Adress: 119 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 514-1081
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We went looking for speakeasy type bars when we were in town and got lucky and was able to get in. bartender next door wouldn't tell us the password but after reading reviews we kinda hung out outside when a manager or something from next door went in. We polity asked if we could check it out and after some hesitation he let us go in. Funny menu, funky decor. Small room.
Must try to see if you want a good Austin weird experience.
This was the most bizarre "speakeasy" both recommended and experienced. While asking bartenders while we were out, they recommended a cool, hip speakeasy to check out. Upon entering through the rather heavy curtain of beads, we entered a dark, red-lit room. Empty tables were wiped clean, and the booths were crumbs-free. The 3 swings at the front of the bar was super cool, and the service was friendly.
We arrived in our bachelorette uniforms, so we engaged all the customers (alone or in a group) in fun bachelorette games and conversation simply celebrating our bride. There were drinks purchased and passed all around. The bride had a lot of fun and made some new friends who ended up walking with us to our next destination.
All in all it was quite a time. The menu items were hilarious along with the descriptions. I didn't see any food, but the cocktail options were plentiful. This isn't a place I would personally return to because it wasn't the hype vibe I was looking for, but it's a unique place to check out once you get a code to enter the door or sneak in with someone who entered the code.
I know this place has a lot of popularity with their secrecy of how to get in, but it's all hype and not much show.
I read one tip that you could go to Handlebar next door and get a drink there, & the bartender could tell you the password. No success over there so we just got in line and tried our chances. Some folks in line had it and were nice enough to share with us.
Upon entering, it was crowded and we could barely get a seat. I ordered the 'I'll never call you dad, Brian!' and let me just say - it was the worst drink I've ever had. Maybe it was the macademia liquor or something else but it was a mixture of bitter and burnt aftertaste. In addition, the male bartender was very dismissive and rude to me and my friends. Overpriced and terrible overall experience. I have told all my friends to look elsewhere.
Floppy Disk Repair Co. is the storefront which then opens up to the Red-Headed Step Child bar. It is a great secret bar in Austin, on 5th St! You need a code to get in, but I'm not going to make it that easy for you; you'll have to do some research. Once you are inside, you will have fun drinks with your closest new friends. I had "I'm in Love with a Cocoa"- a drink with Cocoa Puffs and it is dangerous because it is so good. You also need to try a Jell-O shot because why not. Treat your out of town friends to a night to remember.
Floppy Disk Repair is a front for Red Headed StepChild and my absolute favorite part of visiting Austin.
We had a two prong approach to getting in: two of us waited outside the locked door for someone to come out. The other two went to the bar next door to schmooze the bartenders for the code. Waiting outside was the winner.
The four of us easily got a table to ourselves and held civil conversation. One of the employees was friendly, chatted and recommended drinks.
The drinks were tasty. What I liked was that there were familiar cocktails for folks who prefer to stay in their lane and creative libations for those of us who like to wander freely. All of the drinks had fun names that felt naughty to say and even naughtier when we read the descriptions.
The drinks were creative but not mixologist fancy. A mixologist would have weird bitters, unusual liquors, and fancy techniques. With milk and cereal based drinks and jello-shots, Red Headed StepChild's creativity is really approachable. It's more like a break-dancer than a ballerina.
Anyway, the whole experience was a lot of fun between getting in to trying several inventive drinks. Being able to sit at a table and converse with my friends was a bonus that many bars can't offer.