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Donn's Depot

Dive Bar and Music Venue$$$$
Old West Austin, Austin
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  • Diane L.
    "Tammy is THE best waitress!!!"(4 Tips)
    Evan M.
    "Michelle and Tammy"(3 Tips)
    Esquire
    "Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America."(2 Tips)
    David P.
    "good sized dance floor and an ok beer selection."(2 Tips)
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  • Samantha S.
    Samantha StitesNovember 3
    Micheladas are a must in summer & Holiday Decor is a must in Winter. Diverse crowd w/ long time regulars who love Matt, Tammy, Michelle Donn ++. True Austin bar that caters to locals not tourists
  • Julius T.
    Julius TarngOctober 22, 2015
    Peep into the ladies room to see the great cozy spot with a weird pole and a high view of the bar. the staff are okay with it but just make sure no ones doing their stuff in there
  • David P.
    David PittsFebruary 6, 2015
    The owner literally plays with the band, good sized dance floor and an ok beer selection. They'll sure pour you a shot or two if you ask though.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 4, 2014
    Check out Donn's Depot as seen on Best Bars in America Read more
  • Sylvia M.
    Sylvia MillerAugust 10, 2014
    😎 the bathrooms
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseMay 16, 2014
    Live music and an ambiance that takes you to a simpler time
  • Richard G.
    Richard GabareeFebruary 9, 2014
    Great hangin place
  • Nicole
    NicoleFebruary 2, 2014
    Expect an older crowd (40s-80s) but as a group of 27ish tourist females we got some local flavor of true live music & dancing in Texas! Loved the sweet older people having the time of their lives!
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Alex C.
    Alex ChapmanDecember 5, 2013
    So... Evidently Duffy blows dudes (Dbd.) how many can you find?
  • Brad M.
    Brad MaysNovember 3, 2013
    Off-beat and off the beaten path. Where the only thing stronger than the drinks are the Aqua Velva and Hai Karate. Just do it.
  • Zena B.
    Zena BurnsOctober 3, 2013
    Michelle #FTW. Love her!
  • Cassandra S.
    Cassandra SchloserAugust 28, 2013
    Great waitress & I love the pole in the bathroom!!
  • Eryn K.
    Eryn KohlenbergJune 27, 2013
    Coolest bathroom in Austin
  • Will
    WillMay 6, 2013
    Really OLD school. Regretfully they can't make Old Fashioned cocktails because they don't have oranges. WTF.
  • Spike
    SpikeFebruary 11, 2013
    If you're into a mixed social scene, tasty beer and of course country dancing, Donn's is your spot.
  • Beniamino
    BeniaminoJanuary 1, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Happy New Year, 2013!!!
  • Stephanie K.
    Stephanie KleinJune 16, 2012
    Snowflakes hang from ceiling beams in this old converted Missouri-Pacific railroad depot. With the ladies loo serving as an actual caboose, Donn’s Depot is, yes, a trippy full-throttle good ol’ time.
  • Caitlin J.
    Caitlin JamesJune 7, 2012
    Make friends with the bartender, sit outside and enjoy a pitcher with friends. A guaranteed good time, dance floor and all.
  • Evan M.
    Evan McKnightMay 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Michelle and Tammy are the best!! Favorite place for post-work cocktails :)
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GargasApril 29, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Thursdays with Murphy's Inlaws rule!
  • Do512
    Do512March 27, 2012
    Ladies - check out the women's restroom. You will want to hang out in there all night. You can spy on the crowd from a secret window. Find out for yourself!
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerMarch 14, 2012
    One of the best dive bars in Austin. Friendly waitstaff, GREAT live music, and there's dancing every Friday.
  • Beniamino
    BeniaminoFebruary 3, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    With the best bar staff in the world, this is the Cheers of Austin! :-)
  • Dave F.
    Dave FloydJanuary 14, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Come on a Friday when Donn & the Station Masters are playing.
  • Raif R.
    Raif RaifordDecember 12, 2011
    Dive bar for sure!
  • Dave F.
    Dave FloydOctober 29, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Come on Wednesday nights for Frank Cavitt's awesome old school country music
  • CultureMap Austin
    CultureMap AustinJuly 8, 2011
    Donn's Depot was originally started by Donn Adelman, a staple of the Austin music scene since 1961, as a piano bar with revolving acts and performances each week by his own band.
  • Natalie G.
    Natalie GeshwilmMay 14, 2011
    The mothership!
  • Jason K.
    Jason KaplerMarch 9, 2011
    Great music, free popcorn and my favorite spot when I want to lay low.
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 3, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. We've heard good things about the women's bathroom. Not that we've been inside it, oh no, not us. Read more
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SussmanJanuary 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are a female, be sure to take a trip to the plush women's bathroom. Deep thought and convo can be had in the elevated seating.
  • Casey R.
    Casey RDecember 24, 2010
    Talk to Tammy, she is the empress of Donn's.
  • Diane L.
    Diane LDecember 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Tammy is THE best waitress!!!
  • Katie G.
    Katie GebhartNovember 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The women's bathroom is awesome! Bring a camera
  • Dave F.
    Dave FloydMay 5, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't forget to stop by the popcorn machine.
  • Travis K.
    Travis KelldorfApril 30, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Read the walls and laugh laugh laugh.
  • Carl G.
    Carl GambrellMarch 18, 2010
    Great session music jams
  • Carl G.
    Carl GambrellMarch 18, 2010
    Donn's Depot.
  • Travis K.
    Travis KelldorfMarch 6, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Bring a guy to see the girl's bathroom. Read the walls. Laugh. Read more
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