Our Favorite Watering Holes

Whether you’re visiting Austin for the first time or just looking to mix up your evening routine, we’ve rounded up our favorite watering holes around town. From old faithful staples to wind-down wine bars, consult this list for your next night out!
Wind Down Wine Bars

Vino Vino

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This comfortable and intimate spot boasts reasonably priced delicious wines and a full dinner menu. Located near Austin’s Hyde Park neighborhood, Vino Vino is a true local spot.


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A stone’s throw from downtown and on the edge of East Austin, Uncorked features a list of “hand-picked wines from around the world” – plus a limited number of Texas-brewed beers.

House Wine

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In addition to its wine selection, House Wine offers a range of light bites and beers to enjoy in their comfortable, yet contemporary, atmosphere. This is a hidden spot known for its unpretentious “front-porch-feel” and helpful bartenders.

Off The Beaten Path



Drink.Well is a unique neighborhood cocktail bar and restaurant in Austin’s eclectic North Loop district with a distinct focus on craftsmanship.

Whip In

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Whether you’re in the mood for a solid meal, a great beer, a glass of wine or even live music and a few basic groceries, South Austin’s the Whip In has you covered. Enjoy “authentic gujurati-style Indian cuisine with a big-time Texas lean” while sipping on one of the extensive number of brews on tap.

Draught House

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Draught House is an institution in the Rosedale neighborhood. Known for its laid back atmosphere, indoor/outdoor areas and on-site food trailers, it also boasts a staff ready to help you navigate their vast beer selection.

Old Faithfuls

Longbranch Inn

Longbranch Inn is one part old-school saloon, one part East Austin establishment. Grab a drink at its classic-style long bar before settling in with a few friends on the small outdoor patio.


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It’s always Christmas at Lala’s! If you’re looking for an authentic hole-in-the-wall experience where you can find a strong drink and a story to go with it, this is the spot.

Deep Eddy Cabaret

Deep Eddy Bar, Austin

A neighborhood institution, Deep Eddy Cabaret has been hosting regulars since 1951, and while you can’t get a Lone Star for 25 cents these days, it’s still one of the least expensive places to grab a beer. Bonus? It has one of the best jukeboxes in town.

Donn’s Depot

Some come for the popcorn and two-stepping, others for the novelty of the structure, but no matter the reason, don’t miss a chance to experience Donn’s Depot for yourself. Right on the edge of Clarksville, this gem is only minutes from downtown.

Late Night Favorites

Volstead Lounge + Hotel Vegas

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Joined by a large outdoor space perfect for mixing and mingling, the adjacent Volstead Lounge and Hotel Vegas are quickly becoming go-to destinations for live music and cold cocktails on the ever-burgeoning stretch of East Sixth Street.

The Gibson

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Situated on South Lamar, The Gibson is another neighborhood go-to that features friendly service and casual atmosphere with an Austin twist, not to mention a great outdoor patio in addition to the cozy indoor booths.


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A truly unique blend of Austin’s two loves (food and music), Frank is the type of place where you can go for a full meal, then be surprised by fantastic live music. Plus, it’s conveniently located in the Warehouse District.

Second Bar + Kitchen

Austin FOOD & WINE Festival chef, David Bull’s Second Bar + Kitchen is part of Austin’s lively 2nd Street District, and is always buzzing with a local crowd.