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While numerous bars and restaurants in Austin have closed since the pandemic started, others are popping up all over town finding new and unique ways to make it into this crazy world we live in! To make it easier for you to explore, we’re grouping the new locations by neighborhood, starting with bars in South Austin.
Here are 5 must-see bars in South Austin!
Location: 10106 Manchaca Road
With a HUGE deck with lots of outdoor seating, fire pits, and heaters, Armadillo Den is a great place to enjoy a socially distant getaway. The gang behind West Sixth Bar Rustic Tap opened this spot in December 2020 and it’s fast becoming one of the most popular bars in South Austin. In fact, it’s so popular that it is often difficult to find parking spaces. Their parking lot is on the small side and street parking is scarce, so we recommend Ubering – which is probably a good idea anyway as they have a large selection of beers and specialty drinks. You will definitely want to try more than one! There are two food trucks on-site, live music every night, and an off-leash dog area. They will add a kid-friendly covered awning shortly during the start of Phase 2 (currently planned for March 2021). Until then, nobody under the age of 21 is allowed.
Simple tiger south
Location: 3508 South Lamar Boulevard
Easy Tiger is located on the old Red’s Porch square in South Lamar and opened in October 2020. The bakery and beer garden, the largest of its locations, is located on Barton Creek Greenbelt and, with its numerous outdoor restaurants, is optimized for secure contacts. They offer a full bar and lots of craft beers, as well as delicious breads, pastries, sausages, sandwiches, soups, salads and pretzels. Her Little Tiger Den also puts her on our list of the 5 best Austin restaurants with outdoor play areas for kids! There is only limited parking available on site. It is therefore strongly recommended that you go on foot, by bike or with a lift. Oh, and if you are looking for a king cake they make some of the best in town!
Location: 3402 South Lamar Boulevard
HipStirs Lounge opened in December 2020 and serves some of the tastiest cocktails on tap. They specialize in natural craft syrups that are available nationwide. They also offer local cocktail kits, virtual mixology classes, and custom gift boxes. The lounge is located at the foot of the 704 apartment complex (and right next to the Broken Spoke) and offers a classic yet contemporary feel. The partners Phantasma Kitchen and Lechuza Birria Tacos offer a variety of dishes. We tried Phantasma’s limited edition pizza, which was inspired by Nightmare Before Christmas. With roasted pumpkin, ham, pickled shallots, homemade mozzarella, fontina, roasted sage and balsamic reduction gratin, walk to try).
Location: 2201 East Ben White Boulevard
In January 2021, Pinthouse opened its fourth and largest location to date. The owners of the old Midnight Rodeo building have given up the nautical style of their other locations and instead created a more subtle and calming feel that is meant to convey a Marfa vacation vibe. The locale is home to a huge 15-barrel brewhouse, which is where the company makes its basic beers like Electric Jellyfish, Training Bines, and Green Battles. They currently offer a limited menu that doesn’t include pizza, although they promise a full menu “is coming soon”. The room is child-friendly, the terrace is covered and it is also pet-friendly. What more do you need Well, pizza. But they will come to that.
Location: 5500 South Congress Avenue
Originally opened in June 2020, Sagebrush closed a little over two weeks later and reopened in September. The venue is owned by the team behind East Austin Bar The White Horse and features live music every night with outdoor shows on Friday and Saturday. Coverage for the bands is $ 5 in cash at the door each night. No reserved seating and no children in the honky tonk after dark. Dogs are allowed on the terrace. Food is available in the former East Austin Food Truck Baton Creole.
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