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If you want to hide, this is the place to go! Nestled in a basement under one of Austin’s historical buildings, this place is easy to miss, but one that is well worth the hunt. Known for its long happy hours, hand-written checks and close proximity to the Texas Capitol, the Cloak Room is one bar you don’t want to miss. You never know which Legislator you might find sipping a martini or lobbyist working the room.
You are likely to walk in on Donn playing the piano and his son on drums . This West 5th Street treat is housed in an old Missouri-Pacific, "Mopac," train depot, Donn’s Depot is an essential Austin hot-spot to experience. With live music six nights a week, there is always a place to come dance and enjoy a cold beer or shot of whiskey while listening to some major crooning.
One of the last true Texas dance halls, the Broken Spoke is one of Austin’s must see "honky-tonk". Now situated in between new and shiny buildings, The Spoke looks a little out of place. It was there first though and is going to stay. Legendary dance floor, comfort food and cheap-ish drinks make this a destination for all ages. Visit “The Tourist Trap Room” to see photos and other memorabilia of all the famous names who have passed through and performed at this legendary dance hall.
The Little Longhorn Saloon – formerly known as Ginny’s -- has been catering to the Austin “honky tonk” scene for over two decades. Known for Chicken Shit Bingo on Sunday afternoons, the Little Longhorn Saloon is the perfect place to come to reconnect with your country roots, do a little two-steppin’ and have a cold beer. You’ll probably run into Dale Watson who has been a regular fixture here for years and is now the new proud owner.
A most unlikely place to hear some great music and sample some great brews. Just a few minutes from downtown Austin off I-35, this converted old gas station is a place is a local favorite. Don’t let the outside fool you, once you walk in there is South Asian inspired food, a beer garden, live music, a market, and a long list of quality brews.
A Velvet Elvis to die for and a juke box second to none, Deep Eddy Cabaret has been serving locals since 1951. Deep Eddy Cabaret is known for it’s beer, pool table, and super convenient location on anyone’s way home. With new owner Will Bridges, there’s even more reason to stop by with a full bar, comfortable atmosphere, and funky mix of colorful decorations. Come check out this neighborhood joint to enjoy a relaxed evening with friends.
Merry Christmas! Every day! A little like Ground Hog Day – it’s the same story every day. Head to Lala’s Little Nugget off Burnet and Justin in Allandale and you’ll find elves dancing, a glowing Christmas tree and nice strong drinks and lately a few hipsters. Merry Christmas from the Family!
If you can find it open….don’t miss this top Austin Dive Bar. Don’t let the name fool you. Dry Creek Café and Boat Dock does not have a café or a dock, but it does have plenty of cheap, cold beer with a hefty dose of Kick Ass Attitude. Known for its location overlooking Mount Bonnell, this bar attracts a wide range of people from frat brothers and sorority girls to neighbors and regulars. Sit out on the balcony or their brand new rock patio.
If you are looking to have a fun time with friends, come out to Violet Crown Social Club to watch live sporting events, lounge in the plush red booths, and enjoy their famous “Orange Whip.” Violet Crown Social Club also has rotating taps of craft beers from all over the country.
Quintessential Austin! You’re sure to hear great music from some local Austin regulars or if you’re lucky you’ll catch a major rock star sitting in on a set. Established in 1957, The Continental Club has been one of the most visited bars in Austin. Don’t miss the Continental Gallery just upstairs for a truly intimate and raw live music scene.