Old School Bar and Grill

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The Old School Bar & Grill offers high food quality and great drinks all while providing for a great old school feel and atmosphere. Enjoy our menu of food, cocktails and wine with our very high level of service.

Enjoy our restaurant between the hours of 11:00am and 10:00pm and when the lights go down, enjoy your night at our bar until 2am.

Come see us for Happy Hour from 4pm-8pm Monday through Friday!

Our Patio

The patio at Old School Bar & Grill is a huge 1500 square foot patio that’s reminiscent of a patio you would find in New Orleans. It overlooks the busiest corner in the historical 6th Street District of Austin at 6th and Trinity. Our patio is most famous for the iconic view of The Ritz Movie Theater. The Ritz was built in 1929 by J.J. Hegman, who owned several movie theaters in Austin. It was the first theater in Austin to be built specifically for the talkies. The 6th Street camera for Earthcam.com is in on our roof to capture the famous view as well !

Our Story

Old School Bar & Grill at 401 East Sixth Street in Austin, TX was originally the Cotton Exchange Building. Originally built by merchant Charles Wolf in 1874 it is designated as a Historical Landmark by the City of Austin. Wolf hired architect R.A. Hancock to design the building with facades on the front and back. As the Austin Cotton Exchange, the cotton bales were on the main floor and the offices for brokers and buyers were on the second floor. It was later used as a market for produce, dry goods, groceries and clothing. Today, it’s home to us, Old School Bar & Grill!

In an effort to preserve a piece of Austin’s musical heritage, we salvaged the dance floor of the famous Armadillo World Headquarters. The floor has seen the likes of Willie Nelson, Frank Zappa, Janis Joplin, & ZZ Top. The original owners had it fabricated into the east wall of the 6th & Trinity Location.

Place Categories: Bar Food, Bars, Food, and Restaurants.Place Tags: bar & grill, bar and grill, best hamburgers, great food, and old school.

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6 reviews

  1. Mindy H., May 31, 2014 - Old School Bar and Grill
    4/5

    I stumbled across this place on accident, looking for a preconcert meal, and wanted a relaxing place to kill some time before the show. The bar & grill is housed in the original Cotton Exchange Building built in 1874, now a historic landmark, and they have done well to maintain the historic ambiance of the building. The spacious airy downstairs was once home to bails of cotton, and is now the main dinning and bar area. But don’t stop here, if it is a nice out, head upstairs to grab a spot in there 1500 square foot shaded patio. The view of the city is great from here, provides opportunities for some great people watching, yet feels apart from everything and peaceful. The upstairs area is quiet large with a 2nd bar, and stage which weren’t being used during the early dinner hours.

    They serve all local draft beer, and some mixed drinks. Even though they mention wine, there is not a selection here, and the waitress steered me from what they did have. I ordered the a bun free Zilker Park Burger, and substituted the cheese with gorgonzola. For an extra price I had them add the freshly cut fries. I can see why everyone raves about their burgers, they live up to their hype. The meat was cooked to a juicy perfection, the bacon was thick and crispy, the cheese and fresh tasty avocado spread to top it off, all made for one memorable tasty burger. The fries were also crisp, yet soft on the inside, and served piping hot. You definitely leave with a belly full of food.

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  2. Emma R., Aug 08, 2014 - Old School Bar and Grill
    5/5

    First of all, our server Amril was one of the best severs I’ve ever had! Super attentive, friendly, and just overall great service.

    The food was great as well. My three cousins and I ordered several dishes and shared, and everything was delicious. Their fish and chips were so amazing; super light and crispy! The wings were amazing with great flavor, and loved by all of us. The chicken tenders were cooked perfectly as well! All sauces were homemade, and definitely made a difference. Their salad and current seasoned fish was perfectly cooked, and had great flavor. They had great music, ambiance, and service! Would definitely come back for more!

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  3. Ameesh P., Sep 01, 2014 - Old School Bar and Grill
    5/5

    Stumbled upon this place on a recent trip to Austin. Our concierge at the hotel had pointed us in the direction of this place when looking for a decent lunch spot and had given us a coupon for free chips and salsa so we figured we’d give it a try. From the outside this place looks like a typical 6th Street bar in Austin, but the staff and food were amazing. We were seated pretty quickly and had wait staff get our drink and app order pretty much immediately. Their drink prices are phenomenal compared to usual big city prices for alcohol.

    The biggest surprise at this place was the food. The salsa that came with our chips and salsa was amazing. It was so flavorful and fresh and totally unexpected from a bar type place. The Southwest Wrap and fries that I ordered were amazing, also. Their fries have a special seasoning/coating on them that made them different from the rest. I’ll definitely be back to this place on my next visit to Austin!

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  4. Melissa M., Sep 03, 2014 - Old School Bar and Grill
    4/5

    Went out for lunch after getting into Austin (and was STARVING)! Apparently came to the right place because the sandwich was ginormous!!! I had the chicken burger with avacado and some spicy aioli sauce. No sides as the waiter thankfully told me it would be plenty of food. A couple of coworkers ordered salads. They were great portions and looked really yummy. Waiter was super personable and patient as we were all gabby and undecided. Very good experience and a very short walk from Hilton. Wining combination :)

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  5. Mulan S., Sep 08, 2014 - Old School Bar and Grill
    4/5

    YUM! The Southwest Chicken Wrap still has me drooling… and its been 3 days! It was surprisingly SPICY, but soooo good! Everyone at the table loved their food. We ordered everything from nachos to burgers. Nobody had a complaint! The service was average, but thier happy hour could be better. They don’t have an amazing drink menu, and their beer selection is not that great. This is a good place to grab a bite and a drink right after work!

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  6. Matt B., Oct 02, 2014 - Old School Bar and Grill
    5/5

    We were looking for a “dive” on 6th street to eat at and wandered into the Old School. Needless to say, this place is not a dive. We were seated immediately and greeted by our server, Lacy, who was fantastic. We asked Lacy for her recommendations and she was extremely helpful, asking us questions about what we liked and were in the mood for and making recommendations based on our responses. My buddy had a steak burger that he said was outstanding.

    Based on Lacy’s recommendation, I ordered a chicken parm sandwich because, as she said it, it’s “To die for!” and would give me a “mouth-gasm”. She wasn’t wrong; this sandwich was amazing. The marinara sauce was very good, but they also add a balsamic-honey glaze that really makes it unique.

    We had an awesome experience at the Old School and I will certainly go back next time I’m in Austin. If you go there, ask for Lacy because she’s a rock star!

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