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Firehouse Hostel and Lounge

Lounge and Hostel$$$$
Downtown Austin, Austin
73 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • bookcase
  • bookshelf
  • entrance
  • cozy
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  • Sheyla C.
    Sheyla ConcepcionOctober 16, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    This is the best hostel I've stayed at. The facilities are clean and comfortable. It's on a great location. Stay here if you're visiting Austin on a budget. The free breakfast is delicious.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongMarch 4, 2016
    Absolutely LOVE this place! The lounge is a hidden gem inside the hostel. Slide the bookshelf to the right and you're in a whole new world. Get the bee's knee!
  • Anastasia B.
    Anastasia BelozertsevaJanuary 24, 2014
    Entrance through a bookcase on the hostel side immediately makes me feel like I am in a Harry Potter movie, or a Broadwalk Empire episode. Put yourself into the hands of amazing mixologists and enjoy!
  • Tom I.
    Tom InglesiasMarch 16, 2015
    A hidden speakeasy set inside Austin’s oldest standing fire station - a popular spot for locals and tourists who know where to look. Check more here:
  • Marissa W.
    Marissa WiseAugust 18, 2014
    Escape 6th street scum! The drinks are great! It's nice to be able to order a drink that isn't super sweet, and tastes fresh. Friendly but professional bartenders too.
  • Nathan W.
    To enter the hostel's lounge, slide the bookcase to the right. You're in! Cozy atmosphere and good cocktails. My only gripe is that it takes forever to get a drink - be ready to wait.
  • Visit Austin
    Visit AustinMarch 13, 2015
    Pick out one (or two *wink *) of the many a phenomenal hand poured cocktails made by craft bartenders in speakeasy charm of The Firehouse Lounge. Read more
  • Eric L.
    Eric LDecember 28, 2015
    Great cocktails. Get the Sofia (boozy)! Best part is the laid-back, cozy atmosphere. And getting there through a bookshelf.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WheelerJanuary 17, 2015
    Amazing craft cocktails. Reasonable prices. Phenomenal house made treats. Must see and do for the foody and mixologist tour.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsJune 12, 2015
    Check out Firehouse Lounge as it was featured on Man Finds Food for Found through a bookcase in a hostel with great cocktails and food. Read more
  • Hudson Sutler
    If you're in the lobby of a hostel, you've found it. Around eye level on the far left of the bookshelf is a handle. Use the handle to slide the bookshelf and enter the promised land. Read more
  • Brian N.
    Brian NunneryJanuary 25, 2013
    Love this craft cocktail bar. The bartenders are legit - easy additions to Austin's classic guard of mixologists.
  • Caro L.
    Caro LMay 19, 2015
    Cool speakeasy. Good drinks. Fun deco with vintage sewing machines as tables. Entrance through the hotel...
  • Jennifer
    JenniferDecember 20, 2012
    The secret entrance to the hostel is through the bookcase. Good drinks, but happy hour prices have gone up to $6 instead of $5.
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleyAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hours are often cozy and delicious. The place gets wilder later at night
  • Dave S.
    Dave StewartApril 1, 2013
    Any place that uses Camparo Antica is a legit cocktail spot, and The Firehouse there you go.
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerMarch 22, 2016
    Craft cocktails, intimate space, sliding bookshelf entrance - what's not to love here?!
  • Jonathan V.
    Jonathan VOctober 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great spot for live music...usually something jazzy but with an interesting twist or edge to it.
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary RandJuly 25, 2015
    This place is pretty awesome. Great ambiance, craft cocktails, and service.
  • Jason M.
    Jason McIllwainApril 20, 2012
    New owners. Awesome drinks. Old vintage vibes hot new jazz and featured artist!!
  • Mark T.
    Mark ThompsonJuly 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    New management. Disregard previous posts. Friendly staff. Good selection. Not expensive. Good specials. Check it out.
  • Doug B.
    Doug BaerSeptember 28, 2015
    Fun speakeasy-type experience. The mixologists behind the bar are good at what they do.
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MullaneAugust 31, 2013
    The Greenbelt is the best drink I've had in months! Perfectly refreshing after a hot bike ride downtown.
  • Heidi J.
    Heidi J.BFebruary 1, 2012
    I prefer the roof to the actual inside of the place. You get a great view into the Driskall.
  • Sebastian P.
    Sebastian PandoMay 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Really great location and friendly staff. The place to be in Austin
  • Seth D.
    Seth DeanNovember 23, 2014
    Great mixologist! Cool book case entrance gives it a real speakeasy feel.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 28, 2012
    Go there on Monday's, Half off whiskey from 5-8pm! Awesome!
  • Josh M.
    Josh MillerJanuary 7, 2015
    Great cocktails and good music. Also a very cool entrance.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HaleyNovember 27, 2016
    There's a hidden bar behind the bookshelf on the right when you walk in.
  • Emily S.
