604 Brazos Street
Austin, TX 78701
Su-Th noon-midnight, F-Sa noon-2a
This is absolutely, positively the best place in Austin for general people watching as well as star spotting. Plus, the Driskill Bar has highly experienced and professional bartenders who know how to pour a quality drink. The decor oozes Texas, complete with lamps in the shape of pistols and cowhide chairs. But back to the people watching. The historic Driskill Hotel attracts movie producers and oil barons, film stars and dot-com millionaires. If you simply plant yourself at the bar, you will meet someone interesting before the night is over. If you've already met someone interesting, this is a great place to bring a date for a nightcap. Cushy leather couches are far enough from the main bar to allow you to hear each other, yet you're still close enough to spot any celebrities who might wander in. A piano player normally sings softly in the background, but occasionally a full-on sing-along breaks out.