It is hard to resist a secret entrance—especially one hiding in plain sight. In the rowdy middle of Sixth Street, a cryptic white sign advertising "Midnight Cowboy Modeling Oriental Massage" juts out of a building. Underneath is a nondescript door and what looks to be a buzzer box for different residences. Push the button for Harry Craddock, and you're in at this former brothel, now craft cocktail sanctuary. Word to the wise: Your best bet is to make a reservation ahead of time, or you'll have to gamble with whether they're accepting walk-ins (if the red light about the doorway is aglow, you're good to go).
When it comes to something out of the ordinary, Austin is the best place to be. This is a city embraced for its quirks and fiercely independent spirit, so it’s no wonder there are awesome breweries, wine bars, cocktail dens, and rooftop bars at every corner of town (you could even say that Austinites like liquor a little too much, but we’ll just tell you that you’re drunk). In terms of off-the-beaten-path watering holes, things get even more exciting.
Downtown and beyond, you’ll discover an underground world of hush-hush hidden bars and speakeasies—some require passwords, some need you to step behind a bookcase, and some are so tiny, we feel kind of bad for letting their secret out (sorry, regulars). Here are Austin’s top speakeasies and secret bars to have a drink at.
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