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Best Themed Bars in Austin

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Midnight Cowboy occupies a space that was once a brothel, with a bare red lightbulb being the only indicator of the existence of this speakeasy on the infamous street. Interiors have been completely overhauled and now sport a sleek and stylish vibe. Ornate light fittings, plush private booths, and Victorian-themed wallpapers make up the intimate space. On offer is a refined selection of cocktails, mixed with skill by the bar team, some done tableside with much flourish by the period-attired bartenders. Reservations are recommended, as only a limited number can be seated at the intimate bar.

Built to honor the late great Johnny Cash, the Mean Eyed Cat has a crowded back patio and plenty of man-in-black collectibles. The Mean Eyed stage, featuring live music almost every night of the week, is popular with patrons of all ages. Order a shot at the bar to go down, down, down into a burning ring of fire.

Broken Spoke is a western honky-tonk that was established in 1964 and rapidly became an Austin favorite for country-western dancing. The “Spoke” is true country in a real dance hall with a real wood-plank floor. Watch cowboys and locals two-step the night away to live bands from around Texas. This dance hall provides an excellent atmosphere for those just learning to two-step or die-hard country fans driving in from the ranch for the weekend. Practice the Polka, Texas Two-Step or the Chicken, and be sure to try the Cotton-Eyed Joe. There is also a restaurant that serves traditional country food like chicken fried steak.

While a bit of a dive, this North Austin neighborhood bar certainly has character. In Lulu's, it's Christmas 365 days a year, with lights, trees, and the Elf on the Shelf ever-present. The comfortable seating and crazy atmosphere at Lala's Little Nugget make for a fun and relaxing time. It has gained a reputation as both an unpretentious place to unwind and a haven for those in the know who are looking to get away from the downtown scene. Certain well-known film directors have been known to frequent the bar while in town. Expect no-nonsense service from the full bar, with pool tables and a jukebox that offers many offbeat and retro selections.

Carousel Lounge is a mildly unorthodox bar in Austin, with a crazy circus theme. Check out the pink elephant and lion-tamer murals including a real miniature carousel behind the bar. Carousel Lounge is well-known for their unpredictable stage acts, from amazing musical acts or sensuous belly-dancers. Opened in the 1960s, this bar is still the favorite of many an Austin resident. The bar has a divey feel to it, with drinks available at dirt cheap rates.

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