Beloved Austin bar named among 'most authentic’ dive bars in the country


Austin loves a good dive bar. Though it seems like a new bar is opening in town every week, despite what some Austinites say, there’s a good bit of “old Austin” left in these classic bars. There’s Lala’s, where it’s Christmas year-round. There’s Hole In The Wall, a campus-area haunt that promises “Live Women, Cheap Music and Fast Drinks” and an endless supply of interesting bathroom graffiti. There’s Deep Eddy Cabaret, which has, without a doubt, the best jukebox in town. And then there’s Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon, which the Washington Post recognized recently as one of the “most authentic” American dive bars.

That’s due in part to the now-famous “bird-drop bingo,” as the Post calls it, though Texans call it something a little more explicit. It’s one of the most unique ways to spend a Sunday afternoon in Austin, thanks to local musician Dale Watson, and you can walk away with a nice chunk of change if the chicken chooses the square you placed your $2 on. 

Haven’t played this special version of bingo? The bar hosts a game at 4 p.m. every Sunday. And the beer is only $2.

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