Artz Rib House or Some place like it?
I am going to Austin soon with 4 other guys for a bachelor party.
We want to catch some live music if possible on Friday and Saturday, from 8pm - 10pm time frame.
I am a foodie, so I will do my best to hit Franklins BBQ, etc,. I also like local flavor, so I will check out things like the bats under the congress bridge, etc.
That being said, my friends are fairly straight forward, so I want the easiest solution possible. A place like Artz Rib House sounds like a good fit since it has above average BBQ, easy seating, no cover, and decent music. That is probably a great formula for my group.
Are there any places just like Artz? Decent Food, no cover, plenty of seating, and some live music?
I saw Patsy's cafe and Green Mesquite.
The better the food and music (but along the same lines of an Artz in terms of format) the better!
Artz Rib House
2330 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Green Mesquite has really good bands on the weekend plus the ambiance in the back yard is better than Arts. Trick is in ordering - one; make sure T is your waiter, two; scooners of Sheiner, three; wings are crazy-good, chicken fried chicken is good, jamba is acceptable, chicken plate is good, rest is bleh. Okra, slaw. Nuf said.
Patsy's? As in Cowgirl Cafe? I'd stay away. Green Mesquite is tiny. I've never seen music there, so not sure how it works. I think the bands must play outside in the back, or else they'd be on top of you, like mariachis. Most of the places I can think of with this format, such as Stubb's, Jovita's, and Threadgill's are pretty marginal in terms of food. I'm not a huge fan of Artz, but they are definitely better than the three I mentioned. The Broken Spoke is full of local flavor, and I hear they have a good chicken fried steak, but I've never eaten there, so can't vouch for it.
6416 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752
3201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Green mesquite has an outdoor area that's fairly large - the bands play out there, but you can get full service at the outdoor tables. I usually avoid the brisket and the ribs, though. It is safer to order chicken and pulled pork. They used to have decent jambalaya and good cobbler. There's a lot of other things on the menu besides BBQ.
They couple of bands I saw ther, though, were unremarkable. The music at Artz is always pretty good.