Best Bars in Austin


246 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Where hipsters and cowboy culture collide. Live music every night. Every Saturday at 7pm they offer free Texas Two-Step lessons. (Geared towards timid beginners like myself, and friendly, fun, non-... read more

If I had to describe the White Horse I would call it a hipster honky tonk. There's live music every night of the week and you'll usually find people two-stepping and waltzing to country music on an... read more

Super fun bar and venue to catch local country bands. Great for two-stepping. Everybody welcome- it's a good mix of young folks, some older folks, straight, gay, whatever. Nobody's gonna give yo... read more

#2

The ABGB

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$$· 1305 W Oltorf St·Map·Hours·Website·

168 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Spacious and friendly brewpub, with plenty of acreage inside, and twice as much outside. We love it on Sunday afternoon, when there's a danceable band playing. Be ready to dance, or get out of the ... read more

This isn't just a brewery. Again, so many places in Austin just don't fit an Airbnb category. This place makes awesome beer and amazing food. Great music. It gets super busy on the weekends. I grew... read more

Our philosophy: Beer Makes It Better. We believe our beer has the power to make everything better. A fresh, hot pizza. A nice big Muffaletta sandwich. A great band on Saturday night. And hanging ou... read more

164 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Top notch craft cocktails in an iconic old building that used to be my dad's hang-out when he used to run the east side streets as a young man. You can still see the old "Rabbits" sign on the wall ... read more

Incredible cocktails, a fun mezcal bar hidden upstairs, and home to East Side King Thai Kun food truck! (Amazing spicy thai food!)

If you've ever been to the alamo and wished you could take a piece of it with you to make into your own personal bar, then you are in luck because Whislers captures the feel of being in an ancient ... read more

135 local Airbnb hosts recommend

They bill themselves as "a hipster sports bar". So yeah, it's more of an "East Side" sports bar... whatever that means... ;) Food is ok, but they have a huge beer selection. It's always pretty j... read more

Always a busy and warm crowd, great sandwiches, huge selection of local beers on draft, amazing drink specials every night, chilled outdoor patio and the place to go for sports events with large sc... read more

I like to go hang here with my friends and sip on some tasty drink and eat some very good pub food. Try the home made beer cheese with kettle chips or to dip your sweet potato waffle fries in. It c... read more

120 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Austin landmark music venue. Music just about every night from 6pm - 2am. Blues, country and Americana. Regulars include Bob Schneider and George Devore. Walk from my place! Check their calendar.

Most of Austin's legendary old-school music venues have now gone the way of the do-do, but the Saxon Pub lives on -- and it's one of the best places where you're most likely to see a performance by... read more

True Austin original with the most relisgious experience in town every Sunday night! The Resentments are an AMAZING group of singer songwriters that have a long standing residency here on Sundays. ... read more

119 local Airbnb hosts recommend

100 craft beers on tap. ATX's largest selection of sausage. Big outdoor eating area. Mon-Bring your dog. Tues-Live Jazz. Thurs-Live Local Music. Sat-All animal roast. Sun-Awesome brunch. Great staff.

Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden is, bar and music venue to the Rainey Street. Banger's offers a widely unique range of sausage platters and local draft beers.

This is a great beer garden and indoor/outdoor eating place; with live music and wonderful ambience (and draft beer selection). They also have homemade and unique sausage options (including great s... read more

#7

Weather Up

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$$· 1808 E Cesar Chavez St·Map·Hours·Website·

103 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Hand crafted cocktails with specialty bar food. I mean these guys really are artists when it comes to cocktails. They even have special ice, sounds pretentious, it's not. Cool field trip, check it out

Old fashioned craft cocktails. They may make them slowly but they are worth the wait. There is no sign so look for the old two story building on the corner. The back patio is screened by old trees.

Craft cocktails with hand-carved ice star in a vintage setting & backyard at this NYC offshoot.

105 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of our favorites for coffee and run by very cool neighborhood family. Coffee is excellent, baristas are stellar and even have beer in the evening. A major neighborhood haunt.

