Austin >Arts & Entertainment > Donn's Depot
1600 W Fifth St, Austin, TX | Directions 7870330.274033 -97.763288
Neighborhoods: Old West Austin
Housed in an old Missouri-Pacific train depot, some of Austin's most talented musicians play at Donn's Depot six nights a week. Enjoy live music from music acts including Murphy's Inlaws, Earl Poole Ball, and Donn Adelman among others. Real train cars serve as seating areas, and the ladies restroom is a real caboose. Attracting students and retirees, this piano bar and saloon bridges the generation gap with its diverse range of musicians and musical genres, from swing, country, modern folk and pop.
Donn's is certainly not your usual Austin dive. More like a hang out for silver foxes and retired singles. But it's a chill dive where everyone seems happy to see you, and those are always everyone's favorites.
Donn's is partly housed in an old train car, which should give you an instant idea of the atmosphere: Think Americana-meets-country dance hall. Live music every night of the week and mostly $5 cocktails -- which I can guarantee you will not find anywhere else on west 5th.
Love This Place!!!! – I see there are a couple of reviews here complaining about the service. I'm sorry, but the staff here is THE BEST! I have been going to Donn's for about 5 years now, and they have always treated me like family. If you are looking for a place with great music, a great atmosphere, and a great staff-look no further. The 1st time I went, there was a couple celebrating their 40th anniversary dancing next to a couple in their 20's with body piercings and tattoos. Such a wonderful range of diversity that's keeping Austin weird!
Very rude servie – I am writing the review because of how awful I felt after leaving Donn's Depot. I had been driving across the country all day to attend my fathers funeral and after having an already stressful day, I decided to take my mind off of things and go to a bar that both my family and I have liked for many years. After ordering a beer, I was peacefully watching Cheers of all shows, and out of no where the bartender took my beverage and informed me that I had had to much to drink when in fact, I hadn't had anything. I calmly explained my situation to the bartender and he acted as though he didn't care and told me to leave! I have been a resident of Austin my whole life and have never been treated like that. I will never go back to Donn's Depot because personally I have not felt so disrespected for no reason. I am going to encourage everyone I know (which is a lot of people in Austin) to not bring their business their ever again. I hardly every drink and the one night I wanted to have a beer, the bartender wouldn't server me. I am not one to complain but this episode really upset me and I don't think anyone who is sober should be treated the way I was. Anyway, take it for what it is, but I can assure Donn's Depot that I will never bring my business there again. And I am also going to file a grievance with the BBB. I feel awful doing this but like I said, no one should be treated in that manner of disrespect.
Want to experience horrible service? Check out Donn's Depot! – Ever since I moved to Austin a few years back I have been using people's Citysearch reviews to find the cool and fun places to check out across the city. I'm bummed that I'm writing my very first review on such a horrible establishment but I just have to put the warning out there before people go by and check out Donn's Depot.
I had been to this place just once before and only for a beer on a night when it wasn't very busy. However, this past weekend Donn's Depot was packed due to their proximity to Zilker Park and it being ACL weekend. We had a bunch of friends meeting up at Donn's after one of the nights shows and the guy at the door was a total D-bag (can I even say d-bag on Citysearch? Oh well I'm putting it out there). A friend of mine was helping another friend outside to take her home and she got a plastic cup of water from the bar to bring out to her to drink while waiting for the cab. As she walks outside not only does D-bag Doorman grab her arm and yank her back inside, but after yelling at her inches from her face he proceeds to hit her hand up and throw all of the water into her face. Let me follow this by saying in no way was this an accidental occurrence. He deliberately threw the water all over her. I'm sorry, but I'm just not cool with going to a place in which the incredibly rude and hostile staff will poor drinks all over you for simply trying to help a friend.
Please don't waste your time here, go ahead and visit the Mean Eyed Cat just down the street. No hostile staff there!
Rude service kills cool vintage vibe – Checked this place out with friends this week--a group of Austinites and out-of-towners. Live in the neighborhood, but won't go back. Rude door man grabbed (lady) friends by the arm and dragged them roughly back to door when he failed to id them on the way in (he was busy chatting away from his post). Waitress was generally unpleasant. A group tried to leave with water when I was there, and the doorman threw it in a girl's face. Literally crushed the cup over her head. Might have been funny if the staff hadn't been so hateful about the whole thing.
Laid back? Hardly. I don't recommend this experience to anyone.
What a place!! – The first time I came to Donn's Depot, I knew I was home! heehee Good mix of ages, outside seating for smokers, and great to see the same people working there everytime I go. Note: there is a cover, but only on Friday and Saturday nights.- and for a place that has live music everyday they are open... that's a good deal to me! oo, ooo! and great for happy hour!
Last real Honky-tonk in Austin – One of the things I was excited to partake in when I moved to Austin was good TEXAS Two-Stepping! Unfortunatly when I got here i learned that most of the old cowboy bars were long replaced in Austin by trendy college hot spots-----also fun, but not the same. Donns is a really great mix---- there is the country music (or piano on some nights) a nice little dancefloor, and there is still a good mix of ages. Not all college kids, not all old-folks---a little of both! The only drawback is there is usually a covercharge ---generally a deal breaker for me (if i'm gonna spend $$ at the bar, why should i spend it at the door!) but I actually broke out the wallet on a few occations because Donns' is worth it.
Live music, laid-back patrons and cold beer bring in all sorts to one of Austin's old-school, honky-tonk gems. – In Short
Housed within a former McNeil, Texas, train depot a mile west of downtown's nightlife nexus, Donn's incorporates several former Missouri-Pacific train cars into the overall bar design. But look beyond the choo-choo exterior and see a clientele of corsage-wearing grannies two-stepping in their Texas finery. The surprisingly romantic Lone Star setting also brings plenty of awestruck college students soaking up the roadhouse atmosphere and a diverse mix of country, Texas blues, jazz and rockabilly.
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