Catch the game and the good vibes in San Marcos. Home to Texas State University, cheering on the Bobcats is practically a local pastime here. No matter which team you're rooting for, you'll find a welcoming bar (most are found near the Square) to settle in with fellow fans. Many bars go beyond just showing the game, turning it into an all-day party with delicious pub fare, fun games, and enough TVs to catch every score. So grab your jersey and head out–there's always a lively spot ready to fuel your sports fandom in San Marcos.

Black Rabbit Saloon

The Black Rabbit Saloon boasts one of the best whiskey selections in town, including ultra-premium brands. Hump Day is the day to go to the saloon, which hosts Whiskey Wednesdays every week. 

The Black Rabbit Saloon is another favorite with Texas State students. If the game is a bit slow, you’ll find a game room featuring skeeball, video games, and even a punching bag game.

Address: 127 E. Hopkins St. Hours: Open daily from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Sean Patrick’s Irish Pub

It might be Texas but every town needs an Irish Pub. Sean Patrick’s is steps from the Square and boasts 70 taps with many of Texas’ best brews. If you ask a San Martian where to watch the game, this is where they’re going to send you.

Food is a big part of the draw at Sean Patrick’s with favorites like loaded potato skins, nachos, and sliders. Diners will find sandwiches and burgers, many with an Irish flavor like the Irish Pub Club with whiskey-baked ham. For the late weekend risers, brunch is served until 3 p.m. 

Address: 202 E San Antonio St. Hours: Open daily at 11 a.m. until late. 

Treff’s Tavern

With screens ringing the room, Treff’s Tavern plays all the games. Owned and operated by a Texas State alum, you’ll find a friendly neighborhood crowd. In between game days, it also hosts weekly events like darts and billiards. 

Address: 804 Chestnut St D. Hours: daily from 12:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. 


For a burger, a beer, and a barstool to watch the game, the Taproom is it. This is one of San Marcos’ legacy bars that everyone in Texas seems to know. You’ll find 36 taps with beers from down the road to those from across the pond. Many swear this is the best burger in town. Its sister property, The Porch, offers live music. The Taproom’s porch is dog-friendly too. 

Address: 129 E Hopkins St. Suites 110 & 120 Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. to midnight. 

Crafthouse Kitchen & Tap 

Looking for a place to catch the game with friends in San Marcos? Look no further than Crafthouse Kitchen & Tap! This industrial-chic sports bar has indoor and outdoor seating areas, plenty of TVs, and a wide selection of local craft beers on tap. You're sure to have a good time at Crafthouse! 

Address: 242 North LBJ Drive Ste 103 Hours: Open Daily

Chimy’s Cerveceria 

Craving Tex-Mex with a side of touchdowns? Look no further than Chimy's Cerveceria San Marcos. This sports bar and Tex-Mex cantina brings the fiesta vibes to San Marcos, offering a winning combination of Tex-Mex cuisine, margaritas, and happy hour deals.

Address: 217 East Hopkins Hours: Mondays-Saturdays 11 a.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Freddy C’s Lounge

Freddy C's in San Marcos is a vibrant bar that transforms from a laid-back daytime hangout to a buzzing nightlife hub. Enjoy a frosty beer on the patio in the afternoon, then catch live music or cheer on your team on the big screens at night. Don't miss the daily happy hour for drink deals and good times with friends.

Address: 141 E Hopkins St. Hours: Mondays-Thursdays 4 p.m.-2 a.m. and Fridays-Saturdays 2 p.m.-2 a.m.

Blind Salamander

Enjoy margaritas on the patio, delicious tacos, and happy hour deals at Blind Salamander. Catch the game on big screens and soak up the lively vibes–add this cantina to your sports-watching itinerary, day or night.

Address: 301 N LBJ Drive, Suite 111 Hours: Bar - Sundays-Wednesdays 11 a.m.-midnight and Thursdays-Saturdays 11 a.m.- 2 a.m. Kitchen - Sundays-Thursdays 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Fridays-Saturdays 11 a.m.-10 p.m.