Though the bar is always packed with a mix of old timers and newbies, there's a perpetual Cheers vibe to Ego's that makes this non-pretentious, crammed-underneath-a-parking-garage bar pretty lovable. Maybe it's because everyone is cheering on their friends at Ego's bar none karaoke, or maybe it's the sense of camaraderie one feels at Tuesday night trivia. It doesn't matter who wins or loses, because soon you'll all be drunk-singing Garth Brooks together on the stage anyway.
Worst Karaoke Bar Ever.
On Friday night, they have the worst Karaoke host ever. He goes by Ares and was supposed to start at 10 PM but didn't start until 10:45 PM even though he was there earlier hanging out BSing. When he finally started, he gave no explanation or appology. He sang at the beginning of every rotation, even though there were about 15 customer singers. At 12:30 AM, I signed up for my next song and Ares said it would be about an hour and 10 minutes before I would sing. That would be about 1:40 AM and so I said OK. At about 1:30 Ares bored the audience with a 10 minute scream session he called a song and then, to my amazement, announced that the show was over.
This is a guy who has a lot to learn about customer service. He starts late, finishes early and lies to customers. This is one Karaoke bar that I will never go to again.
Death from above. Ego's Lounge as you knew and loved it is no more. It has been turned into a Karaoke bar by it's owner. Seriously. A bar that used to bring you the likes of Dale Watson, Bill Kirchen, Redd Volkeart, Two Hoots and a Holler, James Hand and a million others is now a Karaoke bar. Goodbye Austin, it was good while it lasted. So if you're into $2.50 Lonestar and some dude sleazing his way through Hotel California for the third time, Ego's Lounge is for you!
Unlike the name, there aren't big egos at this hidden gem, so check your pretense at the door..
Behind the gas station, enter a dark, smoke-filled atmosphere that's the perfect place to chill and have a few drinks with friends. The bartender can whip up a dirty martini as quick as he can crack open a Lone Star. Two pool tables in the back room are popular, so be prepared to pass the time with a game of foosball.
Still the coolest place in town.
I go to Ego's all the time and find it fun. Yes sometimes its loud and there is uaually a cover, But its not smokey inside anymore and the music is GREAT 5 out of 7 days.
I always meet the nicest people and leave feeling like I had a great time.
It's also a great day time/ happy hour hang out very mellow.
The staff is helpfull and experienced. Not to mention that the Ego's girls are super cute. Oh and did you know that it is under new management. The place keeps getting better.
Is there a beer shortage?. Where do they get off on charging so much for beer? I mean, I dig the atmosphere and all, but the staff is unfriendly and not particularly helpuful. Especially when grabbing you a $2.50 can of Schiltz. Want to pay a cover at 5:30 in the afternoon. Ego's is your place! Drop this place like a hot potatoe. Way overrated...
Best Bar in Austin.
I think this is my favorite bar in town. Nice and dark. Christmas lights. Friendly people. Good drinks.
Too smokey, though.
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