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Austin's Oldest Bars, Lounges And Beer Joints, Mapped

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Since time immemorial, Austinites have been dedicated to drinking. Or at least since 1866, when Scholz Garten opened, and the original manifestation of the Scoot Inn followed in 1871. To close out Cocktail Week 2012, we've mapped out the oldest (continuously operating) bars in Austin.

If we've missed an historic spot, let us know in the comments or down the tipline so we can add it to the map! Bonus points for historic facts and tales from your favorite spots.

[Photo: The Tavern/Facebook]


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Scholz Garten

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1607 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-1958
Scholz Garten, founded in 1866 by August Scholz, is the oldest continuously operating bar in the state. Its biergarten is a traditional gathering place to watch Longhorn sports and major political events.

2. Scoot Inn

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1308 E. 4th St.
Austin, TX 78702
The Scoot Inn's building has been a bar since 1871, though it took on the modern version of its name as Red's Scoot Inn in 1940.

3. The Driskill Hotel Bar

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604 Brazos St
Austin, TX
The Driskill Hotel, which opened in 1886, has more or less continuously been selling booze (Prohibition notwithstanding ... probably) since it opened, including a fabulous 70's stint with an in-hotel club called Scandals.

4. Threadgill's

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6416 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 459-3855
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Kenneth Threadgill was the first person to own a beer license in Travis County, opening up his North Lamar beer joint in 1933.

5. The Tavern

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922 W. 12th St.
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 320-8377
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Throughout Prohibition, the second floor of the Tavern building served as a brothel and speakeasy, but went legit in 1933.

6. Mickey's Thirsty I Lounge

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11806 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 836-9991
Mickey's prides itself on being one of the oldest beer bars north of the Colorado River. This historic North Austin dive first opened in 1934.

7. Longbranch Inn

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1133 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702
The Longbranch Inn lists its birthday as August 23, 1935 (it's also male, if that matters), and thereby has been serving the east side for seventy-seven drunk years.

8. Deep Eddy Cabaret

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2315 Lake Austin Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
The Deep Eddy Cabaret housed a grocery store and bait shop until 1951, when it officially became the beloved west side beer joint we know today.

9. Continental Club

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1315 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 441-2444
The Continental Club opened as a private supper club in 1957, and according to their website is "believed to be the first place in Travis County to sell liquor by the drink."

10. Broken Spoke

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3201 S. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 442-6189
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James White opened the Broken Spoke in 1964, and Austin's been honky-tonking to some the best country music in town at the South Lamar spot ever since.

11. The Horseshoe Lounge

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2034 S. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704
Rene Gewin and her husband Jimmy opened the Horseshoe Lounge in 1965, taking over the old American Legion Post 83 on South Lamar. A 78704 legend was born.

12. Draught House Pub & Brewery

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4112 Medical Pkwy
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 452-6258
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The Draught House opened 44 years ago as a bar and restaurant, but was transformed into a brewpub in 1995. They've been teaching Austinites about craft beer ever since. [Photo: the_photographer/flickr]

13. Donn's Depot

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1600 W. 5th St.
Austin, TX 78703
Austin music legend Donn Adelman opened Donn's Depot in 1972. The downtown dive is home to Eater Austin's 2011 coolest restroom.

14. Cloak Room

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1300 Colorado St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 472-9808
The Cloak Room's been a hiding spot for Austin politicos and journalists since the 1970's. It's the kind of place where everybody knows your name, but pretends they don't.

15. Cedar Door

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201 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 473-3712
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The Cedar Door, which opened in 1975, claims the honor of being home to the original Mexican Martini. The existing downtown location is hardly its first, however--the actual building has seen four different locations.

16. Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon

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5434 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 458-1813
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Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon has been so named since 1993 when Ginny Kalmbach took over, but the bar's been serving beer for more than forty years.

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1. Scholz Garten

1607 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78701
Scholz Garten, founded in 1866 by August Scholz, is the oldest continuously operating bar in the state. Its biergarten is a traditional gathering place to watch Longhorn sports and major political events.
1607 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701

2. Scoot Inn

1308 E. 4th St., Austin, TX 78702
The Scoot Inn's building has been a bar since 1871, though it took on the modern version of its name as Red's Scoot Inn in 1940.
1308 E. 4th St.
Austin, TX 78702

3. The Driskill Hotel Bar

604 Brazos St, Austin, TX
The Driskill Hotel, which opened in 1886, has more or less continuously been selling booze (Prohibition notwithstanding ... probably) since it opened, including a fabulous 70's stint with an in-hotel club called Scandals.
604 Brazos St
Austin, TX

4. Threadgill's

6416 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78752
Kenneth Threadgill was the first person to own a beer license in Travis County, opening up his North Lamar beer joint in 1933.
6416 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78752

5. The Tavern

922 W. 12th St., Austin, TX 78703
Throughout Prohibition, the second floor of the Tavern building served as a brothel and speakeasy, but went legit in 1933.
922 W. 12th St.
Austin, TX 78703

6. Mickey's Thirsty I Lounge

11806 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78753
Mickey's prides itself on being one of the oldest beer bars north of the Colorado River. This historic North Austin dive first opened in 1934.
11806 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78753

7. Longbranch Inn

1133 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
The Longbranch Inn lists its birthday as August 23, 1935 (it's also male, if that matters), and thereby has been serving the east side for seventy-seven drunk years.
1133 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

8. Deep Eddy Cabaret

2315 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin, TX 78703
The Deep Eddy Cabaret housed a grocery store and bait shop until 1951, when it officially became the beloved west side beer joint we know today.
2315 Lake Austin Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703

9. Continental Club

1315 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704
The Continental Club opened as a private supper club in 1957, and according to their website is "believed to be the first place in Travis County to sell liquor by the drink."
1315 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

10. Broken Spoke

3201 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704
James White opened the Broken Spoke in 1964, and Austin's been honky-tonking to some the best country music in town at the South Lamar spot ever since.
3201 S. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704

11. The Horseshoe Lounge

2034 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704
Rene Gewin and her husband Jimmy opened the Horseshoe Lounge in 1965, taking over the old American Legion Post 83 on South Lamar. A 78704 legend was born.
2034 S. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704

12. Draught House Pub & Brewery

4112 Medical Pkwy, Austin, TX 78756
The Draught House opened 44 years ago as a bar and restaurant, but was transformed into a brewpub in 1995. They've been teaching Austinites about craft beer ever since. [Photo: the_photographer/flickr]
4112 Medical Pkwy
Austin, TX 78756

13. Donn's Depot

1600 W. 5th St., Austin, TX 78703
Austin music legend Donn Adelman opened Donn's Depot in 1972. The downtown dive is home to Eater Austin's 2011 coolest restroom.
1600 W. 5th St.
Austin, TX 78703

14. Cloak Room

1300 Colorado St., Austin, TX 78701
The Cloak Room's been a hiding spot for Austin politicos and journalists since the 1970's. It's the kind of place where everybody knows your name, but pretends they don't.
1300 Colorado St.
Austin, TX 78701

15. Cedar Door

201 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
The Cedar Door, which opened in 1975, claims the honor of being home to the original Mexican Martini. The existing downtown location is hardly its first, however--the actual building has seen four different locations.
201 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701

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16. Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon

5434 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon has been so named since 1993 when Ginny Kalmbach took over, but the bar's been serving beer for more than forty years.
5434 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756

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