Red’s Porch

Red’s Porch sits atop the eastern edge of the Barton Creek Greenbelt. There you see a spectacular, broad view of trees and sky from their second floor patio. Since it opened in 2009, it has been a go-to place to take friends and family from out of town to show just how beautiful Austin can be. Just recently I started taking advantage of their indoor lounge area to get comfortable and do school work for hours at a time while sipping a margarita from their happy hour menu.


Red’s lounge area features old board games. 

Red’s essentially has nine places to sit and chill: Downstairs and upstairs bar, two separate patios, an upstairs deck, two separated dining areas, a lounge area with sofas and coffee tables and an outdoor gaming area. This gives you the choice of where to sit that is dependent on your mood. Each area has a different feel to it but with a common theme of TVs and great music playing over the PA.

The lounge area is the place to be when studying though. It is very limited when room is concerned but the couches are some of the most comfortable furniture my fine butt has ever had the pleasure to sit on.

Food and Beer

The food at Red’s will leave you with that southern, belt loosening, fullness. They have a mixture of Tex-Mex and soups, but their burgers and “Meals” are where it’s at. The Red’s Southern Chicken Fried Chicken with a side of Green Chili Mac ‘n’ Cheese is a favorite of many people who come to eat here. They also have a happy hour menu of typical bar foods that begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m.

Like most places in Austin, Red’s drink menu is very extensive. They have rolling taps and their website even has up-to-date information on what is currently available. The most important thing about Red’s is their happy hour menu for drinks and the length of time in which their happy hour spans.  Starting at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 7:00 p.m., Red’s happy hour is the perfect time to come in and do your school work (or anything in general) and enjoy yourself. It boils down to $2.00 PBRs, $3.00 wells and $4.00 frozen margaritas.


The WiFi is private but is available for guest. Just request the password from the waiter or waitress and you will be connected to the world. However, since a majority of the seating is outside you should come fully charged. There are outlets located throughout the restaurant and all you have to do is ask or find one.


Red’s is a great place to go when doing computer based homework that doesn’t require a lot of deep thought. Because of their location and their variety of things to offer, I would recommend you bring out-of-towners here to show them one of the many places that Austin has to offer.


3508 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704
Monday through Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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