This is one of my favorite coffee shops in Austin. It is set in a small house and it has a nice cozy/stylish feel. This is a perfect spot for weekend early birds, its usually packed later in the mo... read more

The Original Caffe Medici is a required stop if you stay in Clarksville. Great coffee, Taco Deli breakfast tacos, and the perfect "Clarksville feel." They open at 6AM during the week and 6:30 on th... read more

83 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Award-winning neighborhood cocktail bar and restaurant located in Austin’s eclectic North Loop district. Eclectic plates and innovative cocktails in a cozy, stylish setting.

This is a good place when you are in the mood for a fancy drink that is not annoying. I would highly recommend the "Royale with Ease" I feel like I am on vacation when I drink it. This is about a 2... read more

Wonderful cocktails! Often a contender in Austin's annual cocktail competition drink well has a craft cocktails, a good happy hour and over 50 types of Whiskey. - all day happy hour sunday - can... read more

#10

The Highball

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$$· 1120 S Lamar Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

87 local Airbnb hosts recommend

RETURNING SOON! Vintage-themed live music lounge / dance hall! Big band, jazz, blues, swing, soul, latin, theme dance parties - most acts FREE! Quiz nights, bingo and Karaoke booths, too!

A fun, electic place. Adjacent to the Alamo Drafthouse, it features live music and other fun events nightly, plus private karaoke rooms. Creative cocktails and bar bites. 0.75 mile north on Lamar.

Colorful cocktail bar known for its private karaoke rooms, with creative bar bites & nightly events (such as 80's night, 90's music video night, Swing lessons and band, trivia nights, comedy perfor... read more

86 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great pub with decent selection of beer/wine plus full bar. They sport weekly theme nights (ie trivia nights, bingo, mustache Mondays, etc). Luke's In and Out (a side trailer eatery) is the bomb!

Great bar on South Lamar, good indoor spaces and covered outdoor spaces. Good place before or after a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse. Also 'Lukes Inside Out' is a food trailer that serves inside t... read more

Good full bar with a nice outdoor deck. Really good food available from Luke's Inside Out food truck on the premises. Try the smoked ribs!

#12

Stay Gold

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$· 1910 E Cesar Chavez·Map·Hours·Website·

86 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A+ Hipster bar with live-music stage and a rockabilly attitude. Craft cocktails, beer, fancy grilled cheese and comfort food from the forthcoming Toaster food truck.

Live music, excellent outdoor patio, and the home of the Toaster food truck. Who would think a grilled cheese with tomato soup IN it would be so tasty.

Great cocktails and live music right behind our house! Also with Toaster (grilled cheese food truck on the patio) - try the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Sandwich!

80 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great jazz club hosting some of the best jazz acts around the world. It must be good, because I caught Clint Eastwood and Kevin Costner sneaking in there for a listen and a drink back when they sh... read more

Do you like Jazz? If the answer is yes you absolutely must go here while you are in town. If the answer is ehhh or maybe, you should still stop in. Located in the basement of a building on congres... read more

Only a neon sign in a basement window suggests this secret little jazz bar on Congress. Monday nights are open mic but don't let that signify amateur to you, it actually just means that's when all... read more

77 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I'm a teacher, so naturally I flock to schoolhouses - esp if they serve beer and amazing treats. This is a bar but they have an extremely legit dinner menu. Cute and small w great people watching.

Montreal Fries (Brisket + Fries + Sharp Cheddar curds and dark gravey) Local Brews and Cocktails

They have a great beer selection and a friendly down to earth staff. Kraft drinks at a decent price. You can sit and have conversation without it getting too crowded on the weekday. Closes at midni... read more

74 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Yeah, this place is technically a bar, and a lil further, but it's got the best brussel-sprout dish in all of Austin. Seek out the East Side King trailer parked in back. The beet dish is killer too.

Good selection of beer and lots of hipsters to look. Good food in the back at EAST SIDE KINGS. Highly recommend getting the Pork Steamed Buns to wash down your Peacemaker beer.

