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.
Who you’ll meet: Party-goers and live music fanatics
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to opportunities to strike up a conversation at Hotel Vegas. There’s the standard barside chit chat. But with a huge patio and two stages, how about showing off your moves and sliding over to a potential suitor, asking to be picked up to crowd surf, or the ol’ “can you pass me the sauce” food truck opener? And with a full events calendar, your tricks really are endless when it comes to themes of talk. You probably won’t be going home alone tonight.
How to book: Turn up at the door for entry, inside it’s mostly standing.
There’s always a cool factor that seems to permeate from a great tune—and, on a nightly basis, those sort of hip sounds can be heard oozing through the doorway at Hotel Vegas. This East Austin venue, alongside (both metaphorically and physically) its attached sister bar, The Volstead Lounge, is bound to become known as the spot where you first heard your new favorite band. Both local and touring acts leave it all on the floor when performing on one of Hotel Vegas’ two stages—one located outside on its generously large backyard, and the other set in its snug indoor space. Even the elite musical tastes of your jaded friends visiting from L.A. or New York will be satisfied by a visit here. Whether the bands on the line-up play psychedelic rock, black metal, or cumbia, you’ll dig the vibe.