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14 Excellent Austin Dive Bars

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| Robert J. Lerma/Eater Austin

Avoid fussy cocktail bars and opt for a watering hole with no pretenses or airs: a dive bar, where the only goal is to embrace a less polished atmosphere with drinks and beer neon.

Austin is full of such bars, which excel at keeping it truly weird: dark watering holes with cheap beer and shots, wild characters, and weird atmospheres. With that, here is Eater's guide to the city's iconic dive bars, like Donn Depot’s train station setting, chicken shit bingo at Little Longhorn Saloon, the Christmas-forever vibe at Lala’s Little Nugget, and others.

As with all businesses right now, be sure to call ahead to make sure each bar is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Follow the business’s rules, be sure to wear a mask, and tip well.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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1. Lala's Little Nugget

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2207 Justin Ln
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 487-5297
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It's always Christmas at Lala's, which was saved from an uncertain fate after an abrupt closure in 2015. That's worth celebrating.

Lala’s Little Nugget
Lala’s Little Nugget
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2. 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 Little Longhorn's reputation. Sunday afternoons feature the storied Austin tradition of Lone Stars, live music, and chicken shit bingo.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Hole In The Wall

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2538 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 477-4747
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This Guadalupe live music venue and bar on the Drag has been keeping the University of Texas at Austin students sauced for decades.

Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
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6. Skylark Lounge

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2039 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 730-0759
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Former lesbian bar Bernadette’s-turned-dive and blues spot features a full bar.

7. 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 harkens back to a time before gentrification was the name of the west side game.

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Deep Eddy Cabaret
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8. Donn's Depot

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1600 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 478-3142
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A dive bar in an old train station seems just about right.

9. Dirty Bill's

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511 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78701

The tiny downtown bar is an industry favorite for good reason.

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10. Casino El Camino

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517 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 469-9330
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Burgers, eardrum-shattering metal from the jukebox, and cheap drinks served across a sticky bar. Pretty much a textbook dive.

11. La Perla

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1512 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 477-0167

This East Side cantina is holding its own amid the continuing swell of gentrification. Come with cash and an appetite for beer or an Armodelo (Modelo + lime + tabasco + beer salt).

12. The Lost Well

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2421 Webberville Rd., Austin, TX 78702
Austin, TX

The former Frontier Bar was taken over by two ex-Lovejoys bartenders, the ultimate dive-bar pedigree for this east side joint. Find live music and cheap drinks.

13. The White Horse

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500 Comal St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 553-6756
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This Lynchian honky tonk brings together the best of East Austin: cheap beer, live music, and two-steppin'..

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14. Sam's Town Point

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2115 Allred Dr
Austin, TX 78748
(512) 965-6028
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The low-key far south Austin honky tonk is the place to go for easy drinks, live music, and two-steppin’.

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1. Lala's Little Nugget

2207 Justin Ln, Austin, TX 78757
Lala’s Little Nugget
Lala’s Little Nugget
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

It's always Christmas at Lala's, which was saved from an uncertain fate after an abrupt closure in 2015. That's worth celebrating.

2207 Justin Ln
Austin, TX 78757

2. Little Longhorn Saloon

5434 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756

There’s nothing little about Little Longhorn's reputation. Sunday afternoons feature the storied Austin tradition of Lone Stars, live music, and chicken shit bingo.

5434 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756

3. 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

4. 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.

1110 E 52nd St
Austin, TX 78723

5. Hole In The Wall

2538 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

This Guadalupe live music venue and bar on the Drag has been keeping the University of Texas at Austin students sauced for decades.

2538 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705

6. Skylark Lounge

2039 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78722

Former lesbian bar Bernadette’s-turned-dive and blues spot features a full bar.

2039 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78722

7. Deep Eddy Cabaret

2315 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Deep Eddy Cabaret
Deep Eddy Cabaret
Deep Eddy Cabaret/Facebook

The Deep Eddy area isn't known for its divey tendencies, but the Deep Eddy Cabaret harkens back to a time before gentrification was the name of the west side game.

2315 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

8. Donn's Depot

1600 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78703

A dive bar in an old train station seems just about right.

1600 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78703

9. Dirty Bill's

511 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78701
Dirty Bill’s
Dirty Bill’s
Dirty Bill’s/Facebook

The tiny downtown bar is an industry favorite for good reason.

511 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78701

10. Casino El Camino

517 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

Burgers, eardrum-shattering metal from the jukebox, and cheap drinks served across a sticky bar. Pretty much a textbook dive.

517 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

11. La Perla

1512 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

This East Side cantina is holding its own amid the continuing swell of gentrification. Come with cash and an appetite for beer or an Armodelo (Modelo + lime + tabasco + beer salt).

1512 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

12. The Lost Well

2421 Webberville Rd., Austin, TX 78702, Austin, TX

The former Frontier Bar was taken over by two ex-Lovejoys bartenders, the ultimate dive-bar pedigree for this east side joint. Find live music and cheap drinks.

2421 Webberville Rd., Austin, TX 78702
Austin, TX

13. The White Horse

500 Comal St, Austin, TX 78702
White Horse
White Horse
White Horse/Yelp

This Lynchian honky tonk brings together the best of East Austin: cheap beer, live music, and two-steppin'..

500 Comal St
Austin, TX 78702

14. Sam's Town Point

2115 Allred Dr, Austin, TX 78748

The low-key far south Austin honky tonk is the place to go for easy drinks, live music, and two-steppin’.

2115 Allred Dr
Austin, TX 78748

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