Austin's Warehouse District: Where Austin's more distinguished members drink!
Austin made a dedication many years ago to make sure tourists that come here have a great time. One of the key components to this nightlife is to have places where everyone feels comfortable. The warehouse district is a renovation project in which many local business owners have redone old manufacturing buildings into a great set of bars, restaurants, and live music venues.
Here is a list of locations:
2. Opal Devine's
3. Katz's / Momo's
4. Ninfas on 6th
5. Star Bar
6. Ranch 616
7. Ceramic Mug
8. Thai Tara
9. The Hoffbrau
10. Mother Egan's
11. La Zona Rosa
12. Austin Music Hall
13. Demi Epicurious
14. District Bar 'n' Grill
15. Rainbow Cattle Company
16. Whiskey Bar
19. Red Fez
20. Lucky Lounge
21. Fox and Hound
22. Ginger Man
23. Club M&M
24. Lavaca St. Bar
26. Fadó Irish Pub
27. Saba Blue Water Cafe
28. Cedar Street
31. Poly Esther's
34. Miguel's La Bodega
35. Alamo Draft House Cinema
38. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
39. Sky Lounge
40. The Forum
41. Coyote Grill
42. Boyz Celler
43. Oilcan Harry's
45. Sullivan's Steakhouse
46. Ringside at Sullivan's
47. Spaghetti Warehouse
48. Bitter End
49. La Traviata
51. Austin Children's Museum
Dress Code: Wear what you like!Related to:
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All over town: Check out some live music
Austin is filled with local musicians. While you are in Austin, make sure to go check out some live music. There is music every night of the week, so you won't have a problem finding something to do. Check out the music listing in the Austin Chronicle or just head over to 6th street any night of the week and there will be bands and solo acts playing. Some of the great local musicians to check out are Kacy Crowley, Bob Schneider, Billy Harvey, Dewato, John Dee Graham and Todd Rusch. Good clubs to check out are Saxon Pub, Continental Club, Alligator Grill, Cactus Cafe and Ruta Maya.Related to:
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Hyde Park Theatre: Add a Little Culture to your Nightlife
I got to see the theater's production of Much Ado About Nothing and was pleasantly surprised by their performance! I have seen Much Ado About Nothing in Shakespeare's hometown theater in Stratford-upon-Avon, so was wondering if I would be disappointed, but Shakespeare's play is timeless and always great! The theater was very small and the set was not impressive, but the actors did a great job! I look forward to seeing some other productions at the theater! The tickets were $15 for this show and seemed like a good value.
Dress Code: I wore a skirt, but it looked like pretty much anything goes!Related to:
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The Courtyard: Dance the Night Away
Awesome outside courtyard bar/nightclub. Great R/B, Dance music. A little older crowd then 6th Street - mid 20's to mid 30's, so not that much older. But definietly a much more sophisticated crowd. Awesome place, I would love to go back!Related to:
The Backyard: Backyard Music
The Backyard is a great place to get a sandwich or snacks while you sit on the deck among 500-year-old oaks. If it is close to dark, you might want to stick around for the music that evening. Some of the best musicians play at The Backyard. If you want to make a day trip out of it, go to Hamilton Pool in the afternoon in then head over to the Backyard in the evening for music and dinner. Check their website for upcoming events.
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Red Fez: Nightlife
This place is bonkers and was absolutely packed out when i went there on Saturday evening - definitely not one for shy and retiring types however if 'bumping' and 'grinding' are your thing then this place is a definite tick on places to go whilst in Austin oh and full of beautiful people.
Dress Code: Smart and casual, common sense really and no sneakers.
Polly Esther's: The Worst of the 80's
If you find any redeeming value in 80's culture, then you might like this place. 80's music is the order of the day here, so go get down to your favorite Duran Duran song!!
For those of us who can't find any inherent value in 80's music, avoid this place like the plague!Related to:
Parmer Lane Tavern: Northern Austin's Nastiest Dive Bar
If you are in Austin for any amount of time, you will realize that not everyone in downtown Austin represents the overall Austin population. If you want to see the true odd local, I would head to Parmer Lane Tavern.
Dress Code: No dress code... in fact I am not sure you even need a shirt.
