Brown Bar

★★★★★
  • 201 W Eighth St

    Austin, TX 78701

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  • 512-480-8330

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Hours
Mon-Thur 4-Midnite Fri 4-2am Sat 530-2am
4.5517 29
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Took a friend there Saturday night, half expecting the place to be awesome and disappointing at the same time. Perfectly tucked away on 8th street, you could pass by it without even noticing if you're not looking closely. Once inside though, we were thoroughly satisfied!! The atmosphere was inviting, the crowd MATURE and well-dressed, the music loud enough to hear, but not deafening. Our bartender, John, was perfect from the greeting upon reaching the bar til we closed out our tab. We tried the Manhattan, the Pomengrate Martini (perfectly yummy with a sugar-rimmed glass), and the Mango Martini. All of them were delicious!! I noticed some reviews complaining about high prices, but I have no complaints. I've lived in way bigger cities than Austin and have become accustomed to spending upwards of 10 or 12 bucks a drink and the Brown Bar prices are lower than that, so I don't know, maybe it's just me....I will definitely return!!

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★★★★★

Took a friend there Saturday night, half expecting the place to be awesome and disappointing at the same time. Perfectly tucked away on 8th street, you could pass by it without even noticing if you're not looking closely. Once inside though, we were thoroughly satisfied!! The atmosphere was inviting, the crowd MATURE and well-dressed, the music loud enough to hear, but not deafening. Our bartender, John, was perfect from the greeting upon reaching the bar til we closed out our tab. We tried the Manhattan, the Pomengrate Martini (perfectly yummy with a sugar-rimmed glass), and the Mango Martini. All of them were delicious!! I noticed some reviews complaining about high prices, but I have no complaints. I've lived in way bigger cities than Austin and have become accustomed to spending upwards of 10 or 12 bucks a drink and the Brown Bar prices are lower than that, so I don't know, maybe it's just me....I will definitely return!!

Pros: Awesome martinis, great bartenders, mature crowd

Cons: location is a little hidden

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Only went there to have a place to wait while waiting for a table at Gumbo's... But it was a pleasent surprise, Friendly staff, Strong yet tasty drinks... & a fun crowd... Will go again very soon!

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★★★★☆

Only went there to have a place to wait while waiting for a table at Gumbo's... But it was a pleasent surprise, Friendly staff, Strong yet tasty drinks... & a fun crowd... Will go again very soon!

Pros: Drink, Staff, & Crowd

Cons: Don't think I have any...

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They never run out of beer even on Saturday nights. The bartenders never forget a common face, and are very quick and polite with regards to your order.

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★★★★☆

They never run out of beer even on Saturday nights. The bartenders never forget a common face, and are very quick and polite with regards to your order.

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I like The Brown Bar. I like the laid-back lounge feel. Some of my girlfriends and I went there for Happy Hour after work just before the holidays and it was great. Cool low key vibe, good music but we could still hear each other. The "bar" food was fabulous--best bar food I've had in a long time. The place is very upscale but not snooty. The martini's are YUM! worth every penny. The staff is attentive and professional. Great place, cool vibe!

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★★★★★

I like The Brown Bar. I like the laid-back lounge feel. Some of my girlfriends and I went there for Happy Hour after work just before the holidays and it was great. Cool low key vibe, good music but we could still hear each other. The "bar" food was fabulous--best bar food I've had in a long time. The place is very upscale but not snooty. The martini's are YUM! worth every penny. The staff is attentive and professional. Great place, cool vibe!

Pros: Great vibe, good service, great food & Drinks

Cons: I wanted to plan a Happy Hour on Monday but they are closed on Mondays.

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I loved the Brown Bar! The atmosphere is awesome and the DJ, Bill, was incredible! He played chill music that was very catchy and nice to listen to...Everyone is friendly and the staff is very attentive... the Wedding Cake Martini was my favorite

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★★★★★

I loved the Brown Bar! The atmosphere is awesome and the DJ, Bill, was incredible! He played chill music that was very catchy and nice to listen to...Everyone is friendly and the staff is very attentive... the Wedding Cake Martini was my favorite

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This is a great bar with the BEST martinis in Austin. My favorite are the wedding cake martinis. They are like dessert! The bar is filled with late 20s to early 30s crowd. A lot of the Brown Building residents hang out there. It's upscale and the martinis can get pricey but they are definitely worth it. Although it's not a dance bar, they do have a dj from time to time and we've definitely created our own little dance party before. A good place to start your night on the town or to take your girl to because the atmosphere is kind of romantic and dimly lit.

