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19 Austin Chefs’ & Bartenders’ Favorite Dive Bars

October 23, 2014

Eater turned to the people behind the Austin food and drink scenes and asked what their favorite dive bars are. Read on for their picks, from Paul Qui’s love of the people at Liberty, White Horse, and Cheer Up Charlie’s, Jason Stevens of Bar Congress’ G&S Lounge’s self-serve hospitality, to Red Star Southern’s Erica Waksmunski’s bathroom drinking at Donn’s Depot.

C.K. Chin, owner of Swift's Attic and Wu Chow
Easily Mean Eyed Cat & Whisler’s. The Mean Eyed Cat did a fantastic job in revitalizing what I would consider an Austin landmark. Also Max Moreland and Jed Thompson are ironically the nicest people to ever own a bar that has the word “MEAN” in it and certainly add a level of hospitality to a “divey” feeling bar. Whisler’s is also phenomenal, just such a perfect representation of taking a building and breathing new life into it (which I have a soft spot in my heart for.) The place has so much character, much like Scranton himself. They just added their mescal bar, Mezcalaría Tobalá upstairs, which just ups its badassedness that much more.

  • 315 Congress Ave.
  • Austin, TX 78701
  • 512.482.8842

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