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Austin's Diviest Dive Bars, Mapped

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| Photo: Nancy V./Yelp /

Next month, thousands and thousands of people from around the world will come to Austin watch some cars drive around a track, and they will descend upon the city ready to spend all their newly exchanged money on food and beverages at our finest restaurants, eating from menus planned by Austin's most remarkable chefs. Truly, this is Austin's chance to show off for some of the world's most passionate—and deep-pocketed—sports fans.

Accordingly, here's a map of Austin dive bars, from the storied Lala's Little Nugget to the Giddy Up honky-tonk to the east side St. Roch's, where you're almost certainly not going to run into any of them.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lala's Little Nugget

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2207 Justin Ln
Austin, TX 78757
It's always Christmas at Lala's, which is kind of sad and also kind of awesome. Hipsters love Lala's and townies will defend it to the death.

2. Ego's Lounge

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510 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 474-7091
Ego's may be hidden in the basement of a SoCo office tower, but the karaoke dive bar shines night after night, with a steady crew of regulars always ready to welcome new faces with a songbook and a smile.

3. Mugshots

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407 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 236-0008
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Around the corner from the insanity of Sixth Street is Mugshots on Seventh, where stand-up comedians, downtown drunks and other saucy characters meet to avail themselves of the shamefully cheap drinks and empty backyard lot that serves as a patio.

4. Hole In The Wall

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2538 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 477-4747
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This Guadalupe drag live music venue and bar has been keeping University of Texas students sauced for decades. In November, Paul Qui's East Side King concept will take over the kitchen, making the Hole a kind of Austin superdive featuring the city's best bar food and musicians in one place.

5. Nasty's

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606 Maiden Ln.
Austin, TX 78705
Boasting a better beer selection than any dive bar has a right to serve, Nasty's is easy to miss, tucked behind an auto shop off of Guadalupe, and a long night there is even harder to remember.

6. G & S Lounge

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2420 S. 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 707-8702
The service at this South First Street dive is notoriously poor, but that's part of G&S' enduring south side charm. Follow the light of the bar's fine selection of arcade games if you get lost in one of their heavy pours.

7. Barfly's

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5420 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 452-6455
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Criminally cheap beers and unabashedly pleasant bartenders make a trip to Barfly's nourishing both for the wallet and soul. Don't trip on all those stairs, though. Party foul.

8. St Roch's Bar

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515 Pedernales St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 382-0315
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St. Roch's is a small but mighty east side Petri dish-slash-dive, appealing to sports fans, bikers, rockers, hipsters and neighborhood folks alike.

9. Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon

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5434 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 458-1813
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There's nothing little about Ginny's Little Longhorn's reputation. Sunday afternoons feature the storied Austin institution of Lone Stars, live music and chicken shit bingo.

10. Deep Eddy Cabaret

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2315 Lake Austin Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
The Deep Eddy area isn't known for its divey tendencies, but the Deep Eddy Cabaret hearkens back to a time before gentrification was the name of the west side game.

11. Poodle Dog Lounge

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6507 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 465-9468
Don't be fooled by the cute name of this BYOB spot on Burnet Road: ain't much adorable about the bar's dedication to dirty diveyness.

12. Carousel Lounge

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1110 E. 52nd St
Austin, TX 78723
This east side circus-themed dive offers set-ups, beer and wine as well as live music and even the occasional theatrical performance. It's cash-only, of course, like any good dive should be, and you'll want to keep some quarters on hand for that guy outside who promises to watch your car.

13. C-Hunts Ice House

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9611 McNeil Rd
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 836-0558
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"Every hour's happy hour" at C-Hunts Icehouse, this far north dive with an expansive patio, set-ups and absolutely no pretense.

14. Giddy-Ups

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12010 Manchaca Road
Austin, TX 78748
(512) 280-4732
Giddy Ups looks like the set out of some Wild West-style musical, but there's nothing just for show at this far south honky-tonk. Boot-scoot, play shuffleboard, or just take in some live music over a couple of cold ones or six.

15. Bout Time

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9601 North I-35
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 832-5339
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Bout Time is Austin's signature gay dive bar, welcoming a truly eclectic mix of patrons who want something a little lower key than what downtown's bar scene has to offer.

