Austin Neighborhood Bars

A good place to come with friends or bring visiting out-of-towners to hang out and socialize. Or just come to unwind after work or on the weekend with some drinks, casual food, and a relaxed atmosphere. Here are some ideas.


C-Boy’s Heart & Soul, 2008 S. Congress Ave., (512) 215-0023 map website

Two-story bar with live R&B/soul/blues bands every Friday and Saturday night and music on vinyl during the week. Deck in the back with food trailer.

Clive Bar, 609 Davis St., (512) 494-4120 map website

Roomy, covered deck and ample seating. Inexpensive beer and drinks. Relaxed atmosphere but gets more crowded and rowdy on weekends.

CU-29, 720 Brazos St., (512) 474-0029 map website

Named after the element copper in the periodic table of elements, this is a cocktail bar with craft cocktails and martinis and several large-screen TVs.

Hangar Lounge, 318 Colorado St., (512) 474-4264 map website

Three story bar with a rooftop that has a good view of downtown. DJ plays a variety of music.

Nasty's, 606 Maiden Ln., (512) 453-4349 map

Close to University of Texas. Crowd varies from college students to 20- and 30- somethings. Hiphop with DJs on Monday nights. Large beer selection. Darts and pool tables.

The Chicago House, 607 Trinity St., (512) 302-1470 map website

An historic building in downtown elegantly restored with rich wood paneling, wood floors, and brick wall. Excellent rotating selection of draft beers and also mixed drinks. Helpful and knowledgeable staff.

The Local Pub and Patio, 2610 Guadalupe St., (512) 478-2337 map website

Neighborhood college bar atmosphere. Wide selection of inexpensive local beer. Sofas, TVs, dog-friendly patio. Group of regular customers. No food, but restaurants and food trucks are close by.

The Side Bar, 602 E. 7th St., (512) 322-0697 map website

Good selection of beer and inexpensive drinks. Pool table. Back patio with long picnic tables.

The Thirsty Nickel, 325 E. 6th St., (512) 473-8891 map

Neighborhood bar with live bands, DJs, and jukebox music. Large screen TVs. Private party rooms available. Pool tables in the back.

The Tiniest Bar in Texas, 817 W. 5th St., (512) 786-1087 map

Lives up to its name - basically a walkup ordering window with a giant patio and stage around it. Close to Whole Foods flagship store and downtown condos. Large selection of beers at inexpensive prices.

Upstairs on Trinity, 607 Trinity St., (512) 358-6202 map website

Upscale lounge with chandeliers, table and bar seating, good view of the city skyline. Wine, champagne, and drinks, and small plates.

Vinyl, 607 Trinity St., (512) 358-6202 map website

Music lounge with local musicians and DJs.

War Horse, 209 B W. 5th St., (512) 653-1962 map

Neighborhood bar with good selection of cocktails and drinks. Indoor seating only. Live, local bands on Thursdays-Saturdays.

Whisler’s, 1816 E. Sixth St., (512) 480-0781 map

A cocktail bar with craft cocktails and drinks.


Detour, 11005 Burnet Rd. Ste. B112, (512) 719-4141 map website

Local neighborhood watering hole. Very dark interior. Strong drinks.

Drink Well, 207 E. 53rd St., (512) 614-6683 map website

Specialty cocktails, decent beer selection. Unusual food selections for a bar e.g. beef meatballs, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with bacon. Small place and sometimes there is a wait.

Parmer Lane Tavern, 2121 W. Parmer Ln., (512) 520-9136 map

Cozy neighborhood bar with inexpensive drinks, several raised round tables, loud music. Pool tables and shuffleboard. Poker on the weekends.

The Tigress Pub, 100 W. North Loop Blvd., (512) 600-3232 map website

Limited beer selection; the specialty here is cocktails and mixed drinks. A small place (but they are in the process of expanding). This lends to a cozy atmosphere but makes the place very crowded at peak times.


Barton Springs Saloon, 424 S. Lamar Blvd., (512) 482-9673 map website

Good selection of local draft beers. Inexpensive drinks. Bar food. Small outdoor seating area. Relaxed atmosphere.

