Poodie's Hilltop Roadhouse
22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood, 78669, 512/264-0318
Hours: Mon.-Sat, 11am-2am; Sun. noon-midnight
A staple on the country circuit since 1997, Poodie’s is one of those Spicewood haunts that’s paid its dues. Booze, burgers, and a little Western swing have cured even the most broken of cowboy hearts – and no one’s talking about retiring that remedy, Willie Nelson included. Named for the Red-Headed Stranger’s late stage manager, Randall “Poodie” Locke, the old bar has come to mean more than just nights of debauchery on the road. It’s a nearby escape, one you can take any time you choose. 300 seats. No kids.
Sun., Oct. 21
The Railbenders Authority (8:00), Ottis Coleman memorial jam session (1:00)
Tue., Oct. 23
Westgate (7:30), Louis Long (5:00)
No Bad WednesDays open mic
Thu., Oct. 25
Tom Buller & Just Plain Trouble (10:00), Appa-George-Ty (8:00), George DeVore (6:00)
Fri., Oct. 26
Jamie Hanks/2 Timin Country (10:00), Kevin Deal (8:00)
Sat., Oct. 27
Uranium Savages (10:00)
This sunny, lovely bistro specializes in French treats like tartines, mussels, and boeuf bourguignon.
3663 Bee Cave Rd., 512/306-1668
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The most elegant food at the mall, with a menu strong on ladies-who-lunch fare. Salads and sandwiches are exceptional, but more substantial offerings are there for the asking.
Barton Creek Square, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S., 512/691-3500