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★★★★★

This is a great bar with the BEST martinis in Austin. My favorite are the wedding cake martinis. They are like dessert! The bar is filled with late 20s to early 30s crowd. A lot of the Brown Building residents hang out there. It's upscale and the martinis can get pricey but they are definitely worth it. Although it's not a dance bar, they do have a dj from time to time and we've definitely created our own little dance party before. A good place to start your night on the town or to take your girl to because the atmosphere is kind of romantic and dimly lit.

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This is my first post. Hadn't been to the Brown Bar in a while so I stopped by with some friends, we were all amazed at how much it had gone down in service and quality. It seems they've forgotten the basics...the waitstaff was slow (20 minutes to get a drink and they got it wrong!), the prices were high ($100 for 3 drinks!), and the food cold (the oysters I used to love tasted like they were a week old!), the music was too loud (don't expect to be able to carry on a conversation).

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★☆☆☆☆

This is my first post. Hadn't been to the Brown Bar in a while so I stopped by with some friends, we were all amazed at how much it had gone down in service and quality. It seems they've forgotten the basics...the waitstaff was slow (20 minutes to get a drink and they got it wrong!), the prices were high ($100 for 3 drinks!), and the food cold (the oysters I used to love tasted like they were a week old!), the music was too loud (don't expect to be able to carry on a conversation).

Cons: Lack of service, over priced, and noisy.

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I have frequented the Brown bar for many months now. I have noticed that there are a couple of fine female dancers on the floor regularly. They really jazz the palce up and make it worth checking out. The DJ, Steven, is the bomb! Keep up the rockin' move and sweet drinks!

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★★★★★

I have frequented the Brown bar for many months now. I have noticed that there are a couple of fine female dancers on the floor regularly. They really jazz the palce up and make it worth checking out. The DJ, Steven, is the bomb! Keep up the rockin' move and sweet drinks!

Pros: Dj and dance floor

Cons: none

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Brown Bar is consistently wonderful. Their drinks are by far the greatest. (Cable Car, Wedding Cake Martini, etc) The staff is always nice and very attentive. The bar is almost never too crowded, and the crowd is always fun. Definitely a great place to hang out!!

2
★★★★★

Brown Bar is consistently wonderful. Their drinks are by far the greatest. (Cable Car, Wedding Cake Martini, etc) The staff is always nice and very attentive. The bar is almost never too crowded, and the crowd is always fun. Definitely a great place to hang out!!

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I have been to the Brown Bar quite a few times recently. Being a downtown resident I cant express what a plus it is to have the Brown Bar as part of our neighborhood! The management and wait staff Ive had the pleasure of meeting are outstanding as the consistently GREAT dirty martinis and food proves. They recently opened a patio which is the best kept secret downtown and easiest way to wind up a long day at the office. I highly recommend checking out the Brown Bar for its happy hours and even trying something from their appetizer menu. My favorite appetizer (as of today) has to be the Cajun Calamari.

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★★★★★

I have been to the Brown Bar quite a few times recently. Being a downtown resident I cant express what a plus it is to have the Brown Bar as part of our neighborhood! The management and wait staff Ive had the pleasure of meeting are outstanding as the consistently GREAT dirty martinis and food proves. They recently opened a patio which is the best kept secret downtown and easiest way to wind up a long day at the office. I highly recommend checking out the Brown Bar for its happy hours and even trying something from their appetizer menu. My favorite appetizer (as of today) has to be the Cajun Calamari.

Pros: Patio, Friendly Service, Drinks

Cons: None

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charming sexy waitresses in black corsets . Great atmosphere. Very upscale. Owner is very nice and friendly.

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★★★★★

charming sexy waitresses in black corsets . Great atmosphere. Very upscale. Owner is very nice and friendly.

