Hotel Lobby Bars in Austin

Hotel lobby bars are quite intriguing because they play host to a variety of characters. You'll find business travelers making deals go down and carefree vacationers who let their inhibitions go. Plus, hotel bars in Austin also act as hot spots for mixing and mingling among locals. Let's take a look at what's happening inside Austin's hotel lobbies.

Updated: August 20, 2010

Hotel Lobby Bars in Austin

Hotel San Jose

1316 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Of all Austin's see-and-be-seen venues, this could top the list. The San Jose is known to house out-of-town rockers and celebrities and its outdoor lounge and it's open to the public, making it the perfect perch for celebrity sightings and people-watching. Sit under the shade of an awning, cozy up near the fire pit in the cooler months or grab a seat at the communal table for interesting interaction. Look like a local and sip a Shiner Bock or get fancy with a Champassion.

Hotel St Cecilia

112 Academy Dr, Austin, TX 78704

Sister location to Hotel San Jose and tucked away off of South Congress Avenue with intent, this hotel bar comes with a $300+ cover charge. (Unlike the San Jose, this lounge is exclusive to hotel guests.) The grounds promote exclusivity with high privacy walls and this property is often entirely rented out by celebrities and bands who wish for anonymity while in town.

The Carillon

1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705

This new addition to the vast dining space led by culinary genius Chef Josh Watkin is located on the University of Texas campus. Expect to find fancy, Watkins-created bar snacks and drinks without the fancy price tags at its newly added 2.56 happy hour. Hook 'em!


11301 Domain Dr, Austin, TX 78758

Yes, this property may be filled with out-of-towners here in Austin to do business with Samsung, Dell and other big-named industrial giants in town, but the cocktail creations are made with homegrown Austin originals. Lining the bar are locally made liquors such as Tito's, Dripping Springs, Savvy and Republic Tequila. Even if you don't know your bar mate you'll feel right at home--the "My 512" happy hour has food and drink specials that celebrate all things local.

Hyatt Regency Austin

208 Barton Springs, Austin, TX 78704

This may be Austin's best-kept secret: an indoor bar that spills out onto a lake-view terrace with front-row seats to Austin's most scenic icon, Lady Bird Lake and the Hike and Bike Trail. At Marker 10, they sauce things up hourly with a spin of a wheel to select a new special to be added to the previous hours' deals.

InterContinental STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

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The drinks may be pricey, but the view of bustling Congress Avenue from the second-floor balcony makes it worth it for these front-row seats to the action. With breathtaking views of Austin's Capitol, this is perfect spot for a pre-theater cocktail. Or, save your money on the ticket and use it for your bar tab as the people-watching scene down below is show-stopping.

Aloft Austin At The Domain

11601 Domain Drive, Austin, TX 78758

A relative to the hip W Hotel, the chill vibe is definitely all in the family at the hotel's lobby bar. Described as "lively" and "abuzz," this is the place to enjoy happy hour, listen to live music on Thursdays or just relax with the cool grooves in the adjacent re:mix lounge.