Food & Drink

These Are Austin's Bad Decision Bars

Published On 01/08/2014 Published On 01/08/2014
Mike Cortez
Mike Cortez
Kung Fu Saloon
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1. Kung Fu Saloon 510 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78701 (Market District)

Kung Fu Saloon has arcade games, skee ball, and life-size Jenga for you to play while you enjoy pickle shots, 24 beers on tap, or a build-your-own bloody Mary bar on Sundays.

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2. Barbarella 615 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

With throwback '60s and '70s on Grits and Gravy Thursdays, classic '80s on Friday, and a mix of EDM on Saturdays, Barbarella aims to please fans of every genre with great music, lasers and smoke, and music videos being played on screens right next to the dance floor.

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3. The Trophy Club 310 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Dirty 6th)

Liquor pitchers, mechanical bull, laser-and-music-filled back room. Repeat.

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4. Barcelona 209 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Dirty 6th)

Barcelona hosts a serious basement dance party on 6th Street. Expect stiff drinks, loud bass, and a mix of top 40 and EDM to get you in the mood to boogie.

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5. 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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6. Shakespeare's Pub 314 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Dirty 6th)

With specials like $5 liquor pitcher Thursdays and $2 Long Islands and karaoke Tuesdays, Shakespeare's will set you up to star in your own tragic comedy.

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7. Lala's Xmas Bar 2207 Justin Ln, Austin, TX 78757 (Brentwood)

You'll feel like you just entered a warm and fuzzy time warp after walking into Lala's, one where it's always Christmas thanks to plenty of colorful twinkle lights and a jukebox that plays a festive mix of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. The classic cocktails here are poured stiff by the super-friendly bartenders, and don't be surprised if a regular approaches you with a joke or a coin trick. Lala's is just that kind of place.

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8. The Landing Strip 745 Bastrop Hwy, Austin, TX 78742

Yes, this is the place where they filmed Miss Davis in Varsity Blues. Become a part of Hollywood history with $10 dances and no cover before 8p, plus $3 you-call-its during happy hour every day.

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9. 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.