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.
Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson have spent years in the entertainment industry as producers, filmmakers, and audience members. After taking on all these roles at film festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, and Doha Tribeca, they decided to give that same kind of exposure to a different media—television. With help from an advisory board assembled from professional producers, studio executives, directors, writers, and actors, they celebrate the small screen's history and future at the annual ATX Television Festival. Over the course of three days, festival coordinators screen celebrated current seasons, never-aired pilots, prematurely canceled series, and cult favorites—many followed by Q&A sessions or choral renditions of the show's ending credits with creators and cast. In addition to screenings, industry professionals gather for multiple daily panels on topics ranging from women in television to alternative production outlets. These same celebrity guests, spanning producers, directors, actors, and writers, also mingle with visitors during scheduled meet-and-greets. Visitors can break from the television-centric main events for live music sets and secret happy hours to coax the shier beers out of their taps.
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