If your idea of nightlife includes hitting a bar for drinks and socializing, then our Austin guide is just what you want. Capitalizing on first-hand experience and extensive research, we've located the best bars in Austin for hanging out and kicking back in. From long-lived mainstays like The Library Bar to busy places like Málaga Tapas & Bar that get lots of 10Best reader approval, we present the top bars in town and offer details about them all. What's the energy like? How do the bartenders pour? Are most bars located in the 6th Street area? No fear - we share all the facts!

The epitome of dive bars in Austin, Barfly's has achieved the perfect recipe for a successful dive: unbelievably cheap drinks that pack a punch. All right, it's more than that; it's also a stellar jukebox, pool tables, foosball, arcade games, a...  Read More

6th Street

A local favorite in Austin, TX, this bar's atmosphere is a bit like its namesake – odd but strangely lovable. In addition to the killer jukebox, outdoor area and excellent happy hour specials, one of The Jackalope's biggest draws is the...  Read More

6th Street

With a watering hole type feel and a quirky atmosphere, Shangri-La definitely caters to the college crowd and is naturally a favorite among the young locals. It has a large outdoor patio, lots of pool tables, old school video game arcade...  Read More

University Area
Sholz Garten

Texas's oldest tavern is still thriving, even after nearly 150 years in business, and its fascinating history is rooted in the German biergarten tradition. Over the years, the place has welcomed innumerable politicians, writers, artists, and...  Read More

Congress Avenue
Light Bar

Super-trendy Light Bar sports chic industrial decor, water walls, massaging chairs, and a rooftop patio with terrific views. At roughly 4000 square feet, the club is big enough to accommodate plenty of partiers without feeling overly crowded....  Read More

The Library Bar

When Austinites want to hang out with friends and party, they tell everyone they're going to The Library (wink, wink). It's not exactly deception, but it definitely means beers before books! Frequented by a collegiate crowd, the casual place...  Read More

Carousel Lounge

This circus-themed bar gets props just for being quirky. They only serve beer, but they do provide set-ups, so you can bring your own liquor. Local bands take the stage (backed by a large pink elephant) on Tuesdays and from Thursdays through...  Read More

University Area

British transplants and visitors love the Dog & Duck, which has been winning local "best-of" awards since it opened in 1990. You'll find darts, a pool table, a diverse jukebox, and even occasional live music on the entertainment agenda....  Read More

Warehouse District
Rainbow Cattle Co

Austin's gay country-western bar does draw a mainly male clientele, but all people are welcome. The elevated dance floor is ideal for showing off the moves you learned at lessons offered earlier in the week – line dancing, the waltz, the...  Read More

Málaga Tapas & Bar

This sophisticated wine and tapas bar offers terrific atmosphere and lots of scrumptious nibbles. It's a great place for meeting up with friends or colleagues and sharing a few savory dishes from the delicious menu. Try garlic-sauteed shrimp,...  Read More