May 18, 2006
The building which houses Buffalo Billiards was built in 1861 and was used as Austin's first boarding house and still maintains the same Wild West feel of women in frilly skirts yelling at the gun toting male patrons. As you enter this massive establishment you see the large cut out above your head exposing the second level which on most nights live music pours from.
Buffalo Billiards is a great place to go hang out and knock back a couple of beers, play some pool or see a show upstairs in their concert hall. They serve typical bar food such as hot wings and cheese sticks, but you can also get a burger or a nice wrap. Prices are reasonable with meals, between $7 and $10. Beers are priced at $3.50 for Shiner and $3 for domestics which remain comparable with most bars on the 6th street strip, but on Mondays you can get a $1 PBR or Miller High Life...what a deal!
From 4:00-6:00 Monday through Friday pool is free, which finding a table should not be an issue with 20 plus pool tables. There are three bars total (one on the main level and two upstairs) and a large balcony with a great view of the strip. The orbit lounge upstairs brings a pretty chill atmosphere with circular vinyl sofas and awesome lighting separating itself from the at times rowdy feel of the lower level. If pools are not your thing (like me) try out some foose ball or maybe some darts. This is an excellent bar to go with a large group because you'll have no problem finding seating and there is more than enough visual stimulation here to keep your eyes wandering all night. And might I suggest an excellent Bloody Mary for not too much cash at around $3.
From journal SXSW in Austin Texas