Your Guide to the Top 5 Best Bars in Austin
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Choosing a bar to go to in Austin is no easy task. This city vibrates with some of coolest bars and nightlife so it’s no wonder that visitors might have a hard time making a definitive decision. There are so many options from neighborhood dives on the Dirty Sixth to classy establishments downtown and everything in between.
Each diverse watering hole on this list is different in its own unique way, but above all, these bars are enough to give anyone a true taste of what Austin has to offer. Here are the top five must-see places to visit while touring Austin’s bar scene.
The Roosevelt Room
Downtown Austin’s bar The Roosevelt Room is the perfect hangout to enjoy low-key vibes and fancy cocktails. Located in the trendy Warehouse District, the motto of this spot is “cheers to you,” and they mean it.
A cozy and inviting ambiance sets the mood for a good place to hang out all night or stop by for their generous happy hour specials. Happy hour is served from open to close Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday through Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Specials include their seven classic cocktails for $7 each.
The cocktail menu consists of truly unique house creations from their talented bar staff. Each cocktail is a tantalizing mix of uncommon bar ingredients, textures, and flavors.
The offerings of this mixology-centered bar include their impressive creation called Silver Meadows crafted with Tequila Ocho Plata, Kappa Pisco, Junmai Sake, Foie-gras washed St.-Germain, clarified lime and grapefruit, maguey sap, sweet grass tincture, and grapefruit oils.
An even fancier and certainly eye-catching order is their “Cigar Box” cocktail made with Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, smoked black tea syrup, lavender bitters, and tobacco essence, elegantly served on an ashtray with a smoking cinnamon stick.
Address: 307 W 5th St., Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 494-4094
Sunday: 3:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 4:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.
Thursday: 10:30 p.m.–2:00 a.m.
The White Horse
First-timers in Texas will enjoy this east side honky tonk. The White Horse is a legendary staple in Austin with true Southern style.
This spot is a rowdy live music venue that blasts bluegrass and country tunes. Whiskey on tap, free dance lessons, two pool tables, and a live band every night fill this bar with an uproarious vibe for anyone looking for a good time.
Happy hour commences at 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The happy hour drink menu consists of awesome specials like $2 draft beers, $4 shots of Fireball Whiskey, Milagro, and Jameson.
The White Horse has an impressive lineup of events, too. The evening starts with happy hour specials and continues with swing, blues, or two-step dance lessons and a live band every night.
There is typically no cover charge on weekdays at this neighborhood bar. If hunger strikes after dancing, the White Horse has a full menu of Tex-Mex dishes like tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and nachos. Their patio offers a cool spot to relax with a draft beer and a plate full of tacos.
Address: 500 Comal St., Austin, TX 78702
Phone: (512) 553-6756
Hours: 3:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m. daily
Stay Gold is a taste of Austin all rolled into one. Collectively, it’s a music venue, beer garden, and neighborhood dive bar, with food trucks too.
This East Austin hipster hangout boasts a rockabilly vibe in an outdoor space complete with a multi-cuisine food truck called Toaster. The food truck makes a number of delicious snacks to enjoy while drinking a craft cocktail and listening to the band. Sample a taste of an assortment of bites like a comforting tomato soup grilled cheese, a Bahn Mi hot dog, or a crunchy pulled pork taco.
The hip bar regularly has live music ranging from jazz to brass bands, among other genres. The bar also hosts entertaining events including rent parties, a 1920s old-timey social gathering to raise money to pay the rent. Guests enjoy a music and dancing while the band passes around a hat to collect money to pay their rent.
Service industry night caters to the hardworking bartenders and waitstaff of Austin, offering them generously discounted drink prices. Stay Gold positively claims the essence of Austin with its eclectic style and warm hospitality.
Address: 1910 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702
Hours: 3:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m. daily
Drink.Well. is a perfect spot for relaxing with food and drinks in a comfortable, modern atmosphere in the cool North Loop neighborhood of Austin. The cocktail bar is a cozy neighborhood gastropub that offers shareable pub fare and an extensive drink menu of craft cocktails, craft beer, wine, and spirits.
Six dollar drink specials and reduced-price appetizers are served Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. during happy hour.
The cocktail list is a mix of classics like gimlets and old-fashioneds and Drink.Well.’s own creations like Redbed Daisy with Desert Door Texas Sotol, Linie Aquavit, Liber & Co. grapefruit cordial, lemon, and a habanero shrub.
The pub menu offers fancier-than-the-standard bar food like dry rub chicken wings with spicy crema and chives, or a white cheddar burger with a housemade brioche bun and frites with pink peppercorn aioli. The bar also serves eight American craft beers on draft, and a selection of red, white, and sparkling wines.
Address: 207 E 53rd St., Austin, TX 78751
Phone: (512) 614-6683
Sunday through Tuesday: 4:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Wednesday through Saturday: 4:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.
The Townsend, located on Austin’s iconic street Congress Avenue, is a refined bar with a historic feel to it. This bar is a perfect date night spot or a relaxed place to go with friends.
The Townsend boasts elegant cocktails in a plush setting offering happy hour specials daily until 7:00 p.m. and all day and night on Mondays. Daiquiris, gimlets, hot toddies, and more are each $8 during happy hour and select glasses of wine are available for $7.
The cocktail menu features specialties like Common Decency with Tito’s vodka, Génépy des Alpes liqueur, lemon, raspberry, orgeat, rosewater, and hibiscus tincture, or the Basilico, a mix of Ford’s gin, fresh basil and cucumber, lemon, honey, Ricard Pastis de Marseille, and seltzer.
The bar hosts a variety of live music shows in an exceptional performance space with flawless acoustics for a great listening experience.
Address: 718 Congress Ave #100, Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 887-8778
Monday and Tuesday: 4:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.
Wednesday through Friday: 4:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.
Saturday: 5:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.
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