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Where To Drink Alone In Austin

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Just in time for Black Saturday, an updated guide to drinking alone in Austin. Whether you're looking to make a few new friends, spend time with a book or hide out on your own, these are reader-approved destinations for solo-boozing. See any other favorites missing? Add your picks in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

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. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Rio Rita

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1308 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 478-3934
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Listen, Rio Rita could be a little dangerous on Valentine's due to those cozy corners in the back. But their expansive backyard and front room have always been great places to hang out with a book and people watch a friendly and laid-back side of the East 6th bar scene.

10. Sputnik

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1300 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 628-1250
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Maybe burgers and frito pie are someone's idea of romance, but Sputnik is generally a safe bet for being left alone with beer and meat.

11. Buzz Mill Coffee

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1505 Town Creek Dr
Austin, TX 78741
(512) 912-9221
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Grab one of their kooky infused whiskies or a beer and post up with some pulled pork and/or vegan food. The community hub is a great place to make new friends or hide out in their 'fort.'

12. Longbranch Inn

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1133 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702
Reader East Austin Indian says: "The drinks are cheap, the jukebox is thoughtfully curated, the bartenders are interesting and friendly, and there’s always something weird on the TV, such as 1950s Soviet propaganda cartoons." [Photo: Dan D. /Yelp]

13. El Mesón

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2038 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 442-4441
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Reader Lil Pookie votes for El Meson for solo drinking, though it should be avoided on Valentine's since they're running a prix fixe. Any other day of the year, though: "Nobody bothers me and the Mexican martinis are some of the best in town."

14. The Tigress Pub

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100 W North Loop Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 600-3232
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Cocktails your preferred way to fly solo? The friendly and upretentious vibe at the Tigress is perfect.

15. Wright Bros. Brew & Brew

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500 San Marcos St #105
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 493-0963
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The rise of the coffee and beer bar in Austin is a real boon to those who transition from solo working to solo boozing. The friendly staff and long bar at the Brew & Brew makes them one of the best bets.

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. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. Rio Rita

1308 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Listen, Rio Rita could be a little dangerous on Valentine's due to those cozy corners in the back. But their expansive backyard and front room have always been great places to hang out with a book and people watch a friendly and laid-back side of the East 6th bar scene.
1308 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

10. Sputnik

1300 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Maybe burgers and frito pie are someone's idea of romance, but Sputnik is generally a safe bet for being left alone with beer and meat.
1300 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

11. Buzz Mill Coffee

1505 Town Creek Dr, Austin, TX 78741
Grab one of their kooky infused whiskies or a beer and post up with some pulled pork and/or vegan food. The community hub is a great place to make new friends or hide out in their 'fort.'
1505 Town Creek Dr
Austin, TX 78741

12. Longbranch Inn

1133 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
Reader East Austin Indian says: "The drinks are cheap, the jukebox is thoughtfully curated, the bartenders are interesting and friendly, and there’s always something weird on the TV, such as 1950s Soviet propaganda cartoons." [Photo: Dan D. /Yelp]
1133 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

13. El Mesón

2038 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Reader Lil Pookie votes for El Meson for solo drinking, though it should be avoided on Valentine's since they're running a prix fixe. Any other day of the year, though: "Nobody bothers me and the Mexican martinis are some of the best in town."
2038 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

14. The Tigress Pub

100 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Cocktails your preferred way to fly solo? The friendly and upretentious vibe at the Tigress is perfect.
100 W North Loop Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

15. Wright Bros. Brew & Brew

500 San Marcos St #105, Austin, TX 78702
The rise of the coffee and beer bar in Austin is a real boon to those who transition from solo working to solo boozing. The friendly staff and long bar at the Brew & Brew makes them one of the best bets.
500 San Marcos St #105
Austin, TX 78702

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