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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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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.

Gourmands Neighborhood Pub

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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.

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.

The Volstead Lounge

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Visit the Volstead Lounge for cocktails that offer better conversation than most drinking buddies.

Cool River Cafe

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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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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.

Gourmands Neighborhood Pub

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.

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.

The Volstead Lounge

Visit the Volstead Lounge for cocktails that offer better conversation than most drinking buddies.

Cool River Cafe

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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