20 Best Bars in Austin

Blind Pig Pub

Austin is called the sleepless capital of Texas. In 2008, Forbes recognized Austin as America’s most drinking city. More than 60% of city residents are used to drink at least once a month.

Although it does not seem excessive, it turned out that even people in Las Vegas drink much less. It is necessary to add very delicious food and friendly surrounding in Austin.

In the evening time, a crowd of tourists, students, and hipsters walk from one bar to another in search of good drinks, entertainment, and fun.

The classic route is from Sixth Street to the West, looking at bars with very different cultures and listening to live music on every corner.

1. Midnight Cowboy Bar

Midnight Cowboy Bar
313 E 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701
The legendary 6th Street is the most tourist and amazing place in the city. When you come in this bar, you leave all the hustle and bustle of 6th Street at the door.

You step in and it is a whole another world with quaint, cozy, and fabulous original atmosphere. Be ready to book it in advance, because this place is very popular. There are even private rooms for those who come here with friends to have a party. There are great lighting and nice facilities for unforgettable selfies.

2. Blind Pig Pub

Blind Pig Pub

317 E. 6th Street

Austin, TX 78701

Until the 1970s, Sixth Street was in decline, but things changed when the Pecan Street Festival started here, which was named after the original name of Sixth Street – Pecan Street. Pecans are very popular nuts in the US, similar to walnuts in taste. Blind Pig Pub is one of the most famous bars in Austin. The bar is vast enough with middle sized downstairs, big open air upstairs and a huge roof.

In the bar, you can drink a few glasses of fresh cool beer or relax a bit, watching baseball on the plasma with local people in the day time. By in the night, this place has a cool atmosphere with a great DJ work or live music and dancing. There is enough room for two bands. Drinks are not expensive. Take Lone Star, “the national beer of Texas”, a holy cause double!

 

3. Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar

Pete's Dueling Piano Bar

421 E 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701

The bar is situated in the same Sixth Street District, in the downtown. It has two floors and the first floor is normally full. The atmosphere is fun and all can sing together.

Being one of the best bars in Austin for live music, this dueling piano bar is always a good time to spend. The staff is very friendly and drinks are poured perfectly.

4. Brixton Bar

Brixton Bar

1412 E 6th Street
Austin, TX 78702
East Austin

In the Brixton Bar, most people come to have a drink, but brunches are seriously good as well. This is a solid bar with good cocktail choices, cool breeze, and friendly bartenders.

The environment is welcoming and the music is diverse and loud. In absence of a live band, DJ plays good mixes and people are generally having fun.

5. Péché Bar

Peche Bar

208 W 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Warehouse District, Downtown

Péché Bar reminds the roaring 20s with top chandeliers, a truly titanic bar, and luxury feelings of stepping into the Great Gatsby time. The drinks are crafted out for the pure bliss.

The food has a French sophistication and taste. You can point to any item on the menu and you will never miss. To take pleasure, visit this one of best bars in Austin downtown.

6. Easy Tiger Bar

Easy Tiger Bar

709 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
Downtown

In this beer pub, you can taste different beers they offer and be impressed with amazing German fair and bakery. The live music is wonderful here. The close connection of the city with music can be traced from the end of the 19th century when the first live concerts began to be given in such German beer pubs. During Oktoberfest, the pub often offers a huge authentic German pretzel. The beer cheese and house mustard also must be tried.

7. Guero’s Taco Bar

Guero's Taco Bar

1412 S Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
SoCo, Bouldin Creek, 78704 South Austin

The most popular food in Austin is Mexican food. Famous Texas barbecue of pork, beef, chicken or veal can be tasted here. This is one of the best bars in SoCo Austin with tacos and burgers, famous not only in Austin but throughout North America. Do not panic if you have to wait for up to 20 minutes. But waiting will be rewarded with a delicious food. The service is attentive, friendly, quick, and you will appreciate both bartenders and kitchen staff’s willingness to make sure that everyone eats and drinks safely here.

8. Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

1400 S Congress Ave
Ste A190
Austin, TX 78704
SoCo, Bouldin Creek, 78704 (South Austin)

The main feature in Texas is that all portions are really big. The tasty and dense food is a sacred thing in Texas. Hopdoddy Burger is the right place to take a classic burger with bacon & cheese with parmesan truffle fries. Great tap beer Pecan Porter is served here with very friendly and helpful service. It is a great experience for complete affordable price.

9. Launderette Bar

Launderette Bar

2115 Holly Street
Austin, TX 78702
East Austin

This bar can indulge you with one of the better meals in Austin. It has a fame of one the best salad bars. All main dishes, both of fish or meat, are cooked perfectly.

