Who doesn’t love a good dive bar? They are down to earth, unpretentious and for those newer to Austin they are a great way to see what the local social scene was like long before it was the hottest city on the planet.

Here are 6 dive bars to hit up for a night out with the guys, a casual first date or to take out of town guests to catch-up.


The Aristocrat Lounge. Perfect for a night out with the boys. Located at 6507 Burnet Road.


Deep Eddy Cabaret. An Austin institution since 1951. Located at 2315 Lake Austin Boulevard.


Donn’s Depot. Great to take out-of-town guests for live music. Located at 1600 West 5th Street.


Ego’s Bar. Great to let your hair down on a first date with karaoke every night from 9-2. Located at 510 South Congress Avenue.


Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon. For the out-of-towner who want have the ultimate Keep Austin Weird experience. Sundays have the legendary bingo game. Located at 5434 Burnet Road.


Shoal Creek Saloon. Featuring 31 TV’s making it perfect to watch sports with your buddies. Or, a game of cards. Located at 909 North Lamar Boulevard.






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