The HighBall

American Cafe | $$

1142 S. Lamar
Austin, 78704
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 4:30pm-2am; Sat., 1pm-2am; Sun., 10am-2am
With a dynamite view of Downtown, this eclectic pleasure palace from the masterminds of the Alamo Drafthouse offers appetizers, comfort food entrées, and desserts for dinner and late-night dining. Plus, how can you go wrong with bowling, karaoke, and Skee-Ball? Don't miss the classic cocktails.

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Fantastic Arcade

The gaming arm of the Fantastic Fest is free and open to the public. A who's-who of independent games comes out to showcase their creations with scads of custom arcade cabinets and laptops loaded with fun. Panels and tournaments are littered throughout the four-day fest. The whole shebang concludes with a Barfcade contest, awards ceremony, and closing party. See their website for a complete schedule. Check out our interview with Kyle Reimergartin and Ben Esposito to get you hyped. Thu., Sept. 18 - Sun., Sept. 21Thu.-Sun., Sept. 18-21. Free.

chronicle reviews

  • The HighBall

    If this is diner food, then it's from the best diner in the universe

    Kate Thornberry, 2010-04-22

  • The HighBall

    The HighBall offers a hip vibe and a great view of Austin's skyline along with its retro entertainment and varied (and evolving) menu

    Virginia B. Wood, 2010-01-07


  • 2011: Readers Best Bowling Alley (TIE: Dart Bowl, The HighBall)
  • 2011: Readers Best Lounge (TIE: Rio Rita; the HighBall)
  • 2010: Critics Best Emblematic Hangout or Don Draper Bowl-a-rama


  • 2010: Critics Best Post-Modern Retro Throwback Dessert Experience

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