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The 15 Best Bars In Downtown, Austin

Updated: June 28, 2022

Had a long day? These are our favorite Downtown bars for a post-work cocktail and bucket of beer. After careful analysis of top articles and review sites, we know these are the best bars in Downtown. Drop-in on the pubs for tasty bar snacks, jugs of frozen wine slushy, and an all-round good time.

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Here Nor There

Cocktail Bar, $$, DowntownCocktail Bar, $$Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0
  • Eater, 2021

    The Essential Austin Cocktail Bars

    Eater, 2021

Firehouse Lounge

Cocktail Bar, $$, DowntownCocktail Bar, $$Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Trip 101, 2022

    15 Best Jazz Bars In Austin, Texas - Updated 2022

    Trip 101, 2022
  • Thrillist, 2021

    The 10 Actually Acceptable Bars on Austin’s Dirty 6th

    Thrillist, 2021

Midnight Cowboy

Bar, $$, DowntownBar, $$Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Trip Savvy, 2020

    The 9 Best Hidden Bars & Speakeasies in Austin

    Trip Savvy, 2020
  • Thrillist, 2021

    The 10 Actually Acceptable Bars on Austin’s Dirty 6th

    Thrillist, 2021

Half Step

Cocktail Bar, $$, DowntownCocktail Bar, $$Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Trip 101, 2022

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    Trip 101, 2022
  • TimeOut, 2017

    The best whiskey bars in Austin

    TimeOut, 2017

Edge Rooftop

Bar, $$, DowntownBar, $$Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
  • Thrillist, 2022

    The 17 Sexiest and Most Scenic Rooftop Bars in Austin

    Thrillist, 2022
  • Trip 101, 2020

    Top 10 Rooftop Bars In Austin, Texas

    Trip 101, 2020

Mort Subite

Bar, $$, DowntownBar, $$Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2022

    Where to Eat and Drink in Downtown Austin

    Eater, 2022

The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen

Wine Bar, $$, DowntownWine Bar, $$Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • TimeOut, 2021

    The best wine bars in Austin right now

    TimeOut, 2021
  • Lyft

    Top 10 Most Visited Wine Bars in Austin

    Lyft

Lucille

Bar, $$, DowntownBar, $$Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2014

    Twelve Intimate Bars to Hide Out In This Summer

    Eater, 2014

Icenhauer's

Bar, $$, DowntownBar, $$Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2014

    Twelve Intimate Bars to Hide Out In This Summer

    Eater, 2014

Kinfolk Lounge & Library

Bar, $$$, DowntownBar, $$$Austin, Downtown
Google: 5.0
Yelp: 5.0

Eden Cocktail Room

Cocktail Bar, DowntownCocktail BarAustin, Downtown
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 4.5

Dumont's Down Low Bar

Bar, $$, DowntownBar, $$Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Valhalla Esports Lounge

Bar, $$, DowntownBar, $$Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

San Jac Saloon

Bar, $$, DowntownBar, $$Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Higher Ground

Cocktail Bar, DowntownCocktail BarAustin, Downtown
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Why these restaurants?

We know how tough it is to find the best restaurant in Downtown. For these results, 823905 restaurant reviews were analyzed, 7042 restaurants’ Yelp and Google reviews were captured, and exactly 1014 lists and articles from Eater and others were carefully reviewed by boam. Yes, we even looked at Eater - Where to Eat and Drink in Downtown Austin, Eater - The Essential Austin Cocktail Bars and Eater - Twelve Intimate Bars to Hide Out In This Summer to pull this list together. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their updated available services, so you can actually enjoy the food we show. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so you can trust what you see and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. These ten options are sure to delight.

Most common questions

Mort Subite, Mohawk, and Devil May Care are bars with a happy hour in Downtown.

Mort Subite, Little Brother, and Mohawk are the highest-rated bars that are good for groups in Downtown.

Kinfolk Lounge & Library, Dumont's Down Low Bar, and The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel are the highest-rated bars for a date night in Downtown.

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