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The Side Bar

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Downtown Austin, Austin
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6.7/10
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  • Matt P.
    "Veronica is the best <3"(4 Tips)
    U1ahbme J.
    "Best, most personable bartenders in town!"(2 Tips)
    Matt P.
    "all-nighter with a bunch of hipsters."(4 Tips)
    exfm
    "Make sure to try all the homemade infused vodka."(2 Tips)
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  • Brian C.
    Brian Chang3 weeks ago
    for the price conscious - never light on the liquor
  • Zoe T.
    Zoe TronsonMarch 20
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Jeremy T.
    Jeremy TeelDecember 15, 2015
    Three dollar well drinks are always good. The most I've ever spent there was $18 and I left pretty happy.
  • Corey W.
    Corey WardJuly 18, 2015
    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.
  • Michael W.
    Michael WilkinMarch 16, 2015
    Really fun spot, but prepare yourself for some of the strongest drinks out there! Found this beauty on Supper: http://supper.mx/places/side-bar-austin/
  • JP P.
    JP PerezSeptember 15, 2014
    Patio area is well lit. Grab a drink and head outside.
  • Sierra C.
    Sierra ClarkSeptember 8, 2014
    The sweetest bartenders and greatest outdoor seating around. Nice little break from dirty sixth.
  • Kaitlyn C.
    Kaitlyn ClementJune 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Cheap, stiff drinks for $3. Don't even need to ask for a double
  • Kaitlyn C.
    Kaitlyn ClementJune 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Stiff ass drinks that are cheap AF
  • Michelle D.
    Michelle DavisMarch 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Back patio is where it's at!
  • Greg A.
    Greg AckermanMarch 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Huge patio out back. Great spot for pre-show drinks in Red River District.
  • Matt P.
    Matt PercyDecember 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Jacob L.
    Jacob LienNovember 28, 2013
    Gay gay gay
  • Jay B.
    Jay BAugust 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The drinks are 9 parts whiskey, 1 part sour.
  • Karen R.
    Karen RileyApril 9, 2013
    Drinks are strong :)
  • Uber S.
    Uber ShaunaMarch 16, 2013
    I love the staff and the owners. What a great place to hang out! The drinks are always special.
  • John K.
    John KreicbergsMarch 13, 2013
    Authentic Austin right here. No frills but who need frills?
  • Lauren F.
    Lauren FachMarch 13, 2013
    I felt right at home here! A little hipster and divey, but I'm cool with that!
  • U1ahbme J.
    U1ahbme JTFebruary 5, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Awesome as always. Best, most personable bartenders in town!
  • Nicholas C.
    Nicholas CDecember 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Pint night Mondays for $2.50
  • Zach G.
    Zach GonzalezOctober 19, 2012
    Awesome little dive bar downtown. The patio is a great place to meet some amazing people.
  • Stuart L.
    Stuart LovinggoodSeptember 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    I hope you like graffiti! Otherwise it'll be hard to urinate here.
  • Dylan H.
    Dylan HeimbrockSeptember 19, 2012
    The pool tables are made even using napkins! Watch out for faulty rolls!
  • Tara D.
    Tara DieringerAugust 13, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    STRONG DRINKS! I always have to order a coke back for my Captain and Coke.
  • Vickie V.
    Vickie VeeJuly 22, 2012
    $3 GIN AND TONIC FOR PRESIDENT
  • alex h.
    alex hopesJuly 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Someone played Built to Spill - Stab on the juke box. Legendary. Oh, and the drinks are insanely cheap/stiff.
  • Corey J.
    Corey JaramilloJune 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Order whatever well you want for $3 (and rest assured you'll be tipsy off 2).
  • R G.
    R GoMay 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Love Veronica! She's our favorite :)
  • Keith J.
    Keith JonesApril 1, 2012
    Never again! Tryna get over on me cuz its Texas relays! I live in austin and come here all the time!!! Never again.
  • Wesley C.
    Wesley CloudenMarch 19, 2012
    #sxsw2012 @inartmedia www.inartmedia.com official artist promo location Drop off
  • Max R.
    Max RiveraMarch 14, 2012
    Get your dick sucked
  • William R.
    William RobinsonMarch 12, 2012
    remember balls in mouth
  • Stuart L.
    Stuart LovinggoodFebruary 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Do you remember being here last night? Neither do I.
  • exfm
    exfmFebruary 24, 2012
    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.
  • Do512
    Do512February 17, 2012
    Heaviest pours for a mighty nice price ;) Athens in Austin 25th Anniversary party during SXSW - check out do512.com for more deets!
  • stephen s.
    stephen stacyFebruary 9, 2012
    Go see Veronica, tip her well! Tell her Steve from St. Lou sent you.
  • Brittany F.
    Brittany ForksDecember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Come on Tuesdays for free skee-ball!
  • Brenna S.
    Brenna SNovember 9, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't miss the Christmas party!!
  • Stuart L.
    Stuart LovinggoodNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the salted ice cream - a must try!
  • Holly
    HollyOctober 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    This is the place to do mind erasers.
  • Sabrina V.
    Sabrina VelaSeptember 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    bring your own sharpie, and dont get in my face
  • Jennifer
    JenniferAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    There's a new house-made infused vodka at almost every visit -- seriously worth trying every flavor.
  • Dan A.
    Dan AddyAugust 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Cool bar and new dart boards.
  • Alex L.
    Alex LepoutreMay 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Would you like some tonic with that glass of gin? (via Scoville) Read more
  • Kelly C.
    Kelly CarneyMarch 27, 2011
    Terrible bartenders, super slow
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer MartinezMarch 14, 2011
    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!
  • Grace G.
    Grace GibsonMarch 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    They won't accept temporary IDs either.
  • Jacob R.
    Jacob RobenaltJanuary 24, 2011
    They won't except temporary IDs!
  • Matt P.
    Matt ParkAugust 14, 2010
    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!
  • Jonathan M.
    Jonathan Monjaras 👾August 1, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Great wells here.
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