2nd Street District Bars

Austin's city center holds more than commercial high-rises and government offices?urban lofts, sidewalk eateries and local boutiques sit scattered abound, particularly in the Second Street District. Come nighttime, the of-age crowd zeroes in on the bars and sources of trendy imbibements featured on the soon-to-be-renamed Willie Nelson Boulevard, and for excellent reason. Trendy, chic, urban luxury intertwined with that notorious Austin unpretentiousness and darn good mixologists on hand? We give it two thumbs up. Cheers to the barkeeps at these notable Second Street District destinations.
(Pictured: Malverde)

Updated: June 25, 2010

2nd Street District Bars

Cru Wine Bar

235 W Second St, Austin, TX 78701

Providing the perfect perch for people-watching, this Dallas import draws in the upscale Austin crowd with its wine selection and sidewalk seating.

Malaga Tapas & Bar

440 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

Always on the top of our list for romantic date night spots, the wine flights at Malaga are affordable and include a menu describing character and drinking order.

Lambert's Downtown Barbeque

401 W Second St, Austin, TX 78701

It takes getting past the permeating wifts of sauced-up roasted pigs, but the bar scene at this upscale barbecue joint is surprisingly respectable in its own right. Two fully-stocked points of sale stretch the perimeter of this historical Schneider Brothers building, with nightly live tunes serenading the upstairs loungers.

La Condesa

400 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

The more tequila there is, the merrier. From sipping smoky tumblers to making spicy micheladas to the perfect margarita, dozens of tequilas are on the menu here, as are wines and a full bar.


400 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

Directly above La Condesa and across from Lambert's, the party continues at Malverde--a jungled outdoor deck with sparkling views of the W Hotel and raging sounds of in-house DJs. Drinks are potent, the crowds friendly, and the garden party-meets-rooftop lounge ambiance a popular hit with the locals.