The Fox and the Hound: Laid-Back Sports Bar
A great bar to start the night off is the Fox and the Hound. A national chain of bars, I know, but Austin's has a feel that seperates it from the other 3 that I have been to. It has the usual pool tables, couches, and numerous TV's playing sports. But, it also has a much more relaxed, unassuming atmosphere that the others didn't. Very laid-back, very cool.
Dress Code: Jeans are fine, as well as khakis for guys. Girls, as usual, can wear whatever.Related to:
Red Fez: Hip-Hop Haven
A no cover bar on the weekends, hip-hop music (mainly) and a very cool decor all add up to a very cool club. Perfect for getting a few drinks with your friends, or for trying to make new ones with your new moves on the dance floor. Many restaurant style booths line the outer edges and many couches equal polenty of sitting room for those who prefer to stay on the sidelines. Great drinks (i.e. big bang for the buck) round out the positives on this place.
Dress Code: Upscale and trendy, but still casual enough to be in jeans without feeling out of place.
Texture: After-hour Dancing
When other 6th street bars are closing, after-hours Texture is just starting their show. The huge dance floor provides plenty o' space for all the dancing. The ceiling and decorations are "textured," hence the name. Two full bars at opposite ends of the dance floor and one upstairs also provide an opportunity to give your feet a rest. Couches are upstairs by the DJ booth.
A healthy mix of ravers and downtown bar-hoppers who just aren't ready to go home yet.
This is no Top 40 club, so be ready to hear house tunes you can't find on the radio or anywhere else.Related to:
Cactus Cafe: Acoustic Music Scene
For a intimate spot to watch acoustic singer/songwriters and bands, the Cactus Cafe is a must see. This place showcases top musicians both locally and internationally. The club is pretty small which makes it great to see music, but also can be hard to find a good spot to sit. Get there early for a good spot to sit.
Suzanne Vega and Ani DiFranco are amongst some of the great singer/songwriters that have played here.
Dress Code: CasualRelated to:
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Malaga Tapas & Bar: A great way to start off the evening!
Located on lively 4th street, Malaga is a great place to go to get the evening started. It's got a great atmosphere, friendly staff, an amazing wine selection and a great selection of delicious tapas ($3.00 to $7.50) which you can share with friends in the Spanish tapa-style dining tradition.
Dress Code: Pretty much anything goes in Austin but if you feel like dressing up a bit you won't look out of place at Malaga. Without being too formal, it's quite an elegant bar and so are some of the customers!Related to:
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It's a crazy, humid night in this venue. Not only is there a live band playing punk rock in the main room, but just several feet away on the back patio a girl with a bright red wig who calls herself "Hiney Dancer" is singing a Blondie song with a different live band. The band on the patio is a karaoke band--that means anyone can get up and sing with them. There's an atmosphere of joyous, dangerous, chaos in here. ...Like anything could happen at any second and it would always be fun.
The bartenders are working like mad to keep up. The wait for a drink isn't too long though, I usually get my bottle of Lonestar within five to ten minutes. They're friendly and make quick small talk.
It's hot--everyone is covered with sweat. The crowd has reached that magical point of beer and heat equilibrium where everything becomes surreal.
Upstairs from the patio is a small, dark bar. Chinese lanterns hang from the ceiling casting an ominous red glow over everyone there. Some people are sitting in lounge chairs. Is the beer finally getting to me or is this room made entirely of bamboo? The smell of sweet cannabis occasionally wafts through the air, lingering here and there only momentarily. Normal laws no longer apply. I think my friend and I are the only two people in this joint without elaborate tattoos.
Dress Code: Rock 'N' Roll!Related to:
The Cedar Door: A great happy hour spot
The Cedar Door has an interesting history: it first opened in 1975 and since then it has had to relocate 4 different times! Luckily, its clientele didn't mind the moves and kept on following. Today it is located at the corner of 2nd and Brazos, and its patio (also known as the beer garden) is a great place to be comes happy hour time. The menu is all about pub grubs: home-made potato chips, fries, wings, burgers - anything that goes well with an ice-cold drink!
Dress Code: No dress code, but don't be surprised to see some people all dressed up, having just left the office
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