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The Brown Bar is the best bar in Austin. It is urbane and upscale without being the least bit stuffy. The drinks are unique and wonderful, the music is terrific and the service is simply outstanding. Do not miss the food and order yourself a Cable Car or a Brown Bar Cosmopolitan to get a real feel for the place.

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★★★★★

The Brown Bar is the best bar in Austin. It is urbane and upscale without being the least bit stuffy. The drinks are unique and wonderful, the music is terrific and the service is simply outstanding. Do not miss the food and order yourself a Cable Car or a Brown Bar Cosmopolitan to get a real feel for the place.

Pros: Drinks, Service

Cons: , A bit expensive

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The martinis here are good and the service is hit-or-miss, usually pretty good. But the place really isn't that great. The clientele think they are way cooler than you and way more important than you. If I am going to wait in a line to get into a bar, there better at least be good music there, with a DJ that you don't have to climb over to get into the place. There are many other better/trendier bars in Austin.

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★★★☆☆

The martinis here are good and the service is hit-or-miss, usually pretty good. But the place really isn't that great. The clientele think they are way cooler than you and way more important than you. If I am going to wait in a line to get into a bar, there better at least be good music there, with a DJ that you don't have to climb over to get into the place. There are many other better/trendier bars in Austin.

Pros: good drinks, decent service

Cons: , cooler-than-you crowd

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My boyfriend and I would come here before dates. Very nice crowd, pre-professional, and no college kids. This is the closest thing you'll find to a NYC bar in Austin. When I was single, the Brown Bar was the only place that I wouldn't feel sketched out meeting guys at, since most of the people I'd meet there were young, successful 20-30somethings with jobs, brains etc..., so whether you're single or attached, this is a great place to go.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I would come here before dates. Very nice crowd, pre-professional, and no college kids. This is the closest thing you'll find to a NYC bar in Austin. When I was single, the Brown Bar was the only place that I wouldn't feel sketched out meeting guys at, since most of the people I'd meet there were young, successful 20-30somethings with jobs, brains etc..., so whether you're single or attached, this is a great place to go.

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The best thing about this place is the austin powers style circle couch. It is too much in the business district - attractive ladies - cool DJ's.

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★★★★☆

The best thing about this place is the austin powers style circle couch. It is too much in the business district - attractive ladies - cool DJ's.

Pros: Good space

Cons: Hotty Toddy People

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This is a spectacular bar with the most personable and professional bartenders in the city.It's always nice to have someone remember your name and smile when waiting on you. Contrary to popular belief the patrons are warm and humble as well. By far the best bar downtown!

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★★★★★

This is a spectacular bar with the most personable and professional bartenders in the city.It's always nice to have someone remember your name and smile when waiting on you. Contrary to popular belief the patrons are warm and humble as well. By far the best bar downtown!

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Great atmosphere. Live DJ live people and greta drinks. Hands down the best after work spot in Austin!

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★★★★★

Great atmosphere. Live DJ live people and greta drinks. Hands down the best after work spot in Austin!

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THE BAR IS MUCH BETTER THAN MOST IN AUSTIN BUT IT STILL LACJS THE FRILLS THAT WOULD ATTRACT MORE MONEY CUSTOMERS. IT SIMPLY NEEDS CHARACTER.

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★★★☆☆

THE BAR IS MUCH BETTER THAN MOST IN AUSTIN BUT IT STILL LACJS THE FRILLS THAT WOULD ATTRACT MORE MONEY CUSTOMERS. IT SIMPLY NEEDS CHARACTER.

Pros: UPSCALE

Cons: ATMOSPHERE

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I wouldn't say very New York, but great for Austin. Yes, the crowd is a bit yuppy, but friendly. Drinks have been perfect every time. They put an interesting twist on the cosmos that gives their version a unique flavor...I won't complain, it is tasty. Music gets a bit loud, but it is a bar! Size of crowd fluctuates nightly. This place I would recommend to a friend and stranger. They definitely serve the best dirty martinis.

