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19 Excellent Austin Dive Bars

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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 atmosphere. With that, here is Eater's guide to the city's iconic dive bars, like Donn Depot’s train station, chicken shit bingo at Little Longhorn Saloon, the Christmas-forever vibe at Lala’s Little Nugget, and others.

For other like-drinking options, check out Austin's craft beer destinations, cocktail bars, all-around bars, cheap drinks, happy hours, and karaoke spots.

Is a favorite dive missing from this round-up? Hit up the tipline or the comments.

With updates by Nadia Chaudhury.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. C Hunt's 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 Hunt's Icehouse, this North Burnet dive with an expansive patio, set-ups and absolutely no pretense.

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2. Lala's Little Nugget

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2207 Justin Ln
Austin, TX 78757

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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3. Dry Creek Cafe & Boat Dock

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4812 Mount Bonnell Rd
Austin, TX 78731
(512) 453-9244

Hidden in the Mount Bonnell neighborhood is the hole-in-the-wall bar serving cheap beers. Shoot some pool and spin some tunes on the vintage jukebox, or pull up a folding chair and take in the sunset over Lady Bird Lake.

4. 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.

5. Bout Time II

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6607 N Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 474-6481
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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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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 University of Texas students sauced for decades.

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9. 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.

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

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11. 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.

12. 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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13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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, two-steppin' and lots of bad decisions.

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17. St Roch's Bar

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515 Pedernales St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 777-4441
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St. Roch's is a small but mighty East Side petri dish-slash-dive, appealing to sports fans (especially those for the New Orleans Saints), bikers, rockers, hipsters, and neighborhood folks alike.

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18. 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 South Congress 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.

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19. G&S Lounge

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

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1. C Hunt's Ice House

9611 McNeil Rd, Austin, TX 78758
C Hunt’s Ice House
C Hunt’s Ice House
C Hunt’s Ice House/Facebook

"Every hour's happy hour" at C Hunt's Icehouse, this North Burnet dive with an expansive patio, set-ups and absolutely no pretense.

9611 McNeil Rd
Austin, TX 78758

2. 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

3. Dry Creek Cafe & Boat Dock

4812 Mount Bonnell Rd, Austin, TX 78731

Hidden in the Mount Bonnell neighborhood is the hole-in-the-wall bar serving cheap beers. Shoot some pool and spin some tunes on the vintage jukebox, or pull up a folding chair and take in the sunset over Lady Bird Lake.

4812 Mount Bonnell Rd
Austin, TX 78731

4. 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

5. Bout Time II

6607 N Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78752

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.

6607 N Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78752

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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 University of Texas students sauced for decades.

2538 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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.

1512 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

15. 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

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16. 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, two-steppin' and lots of bad decisions.

500 Comal St
Austin, TX 78702

17. St Roch's Bar

515 Pedernales St, Austin, TX 78702
St Roch’s
St Roch’s
St Roch’s/Facebook

St. Roch's is a small but mighty East Side petri dish-slash-dive, appealing to sports fans (especially those for the New Orleans Saints), bikers, rockers, hipsters, and neighborhood folks alike.

515 Pedernales St
Austin, TX 78702

18. Ego's Lounge

510 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Ego’s Lounge
Ego’s Lounge
Ego’s/Facebook

Ego's may be hidden in the basement of a South Congress 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

19. G&S Lounge

2420 S. 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
G&S Lounge
G&S Lounge
G&S Lounge/Facebook

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

2420 S. 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

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