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Best Bars on South Lamar

Loretta Adams Last updated on Oct 01, 2023 by

South Lamar has boomed into one of Austin’s best areas for dining and drinks. With some of the city’s top restaurants and bars, there are a lot of options along this stretch. You can find a little of everything here and there are some unique treasures that you won’t want to miss out on seeing. Scattered from the far south end (that used to be out of town) and leading along the street north to Barton Springs Road, here are the Best Bars on South Lamar.

Broken Spoke
3201 S Lamar Blvd
Make sure to say "Hi" to Howdy!

Keeping Honky Tonk alive and well on South Lamar for 60 years, Broken Spoke is a Texas legend. Countless country music icons have spent time in this dance hall and there are pictures clustered on the walls to prove it. Put your cowboy boots on and grab your favorite dance partner to go step in line. They have nightly live music and delicious food from the restaurant in the front. If you are visiting, this dedicated historic bar is a great way to experience a taste of old Austin. Said to be the “Last of the True Texas Dancehalls”!

Barton Springs Saloon
424 S Lamar Blvd

"Top Shelf Dive Bar"

On the north end of the stretch serving greenbelt goers, motorcycle groups, and folks of all forms is Barton Springs Saloon. This bar is just as weird and wonderful as Austin. Popular for their great location, delicious drinks, and the famous food truck Tommy Want Wingy! Head here after a day out at Zilker or, of course, Barton Springs. Check out their daily drink specials and chow down on chicken lollipops!

Black Sheep Lodge
2108 S Lamar Blvd

Baa Baa Black Sheep!!

Long running area favorite is Black Sheep Lodge. Voted by many as the best burgers and bar food you can get on the south side, let us know if you agree! Check out their website for the huge list of daily drink specials. They have a large space inside and a covered patio. This is the perfect place to catch up with friends, watch your team on tv, and kick back at a loved lodge.

The Highball
1120 S Lamar Blvd

Grab a drink and win a game!

Located within the Alamo Drafthouse is a swanky and unconventional cocktail bar, The Highball. They not only have great drinks but a full lineup of fun events like Geeks Who Drink trivia and The Drag Queen Game Show! Stop in for a drink before you see a movie or head here with your group for a night of song in one of their eccentric themed private karaoke rooms!

Bouldin Acres
2027 S Lamar Blvd

Picklebacks and Pickleball!

Pickleball players look no further! This huge bar has everything you could want for an activity filled adventure. They are dog and family friendly so bring the kids and let them romp around the playground (or dog park) while you hit the courts. You’ll find a massive bar, tons of TVs, and other lawn games to enjoy while you wait and watch. Go early for Happy Hour or play pickleball late into the evening.

Gibson Street Bar
1109 S Lamar Blvd

We all scream for Gibson Street Bar!

From the owners of some of Austin’s best bars around town, South Lamar is home to Gibson Street Bar. They are a holiday highlight with the entire bar and patio seasonally decorated, and they don’t hold back. Visit during spooky season to see the Nightmare on Gibson Street or go take a picture with Santa and the winter wonderland they create at the end of the year. You’ll find great drinks here as well as an Austin favorite food truck, Jewboy Sliders.

Lavaca Street Bar
3121 S Lamar Blvd

Watch your team score at Lavaca Street Bar!

Another bar in this network, you might recognize Lavaca Street Bar from their locations Downtown and in The Domain. This is your quintessential sports bar. Host your next big party here or just hit the bar for Happy Hour. Make sure to check out the menu as they are known for their surprisingly gourmet grub.

Golden Goose
2034 S Lamar Blvd

Get Loose and sip on a Frozen Mule!

These owners revamped an old limestone dive bar into a hip local hangout. They have games, great music, and even better drinks. Known in particular for their fantastic frozens, namely the Frozen Moscow Mule. This is a perfect spot to have some week day fun and they have different drink deals every day.

Baker St. Pub & Grill
3003 S Lamar Blvd

Sleuth out a pint at Baker Street Pub!

This is an adored Sherlock Holmes themed pub and restaurant with a handful of locations around Texas. They have well attended events throughout the week like local bands, trivia nights, and comedy showcases. Grab a drink and enjoy the weather under the old massive oak tree on the patio or hit the dart board and pool tables inside. They have a huge Happy Hour from 2-9pm Monday through Saturday and All Day Sunday!

Corner Bar
1901 S Lamar Blvd

Go check out their cocktail of the month!

Corner Bar is a loved local neighborhood meet up and sports bar located in an old limestone building. They provide the Bouldin Creek area with a cozy spot to grab drinks with friends and watch the game. You can bring your dog and your own food as well to enjoy the night here. Stop by for Happy Hour and get great drinks and delicious food from the food truck. 

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