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Native Hostel
Photograph: Courtesy Native Hostel

The 11 best Austin bars for singles

You're almost guaranteed to meet someone at one of these great Austin bars for singles to mingle

By Alex Temblador and Anastacia Uriegas
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Single and ready to mingle? Or just want to grab a drink in a laid-back spot with the hope of making new friends? These phenomenal Austin bars for singles can hook you up (no pun intended). Enjoy a post-work cocktail in a trendy hotel bar with other professionals; have a cold beer on a happening patio; or sip a well drink in a dimly-lit dive bar over a game of pool. Need some time alone in a hidden speakeasy on a slow night? There’s an Austin bar or two for that. We’ve got you covered with a list of Austin bars for singles that can spark a romantic rendezvous or great conversation over cocktails and food. 

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Best Austin bars for singles

Native Hostel
Photograph: Courtesy Native Hostel

1. Native Hostel

Hotels Hostels Swedish Hill Historic District

Native is an experiential hostel situated in a historic 1890s railroad hotel and adjoining mid-century warehouse just East of downtown. Within its limestone walls, the spot offers 12 suites, an intimate parlor lounge and cafe, bar and kitchen serving craft cocktails, and a menu with classics like French toast and huevos rancheros. Why is Native our top pick for singles? For starters, it has one of the most attractive crowds in Austin. And with diverse programming like DJ nights, poetry slams, and tarot readings, the hostel, bar and restaurant are a great space to go solo or with a group. The moody vibe of the decor, plush couches for lounging, a solid cocktail list and bar snacks, make Native an ideal place to chat up cuties.

Whisler's
Photograph: Mark Weatherford

2. Whisler's

Bars Cocktail bars East Cesar Chavez

There's a corner for every type at Whisler's: Sit in one of the candle-lit corners, be in the middle of the action at the bustling bar, relax with your pooch at an outdoor communal table, or hang out with other mezcal lovers in the upstairs Mezcaleria. Whisler’s cocktail program is one of the most unique and well-loved of its kind in the city, and young people flock to this bar, especially on weekends. And if you meet someone you can always document your first date in the black-and-white photo booth for a cool $5.

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Nickel City
Photograph: Hunter Townsend

3. Nickel City

Bars Cocktail bars Central East Austin

If you show up to Nickel City alone on a Sunday or Monday night, you’ll have the bar mostly to yourself to read, drink and occasionally eavesdrop on other guests’ conversations. Pop in on the weekend and the never-ending flow of 20- and 30-somethings almost guarantees that you’ll wind up chatting with someone while ordering at the bar or grabbing a bite at the outdoor food truck, Delray Cafe. The killer drinks and lack of pretension at Nickel City have been known to facilitate some pretty flirtatious interactions.

Small Victory
Photograph: Wynn Myers Dubois

4. Small Victory

Bars Cocktail bars Congress Ave District

Located just around the corner from the InterContinental hotel, Small Victory is the ideal bar to have a drink alone without worrying about feeling like a weirdo or dealing with the type of unwanted attention Sixth Street bars practically guarantee. The dark, cozy space attracts all ages of spirit enthusiasts seeking a properly executed classic cocktail. Just know it’s a bit hard to find—head up a spiral staircase attached to a parking garage and down a corridor—which makes it a perfect bar for a low-key night.

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Holy Roller
Photograph: Robert Lerma

5. Holy Roller

Restaurants American Market District

Holy Roller, the all-female run punk rock diner, is known for its carefree attitude, from the giant image of Iggy Pop to the confession box (this one is sans priest). Sit at the bar and sip on rock & roll-inspired cocktails like the savory Mind If I Smoke? (El Silencio Espandin mezcal, Solerno blood orange liquor, beet, and lemon) while people-watching, or strike up a conversation over a pile of very shareable Trash Fries—fries loaded with green chili, sunny egg, sour cream, corn, jalapeno, cilantro, lime, and cotija cheese.

Geraldine's
Photograph: Aubrey Pick

6. Geraldine's

Restaurants American Town Lake

Geraldine’s, located on the fourth floor of the Hotel Van Zandt, offers a contemporary Austin menu and cocktail program that draws in all types of people—both locals and visitors. Whether you choose to sit poolside by the fireplace or at the wraparound bar, the live music, seasonally-driven small plates (meant to be shared) and fancy cocktails all lend themselves to great conversation starters when you’re looking for a potential date (or even if you already have one).

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7. Barfly's

Bars North Loop

Dive bars don’t scream romance, but Barfly's laid-back atmosphere makes it easy to meet new people. The drinks are cheap and with such a small, intimate space, it isn’t hard to talk to that cutie that caught your eye when you arrived. Set the ambiance by choosing a song from the 100 CDs on the jukebox, then grab a seat on the outdoor patio of mosey over to the pool and fooseball tables and challenge someone to a game.

Eberly
Photograph: Merrick Ales

8. Eberly

Restaurants Bouldin

Eberly is a collection of dining and drinking spaces in a former print shop. Explore the study, a rooftop terrace overlooking downtown, and the historic Cedar Tavern bar of Greenwich Village in New York City. Each of the spaces are breathtakingly beautiful, and it’s not uncommon to find the lounge area buzzing with conversation and filled with attractive people. Grab a couple of friends and a cocktail—like the Drunken Monk, made with Don Julio Blanco, green chartreuse, lime, grapefruit, pineapple, and clarified milk—and get to know the mysterious stranger sitting next to you.

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Lobby Bar
Photograph: Nick Simonite

9. Lobby Bar

Bars Hotel bars South River City

The Lobby Bar at South Congress Hotel seamlessly transitions from a workspace with tall tables and plenty of plugs to a comfy lounge with plenty of eye candy. The bar features several different lounge areas with custom furniture and a great weekday happy hour from 5 to 7pm. Singles often gather after work for handcrafted cocktails and a custom menu of snacks from nearby Café No Sé, especially during the property's monthly First Thursday events. Added bonus: Free two-hour valet parking with validation!

AFS Cinema
Photograph: David Brendan Hall

10. AFS Cinema

Things to do Film events Highland

Austin Film Society’s cinema at The Link is a great place to nerd out alone over remastered classics or rising Indie films—or nerd out together with someone equally as in-the-know about arts and culture as you are. The space, designed by Michael Hsu and DesignTrait, feels like a living room and is a perfect spot to lounge pre- or post-film. Grab a book from Richard Linklater’s book collection (kept behind the bar) and check out his rare movie poster collection as you stroll around the space, cocktail in hand. The cinema has an exceptional drink program that will give you just enough liquid courage to strike a convo with that cute stranger waiting in line for popcorn.

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Records Room at the W Austin
Photograph: Mark Knight

11. Records Room

Hotels Warehouse District

Comprised of more than 8,000 vinyl records situated around a grand fireplace, W Austin’s Records Room is the perfect spot to nestle in during the week to get some work done with a glass of wine. Transitioning into the evening, switch to cocktails and small bites while you choose the perfect vinyl to pique the interest of one of the many pretty people who frequent the W Austin’s Living Room bar. 

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