To successfully navigate Austin's sprawling bar scene, it's important to know a few geographical rules -- hipsters stick to the East Side, yuppies opt for Rainey St or West 6th, and historic (aka "dirty") 6th St is where college sophomores go for $.25 wells. But whether you're looking for mustachio'd mixologists, world-class beer bars, or just a Tri Delt to stare at, Thrillist editor Dan Gentile knows where to go.
Best Club: Despite playing host to a ton of awesome DJs, Austin doesn't have many true clubs. Kingdom changed that. Although the crowd can be a little obnoxious, the sound system is unparalleled, and there's no other space in Austin where you'll feel uncomfortable not dancing. Plus, they've actually got a solid beer selection.
Best for Work: The Cloakroom. Located a block from the capitol building, the walls of this basement dive have heard 30yrs' worth of legislative secrets.