Midnight Cowboy

Bars Greater Austin
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 (Photograph: Courtesy Midnight Cowboy/Cory Ryan)
Photograph: Courtesy Midnight Cowboy/Cory Ryan
 (Photograph: Courtesy Midnight Cowboy/Annie Ray)
Photograph: Courtesy Midnight Cowboy/Annie Ray

The original ‘Midnight Cowboy Modeling & Oriental Massage’ sign has been taken down, but a single red bulb still lets you know where to find this hidden bar, a beacon of refuge amongst Dirty Sixth’s bush-league. The exterior is brown and lackluster but what lies inside is a rare feat in the city’s bar district—a legit speakeasy making some of the best classic and craft cocktails in the city. Owned by Tim League (founder of Alamo Drafthouse theaters), and brought to life by beverage director Bill Norris, the former brothel is a shotgun building lined with booths and still featuring the original pressed-tin ceiling tiles. Guaranteed entry requires a reservation (done on their website)—upon arrival, buzz the button labeled “Harry Craddock” and a host will seat you. The menu changes seasonally; right now we are fawning over the Nome de Guerre (rye whiskey, walnut liqueur, Velvet Falernum, Laphroig rinse, salt tincture, bitters).

By: Anastacia Uriegas


Venue name: Midnight Cowboy
Address: 313 E 6th St

Cross street: between San Jacinto Blvd and Trinity St
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 6pm-2am
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