Austin’s active bar scene has never seen better days. Some of our favorite local watering holes have progressed beyond dive bar hideaways, experiential craft cocktails, and secret hidden bars. Nowadays adults have their own version of boozy playgrounds offering fun lawn games, activities, video games, park rides, live bands, and delicious food.

Some of the greatest local saloons allow us to relive some of the childhood experiences that we enjoyed at vintage spots like Chuckee Cheese and Austin Park N Pizza. We got rid of the creepy clowns and animatronic bands, in favor of cocktail lounges and taprooms paired with the arcade games, bowling alleys, cornhole boards, and pickleball courts.

If you’re ready to feel like a kid again while sipping on a few adult beverages, check out our guide to Austin’s best playground and entertainment bars.

 

CENTRAL AUSTIN

 

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Cidercade Austin

600 E Riverside Dr. | Cidercade is Austin’s best spot for non-stop arcade games and cocktails. Admission is only $10 for unlimited play on over 150 games! Guests can also enjoy Bishop Cider, pizza, and a view of Town Lake on the patio. The arcade is family-friendly for all agest until 8pm, but 21+ only until close. Photo credit – Cidercade Facebook page

 

Punch Bowl Social

522 Congress Ave. & The Domain | When you’re ready for serious foodertainment, Punch Bowl Social Austin Domain and downtown will fulfill all of your happy hours with craft cocktails, delicious food, and endless gaming options, including bowling, mini-golf, video games, karaoke rooms, and much more! Photo by Hayden Walker

 

SPIN

SPIN

213 West 5th St. | Located in the heart of downtown, SPIN  boasts 14 ping pong tables, a full bar serving craft cocktails, a shared plates menu, and a semi-private room for your own party. The bar also hosts ping pong tournaments for those that want to try their luck against the crowd. Photo credit – SPIN Austin Facebook

 

 

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Upstairs at Caroline

621 Congress Ave | Upstairs at Caroline is a fun terrace-style bar to kick off your happy hour or weekend, offering board games, cornhole, cocktails and snacks to keep you and your crew entertained all evening.

 

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Parlor & Yard

601 W 6th St.| Parlor and Yard boasts a throwback sports bar with over a dozen TVs and a jumbotron broadcasting all the sports. Enjoy their turfed patio with yard games, ping pong, corn hole, and a tasty menu with craft cocktails, and Brooklyn Pizza Pie.

 

AUSSIES BAR

Aussie’s Beach Grill & Bar

306 Barton Springs Rd | Aussie’s has been an Austin beach volleyball staple for several years. Whether you arrive here to play a game or get knee-deep in adult beverages and food, the covered patio is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy the scene along with multiple TVs to watch your favorite games.  Volleyball leagues run nightly 6-11 PM (except Sat) and tournaments every weekend. Photo credit – Aussie’s Facebook page

 

NORTH AUSTIN

 

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REVL Social Club

16231 N Interstate Hwy 35, Pflugerville, TX. | REVL is Pflugeriville’s premiere spot made to offer nightlife and entertainment to adults, offering classic entertainment options, billiards, darts, ping pong, and the first street curling lanes in Texas.  They also have the first indoor roller coaster in Austin, a heart accelerating tower drop, and an enormous laser tag arena for those looking to flex their special warfare muscles. Enjoy any of the 165+ arcade games, bowling, virtual reality, and more that Austin’s Park has to offer next door.

 

Top Golf

2700 Esperanza Crossing | It doesn’t matter if you’re a golf pro or a total novice, Top Golf is one of Austin’s most popular destinations for those that want to hit the long ball with a group of friends, at one of their 102 bays, while sipping on beer and cocktails, along with a few plates of delicious bites. Photo by Courtney Pierce

 

Wonder Bar

11500 Rock Rose Ave | Wonder Bar is easily the most Instagramable and imaginative bar in town, featuring interactive and unique installations that ignite all five senses, including traditional bar games with a twist, specialty cocktails, light menu fare, and moments made to inspire, bringing a unique experience to Rock Rose Ave. Photos by Wonder Bar, Facebook page

 

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Yard Bar

6700 Burnet Rd. | Yard Bar is a delightful outdoor restaurant, bar, and dog park in Allendale, offering delicious food and drinks in a backyard patio. Bring your furry little creatures to enjoy playtime with agility and play equipment with their fellow pups.

 

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Main Event

13301 North US Hwy 183 | Eat, bowl, and play is the name of the game at Main Event. Featuring the “most fun under one roof,” it offers family-friendly fun with a combination of modern bowling, laser tag, gravity, mini-golf, pool tables, rock climbing, and dozens of arcade games. Enjoy all of the fun activities with an adult beverage and delicious shared plates with your crew! Photo credit – Main Event Facebook Page

 

Pinballz

The Original Pinballz Arcade 

8940 Research Blvd. | Offering classic arcade games and the largest selection of pinball machines in Texas.  Enjoy game time with bar drinks, food and BYOB to enjoy your own beer.

 

SOUTH AUSTIN

 

Bouldin Acres

2027 S Lamar Blvd | Bouldin Acres has become South Lamar’s most popular Beer Garden for delicious food, drinks and pickleball.  There are also several televisions with live sports, arcade games, and even a kid zone for those with rugrats. You’ll rarely drive by and find an empty parking lot, so they get packed on a daily basis. Photo Credit – Bouldin Acres Facebook page

 

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Armadillo Den

10106 Manchaca Road | Armadillo Den was designed thoughtfully to bring the emerging area of South Manchaca the essentials Austin cherishes on its three-acre property — live music, cold beer (18+ drafts to be exact), food from beloved food trucks Pueblo Viejo and Ranch Hand, an off-leash dog area, options for spacious indoor and outdoor relaxing, and large oak trees to lounge under. Photo by Hayden Walker

 

DRIPPING SPRINGS

 

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Dreamland

2770 W Hwy 290 Dripping Springs | Located on 64 acres of wide-open space in the Hill Country, Dreamland is an oasis of outdoor sports, music, and stunning local art. The property hosts one of the largest and challenging miniature golf courses in the entire country, an 18-hole course with three difficulty levels. Dreamland also has four premium weather-protected, lighted pickle ball courts as well as beer and wine from the robust taproom collection, bites from the food trucks, and more.

 

KYLE

 

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EVO Entertainment Kyle

3200 Kyle Crossing | The San Marcos-based entertainment complex has built a reputation as a leader in innovation, as well as one of the fastest-growing independent cinema circuits in the country. The massive complex has expanded to six locations with a total of 57 screens, 38 bowling lanes, three full-service restaurants and bars, and over 200 arcade games. EVO Entertainment Group currently employs nearly 1,000 team members and entertains over 2.5 million guests annually. Photo credit – EVO Facebook page

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