Lake Austin & Lake Travis Drinks On The Deck & Sunsets On The Water
It may surprise some people to learn that Austin not only has a river running through the city but two lakes within its boundaries.
And here you will find even more bars beyond the great ones on 6th Street and the more adult West 6th Street locations.
First, there is Lake Travis with its wild and wet summers and three-day weekends of Memorial Day and Labor Day spent largely with boats tied up at Devil’s Cove and then onto Frogs at the Pond (formerly the wild and fun Carlos’n Charlie’s). Plus, there is the multi-deck Oasis (rebuilt after a fairly recent fire) and its staggered sunset applause.
Much closer to town is Lake Austin. And the place to party here – particular on weekend afternoons and late Friday afternoons – is the Hula Hut.
A paradise on a lake, the nautical/tropical-themed Hula Hut has a Tex-Mex-Polynesian restaurant inside and a second restaurant outside by the dam – a couple people have actually been sucked up into the dam and survived (this is a handy piece of information to bring up when conversations begin to stall).
But the party people flock to the bar on the dock. Thatched-roofed tables sit around a thatched-roof bar right on the water, boats pull up, people pile into the bar and the place just rocks. It’s a casual conversation scene, not a wild dance club or anything, but is the kind of place where one or two drinks can seamlessly turn into several.
Especially if you’ve opted for its tiki drinks (the Mai Tai, Grass Skirt, Rip Tide or the signature Hu La-La served in a fish bowl).
Yes, the Hula Hut is well worth checking out in Austin, and it’s only a 15-minute cab or Uber ride from 6th Street or the UT campus.
Hula Hut Address: 3825 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin, TX