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The 10 best bars in South Lamar, Austin

Though often referred to as the "less trendy, more affordable" sister neighborhood to Austin's South Congress neighborhood, South Lamar offers some of the best, most authentic bars in Austin. Every piece of the funky, eclectic vibe that neighborhood visitors get is a product of the people and businesses that make up this quirky little area, and the best way to meet them is to check out the best bars.

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Black Sheep Lodge

Located in South Lamar and Oltorf, Black Sheep Lodge offers a sense of wholeness while still maintaining its foothold in the South Lamar neighborhood. With 26 beers on tap and over 125 different types of bottled brews, an evening here is a night well spent. They also offer Tuesday night $ 2 Mexicans (Modelo Especial, Tecate and Tecate Light) and Wednesday night $ 1 'White Trash Cans' (Lone Star and PBR Tallboys, Schlitz and Pearl).

Black Sheep Lodge, 2108 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 707 2744

Gibson Street Bar

Gibson Street Bar offers 16 craft beers and many more bottled beers as well as cocktails, wine, and sparkling wine. Be sure to Wine Wednesdays for a free Henri's Cheese Shop cheese platter purchased with every bottle of wine. Looking for more than just drinks? No problem! Gibson Street Bar also plays host to Luke's Inside Out Food Truck. Luke's has burgers, sandwiches, and just about anything with a solid beer.

Gibson Street Bar, 1109 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 386 1345

Razzle Dazzle Donut by Gourdough's | © Kimberly Vardeman / Flickr

Gourdhough's Public House

Gourdough's Public House, which originally came from Gourdough's Foodtruck, opened a permanent location on South Lamar Boulevard in 2013. Originally known for its decadent and eclectic donut creations, the brilliance of the donut burger has been fused with a selection of local beers and creative cocktails. Stop by every Monday at 8:00 p.m. CST for the geeks who drink pub quizzes.

Gourdough's Home, 2700 S. Lamar Blvd., TX, USA, +1 512 912 9070

Grandpa! Coffee and Wine Bar

For an international atmosphere, visit Grandpa! Coffee and wine bar. It's right on South Lamar Boulevard and it's hard to miss the glowing fairy lights and the ever-busy courtyard. While the bar has some Greek delicacies like moussaka, they also make a mean sangria and carry local beers like Austin Eastciders and Austin Beerworks.

Grandpa! Coffee and Wine Bar, 2050 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 326 8742

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Barton Springs Salon

Got friends in town to visit and want to show them Good Time in South Lamar? Then check out Barton Springs Saloon. Located in a converted gas station, the Barton Springs Saloon provides a local hangout that welcomes guests as well as first-time visitors. The bar's website says it best, "Barton Springs Saloon is an old bar, a throwback to a time when professionals, college students, lawmakers, and locals met and mingled at a watering hole ..."

Barton Springs Saloon, 424 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 482 9673

One-2-One bar

Originally opened in downtown Austin in 2004, the One-2-One Bar moved to South Lamar in early 2013 to better accommodate the number of guests and local musicians who frequent the space. Since moving to the South Lamar neighborhood, One-2-One has a rooftop bar in the city center as well as a much larger space for live shows. One-2-One Bar is strictly a live music venue and a full bar, so no food here.

One-2-One Bar, 1509 S Lamar Blvd # 600, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 473 0121

Live music in the Saxon Pub | © Charlie Llewellin / Flickr

The Saxon pub

Like many successful bars in the South Lamar neighborhood, live music is key. The Saxon pub is no different. The Saxon is offered as a concert hall and offers guests free weekday happy hour shows as well as a wide range of beers on tap and in bottle. The Saxon pub technically offers no food; However, they have 'order' menus from nearby restaurants for those who want a bite to eat.

The Saxon Pub, 1320 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 448 2552

Corner bar

The Corner Bar has been nicknamed the bar "where everyone knows your name" and it's easy to see why. Corner Bar has NFL Ticket, NBA Package, NHL Package, MLB Package and the Longhorn Network and multiple TV screens. Want to have a beer somewhere after work, but just not sure where? Corner Bar has a mix of local beers, as well as their "a shot & a beer" menu - try the Mexican Standoff if it's been a particularly rough day at work.

Corner Bar, 1901 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 445 9500

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The golden goose

Although the Golden Goose is now an obsolete version of the legendary South Lamar dive bar The Horseshoe Lounge, it still offers a dive bar-esque atmosphere. If you are looking for a place that represents the current state of transition that the South Lamar neighborhood shows, then look no further. In addition to a selection of local beers, The Golden Goose offers cocktails to sip while playing shuffleboard or hanging out on the vintage jukebox. If you want to support local liquor makers, try the Deep Eddy Frozen Moscow Mule or the Deep Fuego, a frozen White Russian Cocktail with Deep Eddy Vodka and Cafe Del Fuego coffee liqueur.

The Golden Goose, 2034 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 362 8683

Broken Spoke | © Stacey Huggins / Flickr

Broken Spoke

If you are planning to visit and drink South Lamar then make sure to stop by Broken Spoke and have a beer. While Broken Spoke is technically a dance hall, it also has a restaurant and a decent beer selection. If ever there was one place that stood out as the flagship of the South Lamar neighborhood, it would be Broken Spoke.

Broken Spoke, 3201 S Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 442 6189


Author: Roxanne Barnett

Roxanne Barnett is a 43 year old journalist. Lifelong organizer. Reader. Animal lover everywhere. Student. Food trailblazer. Coffee lover.