OK, it’s the 21st century, and there are no real speakeasies left. BUT, there are bars that give you the feeling that you're sipping drinks somewhere no one else knows about. Check out the unmarked Midnight Cowboy on Dirty Sixth, the found-behind-a-false-bookcase Firehouse Lounge, and Vinyl, which is accessed through a fake barrel inside Tellers.
Austin very first ping-pong bar, SPiN, is scheduled to open on May 19 in the 9,000-square-foot original Antone’s on West Fifth Street. The combination of elevated food, cocktails, and ping pong -- played on state-of-the-art, Olympic-style tables -- has already taken off in major cities like New York, San Francisco, and Seattle, and is an excellent recipe for a fun date. Expect tournaments, private lessons, dance parties, casual play, and plenty of private lounge space.