Food & Drink

22 Austin Bars Open on Christmas Day

Published On 12/17/2015 Published On 12/17/2015
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1. Bender Bar & Grill 321 W Ben White Blvd, Ste 300, Austin, TX 78704-7035 (South Austin)

Being cheap isn't always a bad thing. This South Austin hang has fifty cent wings (score!), $2 slides (double win!), and over 20 beers on tap.

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2. Casino South Side Lounge 1502 W Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

This neighborhood spot's all about a friendly staff taking care of locals with cheap drinks, a rockin' jukebox, and sweet games (pool, shuffleboard, and more).

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3. Black Sheep Lodge 2108 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

South Lamar's mistiest patio is a venerable HQ for sports fans, with all the games shown on their armada of flatscreens and accompanied by Sunday specials like a $3 sangria or Bloody.

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4. Red Shed Tavern 8504 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78745 (South Austin)

This outdoor dive, complete with a patio, is a South Austin go-to for low key hangouts with friends and neighborhoods, and their fifty cent draft happy hour is a thing of legend.

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5. Boomerz 6148 W Highway 290, Austin, TX 78735

Boomerz is a banging Oak Hill bar and lounge with all the hotspot pre-requisites: pool tables and darts, live music every Saturday, DJ nights, and crazy happy hour deals.

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6. Moontower Saloon 10212 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78748 (South Austin)

The family-friendly hangout in Southwest Austin is perfect for those of us who travel with kiddos and fur-babies. The tree-filled grounds, cheap beer, and live music make Moontower Saloon a weekend must for South Austin residents, or any visitor interested in savory food truck eats that include Texas chili dogs and “Deez” Lugnuts -- pepper jack cheese stuffed dough, wrapped in bacon and served with ranch dip.

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7. Common Intrest Karoke Bar 8440 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757

A common interest in karaoke and a good time will bring friends together at this Austin sports bar. Belt out your favorite tunes and enjoy happy hour specials that are too good to resist ($3 drinks seven days a week)

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8. Barfly's 5420 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751 (Hyde Park)

Founded in 2001, Barfly's is a dive bar with some of the cheapest drinks in all of Austin.

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9. Workhorse Bar 100 E North Loop, Austin, TX 78751 (North Loop)

An impressive line-up of local craft brews and seasonal taps lore in a work force (to the Workhorse), who enliven the outdoor patio with beer, burgers, and good company.

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10. Haymaker 2310 E Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722 (Cherrywood)

This sports bar serves up gourmet bar bites -- pimento cheese sandos, poutine w/ Wisconsin cheese curds -- and their cocktail menu includes a SLIM JIM-TOPPED BLOODY.

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11. Hole In The Wall 2538 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705 (Utwest Campus)

This veritable hole in the wall near UT is one of Austin's premier live music venues and the one of the best spots to catch local and internationally renowned acts when they pass through town. The drink specials ain't bad, either.

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12. The Continental Club 1315 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

"The granddaddy of all music venues," this South Congress club hosts everything from country, rock 'n roll, to R&B and jazz. The 50s' style decor enhances this spot's cool, historic ambience.

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13. Drinks Lounge 2001 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

The bar teams behind the Brixton and Shangri-La joined forces again to open up Drinks Lounge on Cesar Chavez. It's dark and spacious, with tall booth seating and sweeping ceilings. Monday nights are for Geeks Who Drink, while Tuesdays bring free pool. Their short cocktail menu is small but solid, with offerings like the Gin Henry (Revolution Spirits Austin Reserve, cucumber, lime, and black pepper).

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14. The Brixton 1412 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

Take it easy in East Austin at the Brixton with punk rock themed cocktails, rock 'n roll bingo, and cool dive bar ambiance.

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15. Liberty Tavern 500 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Living in Downtown can be expensive, and Liberty Tavern understands that. Your 787101-78706 zip code ID can get you half price drinks at the Downtown watering hole on Tuesday nights.

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16. Maggie Mae's 323 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Dirty 6th)

Since 1978, Maggie Mae's has been a Dirty Sixth institution for the fratty and those just looking to have a good time.

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17. Volstead Lounge and Hotel Vegas 1500 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702 (Central East)

This vintage cocktail lounge and its sister bar the Hotel Vegas, known for its live underground music scene, brings a little bit of '60s swank to Austin.

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18. Casino El Camino 517 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701-3741 (Dirty 6th)

The bar known for its punk rock attitude is also known for its Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives-approved burger. Try the famous Amarillo Burger, three-quarters of a pound of Angus Beef, with Serrano chiles, jalapeño jack cheese, and cilantro mayo. Also stop by for one of its monster Bloody Marys. Choose a spice level (1-10) and watch as they pile on the taquitos, meatballs, sausages, bacon, celery, olives, cucumber, lemon, various pickled items, and cilantro garnishes.

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19. The Side Bar 602 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

The Side Bar is a wonderful product of a classic dive bar formula: cheap, strong drinks + friendly bar staff + great jukebox + pool (+ sometimes Roombas are the ones playing pool).

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20. Snack Bar 1224 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

This retro-chic Austin locale is our favorite snack bar around. The extensive menu has something for everyone. Nom on tasty, housemade veggie treats, or go full carnivore with the akaushi wagyū beef burger.

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21. Craftsman 2000 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

This East Cesar Chavez bar, housed in the former Cap’s Gameroom, set up shop amongst fellow bars Stay Gold and Drinks Lounge. The concept is simple: maintain a casual "house-party vibe" with live DJs, draft cocktails, and cheap tallboys & wells. Come to expect events like yoga brunch and tetherball games.

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22. Stay Gold 1910 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Owners Nathan Hill and Will Tanner (of The White Horse and Hole in the Wall, respectively) created the perfect blend of East Side dive bar charm with a legit and accessible cocktail program at the former El Leon space.

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