faith in austin restored

Dec. 1, 2008, 9:46 p.m. by Sam
longbranch inn
I think it's pretty well known that I have mixed feelings on Austin. On the one hand, it's got a lot of fun things to do, but on the other, it's filled with trustafarians, hipster scum, and lots and lots of posers. This weekend, however, my opinion started to change. I've been going to the Longbranch Inn (on E. 11th and Lydia, for those who live around here) lately. It's a nice little dive close to my house and it's quickly becoming my regular neighborhood bar. There's only one row of tables parallel to one long wall, so when it's not dead inside, you usually have to sit next to other groups of people if you want to sit down. This Saturday night, a friend and I went, and sure enough, there were only two available seats--right next to a couple. We asked if we could sit down and they kindly obliged. It turns out they were on their first date and had met online. It quickly became obvious that they were not too into one another and were all too glad to have some other people to chat with to break the monotony. We had a really good time chatting with these strangers and I'm even still in touch with one of them. Later that night, the friend and I went to Creekside (on 6th and Red River), which has a great back deck. Standing around, sipping our Lone Stars and smoking our Camels, another couple approached us out of the blue and chatted us up. We didn't chat for long, but they were very friendly. I don't know if it was something in the air or if people were still riding a Thanksgiving high, but this was the first time I've seen such displays of friendliness in Austin. If things continue in this manner, I think I'll stick around a little longer.
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7 Comments

vince Says:

Dec. 9, 2008
I agree. Dive-themed.

Lew Says:

Dec. 9, 2008
dive is a theme. it is not an actual dive. it is just a dive theme. i think that theme applies to most neighborhood bars. It probably used to be an actual dive judging by the old sign.

sam Says:

Dec. 8, 2008
you\'re right. it\'s divey looking, not divey priced and doesn\'t have a divey crowd.

vince Says:

Dec. 8, 2008
I\'m not trying to argue, its just a little thing that got me thinking: I wouldn\'t say its a \"dive.\" I don\'t even think that La La\'s is that much of a dive. If its full of yuppies and hipsters, its not a dive. <3

LEW Says:

Dec. 8, 2008
while i was drinking bourbon i was wondering why a good texan like me was partaking of kentucky liquor instead of the liquid from our former nation. i bet good tequila is as good as good bourbon. did you in the past drink silver tequila or aged tequila?

sam Says:

Dec. 7, 2008
If you want tequila, you haven\'t had enough tequila. I\'ll never touch the stuff again unless its in a margarita (limit 2).

LEW Says:

Dec. 7, 2008
very cool bar. let\'s drink tequila sometime. i want to partake more of our southern neighbors national beverage.

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