Casino El Camino
The bar is punk rock and man I love this place. The music is fantastic and by music I mean the greatest jukebox in Austin. Yeah there's stuff like ACDC but its their Australia-only release...thrown in with the only bluesman to enter the rock and roll hall of fame for his harmonica playing alone (Little Walter). There are gargoyles throughout and the bar is peppered with 20 to early 30 something's rocking tattoos and piercings.
Go upstairs. There's another jukebox and a balcony to look over the crowd who's being entertained by the music and b-movies.
Leave the balcony and head out the back to a full-on patio with lattice woodwork serving as a roof, ferns growing over it and a palm tree. Yes it will come as a surprise.
I'm remiss if I neglect to mention that the bar rarely gets crowded and if it wasn't for the hard core rocking music, the place could serve as a hangover haven. Yes on Sixth street! Yes when you desperately need to escape the students crowding into every bar and pushing for that next cheap shot.
Back to the patio: It morphs into a sunny, open affair with brightly colored murals and an aztec statue with water pouring out of its neck. Inside or out - the pour is strong. You may have to wait for the ice to melt before drinking that mixed drink.
Once back inside, take a look around. You may come here for years before noticing all the surrounding art. During the day you could find pushback because you aren't living the lifestyle, but patience is a small price to pay when you find heaven on sixth street.