Bender Bar & Grill, 321 W. Ben White Blvd. Ste. 300, (512) 447-1800 map website

Jukebox music. Inexpensive drinks. Back patio with relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. Bar food e.g. burgers, wings.

Crow Bar, 3116 S. Congress Ave., (512) 465-2982 map website

Good beer and cocktail selection. Dark and cozy interior and a front patio with picnic tables. Jukebox and pool tables. No food.

Horseshoe Lounge, 2034 S. Lamar Blvd., (512) 442-9111 map

Neighborhood bar with distinctive, horseshoe-shaped bar area. Inexpensive, local beers in bottles. Shuffleboard and pool.

Porter Ale House & Gastropub, 3715 S. First St. Ste. A, (512) 291-6299 map website

Neighborhood-bar style, serves pub food and various craft cocktails and beers.

Red Shed Tavern, 8504 S. Congress Ave., (512) 280-4899 map website

Inexpensive drinks, extensive beer selection. Large patio. Pool tables. No food but there are restaurants nearby.

Stompin Grounds Lounge, 3801 S. Congress Ave. Ste. 116, (512) 394-6999 map website

Located next to a newer apartment complex and stores. Live music, music videos, and karaoke. Casual food e.g. pizza, mozzarella sticks, coffee. Free wi-fi.

The 04 Lounge, 3808 S. Congress Ave., (512) 444-7788 map

Inexpensive mixed drinks. Pool tables, jukebox. Local groups of regulars.


The Water Tank, 7309 McNeil Dr., (512) 331-9831 map

Reasonably priced drinks with two bars to order at. Arcade and tabletop games. Bar food e.g. burgers, fried mushrooms. Occasionally live bands.


Backspin, 5000 W. Slaughter Ln. Ste. 206, (512) 282-9206 map website

Neighborhood bar with sports on TV, full bar, and bar food. Near the newer developments in southwest Austin, next to some fast food restaurants. Attracts younger regulars from around the area.

The Detour, 6705 W. Hwy. 290, (512) 899-8939 map

Neighborhood bar with drink specials and Monday night Karaoke. No food.


Nomad Bar, 1213 Corona Dr., (512) 628-4288 map website

Good selection of local beers and other drinks. Happy hour and daily specials. Thursday night trivia and Sunday brunch. Jukebox, video games, indoor bar and couch seating. Also an outdoor, misted patio that is pet-friendly.


Bar Matador, 1012 E. 6th St., (512) 320-1514 map

Recently redecorated with wood and marble bar, red bar stools, and southwestern art. Good drink selection including margaritas.

Cheer Up Charlie’s, 1104 E. Sixth St., (512) 524-1111 map

Spacious outdoor patio with food trailers in the back. DJs and sometimes live music inside. Laid back atmosphere.

Haymaker, 2310 E. Manor Rd., (512) 707-2744 map website

Large selection of craft beers and a variety of sandwiches based on Northeastern and Midwestern recipes.

Legendary White Swan, 1906 E. 12th St., (512) 524-5702 map

Large place with ample seating and inexpensive drinks. Sometimes live bands. Jukebox playing oldies but goodies. Skeeball and pool tables. Located in a rough part of town though.

Longbranch Inn, 1133 E. 11th St., (512) 472-5591 map

Wide selection of inexpensive beer and drinks. Jukebox music. Wood paneled interior with paintings on the walls. Patio seating available.

St. Roch's Bar, 515 Pedernales St., (512) 777-4441 map website

No food, but a good selection of local and national beers and liquor. Seating in the bar or on the back patio. Jukebox music. Seasonal and happy hour specials.

The Lost Well, 2421 Webberville Rd., (512) 243-7153 map

Neighborhood bar with live music some nights and jukebox the other nights, local beers on tap and back patio.

The Office, 3526 E. 7th St., (512) 767-8315 map

Neighborhood hangout with inexpensive beers, TV, pool table. Live music some nights each week.

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