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Located in the Hyde park neighborhood of Austin, Workhorse Bar is a place for beers and cocktails. They have an array of local draft beers like Live Oak Pilz, Austin Amber, Shiner Bock, seasonal (ask the bartender) and many more. Their cocktails too are great. They also serve delicious burgers and sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, and salads. The best thing of all is that every hour is Happy Hour as it lasts almost throughout the time the place is open! The Workhorse Bar is a superb place to hangout over a few drinks with a bunch of friends or relax after a tiring day at work.
Serving as a rare hipster oasis in an area that's otherwise uniformly rustic (a restaurant specializing in chicken giblets sits nearby), Barfly's brings in the scenesters by way of youthful camaraderie, a revered, genre-bending jukebox and some of the most genial bartenders for miles around. Inside, the bar is dark, dank and loud, but all in a good way, whereas the lower backyard area, which is accessible by staircase and dotted with picnic tables, is better equipped for mingling among strangers. And though the available beer selection does cover all the bases, this is by and large a liquor bar.
Nomad Bar is quite an undertaking not too far from Downtown. This place has a trendy atmosphere buzzing around, while the people come here just to have a great time. Most come here after work, while for the rest, it's a regular fun outing. The chairs and tables are over-sized and comfy too. Not to mention the outdoor patio, where the weather feels just right. A potential romantic spot as well. But, this glistening bar is mainly better of for friend circles. It has a great range of premium drinks to select from, while the bartenders are professional thus bankable. The food served here is really delicious. One must try the hummus plate, which you may be surprised by its taste and texture. Occasional live music is just one the best aspects of this bar. A favorite spot for many. This place opens at 5pm.
Operational for over a decade, Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon has earned the reputation for being the city's country-music stop. It's not your usual nightclub with thumping music; but is a great place for drinks and good music. It hosts live musical performances every Thursday- Billy Dee & Redd Volkaert, Justin Treviño and Dale Watson have kept this place alive on several occasions. So stop by for a memorable night at this simple place, which not surprisingly, has a cult following.
The Dry Creek Saloon is one of Austin's older and less well-known watering holes. It is a beer-only bar and they don't take credit cards so remember to stop at an ATM before you arrive. Upstairs on the deck, patrons can catch some afternoon sun while, on occasion, enjoying some live music. While a serious dive bar at first glance, Dry Creek has become a favorite for those looking for a laid back happy-hour experience.
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.