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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)
    JenKudu
    "Private karaoke rooms and Tuesday's is TITTIE BINGO!!! Free to play."(4 Tips)
    Casey H.
    "Jazz brunch on Sundays is the best!"(3 Tips)
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  • 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!! ✌️
  • 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!
  • 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!!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Traci
    TraciNovember 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The new Highball no longer has a bowling alley, but they have karaoke, craft beer and craft cocktails. Yup, it's awesome.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduMay 1, 2016
    Private karaoke rooms and Tuesday's is TITTIE BINGO!!! Free to play. Arrive about 30 minutes early to grab a seat.
  • Jaysyn L.
    Jaysyn LongoriaApril 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchMarch 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MorenoFebruary 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    if your movie is about to start, no need to slam your drink. take into the theater with you.
  • 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
  • Casey H.
    Casey H.February 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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
    Been here 5+ times
    I like the remodel. Great service, fun atmosphere, tasty appetizers and booze
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle AndersonJune 17, 2015
    super pricey drinks but the karaoke rooms are great
  • 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
  • Bert M.
    Bert MintenAugust 18, 2014
    Main room is karaoke on Sundays and there are eight additional karaoke rooms that can be reserved
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchAugust 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're gonna karaoke, the Super Mario room is the way to go.
  • 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.
  • James S.
    James StephensonOctober 20, 2015
    Beautiful decor, interactive events, trivia, karaoke, good bar food.
  • Sheritta N.
    Sheritta NesbittMay 13, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    John and James are awesome. If you haven't been here for trivia, check it out. Lots of nerds and lots of fun.
  • E C.
    E CJanuary 7, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The happy hour rocks! 4:30 - 7. 2 dollar most pints, 4 dollar wells and complimentary private karaoke room.
  • Fox B.
    Fox BarrelMay 12, 2011
    The Fox Barrel Pacific Pear is fantastic! Fermented using 100% pure pear-juice and Gluten-free!
  • 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 14, 2014
    Their list of specialty drinks is huge with flights and more
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SullivanAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Jae S.
    Jae Salinas 🍜December 15, 2011
    Brunch and cocktails are delish, but avoid the Jazz brunch if you are hungover!
  • Jay H.
    Jay HartwigApril 14, 2015
    Live music, karaoke and Shishito Peppers!
  • E C.
    E CAugust 31, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    All day happy hour and geeks who drink trivia on wednesdays. What's not to like?
  • Jordan H.
    Jordan HammondApril 28, 2012
    Pancakes are really good. And, infused vodka...yum!
  • Jennifer
    JenniferNovember 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Make a karaoke reservation online; have two hours of rocking out in the metal Inferno Room.
  • 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.
  • 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 16, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The new karaoke rooms are where it's at!
  • Matt L.
    Matt LeeAugust 29, 2012
    Try the Queso Fresco Stuffed Avocado - #avocado
  • Sara R.
    Sara ReyesSeptember 29, 2011
    Special brunch pancakes a good deal and coffee is great
  • Russell H.
    Russell HirschornMarch 2, 2016
    Looks like a nice venue, went for Laugh Dammit and it was not funny at all so didnt stay long
  • Do512
    Do512May 31, 2011
    Win gift cards & free bowling at The Highball from Do512. Visit http://do512.com/venue/highball to enter to win!
  • Katie K.
    Katie KagaMay 28, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Their limes suck. Ask for 2 or 3...
  • Alyson R.
    Alyson RodgersJuly 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    One Saturday a month they have shopping! Local vendors with cool things
  • Anthony B.
    Anthony BegnocheJune 21, 2012
    Try the 78704 cocktail even if you don't like gin.
  • Tom B.
    They only have one ADA compliant private room (downstairs) and no elevator.
  • Dug S.
    Dug SchulzJanuary 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try sampling every one of their special cocktails. It will take a few hours. Also, someone else should drive you home...
  • 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!
  • Diana O.
    Diana OgaardOctober 28, 2012
    Getting the FREE app to find karaoke songs is SO worth it!
  • Matt H.
    Matt HackettJuly 19, 2016
    Bowling, karaoke, great drinks
  • Katie K.
    Katie KagaJuly 22, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the heirloom martini - it's delicious!!
  • Jess
    JessJune 13, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Variety of music every night, and a fantastic dance floor! Read more
  • Kit O.
    Kit O'ConnellMarch 19, 2011
    Try an old thyme lemonade, sweet and good!
  • Hedda P.
    Hedda ProchaskaJuly 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Old Thyme Lemonade is killer. Delicious & dangerous. Don't say I didn't warn you...
  • Anastasia X.
