On a night spent bouncing all over Austin (maybe not literally, unless you travel by pogo), somewhere between the happiest of happy hours and the greasiest of late-night eats, you need to hit up a club. So we sought out Austin's best.
Slip in through the alley entrance, and find yourself in an intimately-sized club with insanely good drinks, plush seating, a swanky Redwood dance floor, one of the best sound systems in town, AND a regular rotation of uber-talented DJs... and we don't mean Augustin.
A visit to Lanai will make you think you’re in a bigger city with its thumping house music, impressive view from the rooftop lounge, and the equally impressively dressed crowd. Also a fun view from the rooftop: watching tipsy girls get their high heels stuck in between the wood slats.
Step past the front door and slither down a dark staircase into a dark, bass-y den and find a diverse mix of 20-somethings and a DJ bumping Top 40 hits. It’s too loud to talk -- but that’s okay, because the universal language at Barcelona is simply bump-n-grind. Or ineffective gesturing.
Located upstairs from Silhouette Sushi, this dark and cozy lounge has a definite living room vibe, complete with mod furniture and interesting coffee table books (calm down, Kramer). But things get decidedly more lively when you add in their infused spirits and karaoke rooms that you can rent by the hour.
The modern, loungey atmosphere, bottle service, and pulsing EDM at Haven draw an attractive young crowd seeking out a VIP feel. If you get slapped, you clearly didn't understand what we meant by VIP feel.
Empire Control Room
Empire Control Room & Garage has an open, artsy, warehouse-y vibe and steadily plays hosts to top DJs and bands who make good use of said space with wall projections as you make dubious use of said space with your dancing.
Kingdom is an innovative, electronic dance club featuring local, renowned DJs that spin everything from dubstep to techno that fit into the dance genre. Try their selection of over 20 brews on tap including a few local favorites like Red Ale and Thirsty Planet or get down with a house-made cocktail.
Lanai's a rooftop lounge with a classed-up cosmopolitan feel and clientele right downtown, with incredible views of the city and a cocktail list that just might make those views a little blurry.
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.
Local techno-honcho Daetron Vargas has transformed the seldom-used loft space above Silhouette Sushi into a weekend-only lounge decked out with its own bar, cush mod furniture, paper-globe lighting, and two Street Fighter equipped SNES systems.
Haven is a second-floor Warehouse District house-music destination that's South-Beached out with lime green sofas, a breezy open-air patio with skyline views, an MIA-expat DJ, and beach-bodied cocktail waitresses.
The Control Room is a concert venue with three stages that originally opened for SXSW. Now, it continues to host sweet tunes throughout the year with its venue, the Empire Garage, is located right next door.