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An official partner of Texas State Athletics, Bobcat Nation Sports Bar & Grill supports the maroon and gold with memorabilia that spans the school's 115-year history. Beneath displays of autographed helmets and game jerseys, people nosh on burgers, wings, fried seafood baskets, and regional hot dogs?including The San Marcos with chili, queso, onion, and jalapenos?while watching the game on 1 of 25 flat-screen TVs.

On the outdoor smoking patio, you can take a seat and sip on craft beers from Goose Island and New Belgium. If you're having a watch party at home, Bobcat Nation can cater your event or at least text you and tell you they miss you.

700 North LBJ
San Marcos,
TX
US

Bill, Michael, and Brendan are Third Base's founders, but they're regulars at their three sports bars, too. You'll often find them snacking on spicy ranch wings, kicking back with beers on the patio, or cheering at the house TVs. And, perhaps because the three are customers themselves, they go above and beyond to make their customers happy. They post an online schedule of the games they'll show on TV, for instance, so fans of Scandinavian folk wrestling never get their hopes up too high. They also host special events, like crawfish boils with mimosas by the carafe. Cuisine such as green chili cheeseburgers, stuffed tots, and fish tacos can be paired with daily drink specials, and carryout is offered for those who are stuck babysitting the house plant.

9600 S Interstate 35
Austin,
TX
US

Dedicated to satisfying seasoned gourmands and casual diners alike, Palmer’s menu offers everything from sizable steaks and chicken dishes to lighter, plant-based victuals and veggie-nestled seafood. Try the grilled ahi tuna steak with chipotle aioli, chef’s rice, and seasonal vegetables (4 oz., $14; 8 oz., $17), or nibble the tenderloin sandwich with tomato and portobello to harness the necessary brainpower to conquer your Sudoku-based home-security system ($14). A comfy atmosphere replete with multiple stone fireplaces colors the eatery’s interior, and a clean-air garden encourages postmeal relay races in the fountain courtyard.

218 Moore St
San Marcos,
TX
US

While the heart of Johnny Carino's menu is rooted in genuine Italian traditions, forward-thinking creativity has birthed what they like to call their signature dishes. Led by executive chef Chris Peitersen, the seasoned kitchen staff blends fresh ingredients along with extra time to create high-quality, spiced Italian preparations. Diners will find entrees such as 16-layer lasagna with made-from-scratch sauce, and pizzas made with home-baked crust. Other signature choices include the spicy shrimp and chicken, baked stuffed mushrooms topped with house lemon basil cream sauce, and tiramisu made from the ground up. Entrees can be paired any selection from Carino's extensive wine list and drink menu.

1207 S Interstate 35
San Marcos,
TX
US

Texas Ski Ranch sends wakeboarders, kneeboarders, and water-skiers skimming across the placid surface of a cable lake?all without the use of a boat. Ropes connected to a circulating cable high above the water pull up to six athletes at a time around the water, with kickers and sliders stationed throughout to provide opportunities for big air, as well as a Little Bro cable system for beginners.?

Aside from the cable park, the 70-acre sports wonderland also boasts a 15,000-square-foot city-style skate park, an indoor trampoline park, a beach area, a portable rock wall, and Wahoo's Fish Taco restaurant. Even snowboarders and snow-tubers can visit to slide down the SnowPark's artificial slopes, or take lessons from a crew of seasoned instructors.

6700 IH 35 N
New Braunfels,
TX
US

Middleton Brewing's cadre of homebrew specialists impart DIY brewing tips to classes held right within their shop. The crew of ale aficionados details the processes and techniques employed in the ancient, subtle art of Belgian brewing, which was invented by monks looking for something more fun to put inside water balloons. Duets and quartets can alike revel as the brewmasters toss chewy tidbits of information about the libation's rich history and manufacturing processes. At the end of the class, each student sallies forth with their own souvenir beer glass to use in rowdy cheers or to imprison misbehaving action figures.

9595 Ranch Road 12
Wimberley,
TX
US