How to Survive the Dirty Sixth Street of Austin Texas

Buffalo Billiard Austin TX

You may have been a part of the hustle and bustle of Bourbon Street, or experienced the mayhem of Downtown Manhattan, but you ain’t seen nothing yet until you spend a weekend strolling, eating, partying, and participating in all around tom-foolery on Sixth Street in Austin, Tx.

“Dirty Sixth,” as it’s known by locals, is a stretch of downtown Austin that goes from east of Congress Avenue to west of Interstate 35. The ambiance of this street is nothing short of lively. Whether you are looking to get a meal that will tantalize your tastebuds or bouncing from bar to bar enjoying a vast array of drink specials. The nightlife on this street has something for everyone.

Here are 5 must-see places to visit if you are lucky enough to find yourself on Dirty Sixth:

1.  Buffalo Billiards


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Bring your inner child when you come to Buffalo Billiards. It is located right across from the Driskill Hotel and offers a real piece of “Wild West” history. If you are looking for some good ole rowdy fun, look no further. Bring your friends or meet new ones while playing any one of our fun games, such as pool, darts, foosball, and shuffleboard. With all that activity, you’ll want to quench your thirst with our beer (at great prices) and feed your hunger by ordering from our delicious menu.

2.  Casino El Camino

Casino el Camino is a great place for those to unwind after work with a few friends, incredible happy hour specials, and one of their famous burgers. These burgers are massive. They were featured on Food Network and do not disappoint. Even though the burgers are huge, the kitchen is small so get in line as soon as you can. Our jukebox will have you tapping your toes while you enjoy one of the best meals in town.

3.  Maggie Mae’s

This is a music venue like no other. It has a very thrown together/hodge-podge feel of many bars in one. They have live music and amazing drink specials seven days a week. Maggie Mae’s has one of the largest rooftop lounges, which offers a panoramic view of the beautiful Austin skyline. It also offers a perfect view for people watching on the streets of Dirty.

4.  Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar

This bar delivers unparalleled entertainment. With the help of our beautiful baby grand pianos, four of the best entertainers around take turns rotating to perform hits from every era imaginable. Pete’s has a full bar and amazing crafted cocktails for any occasion. Come in, sing-a-long, and enjoy the show.

5.  Esther’s Follies

This has been called Austin’s answer to SNL and has been running for 38 years. With musical numbers, hilarious comedy sketches, and a dash of magic and illusion, this is one place that will have your side in stitches all night long. It’s whimsical and weird and definitely a place you just can’t miss.

The challenge of Dirty Street is to NOT find somewhere that you will thoroughly enjoy. There is entertainment for mild and some for the late night wild. Whether you are looking to find the best burger around, looking to have a laugh, or relaxing with friends during happy hour, Dirty Street has it all.

Even if you’re only staying in Austin for a little while, this is one place you don’t want to miss.