There’s nothing more important on a fall Saturday in Austin than a University of Texas home game. For six weekends every season, you’ll find every hotel booked, the highway packed with traffic, and a long wait at all of your favorite restaurants because the fans come from all over the United States to see their Longhorns (hopefully) reach victory. If you happen to be in Austin this Saturday and couldn’t score tickets to the game, we’ve got a few tips that will ensure you still have a great time.
First and foremost, no game day would be complete without your best burnt orange look. Around the stadium, you’ll find fans wearing everything from t-shirts to dresses to hardly anything at all – thanks to the Longhorn Hellraisers with painted chests at every game. We like to shop for our game day outfits at By George, where you can find cream colored tops or dresses and top them off with burnt orange accessories. Pair it with some cowboy boots – this is Texas, after all – and you’re good to go!
There are several bars and restaurants around Austin where you can stop in and watch the game, grab some food, and have a beer (or several). All of our faves are on Rainey Street, a row of charming houses that have been converted into bars. Craft Pride would be our first stop, where you can ease into your Texas tailgating by sipping on craft beer from several different Texas breweries. There’s also the amazing Via 313 pizza in a trailer on the back porch as well if you brought your appetite. Next, for a change of pace you can walk right down the street to Bungalow. While they also offer a variety of local beers on tap, we recommend the Jack/mint Whiskey Barrel Smash to celebrate another great season of UT football.