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.
From its expansive open-air patio to its host of friendly servers, Cuatro’s cultivates a breezy dining experience in every sense of the word. As diners survey sports across 13 TV screens, including the massive 10'x10' “Cuatro-tron,” the kitchen staff sets to work dressing up the menu's two familiar staples—burgers and tacos—with eclectic ingredients. Tacos brim with meaty fillings such as brisket, chipotle chicken, and grilled shrimp, and burger patties steam under a cover of jalapeños, avocado slices, and fried eggs. Diners' four-legged companions also eat well at Cuatro’s, as the outdoor patio is dotted with water bowls, dog treats, and snout-sized moist towelettes.
Founded by a posse of Kentucky-area natives, Trifecta On 3rd distinguishes itself with an enormous bourbon selection and a gourmet bar menu heavy on specialty pizzas. These house pies include the Southwestern chorizo, made with fresh, golden corn and cilantro, and the Fireball, which scalds mouths with jalapeños, serranos, habaneros, and, when in season, the notoriously nuclear Ghost Chili. Between bites, patrons can escape to Trifecta's expansive patio lest their ear-steam obstruct others' view of the interior's seven flat-screen TVs.
Clicks Billiards caters to competitive crowds with 19 Brunswick pool tables, including 9-foot Gold Crown tables and eight regulation-size shooting surfaces. Under the low lighting of the cue area, guests can challenge an opponent to a dance around the pool table before breaking bread. Refill your food tank with a burger and fries ($6, prices vary by location), buffalo wings ($7.75 per dozen), or fries ($3.75) before topping it off with a longneck domestic bottle ($3), a mixed drink blended in a wobbly washing machine, or Sutter Home white zinfandel ($4). Consumption can also occur while aiming for bull's-eyes on dartboards, which helped earn "Best Place to Shoot Darts" in 2008, from the Phoenix New Times, or participating in National Trivia Network (NTN) play.
For all his implied promiscuity, Mister Tramps stocks an impressive menu of gold-medal pub fare. Work your way up to a flavor overdose by getting tipsy off of the drunken fries ($5.99), an intoxicating concoction of crispy fries smothered in queso sauce and jalapeños. For a more sober starter, saddle up a garden horse of mixed greens, goat cheese, pecans, pears, and mushroom crostini with the heart-hearty goat cheese salad ($6.99). Mister Tramps' pizzas are hand-rolled with homemade dough and come in flavorful scents such as the vagabond ($9.99), a sultry mix of leeks, bacon, goat cheese, and basil-pesto sauce. With the BYOP option, DIY diners get to create their own pizza from a multitude of topping choices ($7.99 for one topping, each additional pie-packer is $1). And if there's a European club football game on any of the bar's seemingly infinite flat-screen TVs and you forgot your scarf at home, beef up on some team pride with the smokey Denmark sausages ($6.99), which include your choice of kielbasa, jalapeño kielbasa, or bratwurst with kraut and Dijon mustard.
Austin's Premier Sports Bar for over 26 years. Billiards, Games, Darts, Foosball, Golden Tee golf, AIr Hockey, Pinball. 23 HiDef screens for ultimate sports viewing. 3 - 10' HiDef projection screens. Large outside covered patio.