Category Archives: WiFi Hotspots

Opal Divine’s – (Marina) North Austin

Opal Divine's on UrbanspoonSo I feel I should at least write about Opal’s since I am sitting here on their WIFI, fed and satisfied after the failure that is Abel’s.
Opal’s has lots of stuff on the menu, much of it good. The Nachos are very good, with home made, fried chips. I usually get the Two Step for Lunch as it is cost effective, filling and you have numerous items to pick from.
The only complaint is for the Executive Chef. You suck at what you do if you have to use Bell Peppers in 99% of the dishes for flavoring. Honestly, I have never been to a place that needs to cook bell peppers into their Black Beans. Black Beans don’t need it, their flavor comes from the bean itself, it is just not necessary.

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Your Mom’s Burger Bar

Your Mom's Burger Bar on UrbanspoonNot often do I take the time to hash out a review from my phone, this is one reason I don’t tweet, I have far more to say. Not the point, point is Mom’s. It has gone way down hill.

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Third Base Sports Bar

Third Base Sports Bar on UrbanspoonIt has been a long time since I have been to Third Base downtown. Despite it’s age, I have to say that it’s still a nice bar. Many places start to show their age the longer they’ve been open, but they seem to keep this place looking good. Maybe they have been watching Bar Rescue with John Tapper.

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Opal Divine’s Marina

Opal Divine's Marina on UrbanspoonI got in the boat and headed for a late dinner. It was awkward since they had no docks to park my boat at because this place is no where near a lake, river, ocean, or even pond for that matter. I never really understood why they called this joint a Marina, maybe because Captian Jack’s or Poopy’s Poop Deck was what it was called before Opal floated in. Who knows.

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MVP Sports Bar

MVP Sports Bar and Grill on UrbanspoonI been here a few times, but only ate when they first opened. It was ok, but nothing awesome. Truth is it has not gotten better but in reality for the price you can’t complain.

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Shoal Creek Saloon

Shoal Creek Saloon on UrbanspoonI have been to Shoal Creek a few time for lunch and always get the lunch special. I want to try the Cajun but just never happens. A friend has tried the Seafood Etouffee and sad it was good.

I always seem to be here on Pork Chop Day and this mother is big! Bigger than tour face big! You could use it as a weapon, a tasty meat weapon.

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Ski Shores Cafe

Ski Shores Cafe on UrbanspoonIt’s been a while since I have been to Ski Shores, probably close to two years. The place is still nice after the remodel. They keep putting money into it and it shows.

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Carlos ‘n Charlie’s

Carlos 'n Charlie's on UrbanspoonYou can’t party your frog off at Lunch…well some of the folks that come here can. I have before, just not today.

Today sucked. Sucked hard. Tax day is tomorrow, which I am not ready for and I get a ticket on the access road. Really? When a Sargent gives you a ticket, you can bank on Austin Police Department to just be generating revenue.

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Sam’s Boat

Sam's Boat on UrbanspoonAs for a bar goes you either love or hate this place. I ENT come often, but can’t help but crave the wings. The wings are some of the best in town because they are twice cooked, fried then broiled!

The the other fare is what it is. Most people come for Crawfish when it is in season. I personally go with other menu items such as the club.

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The Water Tank

Water Tank on UrbanspoonAs always I try to stop into The Water Tank for Tuesday Tacos mostly because they are a buck. Yes 1 dollar! And these things are good, I mean they are not over thought, just like you would cook up at home. Ground meat, a packet of seasoning, shell, and what ever you put n it.

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Shoorters Billiards & Sports Bar

Shooters Billiards & Sports Bar (Blue) on Urbanspoon Shoorters Billiards & Sports Bar
Austin, Texas

“Horrible service, slower than Christmas”
Does not like it

Seating is only good at the bar. The music is usually quite enough to work, only lacking plugs at the tables.

Wirelss SSID: SHOOTERS
Secure: No
Outlets: Ask bartender, best location far right end of bar
Quiet: Medium, (Music or Games usually going on)
Speed: Fast
Overall Workability Rating: 3 (1-5)

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Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill

Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill on Urbanspoon Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill
Austin, Texas

“Boobies”
Likes it

Good place to work at lunch, but when games come on, the noise makes it very difficult to work.

Wirelss SSID: Bikinis on 6th
Secure: No
Outlets: Front of bar
Quiet: Semi-Noisy
Speed: Fast
Overall Workability Rating: 3 (1-5)

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Bagpipes Pub & Eatery

Bagpipes Pub & Eatery on Urbanspoon Bagpipes Pub & Eatery
Austin, Texas

“Roach in my salad…blah”
Does not like it

Good place to work, but the food is horrible.

Wirelss SSID: BAGPIPES PUB
Secure: No
Outlets: None, Ask bartender to plug in behind the bar
Quiet: No
Speed: Medium
Overall Workability Rating: 2 (1-5)

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Wahoo’s Fish Taco

Wahoo's Fish Taco on Urbanspoon Wahoo’s Fish Taco
Austin, Texas

“Not bad”
Likes it

Good place to work while eating lunch, but it is too busy with traffic to really work more than over lunch. The signal falls off sometimes as there are many people walking around.

