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The Highball

Cocktail Bar, Lounge, and Karaoke Bar
Zilker, Austin
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  • Katie K.
    "Try the heirloom martini - it's delicious!!"(5 Tips)
    Shannon B.
    "Tittie Bingo"(3 Tips)
    Jeff H.
    "Grab a private Karaoke room with friends."(4 Tips)
    Alexis P.
    "Saturday Jazz Brunch with $1 mimosas!"(3 Tips)
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  • Laughing Squid
    Laughing SquidMarch 10, 2012
    Swankiest joint in town. Get the amazing buttermilk-battered fried chix but be sure to save room for the (flaming) Highball Jubilee dessert. Also, say hi to the delightful waitress, Sam! Oh and bowl!
  • The Austin Grand Prix
    The Austin Grand PrixDecember 30, 2011
    This place is always as busy as a 1950's Drive-In! Rightfully so, as you can bowl, dance or rent out a private karaoke room. Skip the food; order drinks preparedly; service can be vacant at times.
  • Jaysyn L.
    Jaysyn LongoriaApril 17, 2010
    Arrive early if you wish to bowl!! I found that out the hard way. Great dancefloor and the DJ on the night I attended was great!! Parking situation can be rough with the Draft House next door.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 27, 2012
    In my opinion, having a private room at Highball is the only way to Karaoke. You get your own personal waiter, and don't have to worry about embarrassing yourself in front of strangers.
  • IFC
    IFCJuly 6, 2010
    Austin: Highball Bowling is a kitsched-out 1950s bowling alley and karaoke palace. The Disco-themed karaoke room even comes with leg warmers, polyester shirts and chest hair. Fever! - IFC Staff
  • Ajay W.
    Ajay WaghrayAugust 17, 2014
    The Jailbreak gang. Don't even bother ordering anything else. (Just kidding, but it's pretty good.) this bar will always have a special place in my heart. And KARAOKE!!
  • Dianey S.
    Dianey SandovalJanuary 17, 2015
    Great place with live music...So you can chill at the bar while you wait for your picture to start.... They make great margaritas!! ✌️
  • CultureMap Austin
    CultureMap AustinJuly 11, 2011
    If this is your first time about Highball and you're on the fence about your karaoke skills, you're lucky enough to have your own private room to entertain - or torture - your friends.
  • Scion Advisor
    Scion AdvisorJuly 27, 2011
    Plan to make a night of it here: not only can you dine, dance, bowl, and sing, the karaoke rooms also offer wigs, props, and other costume pieces to ensure maximum fun. Read more
  • Do512
    Do512March 27, 2012
    You don't just have to bowl here, they also have karaoke! And if you come during happy hour, you will find out they have great drink prices and free karaoke!
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HewgleyMarch 13, 2010
    Try fusion vodka drinks and interesting non-barfood. Grab a private Karaoke room with friends. Go on Mondays for the shortest wait for a vintage bowling lane.
  • Chad W.
    Chad WillisJuly 30, 2010
    Half price drinks for the Mayor of The Highball. Limit is four drinks per day every time you come to the Highball during your reign! Sample our amazing cocktail menu, or that fine, fine list of scotch
  • Taylor M.
    Taylor MartinNovember 10, 2012
    Lots of fun! Make sure to call ahead on weekend nights to book a lane for bowling! Also you can borrow board games to play! Try Dirty Scrabble!!
  • Mazda
    MazdaOctober 26, 2010
    Welcome to The Highball, the best diner this side of 1960 featuring eight lanes of bowling with rental by the hour; seven different themed karaoke rooms; four lanes of skee-ball with ticketed prizes.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 29, 2012
    The best deal there: Wednesday night trivia is free to join and is during their happy hour. Also, a fun jazz band plays afterward!
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerMarch 16, 2011
    Great for a relaxing evening with friends. Lady bartenders are also super friendly (towards fellow ladies) - make sure to flash 'em a smile!
  • Traci R.
    Traci Reston-HouseholderNovember 9, 2014
    The new Highball no longer has a bowling alley, but they have karaoke, craft beer and craft cocktails. Yup, it's awesome.
  • Tammy Lynn G.
    Tammy Lynn GilmoreOctober 22, 2009
    Keep in mind there's a fee for bringing your own cake to a birthday dinner. Also, they aren't messing around about the room capacity limits.
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchMarch 7, 2012
    Looking for drinks in a great retro environment? Check. Perhaps some karaoke? Check. Top it all off with great food and bowling? Check and check.
  • Tom T.
    Tom ThorntonOctober 13, 2009
    These bowling lanes are the same type as seen in The Big Lebowski, meaning you have to keep score yourself. Turkey! Also try the (erratic) skee-ball machines!
