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No other bar in recent memory has managed to so monopolize the patronage of Austin's tattoos-and-piercings crowd than has Jackalope, which caters to the unsubtle sensibilities of its otherwise neglected customer base by way of Reagan-era punk rock on the stereo, tragi-comic b-movies on the TVs and velvet paintings of topless women on the walls. Aside from serving as Sixth Street's most prominent de facto refugee camp for Black Flag fans, Jackalope is otherwise known for its burgers, regarded by many denizens of the downtown area as the best in the neighborhood and the Wednesday two-for-one burger deals make these the best bargains in the city.
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.
Built to honor the late great Johnny Cash, the Mean Eyed Cat has a crowded back patio and plenty of man-in-black collectibles. The Mean Eyed stage, featuring live music almost every night of the week, is popular with patrons of all ages. Order a shot at the bar to go down, down, down into a burning ring of fire.
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.
Carousel Lounge is a mildly unorthodox bar in Austin, with a crazy circus theme. Check out the pink elephant and lion-tamer murals including a real miniature carousel behind the bar. Carousel Lounge is well-known for their unpredictable stage acts, from amazing musical acts or sensuous belly-dancers. Opened in the 1960s, this bar is still the favorite of many an Austin resident. The bar has a divey feel to it, with drinks available at dirt cheap rates.
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.
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.
While a bit of a dive, this North Austin neighborhood bar certainly has character. In Lulu's, it's Christmas 365 days a year with lights, trees and the Elf on the Shelf ever-present. The comfortable seating and crazy atmosphere at Lala's Little Nugget make for a fun and relaxing time. It has gained a reputation as both an unpretentious place to unwind and a haven for those in the know who are looking to get away from the downtown scene. Certain well-known film directors have been known to frequent the bar while in town. Expect no-nonsense service from the full-bar, with pool tables and a jukebox that offers many offbeat and retro selections.