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The Side Bar

Bar · Downtown Austin
602 E 7th St (Red River St.), Austin, TX 78701, United States
Closed until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 5:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 6:00 PM–2:00 AM
Beer, Full Bar
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 150 votes

People have mixed feelings about this place

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    stephen s.
    "Go see Veronica, tip her well!"(4 Tips)
    U1ahbme J.
    "Best, most personable bartenders in town!"(2 Tips)
    Matt P.
    "all-nighter with a bunch of hipsters."(4 Tips)
    "Make sure to try all the homemade infused vodka."(2 Tips)
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  • veronica
  • hipster
  • outdoor seating
  • infused vodka
  • trivia
  • whiskey
  • good for a late night
  • good for singles
  • great value
  • beer
  • ice cream
  • staff
  • liquor
  • inexpensive
  • homemade food
  • movies
  • dive bars
  • Christmas
  • Zoe T.
    The drinks are strong, so order a hard drink rather than a beer to get your money's worth. But the prices are great either way and it's a good place to start your night. Maybe to finish it too.
    Zoe Tronson · March 20
  • Jeremy T.
    Three dollar well drinks are always good. The most I've ever spent there was $18 and I left pretty happy.
    Jeremy Teel · December 15, 2015
  • Corey W.
    There's a fee for paying without opening a tab. In other words you have to pay to pay if you're not sticking around.
    Corey Ward · July 18, 2015
  • Michael W.
    Really fun spot, but prepare yourself for some of the strongest drinks out there! Found this beauty on Supper:
    Michael Wilkin · March 16, 2015
  • JP P.
    Patio area is well lit. Grab a drink and head outside.
    JP Perez · September 15, 2014
  • Sierra C.
    The sweetest bartenders and greatest outdoor seating around. Nice little break from dirty sixth.
    Sierra Clark · September 8, 2014
  • Kaitlyn C.
    Cheap, stiff drinks for $3. Don't even need to ask for a double
    Kaitlyn Clement · June 10, 2014
  • Kaitlyn C.
    Stiff ass drinks that are cheap AF
    Kaitlyn Clement · June 6, 2014
  • Michelle D.
    Back patio is where it's at!
    Michelle Davis · March 20, 2014
  • Greg A.
    Huge patio out back. Great spot for pre-show drinks in Red River District.
    Greg Ackerman · March 1, 2014
  • Matt P.
    love this bar! The bartender with the backwards hat usually gives divided attention because there's alway a girl he's talking to that's more important. Veronica is the best <3
    Matt Percy · December 4, 2013
  • Jacob L.
    Gay gay gay
    Jacob Lien · November 28, 2013
  • Jay B.
    The drinks are 9 parts whiskey, 1 part sour.
    Jay B · August 18, 2013
  • Karen R.
    Drinks are strong :)
    Karen Riley · April 9, 2013
  • Uber S.
    I love the staff and the owners. What a great place to hang out! The drinks are always special.
    Uber Shauna · March 16, 2013
  • John K.
    Authentic Austin right here. No frills but who need frills?
    John Kreicbergs · March 13, 2013
  • Lauren F.
    I felt right at home here! A little hipster and divey, but I'm cool with that!
    Lauren Fach · March 13, 2013
  • U1ahbme J.
    Awesome as always. Best, most personable bartenders in town!
    U1ahbme JT · February 5, 2013
  • Nicholas C.
    Pint night Mondays for $2.50
    Nicholas C · December 4, 2012
  • Zach G.
    Awesome little dive bar downtown. The patio is a great place to meet some amazing people.
    Zach Gonzalez · October 19, 2012
  • Stuart L.
    I hope you like graffiti! Otherwise it'll be hard to urinate here.
    Stuart Lovinggood · September 19, 2012
  • Dylan H.
    The pool tables are made even using napkins! Watch out for faulty rolls!