    Anastasia XJune 14, 2012
    All in one place. Dancing, bowling, karaoke...
  • Joshua W.
    Joshua WarnerAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the daily calender. There is always something cool going on here!!
  • 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.
  • John W.
    John WallsApril 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JoyMay 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Heirloom martini.
  • Meredith K.
    Meredith KelmanFebruary 2, 2012
    Get a karaoke room... have the time of your life!
  • Adam P.
    Adam PruittJuly 21, 2010
    The Pruitt is bitter and salty with olive juice, vodka, and salted rim.
  • Julian H.
    Julian HangFebruary 20, 2011
    Soul Train Parties are a blast. MatchMaker Band is legit!
  • Brock L.
    Brock LaBordeOctober 30, 2010
    I rent all my shoes from here every day because I don't own any shoes.
  • firebelly
    firebellyOctober 23, 2010
    Great Austin Beer Week events this 10/30. Rare beers with app pairings
  • Scott W.
    Scott WeinbergAugust 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Although not particularly expensive, this place is a little bit classy. Behave accordingly.
  • Jesus M.
    Jesus MendozaDecember 5, 2010
    Great chill spot... Come dressed cause it's fancy. ^_^
  • Rachel Y.
    Rachel YouensJune 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Go on a night that the Alamo's Greg MacLennan is doing some sort of event. He's cute, funny and great at Karaoke.
  • Deborah C.
    Deborah ColeyAugust 2, 2012
    Try the Onion Rings - Yummo!
  • AustinPixels
    AustinPixelsJuly 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Going to bowl, you manually score, buy the iPhone app, so much better!
  • Michelle H.
    Michelle HermarkJanuary 23, 2012
    Dr. Pepper Ribs are delish but really quite spicy.
  • V S.
    V SNovember 4, 2010
    Nice place, great staff. Highly recommend !
  • Kendra J.
    Kendra JonesDecember 30, 2010
    Wednesday = all day happy hour. $2 drafts $4 wells!
  • Jared J.
    Jared JonesJune 8, 2011
    Tequila Tuesdays, 5 dollar margaritas with select liquors.
  • mindi s.
    mindi spencerOctober 8, 2010
    Happy hour all day on Wednesdays. $2 fox barrel pear cider
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MorrisJuly 30, 2010
    Bowling + martinis = gutter balls. Skip the bowling, and play a round of Skee Ball on the way out.
  • Beth K.
    Beth KraussJuly 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    John is a totally friendly and great bartender. May you order drinks from him early and often.
  • Sam S.
    Sam SchakNovember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Download the karoke app for your group outings.
  • Valdo P.
    Valdo PeralesApril 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Hang out at the bar with Gypsy!
  • Chris C.
    Chris CoolingMay 23, 2010
    the wings are quail wings and are quite good
  • Michelle E.
    Michelle ExcellMarch 13, 2012
    Sing with David Gregory he's morrrisey incarnate
  • Andrea G.
    Andrea GrimesMarch 6, 2010
    Order the martini with the tomato and basil. So delish.
  • Charles S.
    Charles StricklandJanuary 14, 2010
    Head to the HighBall and enjoy a savory Heirloom. Make sure Heather makes it, she does it best!
  • Jason W.
    Jason WoodJanuary 5, 2011
    A happy meal deal keeps the drunkys happy. Parents, choose their shot wisely.
  • Thursday B.
    Thursday BramMarch 12, 2011
    Kristen is the best waitress!
  • Aimee M.
    Aimee MillangueAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    it's back!
  • Alex P.
    Alex ParrishDecember 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The lanes are wonky and always roll left :(
  • Almu
    AlmuAugust 20, 2011
    80's party
  • Danny V.
    Danny VillarrealJanuary 18, 2010
    If you actually want to bowl, get there at dawn. Read more
  • Mike B.
    Mike BlackNovember 17, 2012
    Goodbye Highball.
  • Charles E.
    Charles EdgeFebruary 2, 2012
    Check out the karaoke!
  • 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.
  • Enrique E.
    Enrique EscalanteMay 18, 2012
    Try out the "Avengers" drink specials, limited time only...Avengers Assemble!!
  • Kaileigh S.
    Kaileigh SmithJuly 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Titty Bingo every Tuesday at 10pm!
  • Jenn K.
    Jenn KMay 4, 2012
    Overpriced for not great food. The food is probably worth a fourth of its actual cost.
  • Coral
    CoralJuly 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring a flask!
  • Justin D.
    Justin DayJanuary 19, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Being that this place has been closed for two months "Brandon K's" mayorship is void and proof that he doesn't know jack shit
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