1110 E. 52nd, Austin, 78723, 512/452-6790
Sixth Street and Red River haunts get all the press, but let’s face it: Austin’s really about the dive bars. None boast more casual revelry than the Carousel Lounge. Come in, order a beer or a set-up for your brown bag, and enjoy a rotating roster of local acts, most of them gratis. No lace, no steampunk themes, and no more than 100 seats to fill, its elephant decor matches the forget-me-not standards on the jukebox. Not the place for kiddos, unless you plan on leaving them in the car. Cash only.
Fri., Oct. 27, 5pm and Fri., Nov. 10, 5pm
The Variety Jones Happy Hour
Jeanette hosts this monthly shimmy, featuring a host of hot belly dancers in one of Austin's coolest bars. Every third Saturday, 8pm. Free.
Chique Fil-Atio has been dragging it out for two years! Help her celebrate with Ruby Knight, Paradox Rei, Bullimianne Rhapsody, Zane Zena, and more! Once again they're raising cash for Hops & Heroes Comics for College Scholarship Fund. Sat., Oct. 21 - Sun., Oct. 22, 9pm-1am. $5.