Spotlight on the Best Nightspots in Austin

Spotlight on the Best Nightspots in Austin

From local bands to fine dining and nightclubs, the nightlife scene in Austin is second to none. We take a look at a handpicked selection of bars, clubs, and restaurants in Austin’s thriving entertainment districts.

Bars

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Whether you’re seeking artisan cocktails or a traditional Irish pub, Austin’s bars cater to all tastes.

Craft Pride—Located in the Rainey Street district, Craft Pride offers locally sourced craft beers and wines. Featuring 54 Texas draft beers, this bar offers live music and new beer release parties, as well as meet-the-brewer events.

The Roosevelt Room—The Roosevelt Roomis located in the heart of Austin’s warehouse district. The award-winning artisan cocktail bar features an underground dining area and live jazz and soul music, as well as an unforgettable seated cocktail experience.

Visitors can sample house creations such as the Pharaoh’s Dance—a heady fusion of gin, absinthe, elderflower, lychee and lemon—or the Lonesome Dove—a tequila, grapefruit, lime and rose water concoction.

Friends Bar—Friends Barfeatures live, original music seven nights a week. Located on 6th Street, well within walking distance of downtown Austin, the venue hosts some of the city’s most celebrated rock and blues musicians.

Lucille Patio Lounge—Lucille Patio Loungeis a quant establishment located at the heart of Austin’s Rainey Street district. Featuring both an indoor and outdoor bar, the venue’s lush patio offers games to keep patrons entertained, as well as hammocks for those seeking a more sedate experience.

Lucille Patio Lounge specializes in handcrafted cocktails created from fresh fruit and regional liquors. In addition, it boasts an impressive selection of local craft beers.

Nightclubs

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If you’re planning to dance the night away, Austin has a variety of nightclubs that offer live entertainment and stunning views of the city.

Antone’s—Established by the late Clifford Antone in 1975, ­Antone’sis situated in downtown Austin. The iconic blues venue has hosted some of America’s most celebrated artists over the years, including Ray Charles, James Brown, B.B. King, Jimmy Reed, and Muddy Waters.

The musical institution has mentored local talent such as The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Clark Jr., and Bob Schneider. Known as Austin’s “Home of the Blues,” Antone’s serves patrons until 2 am, seven days a week.

Situated on the corner of 6th and Rio Grande, Riois a multi-faceted nightlife addition featuring an iconic rooftop lounge where patrons can enjoy live entertainment and world-class hospitality, as well as spectacular views of the Austin skyline.

Summit Rooftop Lounge—The Summit Rooftop Lounge is one of Austin’s most prominent rooftop venues, overlooking the historical warehouse district. Equipped with stunning LED walls and a state-of-the-art sound system, Summit offers sweeping views across Austin, as well as a buzzy ambience, and live entertainment.

Restaurants

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From haute cuisine to good old-fashioned home cooking, Austin features a diverse range of dining experiences to tantalize the taste buds.

Truluck’s Seafood—Located in downtown Austin, Truluck’s Seafoodhas received numerous awards, including the Diners’ Choice Award for Best Overall Restaurant in Austin and the Top 100 Restaurants in America Award.

Truluck’s menu features the Florida Stone Crab Claws, Chilled Seafood Celebration, and Filet Oscar Royale.

Uchi—Uchioffers a unique Japanese dining experience in a refurbished South Austin bungalow. Renowned Executive Chef Tyson Cole specializes in Japanese cuisine with a contemporary twist.

House specials include Shima Aji Crudo: a striped jack dish served with seasonal mushrooms and brown butter; and Machi Cure, a smoked yellowtail creation accompanied by Asian pear, Marcona almonds, and yucca crisp.

Wink Restaurant and Wine Bar—Wink Restaurant and Wine Bar, which opened in 2001, today ranks as one of the best fine-dining experiences in Austin. The Austin eatery strives to provide a world-class dining experience with its consistently high standard of service and food.

Wink updates its menus daily to take advantage of local seasonal produce. Dishes include bacon and spinach with blue cheese and pecans, escargot with wild mushrooms in a burnt brandy cream sauce, scallops with brussels sprouts, striped bass with baby kale and oyster mushrooms, and duck breast with arugula and sweet potatoes, served with brown butter toast crumbs.

Lenoir—Established in 2012 by Jessica Maher and Todd Duplechan, Lenoiropened with two key objectives: to create a new style of dining in Austin and to help establish a strong culinary community in the city.

Lenoir’s dishes are a showcase for Texas produce. The establishment sources ingredients exclusively from local farmers and food artisans. Dedicated to presenting some of the finest food in Austin, Lenoir uses only locally sourced, sustainable ingredients.

Lenoir features a comprehensive calendar of events, including the Rootstocks Wine Portfolio Tasting Event showcasing wine from some of the most celebrated wine producers, including Olivier Savary, Jean-Marc Vincent, and Lucien Boillot. Entry into this event is free.

Moreover, Lenoir hosts an outdoor live music event each fall, when visitors can enjoy music from the Matt Montoya Quartet, as well as snacks and beverages beneath the wine garden’s 400-year-old oak trees.

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