Texas Chili Parlor
This place got it's start in 1976 and I'm pretty sure that when Guy Clark penned "I wish I was at The Chili Parlor drinking mad dog margaritas" he was day drinking. The place just lends itself to it. You know the hot girl you dated who talks like a sailor? She belongs here.
The leaking air conditioner only adds to the atmosphere and what a mix of people. You've got greeks from college sitting at tables while at the bar...small business owners, professional drinkers, contractors, people from different neighborhoods in Austin, University people; I met a college professor on one occasion and a guy who's fluent in Japanese on another.
I'm not kidding when I say at night its a different scene. Is it the only joint in central Austin where black folks and white folks mingle effortlessly? Its possible. And this is a working man's bar.
There's sports on the tv's, classic rock station streaming with plenty of chili and dollops of sour cream on the side. The guy who used to own this place went into bankruptcy and the current owner collected the tax bill...and here we are.
Quentin Tarantino liked the place so much he put it in one of his movies. You'll get the feeling at the bar they don't want to talk about it, and you're probably right. As for the mad dog margarita's, you'll be taxed a little getting down that first pitcher, after that you'll want to drink twenty of them.