    Emily ScruggsDecember 2, 2014
    Chill dodgy spot for happy hour. Fun cocktails.
  • Zoe T.
    Zoe TronsonMarch 16, 2014
    The bartenders here are so good, they make well vodka taste good.
  • Eduard
    EduardMarch 26, 2014
    ... Amazing concerts! Good beers, nice waiters...
  • Marc S.
    Marc SDecember 18, 2016
    A bit frattish and marred by some rude younger patrons but the cocktails are decent and cheap.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 19, 2013
    Parkside bartender Brian Rhoads likes Firehouse as a place to unwind after work.
  • Suri R.
    Suri RJanuary 3, 2014
    Entering through a bookcase never gets old. Great cocktail menu - try the Savage Henry or She Was Only 17.
  • Melissa P.
    Melissa PereaApril 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Hostel is clean and the breakfast is great! Bagels, fruit and more!
  • Judah R.
    Judah RichardsonAugust 4, 2012
    If you wanna chill by yourself on a Thursday night, this is the spot
  • Barrett P.
    Barrett PhelanDecember 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Bee's Knees, The Baptist, and Dripping Springs gin.
  • AustinPixels
    AustinPixelsOctober 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Stop in here for a good Old Fashioned. They do it right here.
  • Ria N.
    Ria NdutAugust 27, 2014
    Is in a good location, is a party hostel, very loud, not too clean.
  • Angel P.
    Angel PerezNovember 7, 2013
    If you wanna make it for open mic night get here early! Starts at 8pm
  • Andy🔥 F.
    Andy🔥 FeliciottiSeptember 14, 2014
    Enter through a bookshelf... Digging it
  • Jorge C.
    Jorge ChavezJuly 2, 2015
    Cocktail bar, happy hour everyday 5-8pm
  • Jack A.
    Jack ArmstrongAugust 24, 2014
    Amazing cocktails. Fun atmosphere.
  • Lucas A.
    Lucas AlvimMay 29, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    I had a very bad experience at this hostel. My bathroom bag mysteriously disappeared during my stay - and no help from staff. The hostel is extremely noisy at night and bathrooms could be cleaner.
  • Roger W.
    Roger WillisJune 8, 2015
    Badass bar/lounge. Great drinks and music.
  • AustinPixels
    AustinPixelsJuly 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best old fashioned drinks in Austin
  • Rob Z.
    Rob ZaleskiDecember 14, 2014
    They actually make a pretty mean Old Fashioned. Worth your time.
  • Barrett P.
    Barrett PhelanOctober 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is good. Love this place.
  • Frankie F.
    Frankie FrankoAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Jazz. Live music. All in a lounge setting.
  • Arnaud R.
    Arnaud RéautéJune 27, 2016
    Great lounge bar for late nights
  • Dehron H.
    Dehron Hite-BensonOctober 15, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    If you like Old Fashioned's, ask them to make you a Mezcal Old Fashioned.
  • Anushreejazzz
    AnushreejazzzJanuary 19, 2014
    Beautiful! inside a closet
  • William M.
    William McAfeeNovember 11, 2014
    The vibe down here is absolutely perfect!
  • Jayson B.
    Jayson BlackFebruary 11, 2014
    All of the bartenders are on point.
  • Annie
    AnnieOctober 17, 2013
    Wednesday is open mic night, usually goes 8-12.
  • Maris C.
    Maris CleggJune 25, 2013
    Monday is half priced whiskey night. Word.
  • Holly C.
    Holly CrabtreeOctober 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best cheap cocktails in the city
  • Xenia
    XeniaAugust 16, 2014
    Great place. Ask for a shrub
  • Will S.
    Will StokesAugust 10, 2014
    Get the Diablo. A+ cocktails
  • Amy Z.
    Amy ZamarripaJune 16, 2014
    Cozy & a great bar!
  • Ian R.
    Ian RagsdaleNovember 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    No longer dubstep! Now jazz & craft cocktails & awesome!
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickeyDecember 29, 2015
    Happy hour until 8!
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BredeFebruary 24, 2011
    Dope spot on Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Rosita B.
    Rosita BradhamJune 7, 2012
    Come on industry nights!!! Music and drinks are tight!
  • Felix C.
    Felix CohenDecember 7, 2014
    Bartender hooked me up while he was in the weeds and smiled with it.
  • Fred P.
    Fred PerrottaApril 6, 2013
    Tell them WeHostels sent you.
  • st
    stJanuary 19, 2015
    killer cocktails
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LinaschkeJuly 23, 2014
    Talk about the short pour :-(
    ESTHERAugust 18, 2014
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa MarkusonMarch 23, 2016
    closed when we came by / but we aren't mad at them / next time you just wait
  • Lindsay L.
    Lindsay LongOctober 16, 2011
    I want to impregnate the dj
  • rabekha s.
    rabekha siebertAugust 12, 2010
    Shitty dub step dj :/
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