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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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Whole Foods Market

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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.

Workhorse Bar

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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.

Draught House Pub & Brewery

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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.

Ego's Lounge

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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.

Hole In The Wall

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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.

Cloak Room

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

House Wine

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

Bender Bar & Grill

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This deeply unfancy South Austin sports bar offers soul-nourishing (if not body-nourishing) snacks and a reliably amusing crowd of dedicated locals.

Rio Rita

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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.

Sputnik

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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.

Buzz Mill Coffee

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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.'

Longbranch Inn

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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]

El Mesón

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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."

The Tigress Pub

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Cocktails your preferred way to fly solo? The friendly and upretentious vibe at the Tigress is perfect.

Wright Bros. Brew & Brew

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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.

Whole Foods Market

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.

Workhorse Bar

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.

Draught House Pub & Brewery

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.

Ego's Lounge

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.

Hole In The Wall

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.

Cloak Room

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

House Wine

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

Bender Bar & Grill

This deeply unfancy South Austin sports bar offers soul-nourishing (if not body-nourishing) snacks and a reliably amusing crowd of dedicated locals.

Rio Rita

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.

Sputnik

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.

Buzz Mill Coffee

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.'

Longbranch Inn

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]

El Mesón

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."

The Tigress Pub

Cocktails your preferred way to fly solo? The friendly and upretentious vibe at the Tigress is perfect.

Wright Bros. Brew & Brew