Bars in Austin

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The internationally renowned music scene goes hand in hand with a vibrant bar scene, and Austin nightlife is some of the most happening in the nation... Read More

The internationally renowned music scene goes hand in hand with a vibrant bar scene, and Austin nightlife is some of the most happening in the nation. Sixth Street is Austin’s answer to Bourbon Street, though worth braving the crowds of partiers for the music you might hear at classic spots like Antone’s. South Congress Avenue and South Lamar Boulevard cater to a more adult crowd with some of the best bars in Austin, and it’s here that you’ll find C-Boy’s Heart & Soul and the Broken Spoke.

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  • Antone's

    Austin's home of the blues is back. The historic nightclub resurfaced downtown within three blocks of the original Sixth Street music venue, opened in... Read More

  • Backbeat

    From award-winning mixologist Jessica Sanders and her husband, Michael, this Austin hot spot offers vibrant and unique cocktails. Read More

  • Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

    The large, tree-filled outdoor seating area at Banger's has a stage for live music, plus there's a dog run. Can't decide among the many beers on the... Read More

  • Broken Spoke

    Founded in 1964, the Broken Spoke is a timeless Texas dance hall that's beloved by Willie Nelson—pretty much the best endorsement you can get—not to... Read More

  • C-Boy's Heart & Soul

    This no-frills music lounge recalls the soul of an earlier era, when the music was all doo-wops and boogie woogies, and all the cool cats hit the dance... Read More

  • Container Bar

    Made entirely of repurposed metal shipping containers, this two-story, 8,000-square-foot bar is an ideal late-night hangout on Rainey Street. Read More

  • Craft Pride

    The city's first Texas-only craft beer bar, Craft Pride serves up a rotating assortment of 54 regional taps plus two casks. Read More

  • Drink.well

    Craft cocktails and fresh American pub fare have helped convert the North Loop neighborhood into a lively bar scene, especially during happy hour at... Read More

  • East Side Show Room

    Locally sourced fare (best described as Creole-Italian) and vintage cocktails match the ambience of this historic building in East Austin. Read More

  • Firehouse Hostel and Lounge

    Hidden behind a bookshelf beneath a hostel, this speakeasy-style boîte radiates old world glamour. The lounge features leather booths, classic cocktails... Read More

  • Half Step

    Half Step has a laid-back approach to sophisticated drinking; surrender yourself to your bartender's wisdom and take the decision-making out of your... Read More

  • Infinite Monkey Theorem

    This newly opened, award-winning urban winery doesn't grow its own grapes; rather, it ships them in from various vineyards in the Texas High Plains and... Read More

  • Midnight Cowboy

    Mixologists shake up orders table side at this reservations-only hideout, across the street from the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz theater. Read More

  • Mohawk

    A multilevel, indoor-outdoor venue with three bars and two stages, the Mohawk is beloved in the Live Music Capital of the World for its strong pours and... Read More

  • Nightcap

    This newly opened dessert bar is housed in a converted home in the trendy Clarksville neighborhood. Its low lighting sets the mood for a romantic... Read More

  • Stubb's

    Turns out, all flavors of music—rock, pop, hip-hop, alt country—pair well with Stubb's famous Texas-style barbecue. Read More

  • The Townsend

    This sophisticated lounge is a semi-hidden respite on Congress Avenue. A vast array of rare wines and spirits graces the menu, supplemented by an... Read More

  • The White Horse Tavern

    It's honky-tonk heaven in East Austin at this laid-back country dance hall, which has live music and two-step dance lessons on Saturday nights. Grab a... Read More

  • Whisler's

    This rustic watering hole may look like an abandoned building to some, but make no mistake: it serves up some of the best cocktails in town. A daily... Read More

  • Winebelly

    A casual atmosphere and impeccable small plates add to the oenophile experience at this combination wine and tapas bar. Read More

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