Cheer's Shot Bar is right in the middle of 6th St. It has great bartenders, waitresses, and crowd. There is a bar and tables when you first walk in but if you keep walking there is a two story courtyard (and two more bars). When we went they had live music on the second floor. There was a waitress walking around with shots and we mostly took them from her. They were $2 a piece. You could get anything you wanted from the bar (including regular drinks) in bigger glasses. It was a great atmosphere. We met some great people and I highly recommend a stop when you're there. Very low key and everyone will fit right in!
Dress Code: Jeans and a nice shirt...
Whatever your style is for going out at night.
I have been wanting to go to Austin for awhile and when I went I was not disappointed!
During my trip I spent every night at 6th street and it was great! (Mind you, I am a young woman and I was alone.) A journalist once described 6th street by saying that walking down sixth street is like tuning the radio dial. Every few feet you hear a different kind of music. It was true.
Coming from California, I find the people in Austin super nice. I was lucky to have made some buddies while I was down and that made the trip more enjoyable.
It seems some of the comments people have been writting about sixth street are negative. I went on tuesday, wednesday, and thursday night. Maybe that is a better time.
Dress Code: I was there on tues, wed, thurs night and the dress code was casual- jeans and a t-shirt. I believe on the weekends, some places probably require a stricter dress code.
Overall, 6th Street was brilliant, but steer clear of Maggie May's where I was literally thrown out by overbearing bouncers who didn't have the decency to even speak to me. I'd done nothing wrong and the management have refused to acknowledge my emails and letter of complaint. An all-round shoddy establishment which is out of place on the otherwise excellent street.
Have you seen the movie Coyote Ugly? If not, watch it, and you'll see this bar alive and hoppin'. It is a chain of bars where the bartenders (all female) are dancing on the bar while serving drinks. Guys are there to gawk and women go to have a good time and do a little dancing themselves. Any girl is allowed to dance on the bar...no guys though!
*There is no dance floor...it's only a bar!
Guys, if you're on a guy-only weekend you'll love this. The bartenders will flirt with you, give you shots anyway you want, etc, etc.
I went with all girls and we still had a good time (although I wasn't drunk enough to get up and dance). As soon as I walked in a girl asked me what I wanted to drink...and a bar that can do that is 5 stars on my list ;) The music is fun, the bartenders are fun and the drinks are good. It's a fun time...
Dress Code: The dress code is definitely high scale. Am I allowed to say the bartenders dress sexy? And so should you...If you want to fit in. If you have your own style nobody will care and you'll still be taken care of.
I'm personally not that into the 6th Street scene, but if you do want to go to 6th Street, which I suggest you at least check out, look for the specials. Some places will have 25 cent wells or drafts on certain nights. It's a poor college student's (or in my case, poor AmeriCorps volunteer's) dream. If it's a particularly crazy night (like on Halloween or Halloween weekend), it's fun to find an uncrowded patio (such as the Iron Cactus, sometimes) and people watch. There's a Coyote Ugly if you want to see bartenders (and other people) dance on the bar. I personally prefer the dive bars, such as Jackelope and Maggie Mae's. Pete's Dualing Piano Bar is great. They have two pianos playing anything from Buddy Holly to Jimmy Buffett. It's one of the few places on 6th Street that charge cover, but it's worth it. If you want to go someplace a little classier, check out The Belmont, which is a little further west than the main strip of 6th Street bars. Generally, 6th Street is full of college students and tourists. I think it's kind of exciting to just walk down the strip, hear all of the live music going on in the bars, and have bar employees shouting out the night's specials. There's a certain kind of energy emanating from 6th Street that can be exciting. I just don't enjoy going there on a regular basis.
Dress Code: This is Texas. Lots of places are casual.
Austin is famous for it's live music and Sixth Street in downtown Austin is the best place to enjoy hearing it. Seven blocks of East 6th from Congress Avenue to Interstate 35 is Austin's entertainment district. The district also encompasses E. 5th and 7th Streets as well as various cross-streets. Here in the heart of the live music scene you will find numbeous clubs, bars and music venues.
