MUSIC ATTRACTIONS BARS
RESTAURANTS EGO'S LOUNGE BACKBEAT
Stylish atmosphere with creative cocktails and breezy rooftop, with neighbors like Ramen Tatsu-ya and Odd Duck, Backbeat is part of the newest wave of hot spots on this burgeoning strip of South Lamar. The modern retro digs and expertly curated wine selection are both standouts here, as is the cocktail menu: From the rich and nutty Velvet Elvis to the classically tropical Flight Risk, you’re bound to find something on the menu to match your personal taste. Speaking of taste, Backbeat’s small and enticing food menu has offerings such as cheese and salami boards and Moroccan meatballs. In addition to the polished bar and lounge area, there’s a covered rooftop. Dive known for karaoke and dirt-cheap drinks Ego’s is the quintessential dive bar: no windows, crappy furniture, graffitied bathrooms, and a bar selection that discourages anything with more than two ingredients. But they are open every day from 11:30am to 2am, the drinks are dirt cheap -- seriously, you can hang out for hours and rack up a $20 tab -- and the karaoke is legendary. Every night, they host karaoke nights that inevitably turn into dance parties and sing-alongs, but you have to arrive early since the queue fills really quickly. Pro tip: You’ll find Ego’s in the bottom level of the parking of the 1970s' office building that sits at Riverside and South Congress.
KITTY COHEN'S
LALA'S LITTLE NUGGET
Christmas-themed bar that’s been around forever. Every city in America needs a Lala’s: a bar that’s both oddball and endearing and is capable of transporting you to another time. Also known as Lala’s Christmas Bar, it was named after its previous owner, Miss Frances Lala. You’ll almost always encounter silver-haired regulars who spend most nights perched at the bar with a Budweiser in hand, and they’re always happy to chat you up or tell a joke you just know they’ve told hundreds of time. So, order a beer or an Old Fashioned, put some cash into the jukebox, and revel in the warm weirdness that is Lala’s. Fun, ‘70s-inspired bar with lots of kitschy details When Kitty Cohen’s opened, people who lived in the same East Austin hood rejoiced: Finally! A cool, retro-inspired bar with real drinks and a beautiful patio. The concept borrows from the 1970s Palm Springs aesthetic: There is a wading pool, kitschy flamingo wallpaper, and a soundtrack dedicated to the era. Hit up Kitty Cohen’s with a couple of friends and order the shareable (and cheekily named) Key Party: Waterloo gin, cucumber, lemon, sugar, and dry prosecco served in a vintage punch bowl. This NYE, Kitty Cohen’s is keeping it sexy with a Boogie Nights-themed party featuring DJ No Kids.
MUSIC ATTRACTIONS BARS
RESTAURANTS EGO'S LOUNGE BACKBEAT
Stylish atmosphere with creative cocktails and breezy rooftop, with neighbors like Ramen Tatsu-ya and Odd Duck, Backbeat is part of the newest wave of hot spots on this burgeoning strip of South Lamar. The modern retro digs and expertly curated wine selection are both standouts here, as is the cocktail menu: From the rich and nutty Velvet Elvis to the classically tropical Flight Risk, you’re bound to find something on the menu to match your personal taste. Speaking of taste, Backbeat’s small and enticing food menu has offerings such as cheese and salami boards and Moroccan meatballs. In addition to the polished bar and lounge area, there’s a covered rooftop. Dive known for karaoke and dirt-cheap drinks Ego’s is the quintessential dive bar: no windows, crappy furniture, graffitied bathrooms, and a bar selection that discourages anything with more than two ingredients. But they are open every day from 11:30am to 2am, the drinks are dirt cheap -- seriously, you can hang out for hours and rack up a $20 tab -- and the karaoke is legendary. Every night, they host karaoke nights that inevitably turn into dance parties and sing-alongs, but you have to arrive early since the queue fills really quickly. Pro tip: You’ll find Ego’s in the bottom level of the parking of the 1970s' office building that sits at Riverside and South Congress.
