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Twelve Intimate Bars to Hide Out In This Summer

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While noisy, outdoor drinking is an Austin summer tradition, sometimes the best place to drink is a space designed to feel like your living room, albiet a fancier one with table service. Austin has its share of enjoyably intimate bars with dim lighting, semi-private seating, and excellent drinks to while the night away. From Midnight Cowboy's speakeasy atmosphere, to the Driskill Bar's nooks and crannies and The Cloak Room's discrete booths, here's a map of Austin's best cozy drinking destinations.


--Nadia Chaudhury

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Firehouse Hostel and Lounge

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605 Brazos St, Ste 100
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 201-2522
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Dim red lighting, candlelight, and red decor adds to the private atmosphere at this lounge.

2. Midnight Cowboy

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313 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 843-2715
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It’s easy to feel intimate at this speakeasy when no cell phones are allowed. The high-backed leather booths make you feel like you’re almost alone. [Photo: Paul S./Yelp]

3. drink.well.

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207 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 614-6683
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This tiny bar with limited seating serves up well-made craft cocktails. End the evening with their flavor of the day homemade Twinkies. [Photo: Elizabeth R./Yelp]

4. Weather Up

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1808 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524 0464
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This Manhattan import has everything fit for a snug atmosphere: romantic lighting and booth seating.

5. Garage

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503 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701
The newly opened polished cocktail bar in the former valet station of a garage on Colorado Street is modest with comfortable furniture. [Photo: Liane T./Yelp]

6. Cloak Room

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1300 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 472-9808
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Hanging out at the historic Cloak Room, which is near the Capitol, is a great way to feel exclusive.

7. Icenhauer's

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83 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
This respite on Rainey Street has little lounges that are perfect for happy hour dates. [Photo: Ryan L./Yelp]

8. Lucilles

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77 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
Phone number (512) 322-9270
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Table-top games like Cards Against Humanity make it easier to get to know each other at this lounge. If you’re looking to get even closer, hop into a hammock. [Photo: Doug W./Yelp]

9. The Tigress Pub

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100 W North Loop Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 600-3232
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Even though the small pub recently added a second room, it still retain its amiable vibe. [Photo: Yelp]

10. The Driskill Bar

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604 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-5911
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Hide away in the nooks and crannies of the famed hotel’s bar. [Photo: Jennifer W./Yelp]

11. Winebelly

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519 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704
The dim wine bar was built for sharing small bites and wine cocktails.

12. Vinyl

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607 Trinity St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 358-6202
Accessed via a "secret door" in Chicago House, this petite red-lit speakeasy comprises of a single bar, and a vast record collection. [Photo: Vinyl/Facebook]

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1. Firehouse Hostel and Lounge

605 Brazos St, Ste 100, Austin, TX 78701
Dim red lighting, candlelight, and red decor adds to the private atmosphere at this lounge.
605 Brazos St, Ste 100
Austin, TX 78701

2. Midnight Cowboy

313 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
It’s easy to feel intimate at this speakeasy when no cell phones are allowed. The high-backed leather booths make you feel like you’re almost alone. [Photo: Paul S./Yelp]
313 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

3. drink.well.

207 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751
This tiny bar with limited seating serves up well-made craft cocktails. End the evening with their flavor of the day homemade Twinkies. [Photo: Elizabeth R./Yelp]
207 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751

4. Weather Up

1808 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
This Manhattan import has everything fit for a snug atmosphere: romantic lighting and booth seating.
1808 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

5. Garage

503 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
The newly opened polished cocktail bar in the former valet station of a garage on Colorado Street is modest with comfortable furniture. [Photo: Liane T./Yelp]
503 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701

6. Cloak Room

1300 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
Hanging out at the historic Cloak Room, which is near the Capitol, is a great way to feel exclusive.
1300 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701

7. Icenhauer's

83 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
This respite on Rainey Street has little lounges that are perfect for happy hour dates. [Photo: Ryan L./Yelp]
83 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Lucilles

77 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
Table-top games like Cards Against Humanity make it easier to get to know each other at this lounge. If you’re looking to get even closer, hop into a hammock. [Photo: Doug W./Yelp]
77 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

9. The Tigress Pub

100 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Even though the small pub recently added a second room, it still retain its amiable vibe. [Photo: Yelp]
100 W North Loop Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

10. The Driskill Bar

604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
Hide away in the nooks and crannies of the famed hotel’s bar. [Photo: Jennifer W./Yelp]
604 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701

11. Winebelly

519 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
The dim wine bar was built for sharing small bites and wine cocktails.
519 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704

12. Vinyl

607 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701
Accessed via a "secret door" in Chicago House, this petite red-lit speakeasy comprises of a single bar, and a vast record collection. [Photo: Vinyl/Facebook]
607 Trinity St
Austin, TX 78701

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