Great east side dive bar. Beer garden in back includes one of Paul Qui's Eastside King food trailers. Try the pork buns and beet fries. Beards, tattoos, skinny jeans and maybe a banjo.

73 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you're into Indie music, check out this venue. It's one of those places I'll go to even if I've never heard of the acts playing...their talent buyers have a great ear and I'm never disappointed.

Cool small venue to catch some great live entertainment. No food, dive bar atmosphere with a really nice venue to see some talented acts. Tip: crowd varies base on headliner, best to check Spotify 1st

Great music venue and bar. Lots of great artists play here. This whole area (red river district) is a great scene if you're into live music.

#17

Kuneho

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$$$$· 1600 E 6th St·Map·

73 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Top Chef winner Paul Qui's fine dining restaurant. Super creative and amazingly delicious dishes here. Not cheap, but there's a reason this place is topping lists across the country.

New restaurant by my FAVORITE Austin chef, Paul Qui, winner of Top Chef in 2012. This is upscale (for Austin), small plates Asian fusion cuisine. Paul is usually there. Open kitchen, fab decor.

71 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Just a few blocks away- craft brews with wonderful outdoor area. Different food truck on site every night. Thursday nights have good deal on house brewed beers.

Another brewpub with in-house and guest taps. One of the oldest brewpubs in Austin. Different food truck in parking lot every day.

One of the oldest beer bars in Austin serving dozens of taps before serving dozens of taps was cool. Still a great hangout, inside or out.

67 local Airbnb hosts recommend

An expansive dog-friendly patio & jukebox tunes highlight this lively dive bar-meets-beer garden. The description is from Google but I found it good :)

Generally my favorite SXSW spot. Just about everything east of I-35 is unofficial SXSW, meaning no badges, no lines, and reasonable crowds. In the East 6th area of bars.

Dimly lit artsy dive bar with no offensive odor and a pretty cool back patio. They have a pool table, some video games a photo booth and a jukebox with some jams.

70 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This falls within the Bar and Music Venue category. My favorite bar on South Congress, BY FAR. You MUST go upstairs to their "Jade Lounge", which is themed after a WWII GI bar. Great place to beg... read more

Thursday Happy Hour is free with Paul Oscher who used to play with Muddy Waters. Great Happy Hour music and Jimmy Vaughn plays often. Owned by Continental Club and a comfortable spot.

Great place to catch local live music, usually of the blues and soul variety, but also a nice incredibly close spot to cozy up with friends in a sparkly red booth and throw some back. There is a ba... read more

74 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I love this place! They have great music, good drinks, and sand volleyball courts. They also have 2 food trucks out there, one of which is Salt Lick. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is super... read more

Cool place to relax, have adult beverages, play sand volleyball, toss horse shoes, washers and listen to live music under the huge oak trees. Food Trailers. Pets are allowed. No - Children/Kids

Moontower Saloon is very close to our house. It is a great bar situated on a large lot. It features food trucks, live music, fire pits, washers, sand volleyball courts etc... it's a great place.

67 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This place is great, they have a full bar, an outdoor area with free live music most nights. The absolute best italian food in town can be purchased from a food truck here believe it or not and to... read more

Butterfly Bar is attached to the Vortex. Show up early for a show, snag a themed cocktail and sit out on the best patio/garden space in town. If you haven't eaten, you have to try the food cart Pat... read more

On the hip eastside Manor Road strip. The food truck Patrizi's is at the bar and is home to some of the best homemade pasta and Italian food in the city. Drinks at Butterfly Bar are cheap and delic... read more

#23

Barbarella

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$· 615 Red River St·Map·Hours·

64 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Best place for dancing hands down. Young crowd but the music is usually really fun, like 70s or 80s jams. Fun, accepting atmosphere. It is also located on Red River which is home to several notable... read more

Best nights to go are Thursday for Motown night or Friday for 80s night to dance your socks off. Connected to Swan Dive, a bar next door, so if there is a cover go through Swan Dive and you can jus... read more

My favorite place to dance. It's a dance club for people that aren't normally into dance clubs. Lots of theme nights... TuesGays, Friday night 80's night, and new music Saturdays.

