Einstein said that when things on Earth are so bad that bees go extinct, human beings will also die off within five years. We’ve long believed that when Spider House closes, the soul of Austin is no more. It’s hard to explain this place other than it’s many things crammed into one colorful space - a coffee shop with alright food, a music venue, tattoo parlors, a stand up comedy venue, a small makeshift arcade, and a slew of popup vendors - but at night it’s a fantastic laid-back bar and beer garden with outstanding people-watching opportunities.
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You’re in Austin for the first time. You’ve got 72 hours and you want to drink at a bar. Where do you start? Here’s the answer.
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Texas French Bread
When you need somewhere casual by Campus with good food, or want to have a quiet conversation over lunch, head to Texas French Bread.
Vaquero Taquero by campus serves great al pastor and breakfast tacos to UT students who don’t know how good they have it.
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The Tavern downtown is one of the best places to post up at the bar - order a drink and the messy but fantastic burger, and watch whatever’s on TV.
The Liberty on East Sixth is half-dive bar, half-beer garden with an East Side King food truck parked out back.
TopGolf in North Austin is a 3-story driving range where you could work on your short game just long enough to justify a drink at their bar.
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