Solo drinking is an awesome way to enjoy some of Austin’s best bars and restaurants, whether you want to hide out alone, looking to make new friends, need a break from your partner, or are single. Let’s face it, it’s easier to walk in and grab a seat at the bar these days than to snag a reservation. No matter if you like to be along with your thoughts, people-watch, read a book (or write one), or just scroll through your phone, there are plenty of perfect places to grab a cocktail, beer, or wine. You can go fancy with a glass of wine and a burger at June’s, throw back some Jell-O shots with other bar patrons over chili dogs at the Silver Medal, or indulge in oysters at the boisterous bar at Eddie V’s, the world’s, well, your oyster!Read More
Where to Drink Alone in Austin
A guide to solo drinking in the city
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
The seafood chain restaurant’s bar at the Arboretum becomes a scene straight out of Cheers on the weekends and weekday happy hours. Everyone will know your name, and the bartenders will take excellent care of you. Bonus: It’s the ideal spot for solo oysters and a dry martini.
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Lala's Little Nugget
With year-round Christmas vibes and an excellent jukebox, the laidback Crestview dive bar is a chill solo drinking spot under festive lights.
If your pup needs some quality friend time, head to Allandale dog park and bar.
The Little Longhorn Saloon
Looking for a new dance partner? The classic Allandale honky tonk is your spot. You’ve found your spot at this classic honky tonk. Don’t feel like dancing? That’s okay too: the affable bartenders and regulars will also make you feel welcome.
The Silver Medal
You’ll make new friends the second you walk into this super small dive bar in Coronado Hills. Order a shot of whiskey and a chili dog and chat with the bartender.
The Tigress Pub
For solo drinkers who want a nice cocktail, head to this unpretentious North Loop bar.
For a laid-back but very classy cocktail, head to this North Loop cocktail bar.
With a perfect jukebox, several pool tables, and no-Fs-given vibes, this North loop dive bar is the ideal spot to chill out in a very dim setting.
Draught House Pub & Brewery
Make new friends inside or out at one of Austin’s best and oldest brewpub institutions with a great beer garden and very knowledgeable bar staffers.
Wine for the People
The Hill Country winery relocated into Rosedale last year, sharing a space with the Spread & Co. restaurant in the afternoons until late at night. The quiet wine bar is optimal for reading, especially paired with a wine flight, and be sure to order a bottle or two for home.
Lazarus Brewing Co.
The East Austin brewpub expanded into North Loop, bringing along plenty of seating options. There’s the bar where you can chat up the friendly staff, the expansive patio where you can hang with or play with pups, or the indoors upstairs space, where you might be able to join a random game group.
Hole in the Wall
Discover Austin’s up-and-coming bands at this campus dive while drinking at the bar or one of the tables.
Sour Duck Market
With several places to order from – including your phone – this expansive patio restaurant/bar/bakery in the Blackland neighborhood has something for everyone, including those who enjoy their peace and quiet.
Open almost every day from 3 p.m. until late, this Capitol-adjacent dive bar is the perfect place to go incognito amongst local politicians.
Go for a frozen Irish coffee, sliders, good vibes, and more at the Central East Austin neighborhood bar. Saddle up to the bar and chat with the bartenders if you need a recommendation.
The Driskill Bar
For something truly classy, go to the historic Driskill Hotel in downtown and head upstairs to take a seat at the fancy wooden bar. No matter if the space looks like it’s outfitted for a cattle baron, the bar offers a wide array of cocktails and snacks, and it’s an ideal people-watching spot, especially during SXSW and other festivals.
Codependent Cocktails + Coffee
For fancy coffee and cocktails (complete with a disco ball at night), this stylish downtown spot offers plenty of cozy corners to claim.
Wright Bros. Brew & Brew
For those dipping their toes into solo imbibing, take your laptop and pretend to work while sipping a latte, lager, wine, or cocktail at this East Austin industrial coffee shop/bar.
Violet Crown Social Club
Two words: Iron Whip (essentially an orange creamsicle in frozen drink form). The East Austin bar is the place to go if you’re looking for strong and inexpensive drinks with a relaxed vibe.
Grab a glass or bottle and head out to the East Austin wine bar’s patio with some tinned fish. Lazy afternoons and evenings are perfect for reading a book, while regular events can bring a party atmosphere.
No matter if you sing karaoke or just prefer to watch, the Bouldin Creek bar is the best karaoke bar to solo hang out.
Love catching a movie solo? Grab a beer, cocktail, or glass of wine before or after your flick at the South Lamar theater bar.
Although this stretch of South Congress is always busy, there’s typically a barstool or two open at this French Bouldin Creek bistro. Pro-move: Order the petit brie and a glass of wine for yourself.
If you’re a bicycle gearhead who enjoys beer, wine, coffee, and/or Roman-style pizza, the Bouldin Creek cafe is your spot.
Buzz Mill Coffee
Coffee, beer, and infused whiskeys all go hand in hand at this 24/7 establishment.
Radio Coffee & Beer
Whether you’re enjoying food from the food trailers, sipping a coffee, or catching a local band perform, there are plenty of things to keep you entertained at this all-day South Lamar hotspot.
Bender Bar & Grill
This deeply unfancy South Austin sports bar offers soul-nourishing (if not body-nourishing) food and a reliably amusing crowd of dedicated locals.
The Little Darlin'
South Austinites know what’s up at this expansive, casual hangout spot. Guests can sprawl out and enjoy elevated fare under twinkling lights.