1320 South Lamar
Austin, TX 78704
NileGuide Expert tip:
If you arrive early and are planning to stay for a show, sit at a table, not at the bar. If a large crowd is expected, they will remove all of the chairs around the bar in order to pack in more people. Not a popular policy, but they seem determined to stick to it.
The vibe at the Saxon Pub changes according to the clock. If you arrive early for happy hour, you'll be greeted by curmudgeonly but lovable regulars in their 50s. With live music seven nights a week, the crowd that shows up later depends largely on who's playing. In general, though, the crowd seems to grow progressively younger as the night goes by. Regular acts include singer/songwriter Bob Schneider, who has a longstanding Monday night gig, bluesman W.C. Clark and soul singer Malford Milligan. Genres vary from country to rock, with a mix of up-and-coming acts and longtime local favorites. The layout of the mid-size bar offers plenty of lounging options. Serious music fans normally sit at the tables close to the stage, people who are only half-listening hold court at the U-shaped bar in the middle of the space, and those who aren't really there for the music play pool in the back room. If you don't want to hear the music at all, there's an outdoor patio.