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Where To Drink Alone On Valentine's Day In Austin

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When you're flying solo, either by choice or by a (not always cruel) happenstance of fate, Valentine's Day can be a beast of a time to venture out into the big, wide world unaccompanied. This Black Thursday, choose a drinking establishment that won't be overrun with canoodlers cooing over the inevitable prix-fixe menu.

That might mean grabbing a people-watching spot downtown at the Whole Foods bar, making a host of new friends over karaoke at Ego's, catching live music at Hole In The Wall or scoring a single-drinker special of Boone's Farm out on the east side at Gourmands. Whatever your scene of choice, there's something for single everyones on Eater Austin's Where To Drink Alone On Valentine's Day map.


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1. Whole Foods Market

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525 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
A grocery store bar? Yes. The people watching is unparalleled, and you never know when someone in a giant bear suit is going to walk up for a growler refill.

2. Workhorse Bar

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100 N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Austin, TX 78751
Grab a barstool—well, a tall chair carved out of a tree trunk—and make some new friends at Workhorse, where the staff is friendly and there's always someone available to play checkers on the built-in table boards.

3. Draught House Pub & Brewery

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4112 Medical Pkwy
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 452-6258
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One of Austin's oldest bars and a nationally respected brewpub, the Draught House is an ideal destination for anyone who wants to make ten new friends in the beer garden or just get solid recommendations from some of the city's most knowledgeable bar staffers.

4. Ego's Lounge

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510 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 474-7091
Hang out and watch daytime television with the bar staff at Ego's, and you'll likely still be around at midnight when the place is rocking with some of the city's most avid karaoke fans.

5. Hole In The Wall

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2538 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 477-4747
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Grab a barstool or a table at the Hole In The Wall for some of the city's finest eavesdropping, whether you've got an ear for some fine country twang, up-and-coming rock and rollers, or an impossible to follow argument about Marxism between drunk grad schoolers.

6. Gourmands Neighborhood Pub

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2316 Webberville Rd.
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 610-2031
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East side bar and sandwich shop Gourmands is offering one heck of an enticing single-person Valentine's special: a sandwich and a pint of Boone's Farm (yes, Boone's Farm) for $10.

7. Cloak Room

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1300 Colorado St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 472-9808
The Capitol staffers that frequent this underground (literally) dive bar are too busy with politics and policy to judge anyone's solo boozing session.

8. House Wine

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408 Josephine St.
Austin, TX 78704
House Wine is both cozy and unpretentious, plus they've got free wifi to fuel your electronic distraction of choice all night long.

9. Bender Bar & Grill

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321 W Ben White Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 447-1800
This deeply unfancy South Austin sports bar offers soul-nourishing (if not body-nourishing) snacks and a reliably amusing crowd of dedicated locals.

10. The Volstead Lounge

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1500 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-1584
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Visit the Volstead Lounge for cocktails that offer better conversation than most drinking buddies.

11. Cool River Cafe

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4001 W Parmer Ln
Austin, TX 78727
(512) 835-0010
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This north Austin meat market is a great place to be reminded of how deeply satisfying it can be to go solo.

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1. Whole Foods Market

525 N Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78703
A grocery store bar? Yes. The people watching is unparalleled, and you never know when someone in a giant bear suit is going to walk up for a growler refill.
525 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703

2. Workhorse Bar

100 N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751, Austin, TX 78751
Grab a barstool—well, a tall chair carved out of a tree trunk—and make some new friends at Workhorse, where the staff is friendly and there's always someone available to play checkers on the built-in table boards.
100 N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Austin, TX 78751

3. Draught House Pub & Brewery

4112 Medical Pkwy, Austin, TX 78756
One of Austin's oldest bars and a nationally respected brewpub, the Draught House is an ideal destination for anyone who wants to make ten new friends in the beer garden or just get solid recommendations from some of the city's most knowledgeable bar staffers.
4112 Medical Pkwy
Austin, TX 78756

4. Ego's Lounge

510 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704
Hang out and watch daytime television with the bar staff at Ego's, and you'll likely still be around at midnight when the place is rocking with some of the city's most avid karaoke fans.
510 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

5. Hole In The Wall

2538 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78705
Grab a barstool or a table at the Hole In The Wall for some of the city's finest eavesdropping, whether you've got an ear for some fine country twang, up-and-coming rock and rollers, or an impossible to follow argument about Marxism between drunk grad schoolers.
2538 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78705

6. Gourmands Neighborhood Pub

2316 Webberville Rd., Austin, TX 78702
East side bar and sandwich shop Gourmands is offering one heck of an enticing single-person Valentine's special: a sandwich and a pint of Boone's Farm (yes, Boone's Farm) for $10.
2316 Webberville Rd.
Austin, TX 78702

7. Cloak Room

1300 Colorado St., Austin, TX 78701
The Capitol staffers that frequent this underground (literally) dive bar are too busy with politics and policy to judge anyone's solo boozing session.
1300 Colorado St.
Austin, TX 78701

8. House Wine

408 Josephine St., Austin, TX 78704
House Wine is both cozy and unpretentious, plus they've got free wifi to fuel your electronic distraction of choice all night long.
408 Josephine St.
Austin, TX 78704

9. Bender Bar & Grill

321 W Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
This deeply unfancy South Austin sports bar offers soul-nourishing (if not body-nourishing) snacks and a reliably amusing crowd of dedicated locals.
321 W Ben White Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

10. The Volstead Lounge

1500 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Visit the Volstead Lounge for cocktails that offer better conversation than most drinking buddies.
1500 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

11. Cool River Cafe

4001 W Parmer Ln, Austin, TX 78727
This north Austin meat market is a great place to be reminded of how deeply satisfying it can be to go solo.
4001 W Parmer Ln
Austin, TX 78727

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