Where to spend your 21st birthday in Austin

Andrea Tinning

Planning your 21st birthday in Austin can be overwhelming. There are countless venues to consider. Whether you’re down for Dirty Sixth or something more mild, the city never fails to deliver. Here are five great places to spend your 21st birthday in Austin, some of which offer specials and are open to your underage friends, so everyone can have fun!  

Spider House Café and Ballroom

Located within walking distance from the University, Spider House is the ideal place to celebrate your birthday after a long day of classes. With a huge menu that includes killer food and non-alcoholic drinks for your underage friends, Spider House is ideal for celebrating with everyone. Not only will you be able to enjoy your first legal cocktail on the outdoor patio with your friends, but the unique art and neon signs also make a nice backdrop for photos.

Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar

In a city known for its live music, Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar is certain to deliver a unique birthday experience complete with song and dance. On stage are two grand pianos where professional pianists will jam any and every genre of music at your request. Show them your ID at the door and the cover charge is free on your birthday. Request a special birthday song and you may or may not be invited on stage to sing the lead vocals, making your 21st a night your friends will never let you forget.

Buzz Mill 

Planning on celebrating all night? Buzz Mill has you covered. This 24-hour coffee house also serves beer, cider and cocktails. Located in Riverside, Buzz Mill’s fun and rustic interior will make for a cozy location for a birthday get together. Outdoor seating is also an option with food trucks on site. Should you decide to make your birthday entertainment extra special, this location hosts events ranging from live music and stand up comedy to “bring your own vinyl” socials and happy hours on certain nights of the week.


If growing older isn’t the focus of your outing, Barbarella’s takes you back in time with nostalgic ‘80s and ‘90s music and a packed dance floor. Their outdoor patio merges with Swan Dive next door, allowing you to bar hop with ease. Barbarella’s unique atmosphere makes it an ideal location for large groups who love fun and dancing.


If you’re looking for a queer bar with a lot of personality, Highland delivers in spades. This 21 and up nightclub is located on Colorado Street and offers unique cocktails and special events ranging from drag shows to guest DJs. The location itself features a giant dance floor, bar and patio for when you need to catch your breath. Check out the website for special events and promotions, including an 18 and up night for your underage friends.


What better way to spend your birthday than with delicious food and classic drinks? Trudy’s has three locations around Austin, all of which boast delicious Mexican Martinis and mouth watering dishes to kick off the night. To make you feel extra special on your big day, Trudy’s offers a free drink for patrons on their birthday. With happy hours almost every day and a vast menu, your 21st will be one to remember at Trudy’s, and your wallet will still be intact.