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.
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 turning that jeer to cheer with a fab lineup (including Honey St. Claire, Holli Lolli, and Caleb De Casper) and toy drive. Bring something shiny, new, and unwrapped for a kid in need, and BYOLiquor for you. Fri., Dec. 15, 9pm. $5 cover, $3 with donation.