Fredericksburg is a vacation destination famous not only for its rich German heritage and warm southern hospitality. A walk down historic Main Street (the widest Main Street in Texas!) will leave you wondering which direction to turn – the aroma of delicious food in the air, the sounds of country music filtering through the streets, the atmosphere of happy travelers, and a near impossible choice of where to wine, dine and party the night away.
Whether you’re seeking a spot for the whole family to relax, an intimate gathering with the girls, or a night of moonshine, two-stepping in your cowboy boots, and late night karaoke. If you are looking for live music early in the evening, drive through town with your windows down and see you you like the best. You can hear country, old rock and roll, and even gospel music on Sunday early at Hondo’s. Whatever you desire, you’ll find it all right here in Fredericksburg, TX.
The 78624 Bar is a classic (and classy) piano bar with inviting lounge areas, antique furnishings, a quaint courtyard, and some of the best cocktails in town! With a daily happy hour (4PM to 6PM), chilled piano music, light bites and charcuterie boards, and an amazing atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to sip cocktails in Fredericksburg (or get the Tiki Party Bowl for the whole crowd!).
The Altdorf Biergarten is a family-friendly restaurant and biergarten situated in a historic limestone building on Main Street, Fredericksburg and is owned by the same family that owns Crossroads Saloon and Steakhouse next door. Sip on Altdorf’s famous sangria or German brews, dine on classic German or southwestern Tex-Mex plates, and settle into the sounds of live music in the biergarten every weekend. During the remodel, they found the original well that was hand dug back in the day. They changed the remodel to include a see through window on the floor above the well. It’s crazy to see the stones used and the depth of the well and imagine it being hand dug! Also a hidden gem is the bar that is in the back of the restaurant entered by another door. You can sneak back there and see if there are open seats when it’s packed because they don’t take reservations for those.
August E’s is a highly-acclaimed fine dining restaurant in Fredericksburg, one block from historic Main Street. Start your experience with happy hour in the bar and lounge, followed by sophisticated and contemporary fine dining on steak, seafood, and unique sushi and raw bar offerings. For fine dining in Fredericksburg, it’s a must! The family that also owns Otto’s recently purchased this.
For a romantic and intimate night out in Fredericksburg, we recommend the outdoor patio next to the waterfall at the Cabernet Grill. This exceptional Texas Wine Country restaurant lies 3 miles from downtown Fredericksburg and is casual, yet charming with refreshing signature cocktails, a diverse selection of Texas only wines, and traditional Texas Hill Country cuisine. Recognized as a Top 100 Wine Restaurant in the US, it’s worthy of a spot on your nightlife itinerary in Fredericksburg.
Chase Place is a cocktail bar and kitchen set in a historic home, one block from Main Street, Fredericksburg. It’s a tiny, but really trendy, warm and inviting hangout for a night out in Fredericksburg with indoor dining, a pergola patio and garden seating under the trees. You don’t need reservations if you sit at the bar. Indulge in hand-crafted cocktails, the best Texas Hill Country wines, and a casual menu of salads, sandwiches and street tacos. The flank steak and frits are amazing!
Located in the West End of Fredericksburg, They have possibly one of the best steaks in town. Crossroads is one of Texas Hill Country’s finest dining and live music venues. Enjoy exceptional dining in the traditional steak house (with a modern twist!), catch the game on a big screen TV, and sip cocktails, craft beer or fine wine and dance the night away in the Saloon with big band live music Wednesday through Sunday. Downtown Fredericksburg has a noise ordinance that closes down most of the outdoor music spots at 10pm, but Crossroads is indoors, has a gorgeous saloon, lots of seating and a huge dance floor. They get large bands that you often have to pay a cover charge for, but its worth it. You will often see groups of bridesmaids going “wild” on the dance floor.
If you plan on drinking, this is only 5 blocks from our newest place, called the Cosmopolitan on Main, and 12 blocks from “Its 5 Oclock Somewhere” and “ The Uncorked Cottage”.
Cultures Grill & Bar is an easy going, family-friendly Fredericksburg grill and bar on Main Street. Bringing you classic dishes from the US, Germany and Mexico, over 40 beers on tap, an outdoor pet-friendly patio, and even PB&J sandwiches for the little ones, it’s a great stop for breakfast, lunch, dinner or late night vibes in Fredericksburg. This is one of the best places to watch live sports or the Olympics because they have large tvs everywhere. They also have a nice outdoor area. They also have frequent live music.
