Barton Springs Road runs east/west just south of Town Lake and features some of Austin's most storied entertainment venues. Favorably situated as the connection between Auditorium Shores and Zilker Park, Barton Springs experiences plenty of foot traffic during festivals. The boulevard section between South Congress and the Barton Creek Bridge is a great place to spend an evening in Austin. Here's our Best of Bartons Springs.

Barton Springs Saloon

Barton Springs Saloon. Photo: Will Taylor - LostinAustin.org
Barton Springs Saloon. Photo: Will Taylor - LostinAustin.org

Barton Springs Saloon is a storied low-key hangout on the popular corner of Barton Springs and South Lamar. Housed in an eclectic converted gas station, the Saloon lures locals with its jukebox, happy hour deals & great patio. Located as it is in the heart of booming South Lamar, it embraces the old-style, friendly Austin atmosphere that has made Austin one of the best places to live in the country. It's walking distance from great Austin venues like Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool, The Long Center and Auditorium Shores.

Where: 424 S Lamar Blvd
Phone: (512) 482-9673
Web: Barton Springs Saloon

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Green Mesquite BBQ

on the live music patio at Green Mesquite BBQ on Barton SPrings Rd.  Photo: Will Taylor - LostinAustin.org
on the live music patio at Green Mesquite BBQ on Barton SPrings Rd. Photo: Will Taylor - LostinAustin.org

A Barton Springs classic since 1988, The Green Mesquite serves up Austin and it's visitors great BBQ at reasonable prices. Live music playing from Thursday-Sunday. BBQ, blues and bluegrass!!

Where: 1400 Barton Springs Rd
Phone: (512) 479-0485

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Juliet Ristorante

On the patio at Juliet Italian Kitchen on Barton Springs.  Photo: WIll Taylor - LostinAustin.org
On the patio at Juliet Italian Kitchen on Barton Springs. Photo: WIll Taylor - LostinAustin.org

Juliet Ristorante is modern & classic Italian fare & drinks in a spacious, multi-room setting with luxe flourishes. Inspired by the bounty of the Italian countryside the eatery brings together an inventive Italian menu featuring thoughtfully sourced ingredients from across central Texas. Enjoy a meal, wine or a cocktail nestled among the trees on beautiful Barton Springs. The food and atmosphere are distinctively crafted, and full of life and celebration.

Where: 1500 Barton Springs Rd
Phone: (512) 479-1800
Web: Juliet Italian Kitchen

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The Shady Grove

Shady Grove Restaurant on Barton Springs Road
Shady Grove Restaurant on Barton Springs Road. Photo: Will Taylor - LostinAustin.org

The Shady Groveis an Austin icon. Big patio venue offering Southern Cooking classics, burgers, cocktails, and live music under towering pecan trees. The Grove’s got an award-winning menu, an eclectic jukebox, and a sprawling, pecan grove-shaded patio. Shady Grove offers an experience as unique as Austin. Nestled under the shade of the tall pecan grove, Shady Grove has been serving up Austin-inspired home-cooking, cocktails, sunshine, live music and smiles since 1992.

Where: 1624 Barton Springs Rd
Phone: (512) 474-9991
Web: The Shady Grove

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Baby Acapulco

Streetside dining at baby Acapulco on Barton Springs.  Photo: Will Taylor - LostinAustin.org
Streetside dining at baby Acapulco on Barton Springs. Photo: Will Taylor - LostinAustin.org

An Austin tradition for over 30 years. Family owned and operated, Baby A's is a Barton Springs staple and an Austin Tex Mex classic. Baby A’s has put its fingerprint on signature Tex-Mex dishes and is hailed as the originator of“Fruity Ritas” and the “Purple Rita” in town and around the world.

Where: 1628 Barton Springs Rd
Phone: (512) 474-8774

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Barton Springs Bike Rentals & Tours

Austin on two wheels at Barton Springs Bike Rentals & Tours. Photo: WIll Taylor - LostinAustin.org
Austin on two wheels at Barton Springs Bike Rentals & Tours. Photo: WIll Taylor - LostinAustin.org

Since 2009 Barton Springs Bike Rental has been serving Austin with bike rentals & tours from their big Barton Springs Rd. store. The location next to Austin’s favorite outdoor oasis, Zilker Park, and the beautiful 10 mile hike and bike trail that surrounds Lady Bird Lake, makes the store a great starting point for any Austin two wheeled tour.

Where: 1707 Barton Springs Rd
Phone: (512) 480-0200
Web: Barton Springs Bike Rentals & Tours

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The Picnic Food Truck Court

Picnic table dining at Barton Springs Picnic Food Truck Court.  Photo: Will Taylor - LostinAustin.org
Picnic table dining at Barton Springs Picnic Food Truck Court. Photo: Will Taylor - LostinAustin.org

Conveniently located on Barton Springs Rd, just across the creek from Zilker Park, The Picnic was designed as a home for locally owned Austin food trucks. The venue includes 80 paved parking spaces, architecturally designed pavilions, and air conditioned restrooms. It's a one-of-a-kind food court featuring Austin's best local eateries.

Where: 1720 Barton Springs Rd


Chuy's

Dining al fresco out front at Chuy's on Barton Springs.  Photo: Will Taylor - LostinAustin.org
Dining al fresco out front at Chuy's on Barton Springs. Photo: Will Taylor - LostinAustin.org

Where: 1728 Barton Springs Rd
Phone: (512) 474-4452

Chuy's is OG Bartons Springs. They opened in April 1982 with a vision of a fun and funky Tex-Mex restaurant serving authentic and fresh food in an atmosphere that appealed to everyone. And that's exactly what was accomplished. Chuy's “Tex-Mex” menu is made up of a combination of flavors, with recipes and ingredients from across New Mexico, Mexican border towns, the Rio Grande Valley, deep South Texas, Austin and beyond. Our Green Chile sauce recipe was “borrowed” from a little hole-in-the-wall in Española, New Mexico, and our fajita marinade is an old South Texas family recipe (used at some “infamous” South Padre Island beach parties.)

Where: 1728 Barton Springs Rd
Phone: (512) 474-4452


Zilker Park Boat Rentals

Zilker Park Boat Rentals. Photo: Will Taylor - LostinAustin.org
Zilker Park Boat Rentals. Photo: Will Taylor - LostinAustin.org

Zilker Park Boat Rentals offers up 160 canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards at their livery on Barton Creek. It'sthe perfect place to bring friends and family to enjoy a relaxing outing on the water. Located on the shores of Barton Creek just downstream from Barton Springs Pool.

Where: 2101 Andrew Zilker Rd
Phone: (512) 478-3852
Web: Zilker Park Boat Rentals


Barton Springs Pool

Springs therapy at Barton Springs Pool in Austin, TX..  Photo: Will Taylor - LostinAustin.org
Springs therapy at Barton Springs Pool in Austin, TX.. Photo: Will Taylor - LostinAustin.org

The legendary Barton Springs Pool is the crown jewel of Austin's beautiful Zilker Park. The pool is three giant acres of underground springs fun. With an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, it's ideal for year-round swimming. Over the years, Barton Springs Pool has drawn people from all walks of life, from legislators who have concocted state laws there to free-spirited, topless sunbathers who turned heads in the 1970s. Robert Redford learned to swim at the pool when he was five years old while visiting family in Austin. Today, Barton Springs still attracts a diverse crowd of people and has seen record setting numbers of visitors nearing 800,000 in recent years.

Where: 2131 William Barton Dr
Phone: (512) 974-6300
Web: Barton Springs Pool

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