin that are approximately a mile or less away from Q2 Stadium, home of Austin FC. Some of these breweries will host the official watch parties for Austin FC’s supporters groups. Others have invested in outdoor seating, projectors and TVs and new employees to serve Austin FC fans on game days. Here is a list of breweries around Q2 Stadium in North Austin that are holding watch parties April 17 and throughout the 2021 season.

4th Tap Brewing Co-Op


The watch party at 4th Tap starts at noon with SXSE Food Co. holding a crawfish boil and other food specials. The brewery has several screens inside and outdoors for the watch party and will offer beer specials to anyone wearing Austin FC gear.

10615 Metric Blvd., Austin

www.4thtap.coop

Celis Brewery

Austin’s Belgian brewery kicks off its festivities at noon. Celis Brewery will offer food and green beer specials throughout the day.

10001 Metric Blvd., Austin

www.celisbrewery.com

Circle Brewing Co.

Circle Brewing Co. is hosting the official watch party for Austin Anthem, the team’s oldest supporters group. The brewery has made a special edition Austin Anthem Ale in collaboration with the supporters group and is selling commemorative glasses. Food and coffee trucks will be on-site for the watch party. The event opens at 11 a.m. April 17.

2340 W. Braker Lane, Austin

www.circlebrewing.com

Hopsquad Brewing Co.

Austin FC supporters group Los Verdes is holding its watch parties at Hopsquad Brewing Co. throughout the 2021 season. On April 17, the brewery will open its doors at noon with live music and food trucks. Hopsquad is offering seasonlong drink specials for members of Los Verdes throughout the MLS season.

2307 Kramer Lane, Austin

www.hopsquad.com

Official Austin FC bar partners


Austin FC recently announced a list of Pub Clubs throughout the city that are hosting official team watch parties this season. Here are the bars and restaurants the MLS team has partnered with.

Austin Eastciders Barton Springs

1530 Barton Springs Road, Austin

www.austineastciders.com

Austin Eastciders Collaboratory

979 Springdale Road, Ste. 130, Austin

www.austineastciders.com

B.D. Riley's Mueller

1905 Aldrich St., Unit 130, Austin

www.bdrileys.com

Black Sheep Lodge

2108 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin

www.blacksheeplodge.com

The Bon Aire

9070 Research Blvd., Ste. 101, Austin

www.bonaireatx.com

Bouldin Acres

2027 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin

www.bouldinacres.com

Casa Chapala

9041 Research Blvd., Ste 100, Austin

www.casachapala.com

The Cavalier

2400 Webberville Road, Unit A, Austin

www.thecavalieratx.com

Cover 2

13701 N. US 183, Austin

www.cover-2.com

Cover 3 Round Rock

2800 N. I-35, Unit 200, Round Rock

www.cover-3.com

Crafthouse

242 N. LBJ Drive, Ste. 103, San Marcos

www.crafthousetx.com

Happy Chicks

214 E. Sixth St., Austin

www.happychicks.com

Haymaker

2310 Manor Road, Austin

www.facebook.com/haymakeraustin

High 5 Anderson Lane

2700 W. Anderson Lane, Unit 101

www.bowlhighfive.com

High 5 Lakeway

1502 N. RM 620, Lakeway

www.bowlhighfive.com

Local Post Pub

7113 Burnet Road, Austin

www.thelocalpost.pub

Pelons

802 Red River St., Austin

www.pelonstexmex.com

Play on 6th

620 W. Sixth St., Austin

www.facebook.com/playonwest6th

Pluckers

Multiple locations

www.pluckers.com

Red Rooster’s

109 E. Pecan St., Pflugerville

www.roosteraustin.com

Revelry on the Boulevard

6215 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin

www.revelryboulevard.com

Revelry East 6th

1410 E. Sixth St., Austin

www.revelryatx.com

Rusty Cannon Pub

730 W. Stassney Lane, Ste. 120, Austin

www.facebook.com/rustycannonpub

San Jac Saloon

300 E. Sixth St., Austin

www.sanjacsaloon.com

Sean Patrick’s

202 E. San Antonio St., San Marcos

www.seanpatrickstx.com

Shiner’s Saloon

422 Congress Ave., Unit D, Austin

www.shinerssaloon.com

Shooters Billiards 620

11416 N. RM 620, Austin

www.shootersbilliards.net

Shooters Billiards Cedar Park

601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park

www.shootersbilliards.net

Taco Flats Burnet

5520 Burnet Road, Ste. 101, Austin

www.tacoflats.com

Taco Flats Cantina Holly

2500 E. Sixth St., Austin

www.tacoflats.com

Twin Peaks

701 E. Stassney Lane, Austin

www.twinpeaksrestaurant.com

Other Austin FC watch parties


Barking Armadillo Brewing

507 River Bend Drive, Georgetown

www.barkingarmadillo.com

Dive Bar

1703 Guadalupe St., Austin

www.diveaustin.com

DuMont’s Down Low

214 W. 4th St., Ste. B, Austin

www.dumontsaustin.com

Krause’s Cafe & Biergarten

148 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels

www.krausescafe.com

Lala’s Little Nugget

2207 Justin Lane, Austin

www.lalasaustintexas.com

Lavaca Street Bar

Multiple locations

www.lavacastreet.com

Mean Eyed Cat

1621 W. 5th St., Austin

www.themeaneyedcat.com

Star Bar

600 W. 6th St., Austin

www.starbartexas.com

Stagger Lee

87 Rainey St., Austin

www.thestaggerlee.com

Whitestone Brewery

601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Bldg. 5, Cedar Park

www.whitestonebrewery.com

The Wheel

1902-B E. MLK Blvd., Austin

www.thewheelaustin.com
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.