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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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3. drink.well.

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207 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 614-6683
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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
(512) 369-3490
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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
(512) 473-0005
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8. Lucilles

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77 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
Phone number (512) 322-9270
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9. The Tigress Pub

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100 W North Loop Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 600-3232
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10. The Driskill Bar

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604 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-5911
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11. Winebelly

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519 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 487-1569
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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
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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
[Photo: Paul S./Yelp]
313 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

3. drink.well.

207 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751
[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
[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
[Photo: Ryan L./Yelp]
83 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Lucilles

77 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
[Photo: Doug W./Yelp]
77 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

9. The Tigress Pub

100 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
[Photo: Yelp]
100 W North Loop Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

10. The Driskill Bar

604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
[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
[Photo: Vinyl/Facebook]
607 Trinity St
Austin, TX 78701

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