National Football League
The Houston Texans will take on the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL wildcard round on Saturday 5 January at NRG Stadium. If you can’t make it to the game in person, here are 20 of the best watch bars in Houston, around Texas, and across the nation to root for the Texans.
What’s at Stake …
This will be the Texans‘ fifth straight appearance in the NFL wild card round, with all five games being played at NRG Stadium – formerly known as Reliant Stadium.
Will this be fifth time lucky for the Texans?
If the Texans win their third game against the Colts this season, they will continue on in their quest for their ever first ever American Football Conference (AFC) championship.
If the Houston Texans lose, it will be their fifth straight loss in the NFL wildcard round.
Houston hasn’t done well against their AFC South rivals, losing 26 of their 34 matchups with Indianapolis, including 12 of the seven games played at at home.
What’s more, there has never before been an NFL playoffs game played between two football teams in the American Football Conference (AFC) South, making this a truly historic match.
Where to Root for the Houston Texans in Texas
The following sports bars are considered to be friendly to fans of the Houston Texans. Some of them are full fledged team hangouts.
Bars close and fans migrate to other establishments. Sometimes bars decide to broadcast other events. So always call ahead to make sure the bar is going to broadcast the game you want to watch.
- Coaches Pub Midtown – 2204 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas. Telephone: (713) 751-1970.
- Providence – 1308 West 20th, Houston, Texas. Telephone: (713) 869-1656.
- Revelry on Richmond – 1613 Richmond Avenue, Houston, Texas. Telephone: (832) 538-0724.
- Lucky’s Pub – 801 St. Emanuel Street, Houston, Texas. Telephone: (713) 522-2010.
- Christian’s Tailgate Bar and Grill – 2820 White Oak Drive, Houston, Texas. Telephone: (713) 229-8449.
- J. Black’s – 710 West 6th Street, Austin, Texas. Telephone: (512) 433-6954.
- Maggie Maes – 323 East 6th Street, Austin, Texas. Telephone: (512) 478-8541.
- Brew Exchange – 706 West 6th Street, Austin, Texas. Telephone: (512) 366-5727.
- Buffalo Wings and Rings – 203 North Loop 2604 West, San Antonio, Texas. Telephone: (210) 403-9464.
Where to Root for the Houston Texans Out of State
While not necessarily exclusive Houston Texan hangouts, the following sports bars often attract Texan fans on game day. But always call ahead to make sure the game with will broadcast!
- Society Sports and Spirits – 1434 Blake Street, Denver, Colorado. Telephone: (720) 465-9830. “The owner is a fanatical Texans fan.”
- Idle Hands Bar – 25 Avenue B, downstairs, New York, New York. Telephone: (917) 338-7090.
- Hill Country – 30 West 26th Street, New York, New York. Telephone: (2120 255-4544.
- Sports Column – 1930 Blake Street, Denver, Colorado. Telephone: (303) 296-1930.
- Barney’s Beanery – 8447 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, California. Telephone: (323) 654-2287.
- Daily Bar and Grill – 4560 North Lincoln, Chicago, Illinois. Telephone: (773) 561-6198.
- City Tap House – 901 – I Street Northwest, Washington, DC. Telephone: (202) 644-9433.
- Cabin – 1750 Polk Street, San Francisco, California. Telephone: (415) 549-7111.
- Texas Craft Dining – 7779 Lyles Lane, Concord, North Carolina. Telephone: (704) 510-0021.
Brief History of Professional Football in Texas
First there were the Dallas Texans. They moved to Kansas City, Missouri, and became the Kansas City Chiefs.
Then there were the Houston Oilers. Several years late, they moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and became the Tennessee Oilers. Not much oil in Tennessee. So they were re-named the Tennessee Titans.
When Houston, Texas, was granted an expansion franchise in the National Football League, logically the team should have been called the Houston Oilers – except that the name Oilers still belonged to Bud Adams, owner of the Tennessee Titans.
Following an online survey, it was decided to name the team the Houston Texans, which should not be confused with the Dallas Texans!
Remember? They moved to Kansas City. Dallas, meanwhile, soon after losing the Texans, got another franchise, which were christened the Dallas Cowboys . . .
All of which sort of drives me crazy. I think that if a franchise moves cities, the team’s name, mascot, colours, and legacy should remain with the city.
An entirely new identity should be created in the team’s new home.
Whatever . . .
The Houston Texans won the NFL American Football Conference South in 2011 and again in 2012. The team is clearly on a roll.
Your Input Wanted
Please leave comments (pro or con) on these establishments if you have patronized them in the COMMENT box below.
Also, please let me know if any of them have closed – or if Texan fans are no longer watching games at them. Your recommendations for other Texans hangouts will also be greatly appreciated!
Bars sometimes close, and fans sometimes migrate to other establishments. I therefore encourage you to check with venues to make sure the game you want to watch will be shown – and also to make sure that there will be sound!
If You Are Planning a Trip to Houston …
Where to root to the Houston Texans