Wirelss SSID: Wahoo
Secure:
No
Outlets: None
Quiet: ***
Speed: *
Overall Workability Rating: *

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Pluckers Lakeline

Pluckers Wing Bar on Urbanspoon Pluckers Lakeline
Austin, Texas

“Patty Melt tossed in Ranch Seasoning”
Likes it

Very good place to get work done. The speed is acceptable and the music is usually quite enough to make phone calls if needed.

Wirelss SSID: Pluckers-Guest
Secure: No
Outlets: Under the bar on each end and at the tables in the bar
Quiet:
Medium (Quite unless they crank the music, or games are on)
Speed: Medium
Overall Workability Rating: 3 (1-5)

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Boulevard Bar & Grill

Boulevard Bar & Grill on Urbanspoon Boulevard Bar & Grill
Austin, Texas

“Good location on Far West”
Likes it

Noisy at busy times, but otherwise a quiet place. Lack of power plugs is only detraction.

Wirelss SSID: Boulevard
Secure: No
Outlets: None
Quiet: Quiet
Speed: Medium
Overall Workability Rating: 3 (1-5)

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Homer’s Bar & Grill

Homer's Bar & Grill on Urbanspoon Homer’s Bar & Grill
Austin, Texas

“No more food”
Likes it

I love Homer and Shelly, their karaoke, drinks, and overall attitude about running a bar.They closed down the kitchen, but it is still a good place to have a drink and get some work done.

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Closed – Hooters

Hooters on Urbanspoon Hooters
Austin, Texas

“Corporate”
Does not like it

Honestly they spend so much time making sure you do not need any more drinks, food, whatever, it is hard to keep a train of thought. Even after I told them, I am just going to sit here and work.

Wirelss SSID: Hooters
Secure: No
Outlets: None
Quiet: Loud
Speed: Medium
Overall Workability Rating: 1 (1-5)

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Hideout Pub

Hideout Pub on Urbanspoon Hideout Pub
Austin, Texas

“Good late grub”
Likes it

Excellent Jukebox so the noise level can be high. The food is good and they serve food until midnight.

Wirelss SSID: Fry’s Electronics Free WiFi
Secure: No
Outlets: Few at end of bar by Bar Top Game
Quiet: Quiet (unless people are playing jukebox)
Speed: Fast
Overall Workability Rating: 3 (1-5)

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Cover 3

Cover 3 on Urbanspoon Cover 3
Austin, Texas

“Quite and tasty”
Likes it

There are not enough seats at the bar, but you can sit at any table. It is very quite most of the day and the speed is enough to get work done.

Wirelss SSID: Cover3
Secure: No
Outlets: None, Ask bartender to plug in behind the bar
Quiet: Quiet
Speed: Very Fast
Overall Workability Rating: 4 (1-5)

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Hideout Pub

Hideout Pub on Urbanspoon Hideout Pub
“Cheap drinks, food to boot!”
Likes it

The food at Hideout is good for pub grub. The drinks stand out as they are mostly $3 bucks.
I have tried the Burgers, waffle fries, and nachos. All are good and the staff is nice.
It is in a weird location, one reason they call it Hideout…but it is worth a stop by. It seems that most people use it as a “stop-off” bar, as they have a few drinks and move on.

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Third Base Sports Bar

Third Base Sports Bar on Urbanspoon Third Base Sports Bar
Austin, Texas

“Great at lunch”
Likes it

Excellent place to work downtown. Lunch is usually quite and you can even take phone calls if needed.

Wirelss SSID: Thirdbase
Secure: No
Outlets: Under knees at bar
Quiet: Very Quite (during lunch)
Speed: Fast
Overall Workability Rating: 4 (1-5)

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Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill

Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill on Urbanspoon Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill
“Locally owned is best!”
Likes it

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Boulevard Bar & Grill

Boulevard Bar & Grill on Urbanspoon Boulevard Bar & Grill
Austin, Texas

“…good lunch stuff.”
Doesn’t like it

Well, I went to Boulevard Bar & Grill the first week it was open years ago….it sucked.
That, like many things changed, they have solidified their niche.
Burgers are good at lunch and they have a cheap happy hour. Even after years of them being there, I go back every few months when I am in the area.
Be warned, the bar is small, so there really is no “eating at the bar”.

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Carlos N’ Charlie’s

Carlos 'n Charlie's on Urbanspoon Carlos ‘N Charlie’s
Austin, Texas

“…on the decline.”
Really likes it

The food continues to be on the decline. It is hard to screw up Beef Fajitas, but when half of it is un-chewable, I wonder if they are just not doing any quality checks on the food.

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Third Base

Third Base Sports Bar on Urbanspoon Third Base
Austin, Texas

“Quite at lunch”
Likes it

Great spot to get some work done. During the day the noise is very low and it is easy to work and even talk on the phone if you need.

