Welcome to East Austin, the vibrant and eclectic heart of Texas’s capital city. Boasting a rich cultural heritage and an ever-evolving atmosphere, this dynamic neighborhood is home to a plethora of unique bars. Join us on a journey through 11 of the best bars in East Austin, where you can savor delightful drinks, soak in the inviting settings, and experience the area’s unmistakable charm.
1816 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Located on E 6th St, Whisler’s exudes a speakeasy ambiance with vintage decor, dim lighting, and a charming outdoor patio. It’s perfect for a cozy evening of sipping crafted cocktails and enjoying live music. Drinks include craft cocktails with a focus on mezcal and other spirits, along with an extensive whiskey selection.
1618 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
The Liberty is a laid-back and unpretentious neighborhood bar on E 6th St. with a welcoming outdoor space featuring picnic tables, a food truck, and an artsy indoor area adorned with local artwork. Their drink menu boasts a wide variety of beer, wine, and expertly crafted cocktails, including creative concoctions like the iconic “Jameson Jamo Shot.”
King Bee Lounge
1906 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702
As you step into King Bee Lounge on E 12 St, you’ll be captivated by its vintage, old-school New Orleans vibe. Dimly lit with red velvet curtains, this cozy establishment offers live music, a food truck, and a courtyard perfect for lounging. This bar specializes in classic cocktails, like their signature drink “The Bees Knees,” and boasts an impressive absinthe collection.
2211 Webberville Rd #3548, Austin, TX 78702
Right off of E 7th St, stepping into Kitty Cohen’s transports you to a retro poolside paradise. This bar features kitschy 70s-inspired decor, poolside seating, and a relaxed vibe that beckons you to unwind. The drink menu consists of Classic cocktails, frozen delights, and signature drinks like the refreshing “Salty Kitty” (a margarita with a salted watermelon twist).
1221 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Located in the Inn Cahoots on E 6th St, Bar Mischief is the perfect place to grab drinks with coworkers on a weeknight but is also a fantastic place to listen to great music and hang with friends on the weekend. The bar features elegant decor and lighting paired with unique house cocktails that are, according to the reviews, the best cocktails in Austin.
1630 E 6th St #100, Austin, TX 78702
Drop Kick Cocktail Bar and Kitchen is a popular establishment located on E 6th St. The establishment offers a vibrant and lively setting that reflects the energetic spirit of the neighborhood. Drop Kick is known for its unique blend of craft cocktails and delectable Mexican- inspired cuisine that has you leaving wanting more! Popular items include their Elote A Lo Peruano and their “Teaches of Peaches” cocktail.
Violet Crown Social Club
1111 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
In between downtown and the heart of East Austin on E 6th St, Violet Crown Social Club is the East-side lounge that has it all. Plush red booths line the interior, while benches and tables adorn the patio outside. Their TVs behind the bar show some of the best movies and hottest live sporting events, and they have one of the best CD jukeboxes left in town.
1600 E 6th St B, Austin, TX 78702
From the team behind Ramen Tatsu-ya, Domo-Alley Gato on E 6th St combines a playful tachinomiya- inspired patio bar with the lively social atmosphere of East Austin. This laid-back spot draws inspiration from the vibrant nightlife in some of Japan’s biggest cities. Drinks include craft cocktails, beer, sake, and the fan-favorite Kirin Ichiban Cold Caps.
1016 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
With daily happy hour specials, two pool tables, and a giant upstairs patio, Shangri-La combines the social setting of a dive bar with the serenity of a beer garden to bring you the perfect blend of fun and comfort. Drinks include beer, wine, signature cocktails, and just about anything the bartender can do. Pair this with their table appetizers, and you and your friends will have the perfect night.
Drinks Lounge & Records
2001 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
With an effortlessly cool ambiance and retro decor, Drinks Lounge & Records offers cozy seating and a lively atmosphere paired with Karaoke nights, and DJ sets from the hottest producers in the area. Drinks Lounge is an East Austin favorite located on E Cesar Chavez St. Drinks include Signature cocktails, an extensive whiskey selection, craft beers, and a variety of sake to keep the party going!
Lustre Pearl East
114 Linden St, Austin, TX 78702
Located just off of E Cesar Chavez St, Lustre Pearl East is housed in a refurbished bungalow and maintains a casual and welcoming vibe. The expansive patio, complete with picnic tables, string lights, and a relaxed atmosphere, makes it a perfect gathering place for friends. Drinks include a wide array of beer, wine, and classic cocktails.
East Austin’s bar scene offers an eclectic mix of establishments, each with its own distinctive charm. Whether you’re seeking a cozy speakeasy ambiance, a retro-inspired poolside oasis, or a lively honky-tonk experience, this neighborhood has something for everyone. So, grab your friends, embark on a bar-hopping adventure, and discover the best bars East Austin has to offer. Cheers!