Bar Crawl: Austin

A boozy tour of the best bars in Austin

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There's no doubt that Austin's historic and eternally lively nightlife scene keeps locals and visitors alike partying all-night long. Follow this crawl through some of the nation's best bars, beginning with a pint of imported brew at Scholz Garten and ending with a ride on Rebel Honky Tonk's mechanical bull. 

For Imported German Brewskies

Where: Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Boulevard (512) 474 - 1958

This tried and true beer garden has been in continuous operation since 1866, making it one of the oldest bars in Austin. Order a pitcher of any of the rotating imported German brews on tap and venture out onto the expansive outdoor garden to enjoy it.


For Imbibing Outdoors

Where: Mohawk, 912 Red River Street, (512) 482 - 8404

As if Austinites needed an excuse to hang outdoors and drink, Mohawk makes the practice even more alluring with its killer roster of live shows, strong pours, and an all-around good-times party vibe.


For Enjoying a Piano-Side Cocktail (or Two)

Where: Pete's Dueling Piano Bar, 421 East 6th Street, (512) 472 - 7383

This Austin classic started with one piano in '92 and, in true Texan fashion, soon went bigger with a second one. Footstomping, cheering, singing along, and lots of drinking are the keys to making even the most shy and cranky patrons belt out classic hits and join in on the fun.


For Showing Off Your Honky Tonk Dance Moves

Where: Rebels Honky Tonk, 305 West 5th Street, (512) 472-5288

Rebels is good old-fashioned honky tonk bar in the truest sense — from the country hits blaring through the speakers to the mechanical bull. Put on your cowboy hat and hit the dance floor, drink in hand. (Maybe even try the bull, if you dare.)


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