by nicolec763964483 - 188 Reviews - 58 List
We can always count on the bar scene in Austin. Here's our list of the top bars in the city for 2010. Go ahead: toast to the hour that is happy--or any time, for that matter.
Updated: December 29, 2010
Situated on the East side of 6th Street where the hipsters flock, this bar's big moment came this year during SXSW, when Bill Murray spontaneously played celebrity bartender while in town. Chill on the patio, play some pool and come by for the Second Sunday Sock Hop! Seriously, this place is swinging.
Sister location to the Rainey Street original, Lustre Pearl. This really should be described as Pearl's brother--a grown-up, handsome, older brother. Rich, dark, masculine woods are softened by white leather studded barstools in an indoor/outdoor space illuminated with sexy candlelight. Service is friendly and efficient, the scene sophisticated while still come-as-you-are Austin. No fancy cocktail menu here, but the juice used for mixers is freshly squeezed.
The trendsetter in an old historic house that pioneered the entire Rainey Street District scene is still going strong with a 30-something crowd. The jukebox is jamming and the hula hoops are swinging both inside and out back. Drinks are served strong.
The Womack Brothers are at it again. From the folks that brought us the Chugging Monkey and the Dizzy Rooster, the Dogwood is named after the brothers? Southern grandmother's favorite tree. No frat boys or velvet ropes; instead, it's a chill scene where shorts and flip-flops are welcomed at the indoor/outdoor space. A center island bar anchors the 4,000 square foot space occupied by natural woods and limestone native to Texas. No fancy drink concoctions, but they have Deep Eddy Vodka on tap, served ice cold.