We can thank Dirty Sixth and the Rainey Street explosion for Austin's latest crowning achievement. ZIP code 78701 — which encompasses downtown — has been named the top neighborhood in the entire country to find a bar.
In anticipation of St. Paddy's Day, housing data site RealtyTrac released a list of America's best neighborhoods for a pub crawl. Downtown Austin ranked No. 1, based on the number of bars per capita. That's right: 78701 has the highest number of bars per capita in the entire country.
According to RealtyTrac, 78701 has 88 bars — one for every 67 people. That puts us way ahead of the No. 2-ranking ZIP code, 01103 in Springfield, Massachusetts. There, you'll find one bar for every 122 people — 21 bars total.
Downtown Austin tied with New Orleans' 70130 for the highest number of bars in a single ZIP code. The NOLA neighborhood also has 88 bars, but that's only one for every 158 folks. It ranked No. 7 on the list.
Two other Texas 'hoods landed on the list. Dallas' 75226 ranked No. 18 and Port Aransas' 78373 ranked No. 20. For the full list of the bar-filled neighborhoods, visit RealtyTrac.