Austin is full of great bars and pubs. From laid back to velvet rope, you are sure to find tons of great places to drink and socialize in Austin, Texas. So the next time you're looking for some nightlife fun make sure you check out one or more of the many great bars and pugs in Austin, Texas.

Over the last week I’ve been inundated with questions about where to watch the World Cup, and Haymaker on Manor Road has been having quite the gatherings for fans.

If you’re looking for an atmosphere with a bunch of other soccer junkies, this is the place for you.

To plan your week accordingly, the USA plays Germany on Thursday at 11 am.

Location:
Haymaker
2310 Manor Road
Austin, Texas 78722

http://www.haymakeraustin.com

It seems that every day is a ‘National Day’ of something, and ‘Beer Day’ is one that most people can probably get behind. Luckily Austin has plenty of beer drinking establishments. Here are places with great beer selections so you can grab a cold one and celebrate accordingly.

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Craft Pride

Easy Tiger

The Draught House

The Ginger Man

Whip In

Banger’s

Bottoms Up!

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I’m all for taking it easy at Easy Tiger’s Easy Sunday. They’re going to have everything you need for a perfect little Sunday Funday action.

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They’ll have $1 Austin Beerworks Cans, a Ping-Pong tournament where you can win tickets and a meet and greet with Arcade Fire.

Windmill Bicycles will have a pop up shot and there will be screen-printing by Fine Southern Gentleman.

When: today, April 6th

Time: 2 pm – 6 pm

Location:
Easy Tiger
709 E. 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

https://www.facebook.com/events/259489694233513/

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You know what sounds good today? A crawfish boil and some March Madness.

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Black Sheep Lodge is having their 4th Annual Crawfish Boil starting today at 2:00. Head out for crawfish and hang out for the March Madness games this evening.

Admission: $7 per scoop (a little over a pound)

When: today, April 5th

Time: 2 pm

Location:
Black Sheep Lodge
2108 South Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78704

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Sheep-Lodge/111497938890347

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It’s time for Lustre Pearl’s last hurrah. The bar that put Rainey Street on the map is having its last crawfish boil and serving its last beer today.

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As part of more growing pains for the city, this Rainey Street staple will shut its doors to make room for the condo high-rise, Millennium Rainey. Lustre Pearl, I will miss your backyard-like bar and playing ping pong and hula hooping for hours.

Luckily, they’re going out with a bang. Come out for the ultimate Sunday Funday of crawfish and goodbyes. You can party all day/night until they shut their doors for good at 2 am.

When: Today, March 30

Time: Noon -  2am

Location:
Lustre Pearl
97 Rainey Street
Austin, Texas 78701

https://www.facebook.com/events/683318198378834/

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I decided to take a rare break from ‘Trailer Tuesday’ today as many food trucks around town are taking some time off post SXSW. We will resume ‘Trailer Tuesday’ next week.

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I’ll still leave you with somewhere new to eat and drink! Last week I needed a break from the downtown excitement and found myself a few miles south at a new place on South First Street, Porter Ale House.

I love the rustic atmosphere, outdoor patio, and the cocktail and food menus. I started with the French 04, (a play on a French 75, but with Porter’s trendy zip code as a suffix) I’d definitely order again. They also make a solid Cinco Mule (their take on a Moscow Mule), served in a copper cup to keep it ice cold. If I hadn’t been there midweek on my SXSW binge, I would have also tried to Banana Nut Old Fashioned, but I guess that’s just an excuse to go back.

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While there, I also tried the Porter Burger. As someone who’s easily tasted burgers from over a hundred restaurants in Austin, I can confidently tell you that this one is excellent. Obviously no burger is complete without a side of solid fries, and these ones complimented the burger perfectly.

This will definitely become a go-to spot for South Austinites looking to avoid the downtown scene. The prices are on the higher end for an ‘ale house,’ so don’t expect to pay bar-food prices, but expect higher quality ingredients as well.

Also, parking is not an issue, and that’s becoming more and more of a rarity in Austin.

Location:
3715 South 1st Street
Austin, Texas 78704

http://porteraustin.com

Photo Credit to my wonderful and always supportive friends Nathan & Elizabeth Archer.

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Are you still feeling a bit of a SXSW hangover? Imagine how all those bartenders feel who’ve been working 12+ hour days for the last week and a half! It’s time for all of us to cut loose together and celebrate one of my favorite holidays of the year.

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The Goodnight is hosting a SIN (service industry night) St. Patty’s Day Party, all day today. Whether you’re coming off a ten day music bender or you spent SXSW working your tail off, today is still St. Patrick’s Day, and there’s no rest for the weary!

The folks at The Goodnight will help you celebrate this day of green everything with FREE bowling/pool/etc. AND FREE WHISKEY. You read that right, every person (21+ of course) who walks through the door will receive a free shot of Jameson!

Thanks to everyone who helped make this another successful SX- now go grab a drink, you’ve earned it.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and may your luck keep on Dublin.

