Can anyone recommend someplace in Austin evocative of that better era where people drank Martini's in lieu of Mojitos, and where the baked potato was the ultimate vegetable? A few of my guy friends and I are going to see a boxing match at the Erwin Center tomorrow, and need an appropriate place for pre-dinner drinks and food (If any ladies would like to dress in ermine and pearls and join us, they're also welcome).
I hate to speak of this in any overly gendered way, but the stereotype is descriptive; we'd really like a "manly" place. Again, is there any place with stiff drinks and crudly hacked cuts of meat that ring a bell? Ideally there'd be dim booths, that carry the stench of pre-smoking ban better times. Melted butter would be the most complicated sauce on the menu.
Anyway, I don't hold out hopes that such a place exists here. The best I can come up with is the Hoffbrau, where I've never eaten. It's old and steak-centric anyway. I've considered and dismissed Sullivan's and Flemings, as we're not looking for something that expensive or high quality (as if those places were) but atmosphere. If anybody knows anything or can ask their grandpa, I'd appreciate it.