Sixth Street was one called Pecan Street. Many of the historic buildings along the street date back to the 1800s and early 1900s. There are seedy spots here, including tatoo parlors, but also elegant places like the Driskill Hotel.
Austin's live music runs the gamut from jazz, blues, and country to rock, hip-hop, and derivations of these and other genres. The restaurants along Sixth Street are just as diverse. Local favorites include chili, ribs, and Tex-Mex. You'll also find steak, seafood, cajun-cooking and more.
Dress Code: Cowboy boots and hat
There's a reason why Austin is called the live music capital of the world: it IS the live music capital of the world, and the best place to be to enjoy it all is on 6th Street! One of the city's oldest streets now offers some of the best nightlife in America with dozens and dozens of clubs featuring some of the best rock and blues bands. It's hard to say which club is the best - I would simply recommend walking down the street until your ears catch a sound that's pleasing. We happened to catch The Eric Tessmer Band (www.erictessmerband.com), an incredibly talented blues trio, playing at Friends on a Friday night and had an awesome time! Oh and by the way - no cover charge so feel free to see as many bands as you want!
Dress Code: None, 6th Street is very laid back.
If you go to Austin without visiting 6th street at night, you haven't been to Austin.
Get out and see some of the live music, enjoy the free spirited mood on the streets and in the clubs. The people are friendly. The sun will come up before you know it.....
Of course, these bars have popped up in all the major cities. I've been to others in Vegas and Atlanta....
Basically, it's a bar with hot women working behind the counter. Every couple of minutes, a few will get up and dance a bit.
You can buy a 'body shot" for $20, you pay for the drink, and one of the girls will peresent your shot glass in their cleavage, or something like that. Seems a bit silly to me, but I watched a bit while having my beer.
Did I enjoy watching? um, yes.
Had a GREAT time dancing here! Excellent dance floor, continuous music and fun people!
When the dance floor got a bit too crowded, we later moved from here to 'Speakeasy' for some Wednesday night Salsa dancing.
Although swamped with tourists, 6th Street is the mecca that makes Austin the "Live Music Capital of the World." With tons of bands playing on any given night, this is a definite must if you want to catch some local talent. Spend some time weeding out the local establishments from the corporate (there is a BW3, Hard Rock Cafe, etc) and see some raw, live music. Just don't scare the frat brats.
Dress Code: Any way you want it.
I was deceived by the 6th street. We foresaw to diner in a club listening live music.
We did not find a large choice and the music we heard did not attract us.
The music was mainly present in the dancing club. Few restaurants had an orchestra.
So I disagree with the title. I found more live music in the 4e district of Paris, near les Halles.
The picture was taken at the daylight because the night photographes are too dark.
What fun this is, parading around the street with your craziest costume and watching others with even crazier ones. Tons of people turned out for Halloween '04, even though the night ended with a downpour. There were so many people, if you love people-watching this is the place to be. The street is closed off to accomodate the people, who circle in a counter-clockwise motion in the middle. The bars and little restaurants are open, because of course you'll be hungry after all that craziness!
Also! If someone tries to give you a rose, don't take it! It's a rip off, and you (if you are a man with a woman) might end up getting charged $9 for it.
Dress Code: The most creative thing you can think of - ALMOST no holds barred ;)
If you are looking for a fairly relaxed time, but may not be interested in talking or carrying a conversation, I would highly recommend heading to Logan's. It has a pub type layout, although the music is normally cranked up, so the noise level is not your normal pub.
The best part about this bar however is every 15 minutes or so, all the TVs will turn to a movie clip from a random 80's movie and everyone in the place likes to quote the line from the movie that they play. Its uncanny how many people know the lines word for word, which makes Logan's really fun.
Dress Code: Dress to impress, lots of singles here.
Originally opened by the Ziller family and named the Missouri house in 1861, this property was rumored to be a brothel, and really was quite popular with the Wild West crowd.
Nowadays, you can still end up with a woman, but it will probably only cost you a couple drinks, not anything like a brothel :)
There is some bar food available, plenty of pool tables and lots of alcohol.
Dress Code: Dress like it is a pool hall.