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The Driskill Bar, Austin

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Designed with a distinct Romanesque-style in 1886, The Driskill Bar is one of the oldest hotels in the country. Built by Jesse Driskill, a cattleman who spent his entire fortune on attempting to build one of the finest hotels in the area, the building is a popular meeting place for prominent lobbyists, legislators, and leaders. Wander inside and experience the lavish interior of the lobby and stop and have a drink at the bar while listening to live music. A visit to The Driskill Bar represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Austin trip generator to plot your vacation.
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Austin bills itself as the "Live Music Capital of the World," so it shouldn't come as a surprise that many of its hotels sell out long before the city's popular festivals. If you wish to stay near downtown's live music scene, look for package deals and book your accommodations well in advance. If downtown clubs and bars aren't your priority, consider hotels located just outside the central part of town, in comfortable areas where you won't need a car to get to most of the city's major cultural sites.
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  • Visited Austin for the first time and our friends showed us around... went to this hotel for their sumptuos dessert and it was heavenly ❤️!  more »
  • I did stay in room 525 which is supposedly haunted. First night I had weird dreams, probably due to the ATX ghost tour I took, lol. Next night I had adjita so I slept like crap, last night slept fine....  more »
  • Just had drinks in the bar. Did not stay there, but, the lobby is so ornate. Just have to stop and see.  more »
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  • We were in town to visit our son over July 4th. The hotel was everything we expected and so much more. The 1886 bakery has amazing pastry, the cheese danish and cinnamon rolls were our favorites. The Driskill Bar is fantastic, I can see why it is so well rated with live music 6 nights a week, friendly staff and inviting atmosphere and decor. Our room was relaxing, we were next to the elevator which could be a bit noisy, but not so loud that it disturbed us. We didn't realize the grill was closed Sunday and Monday or we would have planned our evening dinner plans differently. We will definitely return to this gen of a hotel.
  • Ambiance was stunning and it's centrally located in Austin. A cool quiet bungalow with a full service bar and live band. Our waitress was absolutely amazing! We had the best craft cocktails and the appetizers were to die for! They also offer a 7 day a week happy hour. We cannot wait to come back.
  • Historic hotel centrally located in downtown Austin. Staff was top-notch, even bringing a microwave and fridge to my room to accommodate my special diet (Jenny Craig). The only thing I did not like was the $40/night parking fee. Charging extra for parking seemed cheap. But otherwise a fantastic experience.
  • Absolutely gorgeous hotel! We are not fans of 6th street - Austin, however, The Driskill Hotel is well worth the visit! Such wonderful history attached to this place, and they have the most beautiful artwork throughout the hotel. The service is impeccable, the rooms are spacious and welcoming, and the atmosphere is warm and cozy. We highly recommend a visit to The Driskill Hotel!
  • After getting married we decided to spend our Honeymoon in Austin and stay here. I requested room 525 which is said to be the most haunted room next to 429. When we first got there our room wasn't quite ready so we went to the bar and I had the "Batini" It was delicious! Once our room was ready we headed up, messed the bed up, took a shower, and left for a bit. While we were out room service came by and gave us new towels, and remade the bed. They also placed a yellow rose on my side of the bed. (which I accidentally left...) I thought that was the sweetest thing!!! So, Room 525 right - Here's my ghost story: Before we left the room the first time, my new husband had put my wine in the bathroom sink and filled it with ice. We came back about an hour later (when we saw the rose) and the ice was still in the sink. After changing clothes we left to go see the bats on Congress bridge and when we came back (about 3 hrs) the ice was gone and the sink was dry. The sink thingy was pulled up and the drain was closed. My bottle of wine was still very cold. I poured a glass and yes, it was chilled. Now, the sink drain was closed, so if the ice had melted the water would have still been there. There was nothing. So, I thought maybe a slow leak right! I closed the drain and filled it with water before we went to sleep and when we woke up the next morning the water was still there. No slow leak.... Even if the little sink had a leak the ice wouldn't have melted that quick. Our room wasn't hot. So, was it the hotel people messing with us? We knew they had already been up for the evening and had left it alone before.... like they really had time to even come back and mess with that? OR maybe it was one of the suicide brides that thought I didn't deserve to have chilled wine? Well, joke's on her if so, because it was delicious!!!