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★★★★★

I wouldn't say very New York, but great for Austin. Yes, the crowd is a bit yuppy, but friendly. Drinks have been perfect every time. They put an interesting twist on the cosmos that gives their version a unique flavor...I won't complain, it is tasty. Music gets a bit loud, but it is a bar! Size of crowd fluctuates nightly. This place I would recommend to a friend and stranger. They definitely serve the best dirty martinis.

Pros: great martinis, friendly bartenders, quaint

Cons: doorman, seating

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Great atmosphere, music was a little obnoxious, a whole lot of yuppies.. good cocktails (pricey) and nice waiters (good looking waiters, also). If it weren't for the yuppiness I'd give it a 10.

2
★★★★☆

Great atmosphere, music was a little obnoxious, a whole lot of yuppies.. good cocktails (pricey) and nice waiters (good looking waiters, also). If it weren't for the yuppiness I'd give it a 10.

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This is the best place to go and I had a blast doing it. thanks so much again.

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★★★★★

This is the best place to go and I had a blast doing it. thanks so much again.

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this place is amazing. i am there at least 3 times a month!
the people are so friendly and you feel like you have known the people there your whole life.
it's just the best.

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★★★★★

this place is amazing. i am there at least 3 times a month!
the people are so friendly and you feel like you have known the people there your whole life.
it's just the best.

Pros: friendly service, prompt service, friendly faces

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me and my co workers had a great time last night it had great people great music and great drinks! i plan on going there once a week!

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★★★★★

me and my co workers had a great time last night it had great people great music and great drinks! i plan on going there once a week!

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this is the best bar i have evr been too. i enjoy going there after a hard day of work and i just feel like relaxing. great drinks and food i recoimmended it to all my coworkers.

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★★★★★

this is the best bar i have evr been too. i enjoy going there after a hard day of work and i just feel like relaxing. great drinks and food i recoimmended it to all my coworkers.

Pros: customer service, quality, beer

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You want the best martini in town? Well you will find it only at the Brown Bar. Straight up, dirty, sour apple you name it they will make it and they make it very tasty! Sit back on one of the plush couchs or snuggle in a dark corner and enjoy. My favorite bar in town. Very classy!

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★★★★★

You want the best martini in town? Well you will find it only at the Brown Bar. Straight up, dirty, sour apple you name it they will make it and they make it very tasty! Sit back on one of the plush couchs or snuggle in a dark corner and enjoy. My favorite bar in town. Very classy!

Pros: martinis, atmosphere, the crowd

Cons: parking, price

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GREAT PLACE TO HANG OUT, GOOD ENVIRONMENT AND FRIENDLY STAFF.

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★★★★★

GREAT PLACE TO HANG OUT, GOOD ENVIRONMENT AND FRIENDLY STAFF.

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It is a fashionalbe bar for Austin. A very New York bar. I like it because you see all walks of life dressed from jeans and boots to upscale attire. You never know who is a multi-millionare. They do a WONDERFUL dirty martini as well. I will frequent this bar often when I dine downtown.

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★★★★★

It is a fashionalbe bar for Austin. A very New York bar. I like it because you see all walks of life dressed from jeans and boots to upscale attire. You never know who is a multi-millionare. They do a WONDERFUL dirty martini as well. I will frequent this bar often when I dine downtown.

Pros: Great Drinks, Great Atmosphere, Great People

Cons: None, None, None

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A bit of a throwback to the .com boom, the Brown bar remains a fine place to begin an evening. The late-night crowd can get a bit too fancy.

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★★★★☆

A bit of a throwback to the .com boom, the Brown bar remains a fine place to begin an evening. The late-night crowd can get a bit too fancy.

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I have to disagree with the previous two reviews. I think this bar is a great place to congregate with friends if you're trying to stay away from the college kids and enjoy a drink. My vote is two thumbs up!

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★★★★★

I have to disagree with the previous two reviews. I think this bar is a great place to congregate with friends if you're trying to stay away from the college kids and enjoy a drink. My vote is two thumbs up!

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This street-level lounge in the refurbished downtown Brown Building condo complex is known to typically house politicos, lobbyists and successful, single, 30-something professionals during business hours. The Turkish marble bar top,…

 

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