We ask that you keep your conversations at a reasonable level and enjoy fine cocktails and the finer company of your companions. Well-balanced cocktails from beverage manager Andrew Grenz populate the menu, which you can sip on while lounging in groups at on the deck or at the moody indoor bar. True to its independent nature, Carousel closes at midnight, so it's better to start your evening here than try to end it. Dogs are welcome, there is seating for days, the menu is chock-full of house-made sausage and delicious sides, oh… and with over 100 beers and 50 canned! The expansive menu of cocktails, organized by era from pre-1880 to modern day, offers a choose-your-own-adventure-esque playfulness to their creative, albeit accessible, menu of classic cocktails. We like getting a few pizzas to share among friends, although you might be able to finish one yourself if you put your mind to it. Looking for an incredible show? The interior is lined with a plush banquette and thoughtful touches like the dizzying kaleidoscope of fire hydrants and pigeons on the Dan Funderburgh-designed wallpaper. Whether you want to drink a classic mint julep or an extremely rare Japanese whiskey by the ounce, this bar delivers, thanks to a dedicated staff of self-proclaimed whiskey nerds and a perfectly curated menu of whiskey cocktails.
If you must smoke or make a call, please step outside. Cheers to a new year and new adventures! Bob Schneider plays a packed show almost every Monday night, and The Resentments anchor the Sunday night lineup. This sophisticated wine and tapas bar offers terrific atmosphere and lots of scrumptious nibbles. We like the white pies here best - go with the one that has clams and bacon, or the basil, garlic, and sliced tomato version. Breeze through the cramped shotgun-style downstairs and head directly upstairs to the rooftop patio featuring much more elbow room. Try garlic-sauteed shrimp, grilled sea scallops, crawfish cakes, fried chicken ravioli, and salmon marinated in adobo sauce. The century-old exposed brick and scattered Texas whiskey barrels give Dumont's an aged and grandiose atmosphere.
This smallish restaurant at the south end serves small plates made with local ingredients, which means the menu changes daily. Azul is open to the public Mon-Thu from 2 to 11pm, Fri and Sat from 6pm to midnight, and Sun from noon to 11pm. Need a place to bring friends? We want to know about it! It's not exactly deception, but it definitely means beers before books! Downtown Circular, cement cocktail bar tucked in a parking garage In the great Austin tradition of opening bars that are hard to find, we have Garage -- the low-lit, former valet office nestled in the parking garage on 5th and Colorado that's marked with a neon blue sign. We feature touring musicians and new and upcoming talent as well. If you find yourself waiting for a table, grab a taco downstairs. South Austin Stylish atmosphere with creative cocktails and breezy rooftop With neighbors like Ramen Tatsu-ya and Odd Duck, Backbeat is part of the newest wave of hot spots on this burgeoning strip of South Lamar.
Henry and his wife both active in local singing groups even performed here a few times. Just order one of the very creative margaritas—like the Flaquita, made with watermelon purée—to understand why. The airy and bright space is as fresh as Austin gets, and calls for Sunday brunches, group happy hours, and lovely nightcaps. We love the indulgent Benedict biscuit, poached eggs, Hollandaise, ham, and greens. If your idea of nightlife includes hitting a bar for drinks and socializing, then our Austin guide is just what you want. Have a new favorite bar in Austin? While our cocktails might loosen inhibitions and the building's past might encourage licentiousness, we ask that you refrain from excessive displays of public affection and unwelcome advances towards members of other parties.
Full bar and cocktails served nightly. Live Flamenco shows are the first and third Wednesdays of the month. This bar, smack in the middle of downtown, is comprised of four distinct sections: the live music stage area that hosts a variety of bands, the swanky lounge area, the mezzanine with a bowling alley and the upstairs bar Terrace59. Bar Peached, despite its name, offers more than booze - their menu spans from small plates and tacos to larger entrees and vegetarian options. Chef Kristine Kittrell has made Weather Up much more than just a cocktail bar, but a great spot for brunch and dinner. In keeping with the theme, you'll be greeted by a sweet, smiling Maneki-Neko cat at the door, and hundreds more behind the bar. Missing a favorite drinking establishment below? Parties larger than 8 can not be accommodated.
Enjoy drinks with a view at Azul, the pool and bar located on the roof of the Westin Austin Downtown with one of the best views in the city. It has a large outdoor patio, lots of pool tables, old school video game arcade cabinets, and plenty of other fun oddities to keep you coming back. The ground floor has a simple layout with the band at the back and a long bar on one side. A cool, retro-inspired bar with real drinks and a beautiful patio. Congress District Refined cocktails in a plush setting in the heart of downtown Located across the street from the century-old Paramount Theater, The Townsend is creating elegant and restrained cocktails which reflect the vibe of the bar itself. From cramped dive bars to upscale music halls, these venues consistently present Austin music at its best. Take an elevator ride up to the seventh floor of the Fairmont Austin and you'll find yourself at Rules and Regs, a sleek cocktail bar that spills out onto a patio offering stunning views of the Austin skyline.
This circus-themed bar gets props just for being quirky. Downtown Skilled bartenders serving a small drink menu in a low-key bungalow Controversial opinion: Half Step is the best bar on Rainey Street. Austin hotel, up a curved flight of stairs and behind a heavy wooden door. Happy hour is dominated by curmudgeonly regulars. The unmarked blue door leads into a small, low-lit basement filled with vintage furniture where the staff serves up tapas and drinks highlighting the bitters and Fernets that make up the Argentine drinking traditions. The full bar carries spirits, beers, wines and a small-ish bites menu consisting of mostly paninis and snacks. Show up early if you want a seat.
Inventive specialty cocktails are on the menu, along with fun themed parties several nights a week. Other regular musicians at Skylark include the East Side Kings and Soul Man Sam. Capitalizing on first-hand experience and extensive research, we've located the best bars in Austin for hanging out and kicking back in. It sits atop a double decker bar that includes a basement and a main lounge. Located above the iconic , the intimate bar heavily but not exclusively focuses on mezcal while also serving agave- and beer-based cocktails. Kick back on the deck and watch the sunset, hobnob with pretty people or bust out your dancing shoes during live music night. The rooftop is a lovely place to get a drink on a cool night.