This famous joint has been one of the best places to see live music in the country since 1957, and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down yet. They have great show after show lined up every week, and the crowd only gets fuller during SXSW. Continental Club rightfully took the place of Best Bar for Live Music on our list of the 150 Best Bars in America.
With musical acts as diverse as jazz, western swing, and Russian gyspy, this craft cocktail bar’s gorgeous, vintage-feeling interior is matched by their eclectic and thoughtful cocktail menu that offers options like a Spiced Gomme Sazerac and the Japanese whisky-based Kitsune. Zagat’s term for their cocktails: “phenomenal.”
Boasting one of the 25 Best Bartenders in America, Bar Congress offers beautiful cocktails that feature ingredients like “black fig shrub” and “triple apricot preserves.” Yeah, we recommend trying every single one.