If hard rock and heavy metal is more your style, Fredericksburg’s got that too! Der Daiwel on Main Street is a small late-night rock bar bringing heavy metal bands back to Fredericksburg, TX. If you’re looking to rock and roll in Fredericksburg, regulars rate it “The Best Little Rock Bar in Texas!”. This is owned by two women who moved here from Germany. It’s super tiny, but really cool.
Der Lindenbaum is one of the finest German restaurants in Fredericksburg, located in a gorgeous historic building in the heart of Main Street. Savor authentic German cuisine, homemade German desserts and a wide range of German and Texas beers and wine. From Rheinland-style lunch specials to Konigsberger Klopse, it’s an all authentic German experience in Fredericksburg, TX. This is probably one of the best authentic German food restaurants in Fredericksburg.
Granite House Lounge is a Fredericksburg foodie hotspot, located in the Warehouse District of Fredericksburg only a few blocks from historic Main Street. Only a year or so old, it has a great outdoor area to hang out while waiting to dine. Dine on New Orleans inspired classics like fried green tomatoes and shrimp & grits, and sip from a selection of signature cocktails, beer on tap, and fine wines – indoors or on the heated, fairy-lit outdoor patio. This is not downtown, so it is sometimes less crowded because many tourists don’t know it’s there. If it’s busy, you can hang out in the yard on a adirondack and have drinks until a table opens up.
Take the whole family for Mexican, margaritas and live patio music at El Milagro Twenty Twelve, a fun Mexican restaurant and courtyard tucked away behind the Fredericksburg Brewing Company. It’s laid-back, family-friendly with kids plates, and you’ll find tasty homemade German specialties too. They have outdoor live music almost every Friday and Saturday when the weather is nice. Usually old rock and roll groups.
Most people from out of town don’t know this, but they also have amazing desserts. Evidently one of the owners relatives loves to bake and makes the most scrumptious desserts that have MASSIVE servings. If it’s crowded, just hang out near the stairs and pounce when you see a table leave. There is a lot of inside seating, but most sit outside.
Hidden Hideaway is another Fredericksburg hotspot that just opened on Main Street, open late for a night out on the town. Its tucked away down a tiny alley on Main and has a full bar and big TV for sports, a casual menu, over 20 hand crafted cocktails and it’s a great spot for outdoor dining on the fairy lit patio with an outdoor dance floor and live music on the weekends. This is brand new and I’m not sure how good it is.
From one hotspot to another! Hill & Vine serves up fine Texan cuisine, a large selection of Texas and west coast wines, classy cocktails, Texas craft beer, and a good time for all social gatherings! Gather in the beautiful large backyard with live music every weekend and get your drinks directly from Das Bar Bus, a cool restored VW bus come bar in the backyard! This new restaurant is awesome. Try the mushroom crostinis, the pork chop, great salads and wonderful mixed cocktails.
The Hitchin’ Post is a small steakhouse with amazing Texan steaks, succulent seafood and signature Texan comfort food served to perfection. Located in a historic building just off Main Street, the Hitchin’ Post is a great spot for early family dinners with the kids, and late night dining with the girls! This is one of the places that you hear mentioned often when people ask where to get a good steak.
Hondo’s is a funky and fun self-serve restaurant with an indoor restaurant, two bars and a large backyard with benches. They have live music Wednesday through Sunday, and plenty of room for two-stepping on the patio. They usually have country music groups playing here and have a fun circular dance area where you often see “two steppin”. Bring your family because it’s like going to a family wedding in the sense that you will see Moms and Dads dancing with their kids. It’s also where a few elderly widowed men hang out who ask women to dance with them. I’ve taken them up on it a time or two.
You’ll find handmade margaritas (best in town!), and a great menu with everything from their wonderful barbecue, bar food and sandwiches to Mexican, or Texas fried chicken steak. They have a second bar in the back that many don’t know about which has a much shorter line. Make sure someone from your group gets in line early for food and drinks as the line can be REALLY long. Get two drinks each while you are at it. They don’t have wait staff.
Martini’s Seafood House is Fredericksburg’s only true seafood restaurant! Located near Marktplatz in the heart of downtown Fredericksburg, it’s the place to go for classic martinis (mocktails for the driver!), signature seafood, and large tender oysters at the Raw Bar. If you’re visiting Fredericksburg midweek, stop by Tuesdays & Wednesdays for dollar oysters and live music that’ll have you singing along!
Navajo Grill is an upscale eatery on Main Street, Fredericksburg with a choice of dining in the charming indoor dining area, or under the stars on the rustic limestone patio. Start your evening with live music, bar food and happy hour drinks (Monday to Friday 4PM to 6PM), followed by fine dining on classy southern cuisine.