When: Today, March 17th

Time: All Day

Location:
2700 W. Anderson Lane
Austin, Texas 78757

http://thegoodnightaustin.com/staff/stpattys/

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‘Tis officially the calm before the SX storm. While wise advice would be to take it easy tonight, and rest up for all that’s in store… that wouldn’t make for a very exciting blog post. What the heck, life is short, let’s start the weeklong party now.

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Independence Brewing is going to be on Rainey Street tonight hosting a ‘White Rabbit Pub Crawl.’ You’re not required to drink White Rabbit but if you’re partaking in the pub crawl they encourage you to give it a try.

Check in at Craft Pride and grab your crawl card, and if you get your card stamped at three of the four locations, you’ll be rewarded with a swanky White Rabbit glass.

Bottoms Up!

When: Today, March 6th

1st stop: 6-7 pm Craft Pride – We’re kicking things off proper with a cask of White Rabbit with lavender and pink peppercorns

2nd stop: 7-8 pm Lucille

3rd stop: 8-9 pm Bangers

4th stop: 9-10 pm Bungalow

 

http://www.independencebrewing.com/events/white-rabbit-pub-crawl-on-rainey-street/

La Condesa:  My personal favorite, and according to this poll on Eater Austin, I’m not alone. They’re unfortunately also on the higher end of pricing for this list, so I’d recommend trying them at happy hour (select cocktails and appetizers are massively discounted) to make sure you’re committed to spending 10+ bucks on the best margarita in Austin. There, I said it.   –JN   

Polvos: They were the first place I ever experienced margaritas by the pitcher, so naturally I have fond memories and a soft spot for this place. If you want to venture off the traditional path, I’d recommend the mango margarita. -KO

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Fonda San Miguel: Often praised as ‘the best Mexican food in Austin,’ the ambience alone makes FSM worth the trip. When you have good bartenders who make real margaritas, they just taste better than the run-of-the-mill drinks you’ll find at more Americanized Tex-Mex joints.   –JN

South Congress Café: I love everything South Congress Café does so it’s no surprise that they have to be included on my margarita list. While I like their specialty ones, the Pomegranate  Margarita is awesome. My favorite thing to do is go with the house margarita and ask for the chili salt on the glass. -KO

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Vivo: Apparently I have expensive taste, because these ones are also a bit pricey comparatively. The happy hour suggestion applies here as well. They have about twenty different options for margaritas; I’m not huge on fruity additions, but I hear the prickly pear is well worth the extra 75 cents if you’re into that sort of thing. They also have a really great patio (when the weather is nice), and the décor inside is equally rewarding.   –JN

Tacos & Tequila, TNT: This place is like my kryptonite. It’s not a place that you can go and have just one drink. As you can imagine, a place that has ‘tequila’ in the name definitely knows how to make a margarita. If you are a margarita drinker there will be more than one on the menu that will perk your interest. This place knows margaritas so spring for one of the specialty ones instead of the house! -KO

Baby A’s: No list of Austin Margaritas would be complete without a nod to the Purple from Baby Acapulco’s. I’ll warn you ahead of time, if you’re a fan of traditional fresh lime margaritas, you will not enjoy this. Legend has it that they’re made with grain alcohol rather than tequila, and at one point they were served on a two-per-customer limit. Meaning that if you ordered two of them back to back, you’d be cut off immediately.    –JN

Curra’s: They are home to the famous avocado margarita! You are probably thinking that avocados belong in guacamole, well yes. However, don’t bash something until you’ve tried it. It’s has an oddly refreshing, yet creamy taste. It will definitely be one of those margaritas that you instantly wonder where it has been your entire life or it just won’t be your thing. –KO

El Naranjo: Yet another pricey suggestion, but they make really great, simple fresh-lime margaritas. They also have a HUGE selection of both tequila and mezcal. My advice, choose a reasonably priced (anything 100% agave will do) tequila for your ‘rita, then sip on a shot of something finer if you’re feeling adventurous.   -JN

Trudy’s: You can’t make a margarita list in Austin and not include Trudy’s. There’s not much to say except they consistently make a solid drink. Sometimes you don’t want all that fancy stuff and you just want a basic margarita, this is your place. -KO

Takoba: I actually prefer the lesser-known Cantina El Milamores, which is located in the backspace of the restaurant. Their ‘House Margarita’ consists of El Jimador, Patron Citronge, fresh lime and orange juices, and house-made simple syrup. These are all good things.   –JN

 

When Cheer Up Charlie’s announced they were being forced out of their lease at the end of last year, patrons needed to be ‘cheered up’ more than ever. Luckily, this little bar is resilient and didn’t let the relocation hinder their spirits!

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It didn’t take them long to set up shop and get things going at their new location on Red River in the space that was formerly Club Deville. Tonight is their Grand Re-Opening, and they have an entire night of music lined up.

Come out tonight to give them a warm welcome in their new ‘hood.

When: Today, February 21st

Time: 8pm

Location:
Cheer Up Charlie’s
900 Red River
Austin, Texas 78701

https://www.facebook.com/events/213138252212607/

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