Spotlight: Star Bar – The OG of West 6th

Star Bar is West 6th’s original bar. The spot has been a local mainstay since 1993, when it boasted a literal star-shaped bar. There’s nothing pretentious about Star Bar. It’s a neighborhood bar whose friendly service and laid-back atmosphere have earned one of the most loyal followings in Austin’s hospitality scene. “Looking for an unassuming […]

Star Bar is West 6th’s original bar. The spot has been a local mainstay since 1993, when it boasted a literal star-shaped bar. There’s nothing pretentious about Star Bar. It’s a neighborhood bar whose friendly service and laid-back atmosphere have earned one of the most loyal followings in Austin’s hospitality scene.

“Looking for an unassuming place to sip a pint? Star Bar is one of the most underrated spots in the city for craft beer. You won’t have to wade through waves of beer nerds and a menu of obscure drinks at this airy West Sixth corner bar to get to the goods. The bartenders know their stuff and manage to score some of the best out-of-state keg releases in the city for their modest tap selection, but you also won’t be discriminated against for ordering a Shiner Bock or Corona. Most of the afternoon regulars do. Fancy a house mixed drink? They also serve a selection of cocktails and seasonal boozy milkshakes.”

Emma Janzen, Austin-American Statesman

The Drinks

The Star Bar team knows their beer and even have three certified beer servers. They have a thoughtful, rotating selection of 11 Texas craft beers (in addition to approachable staples like Miller Lite). Equally impressive and little known is their wine selection which is small but robust with bold bottles like The Prisoner. You won’t get any attitude for ordering a classic gin n’ tonic, but for those seeking something more crafty, check out their exciting cocktail list. We love the refreshing Jacobs Well (Effin cucumber, Deep Eddy Lemon, Topo Chico, and lemon), their spicy jalapeño margarita (El Jimador Silver, Monin habanero lime syrup, fresh lime and jalapeño, ginger beer, and house sweet chili salt), or their new frozen French 75. They also have the infamous Hail Mary on the first Sunday of each month. Named one of the top ten best Bloody Mary’s in the country, the spicy concoction is three meals unto itself with a slider, chicken nuggets, a cinnamon roll, bacon and more as the crowning glory.  The bar has everything you need for a laid-back happy hour, game day or a night out.

 

The Eats

Great as the bar is, it’s not the only reason you should stop by. Star Bar has been the launching ground for some of Austin’s favorite food trailers. The location seems to be kissed by the food gods with an incredibly high percentage of trucks going to a full brick & mortar. Starting with the Peached Tortilla, who brought banh mi tacos and sliders to West 6th, Star Bar has offered some of Austin’s hottest eats. When Peached Tortilla moved on to their first brick & mortar, Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ forever changed tacos in Austin, right from Star Bar’s backyard. In 2013, Valentina’s became an overnight cult favorite with homemade tortillas and succulent brisket in their acclaimed brisket taco. (And, yes, we still dream about it.) Riding their well-earned wave of success, Valentina’s moved further south to open their brick & mortar moving its sister truck — The Violet Taco — to fill the void. Fortunately, they kept a small section offering Valentina’s signature brisket taco (for which, we are eternally grateful). When the Violet Taco moved on to their impending brick & mortar, Tumble 22 brought the hottest chicken in Austin to West 6th — and it’s clucking good.

Photo: The Smoking Ho

Star Bar is also home to Green Bay Packers watch parties and Star Bark Yappy Hour on the first Tuesady of each month. The ample patio spaces are outfitted with 16 TVs and happy hour runs daily from 4 – 7 and recently opened lunch service for Tumble 22.