South Austin’s Best Bars for a Night Out

South Austin is a unique area of the city where local history and modern life intersect in a distinct way. It’s a place where the bars are a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n roll. If you venture to WAY South Austin, beyond Ben White Boulevard, you’ll find a neighborhood that has undergone significant changes in the last few decades. The growth has brought forth some exceptional watering holes that embody Austin’s famous weird personality, warm weather, and wonderful music scene. In this article, we’ll highlight some of the best bars and music venues that you shouldn’t miss when you visit South Austin.

Far Out Lounge & Stage

8504 S Congress Ave

Blood Orange Sour, Owner Pedro & Production Manager Sarah















Far Out Lounge is a music hub located in an old limestone bar that has been home to several venues over the years. As well as going to regular events, festivals, and concerts, it’s a terrific place to listen to local jam bands and funky ensembles.The owner, Pedro Carvalho, has kept the soul of the area alive by capturing a high-quality, quirky, and quintessential slice of South Austin life. The lounge also boasts an excellent food truck selection and a massive backyard. Come with your friends and get your groove on at the Far Out Lounge.

The Little Darlin’

6507 Circle S Rd

Good times and even better food to be had at The Little Darlin'!















The Little Darlin’ bar and restaurant is a local gem that appeals to families, metalheads, and friends of all kinds. It’s a fantastic late-night spot with a great bar menu and interesting liquor infusions. You can also play pool, darts, putt-putt, or chill on their huge patio. During warm summer days, swing in the sun, or huddle by the fire on chilly evenings. You can also catch some awesome free performances from local bands on their outdoor stage.


5500 S Congress Ave

Cowboy hats & boots encouraged!















Sagebrush is an authentic venue and dance hall that comes to us from the folks up at White Horse on East 6th. They’ve managed to keep Austin’s honky-tonk heritage alive with multiple stages hosting incredible country music hoedowns. Sagebrush also boasts a huge backyard where you can party, play pool, or enjoy some BBQ from the food trucks. For a bona fide Texas barn dance experience, put on your cowboy boots and swing on down to Sagebrush.

Little Woodrow’s Southpark Meadows

9500 S I-35 Frontage Rd L100

Don't miss the turtle races every Thursday!















If you’re looking for a laid-back spot to hang out with your friends, Little Woodrow’s Southpark Meadows is the place to be. It’s a classic neighborhood bar with a patio and a relaxed atmosphere. You can play giant Jenga, connect four, or cornhole while enjoying a cold beer or a craft cocktail. Little Woodrow’s is also a great spot to catch live sports games or trivia nights.

Manchaca Springs Saloon

737 Farm to Market 1626, Manchaca, TX















Manchaca Springs Saloon is a biker bar with a twist. The entire bar is scattered with bicycles, vintage signs, chandeliers, neons, and eccentric oddities. It’s like walking through the pages of a classic I Spy picture book. You’ll spot a parrot, two wooden ponies, four guitars, and ten ducks as you explore the place. In addition to the quirky décor, you’ll find food trucks, a charming outdoor stage, cool events, and an overall incredible place to escape.

Sam’s Town Point

2115 Allred Dr

Learn how to Two Step with the pros at Sam's Town Point















Sam’s Town Point is a cherished relic of early Austin that has been serving the people of South Austin since the early 80’s. Tucked away amongst the trees and houses of an old neighborhood, this bar embraces its humble roots. You’ll be greeted with big smiles and even bigger hats in true Texas fashion. With musicians and bands or two-step dance lessons every night of the week, you can always turn to Sam’s for lively leisure.

Moontower Saloon

10212 Menchaca Rd

Moontower is the mother of Menchaca's backyard bars!















Moontower Saloon holds a special place in many hearts. Built around a nearly 75-year-old house, the bar has expanded to a huge covered patio and yard, featuring a stage for music, food trucks, games, and three professional grade sand volleyball courts for tournaments and leagues. They host an assortment of events, including the locally loved Hippie Church. Moontower Saloon was one of the first bars of its kind to open in the area, inspiring many others to follow suit.

Lustre Pearl South

10400 Menchaca Rd

There is always something to do at Lustre Pearl!















Lustre Pearl South is the southside location of the illustrious Rainey St. favorite. With café lounge furniture, bar games, food trucks, and tons of space to kick back, you’ll find the same relaxed and fun atmosphere here. Head down to Lustre Pearl South for some karaoke and two-stepping.

Armadillo Den

10106 Menchaca Rd

Bring your date and your dog out to Armadillo Den!















Armadillo Den is a unique hangout spot with a cozy atmosphere. With its rustic décor and casual vibe, it’s the perfect place to unwind and relax. Enjoy a cold drink, catch up with friends, and take in the live music.

In conclusion, South Austin’s vibrant bar scene offers a variety of options for those looking for a good time. From quirky and eclectic bars to cherished relics and unique hangouts, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

South Austin Beer Garden
10700 Menchaca Rd

Come for the tap wall and stay for the great service!















Welcome to South Austin Beer Garden, a cozy and rustic bar built around an iconic old blue South Menchaca house. The team behind this establishment boasts decades of experience in the service industry and is committed to providing the best possible hospitality to its guests. The bar features an extensive selection of over 60 draft beers on a massive tap wall. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy your drink on the covered and enclosed porch while savoring a bite from one of the food trucks. Challenge your friends to a game of arcade and have a fun-filled evening.

We would love to hear your suggestions! What other bars do you think should be on this list?

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