Lake Travis has seven great restaurants and pubs accessible by boat. We’ve linked together the ultimate on the water pub crawl visiting all eight venues with directions and distances. Hitting all eight in a day might be a chore, but feel free to group 2-3 of the venues together in a fun filled on-the-water pub crawl around the lake. Stop for drinks at one, food at the next and end the evening with some live music available at most all of the boat access venues. Click on the links we’ve provided to each venue to check out their Upcoming Events – happy hours, weekly specials and live music. Each restaurant page also includes a link to their menus. You can also visit our all-inclusive Upcoming Events Page to see all the happening on the lake by date. We’ll start the fun at the Mansfield Dam Park boat ramp. Here we go…..
From Mansfield Dam Park Boat Ramp it’s 3.1 miles almost directly north past Windy Point (on your right) and then Starnes Island (on your left) to Volente Beach Resort and Waterpark. Here you’ll begin to see the waterpark from afar. Pull in behind VIP Marina to the private docking for the restaurant. Volente Beach has great food, great service and a destination experience. Signature burgers, chicken sandwiches, fresh-made pizza, great salads, wings, or our mouth-watering entrees such as pan-fried snapper, Ahi Tuna or MMMac n Cheese. Great lake views full bar – inside and out – and live music.
From Volente Beach you’ll continue north another 1.94 miles into the lake’s northernmost Sandy Creek Arm, you’ll see Sandy Creek Marina and the beautiful Shack 512 sitting out elevated over the water. Pull up to the courtesy dock and take the short ramp walk to the restaurant. Shack 512 offers American southern cuisine in a relaxed, beautiful Hill Country setting. A casual, outdoor venue, Shack 512 offers spectacular panoramic views of Lake Travis and the surrounding hills.
From Shack 512 you proceed southwest back to the south shore of the lake toward Emerald Point (at the tip of Hudson Bend). Emerald Point Bar & Grill is a full service lakefront Lake Travis restaurant, bar and event venue. EPBG is accessible by boat (with it’s own customer dock) as well as car. Enjoy cold drinks and great food lakeside overlooking beautiful Lake Travis. The venue has a palapa and an outdoor stage which will host regular live music from Austin’s best local bands and touring acts as well.
From Shack 512 you’ll traverse to the south side of the lake, where it’s a bit over 5 miles southwest to the Hurst Creek Arm where you’ll spot Sail & Ski Yacht Club & Marina and The Sundancer Grill. The private Sundancer boat dock is around to the right behind the restaurant. Park your boat at the courtesy dock, then call 512-266-2268 to get a short ride up the hill via golf cart. Sundancer Grill is a Lake Travis Restaurant with lakeside dining & boat access. A bistro dining experience with a casual lakeside atmosphere. Menu includes chef crafted salads, sandwiches, steak and seafood prepared with fresh ingredients. Sundancer Grill is open year-round at the Sail & Ski Yacht Club. Sundancer Grill is open for Lunch, Dinner, and Sunday Brunch.
From The Sundancer Grill continue southwest down the lake to Lakeway Marina, just up the hill is the TR Restaurant Bar and Lounge at the Lakeway Resort & Spa. TR provides a rustic yet charming atmosphere with pristine views of Lake Travis and Texas hills. Enjoy a diverse menu of Southern comfort cuisine featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner entrées made from fresh local ingredients. Guest favorites include Steak & Eggs, Herb Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast, and Filet Mignon. Whether you are heading to the lake or coming back from the golf course, enjoy delicious food, an impressive marble bar, HD TVs and the casually chic atmosphere at our Lake Travis Restaurant.
A short 2500 feet directly north across the lake from TR Restaurant and the Lakeway Marina is The Gnarly Gar. The Gar is a floating restaurant, bar, fuel dock and live music venue. Accessible by land and water. Ship store carries sundries, boat supplies, snacks and Gnarly Gar merchandise. Two stories with two decks , plenty of boat access dock parking. Full bar with large-screen TVs. Enormous catfish can be fed and watched from the dining deck. The Gnarly Gar’s focus is to provide everyone, young and old, with a fun, family-friendly, great experience. A wide variety of live music on weekends, great service, large-screen televisions, a fun happy hour, and a great menu which includes more homemade items such as sauces, dressings, salsa and specials.
From the Gar you’ll continue southwest 1.90 miles back to the south shore of the lake to Rough Hollow Cove where you’ll find perched above Rough Hollow Marina The Canyon Grille at Rough Hollow. Canyon Grille offers fantastic waterfront food paired with extraordinary views of Lake Travis, breathtaking Hill Country sunsets and plenty of live music. Come as you are to the dining room or spacious patio, choose from the wide selection of dishes, and relax as the experienced staff takes care of the rest. With an extensive wine list priced to please, dishes built to delight and divine desserts that will bring you nothing short of bliss, you truly can’t go wrong.
From Canyon Grille it’s a winding 7.4 mile boat drive around Point Venture and The Reserve to the southern facing Cat Hollow Cove, Briarcliff Marina and The Lighthouse Restaurant and Lounge. The Lighthouse is a full-service Lake Travis waterfront restaurant serving classic American food with a warm and cozy feel and a relaxing atmosphere. Clean and sophisticated, kid-friendly with a relaxing coffee spot and occasional live music all in a stunning waterfront location. Come see us by car or boat via Braircliff Marina.
There they are…eight great food, drink and live music venues accessible by boat on beautiful Lake Travis. Drive safely, drink responsibly and have a great time on the lake.