- Deep Eddy Cabaret
- 2315 Lake Austin Blvd.
- (512) 472 0961
Sarah K. Wolf
Nestled in a quiet West Austin neighborhood is our little secret for Austin fun and Texas charm—Deep Eddy Cabaret. Established in 1951, Deep Eddy Cabaret is not only a neighborhood tradition but an Austin institution. We first visited Deep Eddy around five years ago, and it quickly became a favorite spot for Danny and me. We love the laid-back atmosphere, affordable drink prices (seriously y’all, this is the spot for cheap, cold beer), and true Texas roots. Having South Texas roots himself, Danny is partial to country bars with friendly faces and no frills. There’s something to be said about the feeling of stepping back in time, when bars were kept simple and strangers talked to each other instead of staring at their phones. At the end of a long work week, this is where we relax and unwind.
Chances are you’ve probably spotted Deep Eddy Cabaret when driving down Lake Austin Boulevard. It’s about 25 yards away from Deep Eddy Pool—a local swimming hole that’s worthy of praise itself. But if you haven’t stopped in yet, we highly encourage you to do so. The dark wood interior of the bar is lit mainly by pool table lights and vintage neon beer signs, and the walls are covered with photos of famous local athletes, bar regulars, and show posters. My favorite bumper sticker that adorns the wall reads, “My father and my money go to Deep Eddy Cabaret.” That should give you some insight into how special this bar is. On any given night you’ll find a mix of neighborhood regulars, folks a little soggy after leaving the pool and visitors checking out Deep Eddy Cabaret for the first time. All are welcome of course, and if you come during happy hour you’ll get half off any drink. Deep Eddy Cabaret is beer and wine only, and a mini pitcher will cost you only $3.25 during happy hour.
You can typically find Danny playing games of pool with strangers, while I search the jukebox for my favorite songs. I think Deep Eddy Cabaret has one of the best jukeboxes in town, and at five songs for $1 you can’t beat it. Song selections from our last visit to the bar include “Only the Lonely” by Roy Orbison, “Little Red Corvette” by Prince and “Rave On” by Buddy Holly. Every once in a while when the bar isn’t crowded, Danny will give me a twirl and we’ll sneak in a dance or two.
Now that our little secret is out, we hope you’ll say hi and play a game of pool with us next time you stop by the bar. Deep Eddy Cabaret is cash only, so bring some bucks, and don’t forget to tip your bartender.
Sarah K. Wolf is a social media manager at Drumroll, a local advertising agency and a freelance event producer. Danny Witte is field marketing manager in Texas for KIND Healthy Snacks. They enjoy spending time with their dog, Rufus, and two cats, Bird and Mama.
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