It’s a perfect Austin mix: Find cocktails, karaoke and movies at South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse and The Highball

We recently spent an enjoyable weekend afternoon at the newly reopened The Highball and South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse, which finally re-opened their doors in August 2014 after being closed for construction for 18 months. We were glad to be there again; both are unique Austin places that serve up good food and drinks in a fun environment.

When you drive by their South Lamar location, you might be confused by the scaffolding and construction you see from the street. Just turn onto Treadwell, turn left into the parking garage, and then it’s a two-minute walk from the garage to new and improved The Highball and Alamo Drafthouse.

Good news about The Highball: seven super-creative themed karaoke rooms, including one with a Rubik-cube table, and a video game-themed one with colorful game characters painted on the walls.

Bad news about The Highball: no more bowling. They have incorporated the wood from the bowling lanes into the floor and onto the bar surface.

The Highball has a large stage on the first floor; there is live music here three or four nights a week now. The dining area has glossy red booths, as well as tables with chairs covered in gold-colored fabric. There is one karaoke room on the main floor; the others are upstairs. A separate dining area with large windows is to the right of the entrance.

We enjoyed the cheese board ($16), which had a mix of sliced apples, three kinds of gourmet cheese, crackers and olives. We also tried the “La Sucia” ($10), a drink made of Reposado tequila, rice milk, cinnamon vanilla syrup and nutmeg. This is one of the Highball’s signature drinks; sweet and milky with a little bit of kick, it was a relaxing drink on a hot day.

The Highball shares a kitchen with the South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse. You can walk from one directly to the other. The new Drafthouse has nine movie screens and their trademark quirky lobby decorations, including spaceships hanging from the ceiling and a recognizable photo area that’s a tribute to “The Shining.”

Alamo Drafthouse offers a variety of private rental options, and The Highball would be the perfect location for a private party or karaoke-themed event.

Entertainment Weekly magazine called the Alamo Drafthouse chain “the best movie theaters in America.” It’s great to have their South Lamar location re-open for business again.

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