Friendly cocktail bar hidden behind a sliding bookshelf
This inviting lounge is the perfect place to order a craft cocktail and chat with friends or listen to some live music. When you enter this bar through the sliding bookcase next to the Firehouse Hostel front desk, you will feel like you have been let in on one of Austin's secrets.
Here Nor There
Swanky, hip speakeasy with its own app
This worldly, secluded speakeasy has a few obstacles you need to overcome before you can join them for a drink, but the hurdles are all part of the experience. The first thing non-members have to do is download their app (linked at the info button below) and make a reservation. On the day of your reservation you will receive a confirmation email with a password that will unlock the gate at 612 Brazos Street. Once you enter, you will be handed a small glass of champagne as a palate cleanser and led to your table to enjoy cocktails inspired by the owner's travels and luxuriate in the atmosphere.
Hip, hidden gem of a bar located in a parking garage
The only way you'll know that you are close to the entrance of this intimate bar is the blue neon sign that says GARAGE and the word COCKTAILS painted on the parking garage. Head on inside where a sleek, beautiful bar and delicious cocktails await you.
Blue Starlite Drive In
Smaller version of the classic movie going experience
This boutique drive in theater that is open year round plays a mixture of cult classics, childhood favorites, and indie movies with the occasional new release thrown in to the mix. Order your tickets online because this petite theater can sell out.
Tranquil park filled with peacocks, gardens, and trails
This gem of a park is not far from the heart of central Austin but feels like it is in another world. In 1971, the descendents of original owner Allison Mayfield donated this property and historic cottage to the city of Austin for the public to enjoy. Since then, it has become a favorite peaceful respite for locals who want to explore the gardens and short walking trails or to see the resident peacocks that roam the 21 acres.
Dry Creek Cafe
True dive with great tree-top sunsets
This barebones bar on the edge of Austin is one of the great, old school dives that has withstood the test of time. They have the last 45 RPM jukebox in Austin and only accept cash, albeit very little of it for their beers. Once you've ordered, head upstairs to the deck that will make you feel like you are drinking in a treehouse, which only gets more magical as the sun is going down.