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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.
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.
This bar provides multi-level entertainment. The ground floor offers live cover-band music; passers-by can look in and see people dancing to the hits. If dancing is not your thing, sneak next door for a beer in the adjoining beer hall, or head upstairs to the more-than-ample patio overlooking the Sixth Street crowd, which may include a celebrity or two. Maggie's is famous in Austin for their motto T-shirt: "Beer. It's not just for breakfast anymore."
Container Bar is built around a novel concept, wherein a bar is constructed amid a courtyard by using old shipping containers. Guests can be seated inside one of the furnished containers or in the outdoor area, surrounded by trees. This eco-friendly establishment believes in recycling and uses four tons of unwanted metal in the form of these containers. The building has acquired a boxy look owing to these structures and stands out from the street. Guests can sip a selection of spirits such as Gin and Tonic served neat and classic cocktail blends like the vodka-infused Moscow Mule at this bar.
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.
Craft Pride is a place for every beer connoisseur. The place houses more than 20 local brews on tap. They have a small seating around the bar but the best attraction is the patio extended outside the bar. Beers and music can be enjoyed with a slice of pizza from Via 313 Pizza which is just an arm's length distance from Crafts Pride, or with food from any of the restaurants in close proximity to this brew pub. Check website for further details.
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.
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.
Whisler's was an old bar formerly known as Rabbit's which has been revamped by the owner. The bar has a rustic charm to it. From the dimly lit chandeliers to the veteran looking walls and the extending patio, the place has a beauty of its own and so do the drinks on the menu. Whisler's is know for its friendly bartenders and lively cocktails that they craft. They also serve a few non-alcoholic drinks. It is a great place for groups to unwind in Austin.
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!
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.