#24

Winebelly

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$$· 519 W Oltorf St·Map·Hours·Website·

63 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A FAVORITE: A favorite easy-evening haunt of ours. Good wine list and good menu of small plates and tapas. Some half-price bottles on Sunday and Monday. Indoor/outdoor seating. $$

Good, shareable food, a nice patio, and always easy, Wine Belly is easily one of my favorite places in Austin. Sundays and Mondays select bottles of wine are half off!

Winebelly Tapas & Vino is a local bar-restaurant in South Austin that serves good wine, tapas-style food, wine-based cocktails & beer. Spanish-Mediterranean style food.

#25

Gourmands

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$· 2316 Webberville Rd·Map·Hours·Website·

102 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great local bar with excellent food. Their sandwiches and broccoli cheese soup in a bread bowl are amazing. They have a great happy hour with 1/2 off appetizers (get the nachos).

Great, laid-back local pub atmosphere, with patio, (unobtrusive) tvs inside, and amazing sandwiches, salads, soups. Happy hour specials and great beer. Perfect all-round bar.

Neighborhood pub. My personal favorite place to eat/drink, off the beaten path. Get a half sandwich and bread bowl soup for $10. Try the Shiner Bock infused broccoli beer cheese soup.

62 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great local dive bar. Beer & wine only and really only beer b/cif you're a real wine drinker this is probably not real wine to you. :)

I enjoy going to the Mean Eyed Cat for happy hour because it is more of a locals spot, and the patio is surrounded by lovely big oak trees The drink specials are amazing and you can also order fo... read more

Austin's famed MEAN EYED CAT is a bar like no other. Set away, yet close, to the activities of downtown Austin, it is unabashedly what Texas' capital city is all about.

60 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Live music... funky eclectic vibe. Nobody judges your weirdness here... So, in keeping with the "Keep Austin Weird" mantra Cheer Up Charlies nails it!

Cheer Up Charlie's is our favorite bar/hang-out/music venue. It's queer owned and very queer-positive, but attracts a mixed crowd of anybody who loves good cocktails and a relaxed atmosphere. Gre... read more

Cheer Up Charlies is a chill place to grab a beer and often there is live music. There are food trucks outside, and an outdoor area. They will host a lot of queer-friendly nights and I usually head... read more

#28

Crow Bar

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3116 South Congress Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

54 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Neighborhood dive bar. A little nicer than the nearby 04 Lounge, Nice outdoor area. Decent beer selection and unique cocktails.

Inviting joint that boasts creative cocktails, pool tables, an eclectic jukebox + cool outdoor patio.

Again it is walking distance. Great local pub/bar w pool table, jute box and cool drinks! Outdoor area too. Easy peasy.

51 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is Nate's favorite bar on North Loop. Really good bar food and great beer selection. Cool people go here. Patio in the back.

Great "after work" bar to chill. It's always happy hour here with a nice selection of $3 craft beers on a tap. The jukebox is always playing and they usually have a fun movie on. Nice outdoor patio... read more

My favorite. Unpretentious but cool neighborhood bar with excellent beer selection and great prices. Also good burgers, veggie burgers, sausages, sandwiches and wings.

49 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Coffee and a full bar. Sandwiches, S'Mores and Irish Coffees keep you smiling while you observe the characters who walk into this eatery. Great place to catch a pedicab ride somewhere!

Great vibe, coffee and full bar, snacks, open late, great people-watching spot out on the sidewalk, or staging point for other downtown adventures. Just down the street from Cedar Street bar/music,... read more

A few recommendations in one here: 1) This place serves smores! Like with a real fire. It's fun and exciting. Also, this is an all ages cafe, so you can bring the kids here. They love the smores an... read more