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.
Salty Sow is a trendy local bar and restaurant featuring a casual yet chic atmosphere, relaxed yet lively vibe and a menu characterized by an eye towards sustainable, fresh, locally sourced produce. The eatery and bar features two individual dining areas suitable for a quieter evening out with conversation over drinks or a more lively space perfect for groups. Popular favorites on the menu include the triple-duck fat fries, Loch Duart salmon rillette, fried smashed potatoes, milk-braised pork shoulder and butterscotch bundino. A daily happy hour menu is available everyday between 4.30pm to 6.30 pm. A well-curated drinks menu featuring wines, craft cocktails and draft beers provides the perfect accompaniment to the meal. Sample signature drinks like the Miss Piggy or stick to classics like the Blood Orange Margarita; whatever you choose, the bartenders here know what they're doing, and the drinks can pack quite a punch. For reservations, events and group gatherings, contact the restaurant.
Located in the heart of Eastside neighborhood, Revelry Kitchen + Bar is a popular counter-service restaurant. On the drinks menu there are a variety of choices to choose from, one can enjoy craft cocktails, beer or wine. Happy hours are between 4p to 7p on weekdays. On the food menu they have a variety of dishes and bar food, try their lollipop wings, fries, shishito peppers, chicken and beef dishes. Patrons can enjoy their drinks and meal along with DJ music and party late into the night. Every Sunday they offer brunch between 11p to 3p and the popular dishes on the menu are the breakfast tacos and beignets, classic wings and waffles to name a few.
The legacy of the "Father of Texas", Stephen Fuller Austin, lives on at this terrace bar on the second floor of the Intercontinental Stephen F Austin Hotel. Come and enjoy the view from the balcony while sipping on any of the drinks from the bar's wine or martini menu. Call or see the website for more information.