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.
The Butterfly Bar is widely hailed as serving some of the best cocktail mixes in town. Get seated on their large outdoor patio and sip on an exotic list of cocktails prepared by friendly and experienced bartenders. It also has an impressive wine and beer collection. The light snacks and the yummy cheesecakes make for good accompaniments with drinks. All in all, this intimate space meets high standards, while also having reasonably priced drinks.
If Austin-area jazz lovers feel ignored, it is justified; the local music scene, multi-faceted as it may be, has always neglected their genre of choice. However, what the region lacks in quantity, the Elephant Room more than makes up for in quality. It has been deemed as one of the finest venues in the country by none other than Wynton Marsalis (and subsequently honored by a unanimous resolution of the Texas Senate for having earned the jazz legend's admiration). The appeal stems largely from the club's unceasing lineup of regional favorites, touring greats, and, once in a while, plain ol' jam sessions consisting of anyone who cares to take the stage.
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.
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.
Cover 3 is the dream incarnate of two Austin natives who have a strong love of good food, elegance, and sports. Come here to watch the game in style, with a glass of chilled beer or wine and Greek Island calamari or a Jerk shrimp salad, or anything else off of their varied menu. Cover 3 is the perfect place to enjoy a little ambiance with the big game.
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?
Get ready to dance at this upscale gay bar and nightclub. With exposed brick walls and contemporary decor, the club has a trendy yet sophisticated charm and a welcoming and vibrant atmosphere. The dance floor is always crowded so join the fun and start dancing. Rain on 4th also has great theme nights and hosts entertaining events.
Complimentary live music and 7 televisions are waiting for you here at Shiner's Saloon, located on the second floor of this building. This bar is a great place to grab drinks with friends while soaking in the Texas atmosphere. Food is also served here until 2a. Call or see the website for more information.
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.
This multi-level club is situated in the Warehouse district of Austin. After entering through the alleyway behind Congress Avenue, listen to various live swing bands. Swing lessons are taught on Tuesdays at 7:30p. The elegant wood panels and top-shelf bar attract a sophisticated crowd. Upstairs patrons enjoy a pleasant garden atmosphere on the roof with an excellent view of downtown Austin and the Colorado River.