A simple, unpretentious, and loud, bricked-in Eastside rock room, the Badlands has the same vibe as a basement show. The mid-sized venue, opened in 2014 by Shane and Shannon Howard (owners of the neighboring Romani Gallery), stages blue-collar bands from the rock, punk, and metal leagues and features a small smoking patio. Those who tread off the beaten path to Badlands never leave hungry because the kitchen serves up a bounty of deluxe hot dogs with locally sourced ingredients and an all-Texas bar.
Relax y'all, those silly broads at Die Felicia just want to suck your blood. Or is that Dracula – we can never remember. Catch all three at this week's screening of Bela Lugosi's Dracula, with DJ Addams, and special guests Miss Taint and Dandy Velour. 18 and up are always welcome. Fri., July 29, 10pm. $5.
This Manor Road pub is geared toward sandwich-loving beer drinkers, and claims fame for fantastic poutine, a Canadian dish featuring french fries topped with cheese curds and drenched in gravy.
2310 Manor Rd., 512/243-6702
This is everyone's favorite neighbourhood spot; rock the sake kamikazes here while digging into a bowl of popcorn.
1213 Corona, 512/628-4288
Walking the line between kitschy and nostalgic, this old house plays host with a draft list heavy on dark malts. The options in bottles, bombers, and cans make up the difference.
2207 Manor Rd., 512/469-7630