16. The Horseshoe Lounge

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2034 S. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704
There may be no bar prouder of its no-frills beer offerings and incredible drink specials. The Horseshoe is an enduring tribute to the best parts of the old-school South Austin lifestyle.

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1. Lala's Little Nugget

2207 Justin Ln, Austin, TX 78757
It's always Christmas at Lala's, which is kind of sad and also kind of awesome. Hipsters love Lala's and townies will defend it to the death.
2207 Justin Ln
Austin, TX 78757

2. Ego's Lounge

510 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704
Ego's may be hidden in the basement of a SoCo office tower, but the karaoke dive bar shines night after night, with a steady crew of regulars always ready to welcome new faces with a songbook and a smile.
510 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

3. Mugshots

407 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701
Around the corner from the insanity of Sixth Street is Mugshots on Seventh, where stand-up comedians, downtown drunks and other saucy characters meet to avail themselves of the shamefully cheap drinks and empty backyard lot that serves as a patio.
407 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701

4. Hole In The Wall

2538 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78705
This Guadalupe drag live music venue and bar has been keeping University of Texas students sauced for decades. In November, Paul Qui's East Side King concept will take over the kitchen, making the Hole a kind of Austin superdive featuring the city's best bar food and musicians in one place.
2538 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78705

5. Nasty's

606 Maiden Ln., Austin, TX 78705
Boasting a better beer selection than any dive bar has a right to serve, Nasty's is easy to miss, tucked behind an auto shop off of Guadalupe, and a long night there is even harder to remember.
606 Maiden Ln.
Austin, TX 78705

6. G & S Lounge

2420 S. 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
The service at this South First Street dive is notoriously poor, but that's part of G&S' enduring south side charm. Follow the light of the bar's fine selection of arcade games if you get lost in one of their heavy pours.
2420 S. 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

7. Barfly's

5420 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Criminally cheap beers and unabashedly pleasant bartenders make a trip to Barfly's nourishing both for the wallet and soul. Don't trip on all those stairs, though. Party foul.
5420 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

8. St Roch's Bar

515 Pedernales St, Austin, TX 78702
St. Roch's is a small but mighty east side Petri dish-slash-dive, appealing to sports fans, bikers, rockers, hipsters and neighborhood folks alike.
515 Pedernales St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon

5434 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
There's nothing little about Ginny's Little Longhorn's reputation. Sunday afternoons feature the storied Austin institution of Lone Stars, live music and chicken shit bingo.
5434 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756

10. Deep Eddy Cabaret

2315 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin, TX 78703
The Deep Eddy area isn't known for its divey tendencies, but the Deep Eddy Cabaret hearkens back to a time before gentrification was the name of the west side game.
2315 Lake Austin Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703

11. Poodle Dog Lounge

6507 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX 78757
Don't be fooled by the cute name of this BYOB spot on Burnet Road: ain't much adorable about the bar's dedication to dirty diveyness.
6507 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78757

12. Carousel Lounge

1110 E. 52nd St, Austin, TX 78723
This east side circus-themed dive offers set-ups, beer and wine as well as live music and even the occasional theatrical performance. It's cash-only, of course, like any good dive should be, and you'll want to keep some quarters on hand for that guy outside who promises to watch your car.
1110 E. 52nd St
Austin, TX 78723

13. C-Hunts Ice House

9611 McNeil Rd, Austin, TX 78758
"Every hour's happy hour" at C-Hunts Icehouse, this far north dive with an expansive patio, set-ups and absolutely no pretense.
9611 McNeil Rd
Austin, TX 78758

14. Giddy-Ups

12010 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748
Giddy Ups looks like the set out of some Wild West-style musical, but there's nothing just for show at this far south honky-tonk. Boot-scoot, play shuffleboard, or just take in some live music over a couple of cold ones or six.
12010 Manchaca Road
Austin, TX 78748

15. Bout Time

9601 North I-35, Austin, TX 78753
Bout Time is Austin's signature gay dive bar, welcoming a truly eclectic mix of patrons who want something a little lower key than what downtown's bar scene has to offer.
9601 North I-35
Austin, TX 78753

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16. The Horseshoe Lounge

2034 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704
There may be no bar prouder of its no-frills beer offerings and incredible drink specials. The Horseshoe is an enduring tribute to the best parts of the old-school South Austin lifestyle.
2034 S. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704

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