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The Side Bar

Bar · Downtown Austin
602 E 7th St (Red River St.), Austin, TX 78701, United States
Hours:
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 5:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 6:00 PM–2:00 AM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Drinks:
Full Bar
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
6.9/10

Based on 145 votes

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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)
    exfm
    "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
  • great value
  • ice cream
  • staff
  • beer
  • liquor
  • inexpensive
  • homemade food
  • movies
  • dive bars
  • Christmas
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Michael W.

    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/

    Michael Wilkin · March 16, 2015
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  • JP P.

    Patio area is well lit. Grab a drink and head outside.

    JP Perez · September 15, 2014
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  • Sierra C.

    The sweetest bartenders and greatest outdoor seating around. Nice little break from dirty sixth.

    Sierra Clark · September 8, 2014
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  • Kaitlyn C.

    Cheap, stiff drinks for $3. Don't even need to ask for a double

    Kaitlyn Clement · June 10, 2014
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  • Kaitlyn C.

    Stiff ass drinks that are cheap AF

    Kaitlyn Clement · June 6, 2014
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  • Michelle D.

    Back patio is where it's at!

    Michelle Davis · March 20, 2014
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  • Greg A.

    Huge patio out back. Great spot for pre-show drinks in Red River District.

    Greg Ackerman · March 1, 2014
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  • 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
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  • Jacob L.

    Gay gay gay

    Jacob Lien · November 28, 2013
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  • Jay B.

    The drinks are 9 parts whiskey, 1 part sour.

    Jay B · August 18, 2013
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  • Karen R.

    Drinks are strong :)

    Karen Riley · April 9, 2013
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  • 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
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  • John K.

    Authentic Austin right here. No frills but who need frills?

    John Kreicbergs · March 13, 2013
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  • Lauren F.

    I felt right at home here! A little hipster and divey, but I'm cool with that!

    Lauren Fach · March 13, 2013
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  • U1ahbme J.

    Awesome as always. Best, most personable bartenders in town!

    U1ahbme JT · February 5, 2013
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  • Nicholas C.

    Pint night Mondays for $2.50

    Nicholas C · December 4, 2012
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  • Zach G.

    Awesome little dive bar downtown. The patio is a great place to meet some amazing people.

    Zach Gonzalez · October 19, 2012
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  • Stuart L.

    I hope you like graffiti! Otherwise it'll be hard to urinate here.

    Stuart Lovinggood · September 19, 2012
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  • Dylan H.

    The pool tables are made even using napkins! Watch out for faulty rolls!

    Dylan Heimbrock · September 19, 2012
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  • Tara D.

    STRONG DRINKS! I always have to order a coke back for my Captain and Coke.

    Tara Dieringer · August 13, 2012
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  • Vickie V.

    $3 GIN AND TONIC FOR PRESIDENT

    Vickie Vee · July 22, 2012
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  • 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
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  • Corey J.

    Order whatever well you want for $3 (and rest assured you'll be tipsy off 2).

    Corey Jaramillo · June 16, 2012
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  • R G.

    Love Veronica! She's our favorite :)

    R Go · May 28, 2012
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  • 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
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  • Wesley C.

    #sxsw2012 @inartmedia www.inartmedia.com official artist promo location Drop off

    Wesley Clouden · March 19, 2012
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  • Max R.

    Get your dick sucked

    Max Rivera · March 14, 2012
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  • William R.

    remember balls in mouth

    William Robinson · March 12, 2012
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  • Stuart L.

    Do you remember being here last night? Neither do I.

    Stuart Lovinggood · February 25, 2012
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  • 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
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  • Do512

    Heaviest pours for a mighty nice price ;) Athens in Austin 25th Anniversary party during SXSW - check out do512.com for more deets!

    Do512 · February 17, 2012
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  • 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
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  • stephen s.

    Go see Veronica, tip her well! Tell her Steve from St. Lou sent you.

    stephen stacy · February 9, 2012
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  • Brittany F.

    Come on Tuesdays for free skee-ball!

    Brittany Forks · December 5, 2011
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  • Brenna S.

    Don't miss the Christmas party!!

    Brenna S · November 9, 2011
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  • Stuart L.

    Try the salted ice cream - a must try!

    Stuart Lovinggood · November 2, 2011
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  • Holly

    This is the place to do mind erasers.

    Holly · October 21, 2011
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  • Sabrina V.

    bring your own sharpie, and dont get in my face

    Sabrina Vela · September 21, 2011
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  • Jennifer

    There's a new house-made infused vodka at almost every visit -- seriously worth trying every flavor.

    Jennifer · August 29, 2011
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  • Dan A.

    Cool bar and new dart boards.

    Dan Addy · August 11, 2011
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  • Alex L.

    Would you like some tonic with that glass of gin? (via Scoville) Read more

    Alex Lepoutre · May 16, 2011
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  • Kelly C.

    Terrible bartenders, super slow

    Kelly Carney · March 27, 2011
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  • 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
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  • Grace G.

    They won't accept temporary IDs either.

    Grace Gibson · March 4, 2011
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  • Jacob R.

    They won't except temporary IDs!

    Jacob Robenalt · January 24, 2011
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  • 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
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  • Jonathan M.

    Great wells here.

    Jonathan Monjaras 👾 · August 1, 2010
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  • BluLabel D.

    hipsters welcome here

    BluLabel DailyDeals · March 15, 2010
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