Historic Scoot Inn
Since being erected in 1871, the building where the Historic Scoot Inn has now gone from grocery to cafe to saloon to grocery to cafe and back to saloon -- thanks to the ending of prohibition in 1933. In 1955, after a few more boozy incarnations, the bar became “Scoot Inn.” These days The Historic Scoot Inn is an Eastside gem known for drink specials, a calendar full of local and touring musical acts, and... skee ball. Fun fact: in 1933, former owners Harvey and Lillie Lee ran a gambling and bootlegging operation.
While Scholz Garten also serves a mashup of German, American, and BBQ -- they are always recognized as not only the oldest bar in Austin, but the oldest operating business in Texas. Scholz Garten was founded by August Scholz and was frequented by German immigrants. Today, it’s the stomping ground for pre-gaming UT alum as well as Austin’s politicians and attorneys. The Austin Saengerrunde next door -- which was established in 1879 as a meeting place for a traditional German singing group comprised of German settlers -- has a vintage bowling alley which is open to the public and is where AusTober Fest goes down each fall.
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Anastacia Uriegas is an Austin-based freelance writer who believes the bar at the Chili’s on 183 also holds many layers of history... and grease... and sadness. Follow her at : @anaurie