Austin is a pretty “new” city in a lot of ways. A brand-new restaurant, bar, or high-rise always seems to be popping up. But that doesn’t mean a good dive bar can’t last around here either. Austin has plenty of local spots that have stood the test of time and continue to be packed on a Friday night.
Here are seven of the oldest bars in the city to get a taste of history with your beer or cocktail.
The piano bar/dance hall near downtown is situated in an old train depot, and you can see the history in the building (and the bar’s carpet). But it’s a favorite among locals, especially for its nightly music and during Christmastime when the bar goes all out.
1600 W 5th St.
As the name implies, Deep Eddy Cabaret is just a few yards from Deep Eddy Pool—a watering hole near another watering hole. Stop in for a brew or two after a swim.
2315 Lake Austin Blvd.
The Scoot Inn was established in 1871 as a “drive-in” pub for the pioneers passing through the area. It’s still a beer joint, as well as one of Austin’s great music venues.
1308 E 4th St.
Founded in 1866 by August Scholz, Scholz Garten is reportedly the oldest continuously operating bar in the state, with an impressive selection of beer. It’s also conveniently situated near the UT campus and the Moody Center, making for a great pre-concert or pre-game spot.
1607 San Jacinto Blvd.
Opened: 1916 as The Enfield Grocery Store, 1933 as the Tavern
It’s old enough that the sign outside advertises that the bar on 12 Street and Lamar is air-conditioned—the Tavern was one of the first places in Austin to get the necessary luxury. It’s also reportedly haunted by a ghost named Emily.
922 W 12th St.
The Continental Club first opened its doors as a supper club and has since become a legendary live music venue where artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Robert Plant, and more have graced the stage.
1315 South Congress Ave.
Founded by former Tavern manager Wayne Overton and his wife Gay, the Draught House quickly became the go-to place for draught beer. It’s now lauded for its craft beer selection, including Draught House brews and several guest taps.