615 Red River
Hours: Tue., 10pm-2am; Thu., 8pm-12mid; Fri.-Sat., 9:30pm-2am
As much a dive bar (hence the name) as a concert venue, Swan Dive attracts quality local talent for its roomy inside and outside stages. Not just bands, either: dance parties, burlesque, and its own self-proclaimed “hipster karaoke.” Outside of ample Free Week action, release shows from Austin indie’s finest, and ample homegrown bills throughout the month, the Dive also features a drink menu heavy on vintage cocktails and actual booths to sit and sip them in. At a 250 load, any occasion is an intimate one.
- 2011: Critics Best Reason To Learn the Charleston (Vintage Vivant)
- 2011: Readers Best New Bar (TIE: Swan Dive; Yellow Jacket Social Club)
- 2011: Readers Best New Club