Austin >Merkaba Lounge & Grill
A bit out of control. I know it's hard to manage large groups, but they really need to have better security. Couldn't believe how many people walked out with drinks. Saw a lot of glass in the parking lot from all the drunks hanging outside. Food is ok, staff isn't that friendly.
Good food, great music on a huge stage, big dance floor - I just wish there wasn't so much smoke!. My friends and I have been going to Merkaba for a long time now to see some of our favorite bands. The stage and dance floor are great and the tapas food is better than most bar fare. The staff here is always fantastic and are all a lot of fun. I am not sure whether the person who wrote that review about overly-drunk people was going to the same bar or if they are a puritan who considers the consumption of alcohol in general to be sinful, but I have always found the crowd here to be a lot of fun without falling all over themselves. My only complaint about this bar is the smoke. Being outside the city limits of Austin, smoking is legal inside this bar and lots of the patrons take advantage of this fact. I always leave smelling like an ashtray and with a bit of a raw throat. I guess it is a testament to the significant plus sides of this venue that I think it is worth braving the nicotine fog to go there again and again!
Merkaba is now a non-smoking venue, patio is available for smoking.
Far from a good time....
This is where people go to get ridiculously, disgustingly wasted. And the bathrooms are covered in a strange white powder. People are packed in there like sardines. And at last call, good luck getting to the bar. Every low life drunk in N. Austin and metro areas are in there. I'll never go in there again!
Wonderful Food and Drinks. I stopped in the lingerie store for a few items. After talking with the cindie's girls they told me to try this bar and grill. I was blown away. The food and drinks were great!
Casual bar-goers and low-key revelers kick back at this "something for everyone" nightclub and restaurant located on North I-35..
Catering to those who want to go out on the town for dinner and drinks without heading downtown, this grill and bar offers a mixed menu of chicken, beef and seafood. Nightly drink specials and events such as Texas Hold 'Em poker, DJs and live music attract a mix of Austinites ranging from Dell employees to visiting bikers to club-going dancers. Dark walls provide a balance to the large windows out front.
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