In what was once a generic roadside warehouse, Patsy's Cowgirl Cafe now brims with inviting, kitschy personality. Shannon Sedwick and Michael Shelton, the entrepreneurs behind comedy hotspot Esther's Follies, decorated the ceiling with tumbleweeds and tree branches and built a bar inlaid with mosaic tilework. There's a stage for live music or tomato-throwing duels, behind which a mural depicts a cowgirl on horseback rearing up against the sunset. In the words of Austin Chronicle writer Virginia B. Wood, "Patsy's has great style and personality, the drinks are good, and the eclectic selection of local music is free."
The food is another popular reason to visit. Chefs prepare Texas staples such as hand-breaded chicken-fried steak with cracked-pepper gravy, and they also put their own spin on the classics with dishes such as chicken-fried portobello mushrooms in vegetarian cilantro-cream sauce. There's also a roster of burgers and veggie burgers named after local celebrities, and libations such as the mexican martini with tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and olive juice.
Visit Beale Street Tavern for some true American comfort food.
The menu at Beale Street Tavern does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from Beale Street Tavern's full bar.
If you have a large group out celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other milestone, Beale Street Tavern is a great pick for large parties with its spacious layout.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Beale Street Tavern offers catering.
Drivers can find a space for their wheels on the street when dining at the restaurant's E 6th St business.
An average meal at Beale Street Tavern will set you back about $30.
All major credit cards are accepted.
TV’s longest-running music program, Austin City Limits welcomes an eclectic selection of world-renowned artists—from Willie Nelson to Radiohead to Mos Def—to the Moody Theater for an annual series of free tapings. Tickets are distributed through an online lottery about a week before each show.
Kick back with your friends and enjoy an American meal at Friends Bar.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — Friends Bar has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Perfect for after-work outings, Friends Bar's happy hour is hard to beat.
Big parties won't feel squeezed in at Friends Bar, which offers great seating for large groups.
Feel the beat on the restaurant dance floor and groove to live music.
Between the music and the crowds, expect noise levels to reach upper limits at the restaurant.
The restaurant can get tied up on the weekends, so allow yourself time to wait for a table.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Friends Bar, which embraces a casual vibe.
If preferred, guests can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well.
Save your pennies for a rainy day — with prices generally under $15, you'll have plenty left over even after dining at Friends Bar.
The Cedar Street Courtyard is a performance venue/restaurant located in Austin’s warehouse district. The building contains four bars and a courtyard and outdoor stage for nightly live music. There’s food, there’s dancing, and there are, of course, the bars. The courtyard has two bars that typically have short lines. The cover charge is reasonable, if not downright cheap by Austin standards. Lots of musical genres are represented and the logistics of the alley make for an intimate viewing experience. Cedar Street also offers hosting of special events such as corporate get-togethers, fundraisers, receptions and happy hours. The entire venue is available for large events, while the Lido Room and VIP veranda are available for smaller groups. Contact the Cedar Street Courtyard for more details.
For rich flavor and a diverse menu, check out Giddy-Ups, a bold Latin American restaurant that will keep you coming back for more.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from Giddy-Ups' extensive drink list.
Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats.
Open air seating is ready for diners at Giddy-Ups when the weather is warm.
Need room for one more? Add another to your party — Giddy-Ups is great for large groups.
Live tunes and a dance floor will keep you coming back for more.
If crowds aren't your thing, it's best to visit Giddy-Ups during the slower weekday hours.
For easy dining, Giddy-Ups provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
Thrifty eaters will also love Giddy-Ups' prices, which are generally below $15.