Much like the raucous saloons of the Old West, where grizzled cowboys would gather to play Truth or Dare and give each other makeovers, Shiner's Saloon is outfitted with many a TV and video game, and brings in live music seven nights a week. Hop a cozy squat in one of Shiner's heavy, country-style chairs and be transported to a time of gunslingers, outlaws, and painted ladies, assuming you have time to play Deadwood on the Wii before the next local rock band takes the stage.
Though named for a fixture of a bygone era and reportedly haunted by its ghosts, Speakeasy lives in the present: its three floors fill with modern music each night. On the first floor, live music from local bands spills through Speakeasy Live, where hardwood accents, art-deco lamps, candle-lit tables, and exposed brick complement a Jazz Age atmosphere. On the Mezzanine level, a full bar, antique couches, and two vintage bowling lanes overlook the main stage. Lanes are open Tuesday through Sunday.
At the top of a 59-step staircase, patrons emerge onto Terrace59—a neon-lit rooftop lounge that offers panoramic views of downtown Austin. The terrace stays heated during the colder months, while a canopy allows the full bar to serve and lively music to play even in the event of inclement weather and cushions the fall of DJs who decided to parachute in. On each of the three floors, servers pour all kinds of drinks, many of which are named for people, places, and events associated with Prohibition.
Behind TenOak’s 120-year old doors, walls of polished oak wink and glint beneath the glimmer of sturdy metal chandeliers, while sparse branches stretching across sleek lighting fixtures border the bar stocked with small-batch whiskey. The warm and naturalistic ambiance complements TenOak's menu of classic southern cuisine, which cooks up dishes with ingredients such as oak-smoked bacon and bourbon-maple butter. While filling up on a tempura-battered sandwich of peanut butter and banana, patrons can enjoy the breeze at the outdoor patio, ponder over the evening’s endless possibilities, and call grandma to invite her to upcoming events.
Located on the historic 6th Street in downtown Austin-Texas, Beale Street Tavern is a tribute to the "King of Rock and Roll", Elvis Presley. A dimly lit joint offering a full American menu with appetizing delicacies, such as the Deep Fried Peanut Butter & Banana sandwich, an Elvis favorite.
Named for Stephen Fuller Austin, the state’s iron-willed founder, Stephen F’s Bar & Terrace is sophisticated with a light Texas touch. A mounted longhorn over the bar and comfy, overstuffed chairs set the tone for an extensive drink menu and wine list. Located on the 2nd floor of the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel
Dubbed a “powerhouse of comedy” by the Austin Chronicle, The New Movement unleashes a dizzying number of comedy shows that belie the institution’s young age. Founded in 2009 by improvisers Chris Trew and Tami Nelson, the theater and conservatory has already established itself in two cities, training fledgling performers in the art of the extemporaneous by inspiring them to take comedic risks on stage, whether it’s connecting emotionally with a character or performing actual surgery. Whether or not the performers are costumed or bearing props, they aim to create a fully realized world on stage through grounded situations and elegant but always creative transitions between scenes.
The Cedar Door has served its critically lauded Mexican martinis for many years now, and it has recently added a menu of delicious Southwestern grill eats to complement the famous drinks. These martinis present a thrilling combination of tequila, triple sec, and Mexican martini mix––igniting flavorful explosions when placed in the primary head-hole––and are topped with fresh lime juice and skewered green olives. Warm up a stalled appetite with baskets of Fat Tire–battered mushrooms ($6.49) or bites of jalapeño-stuffed, bacon-wrapped chicken breast smothered in Buffalo sauce ($7.49), which can be followed by chicken-fried steak smothered in jalapeño cream gravy ($9.49 for dinner portion). A pork tinga taco ($2.49) combines spicy and chipotle smoke-infused shredded pork with potatoes, fresh avocado, and cotija cheese and is served with pickled onions, the most political of all vinegar-soaked vegetables. Alternately, build your own taco and indulge in the other available libations, such as domestic and imported beer and wine.