Drinking at the best bars in Austin is going to be covered in full detail as this post goes along. Some may be searching for a tall glass of beer, a shot of vodka, to save money on liquor during local drink special times, or maybe to sing karaoke and either way we will get you sorted our.
Kicking this baby off will be a list of the best wine and cocktail bars in Austin. Breweries and sports bars where you can watch the big game or maybe play some pool or throw some darts will get our second section.
The best drink specials at bars near you with cheaper alcohol will come next before we pivot to bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights in your area. Bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music will garner our final section.
Expect to find a local bar map with all these spots pinned on it so you can have a better feel for what venues are closest to your current area at the moment. This region is one that we have written about many times in the past if you are interested in reading more.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
The best cocktail and wine bars in Austin might just be:
- The Roosevelt Room at 307 W 5th St
- Drink Well at 207 East 53rd St
- The White Horse at 500 Comal St
- Nickel City at 1133 E 11th St
- Midnight Cowboy at 313 E 6th St
The Roosevelt Room offers daily drink specials in your area from 4pm to 7pm which include nine classic cocktails for $9 each, $2 off wines by the glass and large fare food items, and $1 off beer and small fare food items. Drink Well is open from 4pm to 11pm on weekdays and from 3pm to 12am on weekends with cheaper drinks and meals available every day between 4pm and 6pm.
Explore a wide range of cocktails, wines, and other beverages at The White Horse from 3pm to 2am daily who also has happy hours from 3pm to 8pm. Nickel City boasts a diverse selection of beers, whiskeys, and mixed drinks to choose from.
For a famous old-school cocktail menu near you with a hip speakeasy atmosphere Midnight Cowboy is a fantastic option. They are open daily from 5pm to 11pm except on Monday and Tuesday.
Austin Breweries & Sports Bars
Watch the big game with your friends and sample new flavors of beers at the best breweries and sports bars in your area:
- Austin Beerworks at 3001 Industrial Terrace
- Celis Brewery at 10001 Metric Blvd
- Hops & Grain at 507 Calles St
- St. Elmo Brewing at 440 E St Elmo Rd
- Friends and Allies at 979 Springdale Rd #124
- Backspin at 165 Hargraves Dr p100
- 8 Track at 2805 Manor Rd
- BD Riley’s at 1905 Aldrich St # 130
- Lavaca Street Bar at 3121 S Lamar Blvd
Austin Beerworks has all of its core beers on tap as well as seasonals, large bottles from the Killer Strains series, and new RAD lab beers that are available in the taproom once a week.
You can experience the tradition of Belgian beer, a unique copper kettle taproom, and arguably the best local beer garden in town at Celis Brewery who was one of the first craft beer brewers in the region.
For a wide range of beers, wines, hard seltzers, ciders, and non-alcoholic beverages St. Elmo Brewing is an excellent choice. Every Tuesday there is also trivia and a drag queen bingo game.
Explore a vast assortment of cores, cans, draft seasonals, and out-of-season beers at Friends and Allies. Backspin and BD Riley’s are fantastic sports bars in your area to unwind and drink refreshing beers while watching the game.
Lavaca Street Bar is a large sports bar with a wide selection of beers on tap, many TV’s, Southern fried specialties, and bar games. They also have special deals allowing you to drink cheaper alcoholic drinks Monday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm.
Local Drink Specials
Save some money buying cheaper alcohol at these bars with drink specials near you:
- Haymaker at 2310 Manor Rd
- Drinks Lounge at 2001 E Cesar Chavez St
- Jackalope at 404 E 6th St
- Kitty Cohen’s at 2211 Webberville Rd #3548
- Black Sheep at 2108 S Lamar Blvd
Haymaker is known for its local craft beers in addition to its delectable sandwiches and burgers. You can get cheaper drinks and meals every day between 4:30pm and 6:30pm.
Take advantage of special promotions at Drinks Lounge Monday through Friday from 2pm to 7pm or at Jackalope from 4pm to 7pm. Enjoy classic cocktails, beers in cans or glasses, and wine by the glass or bottle at Kitty Cohen’s who has happy hours every day from 3pm to 7pm.
Monday through Sunday from 4pm to 6pm Black Sheep provides food and liquor specials in Austin.
Trivia, Quiz, & Game Nights
There are plenty of bars with local trivia, quiz, and game nights:
- Gourmands Neighborhood at 2316 Webberville Rd
- Billy’s On Burnet at 2105 Hancock Drive
- Pluckers Wing at 2222 Rio Grande St# D116
- Butterfly Bar at 2307 Manor Rd
Every Wednesday at 7pm the Gourmands Neighborhood hosts a weekly bar trivia night. Every day from 11am till midnight Billy’s On Burnet presents delicious neighborhood beer and burgers along with a pool table and a promotion of $2 off all day on Tuesday for all local draft beers.
Pluckers Wing is open from 11am to 12am daily and you can drink liquor cheaper from 3pm to 6pm Monday through Friday during their happy hours.
Butterfly Bar makes some of the best handcrafted cocktails near you and hosts a variety of community events such as art markets, TGQ meet-ups, trivia on Tuesday at 7pm, dance, local music showcases, and more.
Remember that both St. Elmo Brewing and BD Riley’s have Austin bar trivia nights on Tuesday too.
Dance, Karaoke, & Live Music
These bars are great for dancing, live music, and karaoke:
- Friends Bar at 208 E 6th St
- Canary Roost at 11900 Metric Blvd
- Iron Bear at 301 W 6th St
- Ego’s at 510 S Congress Ave
- Common Interest at 8440 Burnet Rd
Friends Bar organizes live performances by local musicians, DJ dance parties, and offers all-night drink specials seven days a week. Every day between 8pm and 2am Canary Roost holds a fun bar karaoke night in your area or you can visit Iron Bear for karaoke at 9:30pm who also has DJ parties late into the night and daily deals until 9pm.
Ego’s is one of the best karaoke bars in Austin and it goes down every night from 8pm to 2am. If you are looking for a popular local karaoke bar with a stage in a sports bar environment, private rooms, and pub cuisine head to Common Interest who is open from 2pm to 2am on weekdays and from 4pm to 2am on weekends.
We also have written posts on:
- Bars With Trivia & Quiz Nights In Dallas & Ft Worth
- Bars With Trivia & Quiz Nights In Houston
- Bars With Trivia & Quiz Nights In San Antonio
- Bars With Trivia & Quiz Nights In El Paso
Have Fun Drinking At The Best Bars In Austin
Now that you have read all of that you should have a much better understanding of what is available in your area. There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke near you.
If you notice us listing any venues that are no longer open or just think we got something wrong please tell us in the comments so this page stays as up to date as possible. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in Austin.