Check out one of the 55-inch hi-def TVs, and wash down an excellent chicken-fried chicken with the coldest beer around.
In addition to great appetizers and pub fare, Aussie's offers big-screen TVs and beach volleyball courts out back.
Picked by our readers as 2012’s Best Kept Secret, Austin Terrier serves pizza and sandwiches alongside a good beer selection. Order the Trio of Fries – it's an orgy of flavors.
A simple, unpretentious, and loud, bricked-in Eastside rock room, the Badlands has the same vibe as a basement show. The mid-sized venue, opened in 2014 by Shane and Shannon Howard (owners of the neighboring Romani Gallery), stages blue-collar bands from the rock, punk, and metal leagues and features a small smoking patio. Those who tread off the beaten path to Badlands never leave hungry because the kitchen serves up a bounty of deluxe hot dogs with locally sourced ingredients and an all-Texas bar.
This tiny place serves reasonable small plates such as blistered shishito peppers with miso aioli and pomme frites with truffle aioli and Grana Padano, as well as some of the most inventive cocktails in town.
What’s an Irish pub without Irish music? Named after first generation Irish immigrant Bessie Dee Riley, B.D. Riley’s retains a bit of Old World charm before the street descends into the shot bars of Dirty Sixth. Residencies include rock & roll harp from the Kristen Gibbs band and the mandolin of Donnybrook leader Davey Arwine, but there’s music every night from Austin performers, including the harmonic free-for-all of the Sunday night Irish tune session, and Monday’s Celtic-flavored open mic. Sláinte!
Some say the sliders here are the best in town. Happy hour draws a crowd, and so do the 31 TVs for the sports set.
Despite the fried pickle chips and mini sliders, not everything here is tiny. Happy hour draws a crowd, as does the wall of TVs.
Serves everything from sliders to carnitas, and TVs abound. So do the beer choices, with 20 on tap and more than 50 by the bottle. Try the portobello cheesesteak if you have room after the cheese curds and fried pickles.
The only bar on Rainey Street with a full-time dedication to original Austin music, the Blackheart stands apart from its neighbors as the black band-T-shirt alternative to a suit-and-tie-heavy house bar strip. The wood-planked structure, built in 1889 as the home to Austin’s weighmaster Augustus Basnett, now houses rock, folk, country, and occasionally metal on an 75-capacity indoor stage and a 325-capacity outdoor patio stage. The whiskey-specializing drinkery also hosts a defining residency with delta blues trio Mrs. Glass, which has carried on since the bar opened in 2012.
Casino el Camino is famous for huge, juicy burgers with a variety of toppings and excellent hot dogs smothered in chili. Vegetarian options are available, and there's a fabulous jukebox, too.