Wirelss SSID: Thirdbase
Secure: No
Outlets: Not obvious, ask bartender, Under the Bar by knees
Quiet: Very Quite (during day)
Speed: Very Fast
Overall Workability Rating: 5 (1-5)

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Lavaca Street Sports Bar

Lavaca Street Sports Bar on Urbanspoon Lavaca Street Sports Bar
Austin, Texas

“its a sports bar”
Likes it

Acceptable place to work downtown, but not ideal due to hours.

Wirelss SSID: Lavaca Street Bar
Secure: No
Outlets: Ask bartender to plug in behind the bar
Quiet: Quite until later
Speed: Medium
Overall Workability Rating: 2 (1-5)

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Halcyon

Halcyon on Urbanspoon Halcyon
Austin, Texas

“Quite for lunch”
Likes it

Quite enough to talk on the phone, speed is good, but there are usually 3-5 users online at all times.
Wirelss SSID: Halcyon
Secure: No
Outlets: None, Ask bartender to plug in behind the bar
Quiet: Quite
Speed: Fast
Overall Workability Rating: 3 (1-5)

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Anderson Mill Tavern

Anderson Mill Tavern
Austin, Texas

“Still a dive bar”
Does not like it

Quite most of the day. They do play music, but that is usually not loud.

Wirelss SSID: AMT
Secure: No
Outlets: None, Ask bartender to plug in behind the bar
Quiet: * (Music or Games usually going on)
Speed: **
Overall Workability Rating: **

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Shoal Creek Saloon

Shoal Creek Saloon on Urbanspoon Shoal Creek Saloon
Austin, Texas

“Lunch specials every day”
Likes it
Nice that you can work on the back Patio. Quite out there unless they have a game on but that is usually not the case.

Wirelss SSID: Saloon
Secure: No
Outlets: None
Quiet: * (Music or Games usually going on)
Speed: **
Overall Workability Rating: **

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Sam’s Boat

Sam's Boat on Urbanspoon Sam’s Boat
Austin, Texas

“Wireless is slower than the second coming of Jesus.”
Doesn’t like it

I have no idea how Corporate continues to say wireless works, when you get close to 9kbps out of the link.Seriously, get RoadRunner, DSL is a joke, especially here. If you have to do ANY work, or even check email, good luck.

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Waterloo Ice House (South Park Medows)

Waterloo Ice House on UrbanspoonWaterloo Ice House
Austin, Texas

“Queso Blanco covered Chopsteak”
Likes it

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Closed: BW-3 Bar & Grill

Bw-3 Bar & Grill on UrbanspoonBw-3 Bar & Grill
Austin, Texas

“good for a beer, but food sucks ”
Doesn’t like it

It is a bar, the food sucks. It was better before the name change.

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CLOSED: Bennigan’s

Bennigan's on UrbanspoonBennigan’s
Austin, Texas

“Quite possibly some of the worst service in town”
Doesn’t like it

Only saving grace for this shop is that you can still smoke inside the bar.Even though the staff is friendly the service sucks. EVERY TIME. The bar is small, but the bartenders seem to be consumed with … well something besides slingin’ liquor. They have NTN Trivia, a bunch of TV’s and Karaoke on one night.

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Starbucks @ 6th and Congress

Starbucks on UrbanspoonStarbucks @ 6th and Congress
Austin, Texas

“Best Location in Town”
Likes it

Folks are friendly to everyone but the bums, just they way it should be

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Daddy’s Grill & Bar

Daddy's Grill & Bar on UrbanspoonDaddy’s Grill & Bar
Austin, Texas

“was better as bw3’s”
Doesn’t like it

Sucks now

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Sam’s Boat

Sam's Boat on Urbanspoon Sam’s Boat
Austin, Texas

“Best Wings in Town”
Dosen’t likes it

Hooters is way over rated. Sam’s Boat bakes their first, then seasons, deep fries and serves!Good place for some drinks also – As for the “Blood of Satan” it will knock out the most veteran drinker!

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Cool River Cafe

Cool River Cafe on UrbanspoonCool River used to serve USDA Prime and their steaks were very, very good. Now it is Black Angus (not certified Prime) and the steaks are lacking.The nightlife is weak and the crows is aging. The same bands have been there for years and it is getting boring.At least you can still smoke here, even cigars. The Cigar Room is awesome and the staff and management are great to the regulars.Some nights depending on the Band that is playing the crowd can go from Cowboy to seedy to down right thugs, but Monday and Tuesdays are quite since there are no live bands.

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Water Tank

Water Tank on Urbanspoon Water Tank
Austin, Texas

“Damn good burger!”
Likes it

So I ate at the bar last week for lunch. I have to say the burgers at Water Tank hold their own with any in town. Mind you these are not your gourmet burger, just more of a diner style.
The flavor is awesome, so much so I have had a burger three times this week.
They do take-out as well as eat in, so sometimes I just don’t eat at the bar.

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