After that, every dessert will be ordered in anticipation of delicious gluttony. The interior is trendy and the service is flawless. The outfits of the staff are on point with the design. The impressions received are great.

10. Drink Well Bar

Drink Well Bar

207 E 53rd Street
Austin, TX 78751

Drinks, food, and the bar’s atmosphere are top notch. This is a fun, not big lounge. It’s a really good place to come for a drink from owners Michael and Jessica Sanders and their bartenders. The seating is pretty sparse, but the ambiance is so cozy and relaxing that you will never want to leave. The service is polite. It is all fantastic.

11. Driskill Bar

Driskill Bar

604 Brazos Street
Austin, TX 78701

This spot is interesting to visit. This place has both style and flair with many cozy niches to sit with your glass comfortably. Definitely, this is the best old school bar of Austin. With all crazy drinking spots along 6th Avenue, this place is also crowded on weekends. Ordinary, a live band plays here and this bar is famous as one of the best rock bars in Austin.

12. Garage

Garage

503 Colorado Street
Austin, TX 78701

Locating a bar in a parking garage was an awesome concept. It is rather dark and small, but really neat with well-crafted cocktails and delicious menu from the chef Philip Speer. The customers are mostly matured and classy. So, the place is one of the best bars in Austin for singles.

13. Bender Bar & Grill

Bender Bar & Grill

321 W Ben White Blvd
Ste 300
Austin, TX 78798

This is the bar where you can feel most comfortable at no matter what day of the week and what company you are with. Here, the famous Tex-Mex barbecues are offered, as well as other American dishes. You need to be ready for the queue because there are a lot of interested people. The service is attentive, friendly, and quick. Music and cheap drinks are on point here.

14. Lala’s Little Nugget Bar

Lala's Little Nugget Bar

2207 Justin Lane
Austin, TX 78757

This Christmas Bar, situated to the north of downtown, is a place in which you can plunge into the Christmas atmosphere at any time of the year. Here, you can listen to Christmas music hits all year round. In the center of the hall, there is a Christmas tree, and the interior is decorated in the Christmas style. Here, you can almost always encounter silver-haired regulars who spend most nights near the bar with a beer in hand. They are always happy to chat with you or tell you jokes or well-worn stories.

15. Parlor Bar

Parlor Bar

4301 Guadalupe Street
Ste B
Austin, TX 78751

The bar seems to be one of few pizza places, but here you can order vegan toppings, including dairy-free cheese. Also, the vegan pizza is really tasty in such a snob-free environment. People say that the atmosphere of this bar reflects the essence of Austin. Take a bite to eat and then go to the Hyde Park Theater that is across the street.

16. 77 Degrees Rooftop Bar

77 Degrees Rooftop Bar

11500 Rock Rose Avenue
Austin, TX 78758

This bar on Rock Rose is also a cool spot. The 3-story rooftop bar designed as a patio offering drinks at the perfect 77°F, the optimal temperature for cocktails. A palette-pleasing assortment of food is available here as well. The drink prices are affordable enough. This place has a dance floor that opens at 10 pm, which is rather rare in Austin. You may go up the stairs to a hookah area and bar. If you are a fan of shisha or hookah, this place is for you.

17. Deep Eddy Cabaret

Deep Eddy Cabaret

2315 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

This is a typical tiki bar, situated near Eilers Park. This is the best place to grab a drink in this part of town. Beer is ice cold and prices are friendly. The bar has a cheers style and your coming will be greeted with a chorus of hellos. You could drink all the night with new or old friends for cheap here.

18. Punch Bowl Social Austin

Punch Bowl Social Austin

11310 Domain Drive
Austin, TX 78758

This bar is designed for those clients who admire champagne and love talking. It offers a great choice of this sparkling wine and far beyond it. You may enjoy the live music or play bar games at least. This is a very suitable place for meeting, celebrating, and romancing.

19. CU29 Bar

CU29 Bar

4301 W William Cannon Drive
Ste 190
Austin, TX 78749

This bar is extremely professional and comfortable with a skilled staff. Both music and layout are purely sublime. The bar is owned by an Irish lady named Gina who wanted open a public place with a unique set of cocktails. Here, you will be impressed by a verity of drinks and by very decent prices for their high quality.

20. Half Step Bar

Half Step Bar

75 1/2 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

Half Step Bar is one of the best bars on Rainey Street. A nice patio has a number of comfortable booths and tables inside. A special in-house ice machine is built to get frozen water for each drink. The cocktails are a little pricier, but they totally worth your money. It is situated on the far end of Rainey Street, a little off the main way and that’s why the place is not so crowded as most of the bars on 6th Street.