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Best Bars in Austin

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Driskill Bar

Located in the historic downtown Driskill Hotel, at the center of the entertainment district, Driskill Bar boasts of some of the finest drinks in Austin. Its chic, rather lavish interiors set the first good impression, with its exquisitely carpeted floors, dim-lighting and elegantly upholstered furniture. The drink choices are plentiful, including the selection of wine. Best known for its innovative cocktails, the bartenders signatures concoctions like as the Barton Springs, Spyglass and The Batini, are not-to-be-missed. The cigar selection is quite adequate for those who care to indulge in life's little pleasures. Whether you are looking for top quality scotch, champagne, or maybe just a little mixed drink to soften the day, the bartender can satisfy your need. Add extraordinary happy hours and great live music to the existing excitement and you have a bar that you simply can't miss.

604 Brazos Street, The Driskill, Austin, TX, United States, 78701
The Living Room

Located inside the W Hotel, this is not your typical bar. The Living Room is made up of four separate areas where patrons can indulge in nibbles, drinks, and a relaxing atmosphere. Plush, comfy chairs abound in the Living Room, making it the perfect place to settle in for the evening or just enjoy a quick drink. One of Austin's celebrity hot-spots, you never know who you'll see sipping a drink at the Living Room. Stick around later in the evening for the fabulous happy hour or to catch the in-house DJ spinning an awesome set.

200 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX, United States, 78701
Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

Great food, awesome brews and a fantastic vibe sums up Banger's in short. For the long form, this beer garden on historic Rainey Street offers quality pints as well as artisanal farm-to-table food. With an endless list of refreshing beers that accompany the comfort food on its menu, Banger's is easily one of the most popular joints iin Austin. Additionally, the outdoor beer garden with long tables is reminiscent of those in Munich and when the weather is right, its a great place to take one or two of Banger's 30 or so housemade sausages alongside a frosty pint.

79 - 81 Rainey Street, Austin, TX, United States, 78701
The White Horse

A vibrant gathering spot for locals, The White Horse is renowned for its diverse music and crafted beverages. Situated on Comal Street just east of downtown, the club radiates a rustic charm. With whiskey on tap, The White Horse showcases numerous live music performances and gigs. Visit over the weekend to see the crowd swaying to country tunes and enjoying affordably-priced drinks. The dimly lit, cozy interior creates an inviting atmosphere, making it an ideal destination for both music enthusiasts and those seeking a relaxed night out.

500 Comal Street, Austin, TX, United States, 79702
Güero's Taco Bar

All restaurants could do with a famous patron, but the owners of Güero's Taco Bar proudly have a whole heap to choose from. The restaurant has a couple of dining rooms, one of which is built around the kitchen, giving it a very homely feel, and the outdoor bar is especially popular anytime the weather is nice (which is often). Check out the fish taco and the queso flameado, or the breakfast tacos. Don't forget to chug down the famous margaritas made with fresh lime juice or have a shot of first-class tequila.

1412 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, United States, 78704

Whisler's, formerly known as Rabbit's, is a classic pub that has been artfully restored into a setting that exudes a cozy, bucolic atmosphere. There are several more aspects of this institution that set it apart from the rest of the field. If you're in the area, you should definitely try one of the many distinct and tasty beverages available. The interior is as stunning, with a spacious patio, veteran walls that appear like they have been there for a while, and softly lit chandeliers that give off a homey vibe. Whisler's is well known for its friendly bartenders and the unique beverages they craft. There are a few non-alcoholic drinks available as well, but if booze is your thing, So stop by with friends and family and enjoy your time at this fantastic location.

1816 East 6th Street, Austin, TX, United States, 78702
Saxon Pub

Saxon Pub, located on South Lamar, has a very intimate setting and possesses a classy atmosphere. Live bands and more make this pub quite a hang-out for the locals. Although there is no food available here, you can always bring your own food or even order for that matter. Sports is broadcast on the multiple screens during the day. Saxon Pub is a great place to unwind with some refreshing beer. A comfy ambiance to say the least. Cheers!

1320 South Lamar, Austin, TX, United States, 78704
Broken Spoke

Broken Spoke is a western honky-tonk that was established in 1964 and rapidly became an Austin favorite for country-western dancing. The “Spoke” is true country in a real dance hall with a real wood-plank floor. Watch cowboys and locals two-step the night away to live bands from around Texas. This dance hall provides an excellent atmosphere for those just learning to two-step or die-hard country fans driving in from the ranch for the weekend. Practice the Polka, Texas Two-Step or the Chicken, and be sure to try the Cotton-Eyed Joe. There is also a restaurant that serves traditional country food like chicken fried steak.

3201 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX, United States, 78704
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