While many craft cocktail bars are busy taking themselves too seriously, there's an unkempt, dusty dive in East Austin ready to welcome you in with cheap drinks and a romping good time. Armed with an arsenal of talent behind the stick, Bar Manager Justin Elliott removes the stuffiness from the craft cocktail experience, opting instead to emphasize irreverent, boozy fun. Vintage and off-the-wall original concoctions devised with a balance of both respect and snark are sold for far less money than other bars of arguably the same caliber. If cocktails don't tickle your fancy, draft and packaged beer of all sorts and a wide variety of spirits beckon from the back-bar. Cozy up on one of the tattered thrift-store couches for $2 punch during happy hour, pop open a cold canned lager on the back patio or shoot a tiny dram of Underberg bitters and get your groove on for one of the rotating DJ sets. Above all, leave your preconceived notions at the door and remember: The Volstead staff wants you to enjoy yourself above all else.
--Emma Janzen, AA-S
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