    Dylan Heimbrock · September 19, 2012
  • Tara D.
    STRONG DRINKS! I always have to order a coke back for my Captain and Coke.
    Tara Dieringer · August 13, 2012
  • Vickie V.
    Vickie Vee · July 22, 2012
  • alex h.
    Someone played Built to Spill - Stab on the juke box. Legendary. Oh, and the drinks are insanely cheap/stiff.
    alex hopes · July 4, 2012
  • Corey J.
    Order whatever well you want for $3 (and rest assured you'll be tipsy off 2).
    Corey Jaramillo · June 16, 2012
  • R G.
    Love Veronica! She's our favorite :)
    R Go · May 28, 2012
  • Keith J.
    Never again! Tryna get over on me cuz its Texas relays! I live in austin and come here all the time!!! Never again.
    Keith Jones · April 1, 2012
  • Wesley C.
    #sxsw2012 @inartmedia official artist promo location Drop off
    Wesley Clouden · March 19, 2012
  • Max R.
    Get your dick sucked
    Max Rivera · March 14, 2012
  • William R.
    remember balls in mouth
    William Robinson · March 12, 2012
  • Stuart L.
    Do you remember being here last night? Neither do I.
    Stuart Lovinggood · February 25, 2012
  • exfm
    The drinks are strong and cheap and the bartenders are awesome. Make sure to try all the homemade infused vodka. If you're a hipster here for SXSW this place will feel like home.
    exfm · February 24, 2012
  • Do512
    Heaviest pours for a mighty nice price ;) Athens in Austin 25th Anniversary party during SXSW - check out for more deets!
    Do512 · February 17, 2012
  • Hanna E.
    Side bar is THE bar for cheap ass drinks and pre-gaming before you head to dirty 6th.
    Hanna Ensor · February 15, 2012
  • stephen s.
    Go see Veronica, tip her well! Tell her Steve from St. Lou sent you.
    stephen stacy · February 9, 2012
  • Brittany F.
    Come on Tuesdays for free skee-ball!
    Brittany Forks · December 5, 2011
  • Brenna S.
    Don't miss the Christmas party!!
    Brenna S · November 9, 2011
  • Stuart L.
    Try the salted ice cream - a must try!
    Stuart Lovinggood · November 2, 2011
  • Holly
    This is the place to do mind erasers.
    Holly · October 21, 2011
  • Sabrina V.
    bring your own sharpie, and dont get in my face
    Sabrina Vela · September 21, 2011
  • Jennifer
    There's a new house-made infused vodka at almost every visit -- seriously worth trying every flavor.
    Jennifer · August 29, 2011
  • Dan A.
    Cool bar and new dart boards.
    Dan Addy · August 11, 2011
  • Alex L.
    Would you like some tonic with that glass of gin? (via Scoville) Read more
    Alex Lepoutre · May 16, 2011
  • Kelly C.
    Terrible bartenders, super slow
    Kelly Carney · March 27, 2011
  • Jennifer M.
    Salvatore, the Italian doorman, is the sweetest. He will hug you when you show up crying and serenade you as you leave. Sit by the bar, enjoy a Sidebar pour, and tip Meghan and Veronica well!
    Jennifer Martinez · March 14, 2011
  • Grace G.
    They won't accept temporary IDs either.
    Grace Gibson · March 4, 2011
  • Jacob R.
    They won't except temporary IDs!
    Jacob Robenalt · January 24, 2011
  • Matt P.
    Great place whether you love early happy hours chilling with a few people and a movie, or if you want to pull an all-nighter with a bunch of hipsters. It'll be a good time either way. Great staff!
    Matt Park · August 14, 2010
  • Jonathan M.
    Great wells here.
    Jonathan Monjaras 👾 · August 1, 2010
  • BluLabel D.
    hipsters welcome here
    BluLabel DailyDeals · March 15, 2010
  • Barry H.
    watch movies on Mondays during happy hour with the Gargoyle.
    Barry Hobbs · September 7, 2009
  • Andra L.
    Go to the side bar. avoid ordering doubles, they already come strong. sit at the bar, nicest bartenders in town. put chance in the jukebox, worth it.
    Andra Litton · March 14, 2009

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