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduMay 1
    Private karaoke rooms and Tuesday's is TITTIE BINGO!!! Free to play. Arrive about 30 minutes early to grab a seat.
  • E C.
    E CJanuary 7, 2011
    The happy hour rocks! 4:30 - 7. 2 dollar most pints, 4 dollar wells and complimentary private karaoke room.
  • Sara P.
    Sara PeraltaApril 6, 2012
    Try the Corpse reviver - The Corpse Reviver: Gin, lemon, orange liqueur, lillet blanc, and a bit of absinthe. #Yum
  • Max G.
    Max GemeinhardtMarch 11, 2012
    GO THERE! seriously, drop everything and just go there! it's such a fun and very classy 50s bowling alley. a must visit.
  • Dug S.
    Dug SchulzJanuary 27, 2010
    Try sampling every one of their special cocktails. It will take a few hours. Also, someone else should drive you home...
  • Russell H.
    Looks like a nice venue, went for Laugh Dammit and it was not funny at all so didnt stay long
  • Holly R.
    Holly RobertsonMay 31, 2011
    This place is amazing if you like jazz, bowling, and stiff drinks. I'll take d.) for all of the above.
  • Bert M.
    Bert MintenAugust 18, 2014
    Main room is karaoke on Sundays and there are eight additional karaoke rooms that can be reserved
  • Karrie L.
    Karrie LeyvaDecember 14, 2010
    Service sucked. The menu is trying WAY too hard. The prices are ridiculous. I won't go back. Too bad. We could have been something.
  • Fox B.
    Fox BarrelMay 12, 2011
    The Fox Barrel Pacific Pear is fantastic! Fermented using 100% pure pear-juice and Gluten-free!
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle AndersonJune 17, 2015
    super pricey drinks but the karaoke rooms are great
  • Casey H.
    Casey H.February 19, 2012
    Jazz brunch on Sundays is the best! Ask what the pancakes of the day are and order a Mariposa.
  • Quirino S.
    Quirino SilvaJanuary 23, 2015
    I like the remodel. Great service, fun atmosphere, tasty appetizers and booze
  • John W.
    John WallsApril 20, 2010
    If you're karaoke-ing upstairs, make sure to ask your server to unlock the secret songs, like "Bad Romance" and "I'm On A Boat." Read more
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MorenoFebruary 2, 2015
    if your movie is about to start, no need to slam your drink. take into the theater with you.
  • James S.
    James StephensonOctober 20, 2015
    Beautiful decor, interactive events, trivia, karaoke, good bar food.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SullivanAugust 13, 2014
    A bit smaller than the old place but still has plenty of charm.
  • Eric M.
    Eric MitchellMarch 13, 2011
    Nice combination of music venue, bowling alley, and bar. They even have several ptivate karoke rooms. We need one of these in SF.
  • Scott W.
    Scott WeinbergAugust 4, 2011
    Although not particularly expensive, this place is a little bit classy. Behave accordingly.
  • Bert M.
    Bert MintenAugust 14, 2014
    Their list of specialty drinks is huge with flights and more
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchAugust 31, 2014
    If you're gonna karaoke, the Super Mario room is the way to go.
  • Jae S.
    Jae Salinas 🍜December 15, 2011
    Brunch and cocktails are delish, but avoid the Jazz brunch if you are hungover!
  • Do512
    Do512February 17, 2012
    Highball is always poppin', and SXSW is going to be no exception! Hoedown at The Highball, Free entry with RSVP on do512.com!
  • E C.
    E CAugust 31, 2011
    All day happy hour and geeks who drink trivia on wednesdays. What's not to like?
  • Adam P.
    Adam PruittJuly 21, 2010
    The Pruitt is bitter and salty with olive juice, vodka, and salted rim.
  • Jenn K.
    Jenn KMay 4, 2012
    Overpriced for not great food. The food is probably worth a fourth of its actual cost.
  • Sheritta N.
    Sheritta NesbittMay 13, 2012
    John and James are awesome. If you haven't been here for trivia, check it out. Lots of nerds and lots of fun.
  • Rachel Y.
    Rachel YouensJune 10, 2010
    Go on a night that the Alamo's Greg MacLennan is doing some sort of event. He's cute, funny and great at Karaoke.
  • Jess
    JessJune 13, 2010
    Variety of music every night, and a fantastic dance floor! Read more
  • Shelley B.
    Shelley BakerFebruary 28, 2011
    Ummm karaoke room is strictly 21+ they don't care if you're almost 21. Kinda weird if you ask me.
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