Now that it’s October, it’s finally time for all things Halloween. And many Austin bars are going all out for the spooky, scary, thrilling, and just plain fun season by turning into themed pop-ups for the month (much like all of those cheerful holiday ones in December). This means Central East Austin bar Nickel City’s annual tradition of becoming Simpsons-fied, an international gothy cocktail pop-up coming to the city for the first time every, and just general spine-chilling decorations and cocktails.Read More
8 Spooky Scary Halloween Bar Pop-Ups in Austin
From a popular haunted house’s two bars to Nickel turning into Moe’s Tavern to a tribute to ‘Little Shop of Horrors’
Torment Tavern & the Neon Coffin Secret Bar
For the purposes of this guide, we’ll include the bars at annual Austin haunted house House of Torment. There’s the mainstay Torment Tavern and then the glowing Neon Coffin secret bar. Tickets must be booked online with dates available through Saturday, November 4.
International Halloween cocktail pop-up Black Lagoon is making its way into Austin for the first time this year, taking over this Central East Austin bar. This means goth-ish decor, a set cocktail menu with drinks like the the Book of Blood (mezcal joven, a chile liqueur, beet juice, a miso falernum, and absinthe) and the Night Crawler (Canadian rye whiskey, sherry wine, rooibos tea, cinnamon, and what it’s calling a super-acid apple), non-alcoholic options; and to-be-named entertainment. It runs from Tuesday, October 9 through Wednesday, October 31. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.
Upstairs at Caroline
The downtown hotel’s patio restaurant and bar will serve up themed cocktails and deck out in decorations as part of its Upstairs at Scareoline event. It runs from Sunday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 31. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.
The Central East Austin bar’s Halloween transformation into Moe’s Tavern from the Simpsons has become one of the city’s most fun traditions. It runs from Friday, October 13 through Tuesday, October 31 with drinks such as Flaming Moes and Squishees, as well as Krusty Burger food. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.
Lefty's Brick Bar
The East Austin hotel patio restaurant is honoring iconic horror musical Little Shop of Horrors with its month-long pop-up. Left’s Shop of Horrors will include related food and drinks, events all month such as Wednesday night tarot readings, a puppy party, a drag show with scream queens hosted by Louisianna Purchase, and lots of decorations. It runs from Sunday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 31. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.
The Rainey Street bar always gets into the Halloween spirit, and this year, it’s taking on a whole American Horror Story look with intense decoration and cocktails. It runs through Wednesday, October 31. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.
Gibson Street Bar
Another Austin Halloween tradition is the Zilker bar’s month-long pop-up. Nightmare on Gibson Street includes scary decorations, themed cocktails, DJs on Fridays and Saturdays, and related t-shirts for sale. It runs through Wednesday, October 31. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.
Little Drinks Lounge
The South Congress bar is embracing slasher films with its Halloween pop-up, complete with playing movies on its televisions, decor, and themed cocktails. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.