by Alexandra Richmond - 69 Reviews - 27 List
While there are many beloved spots in which to have a few drinks or see a few bands, this year has been busy for new venues carving out their niche in Austin's already overflowing watering hole scene. While looking back it is impossible to ignore the many venues that freshly opened have sustained a loyal crowd right off the bat. With best wishes to the older, best-of, classic bars and clubs in town (we love you, Beerland!), here's a list of the top ten new bars and clubs (as of 2009) in Austin. Here's hoping they make it past the first year to become old standbys.
Updated: March 02, 2010
What was formerly a dingy thrift store starkly lit by florescent bulbs has been transformed to a super-cool and inviting bowling alley, lounge, karaoke spot, and event venue. With a full bar and menu of tasty, diner-esque foods, this place had an instant following the day it opened - and is a great waiting room for a movie at the Alamo right next door.
This was the first bar to present itself in a lovingly restored old bungalow on the East Side (the second is the Clive Bar, also on this list), and it instantly felt like it had been there forever, and yet why had no one thought of this before? Getting langorously tanked in a de factor grandma's parlor feels strangely natural.