KITTY COHEN'S
LALA'S LITTLE NUGGET
Christmas-themed bar that’s been around forever. Every city in America needs a Lala’s: a bar that’s both oddball and endearing and is capable of transporting you to another time. Also known as Lala’s Christmas Bar, it was named after its previous owner, Miss Frances Lala. You’ll almost always encounter silver-haired regulars who spend most nights perched at the bar with a Budweiser in hand, and they’re always happy to chat you up or tell a joke you just know they’ve told hundreds of time. So, order a beer or an Old Fashioned, put some cash into the jukebox, and revel in the warm weirdness that is Lala’s. Fun, ‘70s-inspired bar with lots of kitschy details When Kitty Cohen’s opened, people who lived in the same East Austin hood rejoiced: Finally! A cool, retro-inspired bar with real drinks and a beautiful patio. The concept borrows from the 1970s Palm Springs aesthetic: There is a wading pool, kitschy flamingo wallpaper, and a soundtrack dedicated to the era. Hit up Kitty Cohen’s with a couple of friends and order the shareable (and cheekily named) Key Party: Waterloo gin, cucumber, lemon, sugar, and dry prosecco served in a vintage punch bowl. This NYE, Kitty Cohen’s is keeping it sexy with a Boogie Nights-themed party featuring DJ No Kids.
MUSIC ATTRACTIONS BARS
RESTAURANTS EGO'S LOUNGE BACKBEAT
Stylish atmosphere with creative cocktails and breezy rooftop, with neighbors like Ramen Tatsu-ya and Odd Duck, Backbeat is part of the newest wave of hot spots on this burgeoning strip of South Lamar. The modern retro digs and expertly curated wine selection are both standouts here, as is the cocktail menu: From the rich and nutty Velvet Elvis to the classically tropical Flight Risk, you’re bound to find something on the menu to match your personal taste. Speaking of taste, Backbeat’s small and enticing food menu has offerings such as cheese and salami boards and Moroccan meatballs. In addition to the polished bar and lounge area, there’s a covered rooftop. Dive known for karaoke and dirt-cheap drinks Ego’s is the quintessential dive bar: no windows, crappy furniture, graffitied bathrooms, and a bar selection that discourages anything with more than two ingredients. But they are open every day from 11:30am to 2am, the drinks are dirt cheap -- seriously, you can hang out for hours and rack up a $20 tab -- and the karaoke is legendary. Every night, they host karaoke nights that inevitably turn into dance parties and sing-alongs, but you have to arrive early since the queue fills really quickly. Pro tip: You’ll find Ego’s in the bottom level of the parking of the 1970s' office building that sits at Riverside and South Congress.
KITTY COHEN'S
LALA'S LITTLE NUGGET
Christmas-themed bar that’s been around forever. Every city in America needs a Lala’s: a bar that’s both oddball and endearing and is capable of transporting you to another time. Also known as Lala’s Christmas Bar, it was named after its previous owner, Miss Frances Lala. You’ll almost always encounter silver-haired regulars who spend most nights perched at the bar with a Budweiser in hand, and they’re always happy to chat you up or tell a joke you just know they’ve told hundreds of time. So, order a beer or an Old Fashioned, put some cash into the jukebox, and revel in the warm weirdness that is Lala’s. Fun, ‘70s-inspired bar with lots of kitschy details When Kitty Cohen’s opened, people who lived in the same East Austin hood rejoiced: Finally! A cool, retro-inspired bar with real drinks and a beautiful patio. The concept borrows from the 1970s Palm Springs aesthetic: There is a wading pool, kitschy flamingo wallpaper, and a soundtrack dedicated to the era. Hit up Kitty Cohen’s with a couple of friends and order the shareable (and cheekily named) Key Party: Waterloo gin, cucumber, lemon, sugar, and dry prosecco served in a vintage punch bowl. This NYE, Kitty Cohen’s is keeping it sexy with a Boogie Nights-themed party featuring DJ No Kids.