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.
If you are in the mood for affordable drinks, outside tables, and a game of bocce... The Liberty is the bar for you! Retro ways to spend the time with friends are here in abundance, including music from a jukebox and pinball machines for everyone to line up and play. There are also pool tables that complete this laid-back ambiance. There are often exciting community events like the Annual Chili Cook-Off happening. Call for more information.
With its little stage having played host to some big names over the decades, Hole in the Wall has long been regarded as one of the city's most storied venues. Today, it mostly serves as a launching pad for local up-and-comers ranging in size and genre from 9-piece bluegrass bands to individual singer-songwriters. And although the nature of the crowd itself is subject to similarly sudden shifts (this often being a function of the performing schedule), the bar's proximity to UT brings in a steady flow of students and associated youngsters, most of whom come in for pitchers of Shiner and Lone Star.
A lively hangout for those in the neighborhood, The White Horse is known for its eclectic music and tasteful drinks. Located at Comal Street, the club lies to the east of downtown and exudes a rustic charm. Serving whiskey on tap, The White Horse hosts several live music shows and gigs. Drop by during the weekend to witness the crowd grooving to country music and reasonably-priced alcohol.
Oilcan Harry's is a gay bar which has been in business for many years. The ambiance is very relaxing, with high chairs, comfy couches and more. The staff is one of the best aspects of this night spot. OUT Magazine has named Oilcan Harry's one of the "50 Greatest Gay Bars in the World." They have great music with a huge dance floor, where all the people have fun dancing to the sounds churned by the DJ.
A lively atmosphere and friendly crowd make for a fun evening at the Black Sheep Lodge, whether you're here to catch a game or simply hang out with friends. A popular local institution, the bar offers a varied list of wines, cocktails and no less than 26 beers on tap. The food menu offers starters and light bites like sandwiches and hot dogs. Burgers at the Black Sheep deserve a special mention and should not be missed. With a large number of screens occupying every corner of the space, you'll never miss any sporting action. The outdoor patio is a popular hangout when there's no game in progress. Check website for more.
Chuggin' Monkey is not a monkey-themed bar, but one can go crazy and have all the fun possible at this bar and nightclub. Having a two-level courtyard out, people have ample of room to escape from the crowd and relax or watch a game on the television screens available out there. Hot-looking staff, great music provided by the DJ, and drink specials are pretty good too and so is the crowd. Do drop by, well at least once.
The Side Bar is one of the most visited bars in Austin. Everything about this bar is liked and loved by the people of Austin. The reasons may sound a little unusual but it's still better than most bars. Starting off with the comfy couches and tables. Moreover, one can watch the game in the patio, where they have a TV screen. Everyone talks about the staff—the bartenders are so friendly. Many drop by as there are pool tables and a dart board to go with the beer. Speaking about beer, drinks are available at decent prices. Not to mention the jukebox which has good selective songs just right to enjoy yourself at this bar.
Lounge at the bar with a group of friends, shoot some pool or play some video games at Shangri-La. Umbrella drinks, jukebox tunes, and an array of beers on tap make for an interesting mix of local patrons. The outdoor area features plenty of tables and the popular Royale with Cheese food truck can be found serving late night grub. With different events throughout the month, there is always something going on down here! Call or see the website for more information.
This is one of Austin's favorite spots for karaoke and live music. Music from rock & pop, blues, alternative rock, bluegrass and many more genres is played at this underground club. Pool tables, pinball and video games enhance the entertainment factor here. Occasionally, live bands find the time to entertain the crowd as well. This is a nice spot to hang out with friends over drinks.