Nury’s has three locations in Fredericksburg – Nury’s Breakfast & Lunch on Washington Street, the Nury’s Food Truck in Munch Park, and a new location on Main Street. Nury’s on Main serves up a wide variety of unique artisan seafood dishes from crab nachos and street tacos for snacking to towering seafood stacks to share. I hear a lot of folks talking about how great it is.
Otto’s is a contemporary and upscale German bistro with an intimate dining area and open kitchen, rustic outdoor dining on the porch, and an open-air patio overlooking the Pacific War Museum. Otto’s offers a bold menu of farm to table German and Austrian cuisine paired with classic cocktails, craft beers and wine from around the world – an experience worthy of every foodie bucket-list for Fredericksburg, TX! Its not cheap, on the expensive side, but food is amazing. They also own the taco place next door and the wine and cheese restaurant/shop on the other side. They are also building a new Italian restaurant on the corner of Main and Milam AND just bought August E’s.
The Pioneer Bar is Fredericksburg’s newest indoor bar and live music venue with weekend bands ‘til late, killer karaoke nights, and delicious Cajun gumbo on the menu for a late night snack. If you’re looking for late night vibes, head to the Pioneer Bar on Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX.
Salvation Speakeasy is the first and only speakeasy in Fredericksburg! Nestled on a 10-acre orchard on the 290 Wine Trail, this specialty cocktail lab serves the freshest, fruitiest cocktails by master mixologists in an intimate setting – perfect for a date night or a refreshing change after a day on the 290 Wine Trail.
Silver Creek is a buzzing biergarten in the heart of downtown Fredericksburg, with a large indoor bar and seating area, and an outdoor patio with live music on Main Street. They feature the biggest selection of beer in the Hill Country, authentic German and Texan cuisine, open mic nights on Sunday, blues on Monday and a laid-back, family-friendly vibe. The outdoor area is covered by a massive tree that is over 300 years old. They have great food. I usually do a drive by to see if I like the music first, then park on a side street and head over if it sounds good.
It’s all German at The Auslander, one of the best German restaurants in Fredericksburg, TX! The Auslander offers a traditional German atmosphere in the dining room, authentic German cuisine with Bavarian specialties, and live music in the outdoor biergarten every weekend.
Fredericksburg’s Backyard Amphitheater is Texas Hill Country’s premier live music venue, nestled in a scenic setting just outside downtown Fredericksburg. The Amphitheater hosts several big names throughout the year and offers a unique live music experience with world-class sound, musicians and Hill Country views.
Nestled off the beaten path on a beautiful vineyard along Barons Creek, this eclectic wine bar and European-style bistro serves light bites and boutique wines from their private vineyards, boasts the most beautiful sunsets in Hill Country, and has live music on weekends ’till 10PM for a night out in the vineyards of Texas Hill Country.
The Officers Club is a popular, adult only bar and lounge at the Hangar Hotel, overlooking the airport runway in Fredericksburg. The ambiance is that of an old-school Gentleman’s Club with a mahogany and granite fireplace, leather furniture and chess sets, a billiards table, a grand piano, and live music Friday and Saturday. I’ve heard this is a great place to go.
This quaint, equestrian-themed craft cocktail bar and lobster house is only a few blocks off Fredericksburg Main Street. The atmosphere is intimate, the Lobster rolls are the best in town, and their hand-crafted cocktails will leave you wanting more!
If you want to sing or like karaoke, this is the place to go. Located across from the Pacific War Museum, the Velvet Lounge is a Fredericksburg hotspot for late night fun! There’s a small selection of bar food and munchies, a huge selection of over 200 spirits, on demand karaoke Wednesday through Sunday, and regular live music that draws a crowd.
Western Edge Kitchen & Cocktails lies a block west of Marktplatz and offers a relaxed Hill Country vibe with a wide selection of tasty menu options, Texas wine, craft beer and cocktails, and regular live music with local Texas artists and songwriters. It’s a great venue for family-friendly live music in Fredericksburg! They have excellent food and just added a large outdoor seating area. They say they have live music every night. If you are staying at our newest property the Cosmopolitan, its just about 6 blocks away, an easy walk.
You are going to love this place, but be ready to wait a long while! Lutz, the owner worked as a German baker for 20 years before immigrating to the USA to take over this place. They serve lunch and dinner with everything being made from scratch. They also had a bread/sweet bread case with loads of incredibly delicious loaves of breads and European Pastries made fresh every day to take home.