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“Retro Theme Adult Fun”
Review of The Highball

The Highball
Ranked #763 of 3,783 Restaurants in Austin
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours
Reviewed 28 June 2012

Put on your get ready for a surprise shoes, the Highball is a fun place! We went expecting the unusual, having been drawn there by a local poster for a live theatre re-enactment of South Park, the comedy cartoon show. Arriving about 6:30 PM on a weeknight, we were seated right away, but the tables soon filled up. (Happy hour from 5:00– 7:00; over 30 brews on tap, cocktails both standard and trendy.) The décor is 1950’s, “two steps up from a diner”, tuck & roll metal flake upholstery, circular booths. We read about the “vintage bowling’ on the web site, and there it was, an 8-lane, late 1950’s bowling alley – the real thing, with the simple game lights and ball return back up the gutter. (Bowling for 18 and older, “This is a bar, after all”, our server said. $20 per hour per lane up to 6 bowlers; table service. Make a reservation.) We ordered smoked brisket quesadillas, served with avocado slices – every bite excellent. The web site bragged on their fried chicken, so we ordered it, too, but it took a long time (cooked to order). However, as we shared the first plate we played a game of checkers and enjoyed our drinks- free board games available – a nice touch. Since our chicken order was long in coming, we were moved into the entertainment space (100+ seats, small tables & booths) as the play began. The room was full; the play, hilarious. The Highball features a variety of entertainment- call or check the site a night or two before you go. Private Karaoke lounges are available for a modest fee per hour by reservation or on demand. Very close to excellent evening: the food was slow and the service scattered during happy hour. However, the Highball is definitely worth a visit for couples or a party.

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Thank David M
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

Wow - this place truly has it all - bar, restaurant, bowling, and private karaoke rooms! Drinks were so-so, karakoe rooms could use a little updating, bowling looked very cool.

Great place for a social event.

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Thank Caltex77
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

Reserved lanes for group bowling in advance...we had a blast! Great music...good food & drinks! Highly recommend going.

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Thank jvh320
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

I went here a Friday night with some Friends. It was 80s night, not really my dancing music, but still fun. The place is very large with one side as a bowling area and the other a dancing area. The place has some creative and expensive drinks and then the normal drinks. I would definitely go back to this place.

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Thank TravelSomeMFS
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

I love the karaoke, the bowling and the service. These are the old bowling lanes from rock and bowl from new orleans pre-katrina.

Thank smile4u56584
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