This venue, south of the river, is a throwback to the 1950s. Roots rock and country reign supreme in this bar, where one can often find men in leather jackets and classic Cadillacs out front. With live music nightly, tributes to Elvis, and celebrations of Hank William's birthday, this place is great for dancing, drinking and kicking back on the high stools. Happy hours feature some of Austin's favorite songwriters. The venue has broadened its range of live music to include occasional indie rock.
Elysium Nightclub plays some of the best music to dance to that you could ask for. Whether it's '80s, goth, Euro dance or underground retro, it's all played to make you move like you've never moved before. One of the best entertainment venues in Austin, this nightclub will rock your world all night. The warehouse building that the club is located in is hundreds of years old, making for a unique atmosphere.
Kerbey Lane Cafe has been cloned several times now, but the original location of this Austin icon is still a local favorite. Its wonderfully diverse menu is a sight to behold for vegetarians. The vegetables are homegrown and pesticide-free, and the beef and chicken are free-range. Breakfast features omelets, pancakes and great breakfast tacos. The restaurant is open 24 hours between Thursday and Sunday, perfect for your late night weekend eats. No wonder it is an institution here.
Besides its great name, this bar is a fabulous place to grab a beer. Casino El Camino also features one of the largest burgers this side of the Mississippi. The jukebox is always crammed with your favorite rock 'n' roll hits, and the staff is very friendly. The lighting inside is subdued, and patrons enjoy the outdoor patio featuring its own birdbath.
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.
Technically, there are six Alamo Drafthouse locations in Austin. The popular belief is that, if you're in Austin and you want to see a movie, this is the place to be; it's a theater where you can order drinks and food from a strong menu to be served to you during the film (the aisles are wide enough to accommodate dining tables). Arrive one hour prior to showtime to find a good seat and to start ordering if you're going to dine heartily here - last call is 45 to 30 minutes before the movie ends.
Set in a functional parking garage is this speakeasy vibe, cocktail bar called Garage. Look out for a large sign that screams cocktails and is nestled in a dimly-lit parking lot and you will have found the bar. This is a great place to enjoy inventive and perfectly crafted cocktails in an intimate and cozy setting. Make sure to eat a hearty meal before you visit this bar as they so not serve any food!
This is an intimate outdoor venue with a pleasant courtyard feel. Live jazz music is played nightly to a sophisticated crowd. The martinis are a definite must, and there is also an excellent cigar selection to choose from inside. This is a great place to sit under the oak trees and enjoy the breeze while watching some of Austin's best dancers dance up front. Better yet, why not join in?
An iconic cocktail bar and rooftop lounge, located in the heart of the bustling metropolis of Austin, Texas, is a famous tourist attraction as well owing to its huge historical significance. Built in 1902 as a wholesale grocery store initially, the building was later on transformed into a major nightlife spot. This historical pub features the main floor restaurant and cocktail bar, a tap room and the roof top lounge. The exposed brick and wooden interiors of the tap room ensure the vintage appeal of this pub is retained. The cocktail bar on the first-level main hall serves a wide range of in-house handcrafted cocktails, such as Blackberry Collins, Market Whiskey Sour, Winter Cosmo and Butter Pecan Manhattan.
Small Victory is a quaint yet trendy cocktail bar that is located on the second floor of a multilevel parking garage. The interiors are nicely done up with high top table and stool seating. This bar is dimly lit and has a upscale vibe. They play some great 90's pop music. The bartenders are skilled and friendly, they will customize any cocktail as per your taste and liking. If you enjoy inventive cocktails in a dark and romantic setting, look no further, head to Small Victory.
When walking down the Nueces Street, it is hard to miss the colorful and well-lit bar, Cat’s Pajamas. This tiki-style neighborhood bar offers a tropical getaway right in the heart of Austin. While the downstairs comprises a regular bar, the party truly begins on the rooftop. With a tropical-themed bar and cool novelties, such as jet skis and swings to sit on, it is not surprising how patrons head straight to rooftop. In a welcome change from closed, stuffy bars, this spacious and airy bar offers mesmerizing views of Downtown Austin, while you enjoy a chilled, creamy piña colada. Soak in the tropical vibes and bring in a fun evening here at the Cat’s Pajamas.
Imagine a posh, outdoor bar with swaying palm trees flanking an inviting swimming pool, strings of lights strewn all over the place and fashionable patrons mingling over the wood-decked flooring. One of the swankiest rooftop locations in the city, Rio is nestled in Downtown Austin. Armed with fabulous interiors, some of the best DJs in town and a bar that churns out stellar drinks, Rio offers a night of partying like no other. The ambiance is top-notch, the wait staff is helpful and attentive and the ebullient music is so fantastic that guests just cannot stop dancing. If you are looking for a happening evening under the fine Austin sky, then this is the place to go. If you choose, you can also beat the heat by jumping into the lovely pool.