1120 S. Lamar, Austin, 78704, 512/383-8309
The adults-only drinking room for the Alamo South Lamar cinema, originally located in a separate building as a bar/venue/karaoke club/bowling alley, the new Highball reopened attached to the revamped theater in 2014. The bowling alley’s gone, but the lanes were repurposed as bar tops and the smooth dance floor. Residences fill the calendar, including the Nightowl’s Motown Monday, Friday dance dates with the Copa Kings, and regular sessions with Dale Watson & His Lone Stars. In between shows, the themed karaoke rooms, celebrating every geeky thrill from Super Mario to cinematic Satanism, are a great way to kill time and tunes.
If this is diner food, then it's from the best diner in the universe
Kate Thornberry, April 22, 2010
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, January 7, 2010
- 2017: Readers Best Karaoke
- 2016: Readers Best Party Place
- 2016: Readers Best Karaoke
- 2015: Critics Best Dance, Dance, Karaoke (HighBall)
- 2015: Readers Best Karaoke (HighBall)
- 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
Beyond the morning cup o' joe, Austin Java offers an array of sustenance plus luscious desserts.
1608 Barton Springs Rd., 512/482-9450
This South Austin iteration of a British-themed pub franchise veers slightly askew of its Northside cousin. Though cover bands dominate the calendar Thursday through Sunday, Baker St. occasionally presents original local bands like Pong, Roxy Roca, and the aptly named South Austin Moonlighters. Parking is dicier here than up north, but the patio doesn’t face a freeway. Otherwise, you get a full bar, 23 beers on tap, and a lengthy menu covering everything from Baja tacos to bangers and mash. Happy hour runs until 9pm and all day Sunday.
3003 S. Lamar, 512/691-9140
Enjoy food from Luke's Inside Out truck right out front.
1109 S. Lamar, 512/386-1345