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Karissa

Larry & Karissa's guidebook

Favorite Resaturants
Most of these spots are within a 15-20 minute drive on the east side or south of downtown.
One of our favorite spots. Loved by locals, this place has an amazing ambience and is perfect for a romantic date or an intimate group dinner. Great wine and cocktails, and good French food. Get the burger.
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Justine's
4710 East 5th Street
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One of our favorite spots. Loved by locals, this place has an amazing ambience and is perfect for a romantic date or an intimate group dinner. Great wine and cocktails, and good French food. Get the burger.
GREAT Thai food. A little out of the way, but if you are up north, give this place a try.
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Titaya's Thai Cuisine
5501 N Lamar Blvd # C101
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GREAT Thai food. A little out of the way, but if you are up north, give this place a try.
Amazing Tex Mex and incredibly strong margaritas. We love their fajitas with corn tortillas. They have a salsa bar with all kinds of salsa and escabeche. We've never NOT been here after a day out on Town Lake or Lake Travis.
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Polvo's
2004 S 1st St
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Amazing Tex Mex and incredibly strong margaritas. We love their fajitas with corn tortillas. They have a salsa bar with all kinds of salsa and escabeche. We've never NOT been here after a day out on Town Lake or Lake Travis.
Less busy than Franklin, but still busy. Get there early. Amazing Barbecue, cool space. It's attached to a great convenient store called Quickie Pickie with great craft beer, specialty pricey snacks, and good coffee.
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La Barbecue
2027 E Cesar Chavez St
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Less busy than Franklin, but still busy. Get there early. Amazing Barbecue, cool space. It's attached to a great convenient store called Quickie Pickie with great craft beer, specialty pricey snacks, and good coffee.
We love this place so much they catered our wedding. Austin food truck staple by renowned chef / owner Paul Qui. Creative asian fusion cuisine for very affordable prices. Get a few things and share. The Brussel sprouts are a must. There are a few locations in town.
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East Side King
1618 East 6th Street
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We love this place so much they catered our wedding. Austin food truck staple by renowned chef / owner Paul Qui. Creative asian fusion cuisine for very affordable prices. Get a few things and share. The Brussel sprouts are a must. There are a few locations in town.
We have eaten here so many times over the last 12 years, we've probably put the owner's kid through college. Open til 2am, this place has great food for good prices. Not a fancy place by any stretch, but great if you're wanting late night asian food.
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888 Pan Asian Restaurant
2400 East Oltorf Street
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We have eaten here so many times over the last 12 years, we've probably put the owner's kid through college. Open til 2am, this place has great food for good prices. Not a fancy place by any stretch, but great if you're wanting late night asian food.
A converted convenient store (that's a thing here in Austin) — cool spot with great craft beer, wine and 'Indian' food. Probably not the place to go if you want super authentic Indian, but good if you want a different take on bar food. They play live music most nights and is a cool place to hang for a few hours.
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Whip in
1950 South Interstate 35 Frontage Road
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A converted convenient store (that's a thing here in Austin) — cool spot with great craft beer, wine and 'Indian' food. Probably not the place to go if you want super authentic Indian, but good if you want a different take on bar food. They play live music most nights and is a cool place to hang for a few hours.
YUM... The best fish taco in Austin. All their tacos are bomb. It takes a long time to get your order, but it's worth the wait.
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Veracruz All Natural Food Truck
1704 East Cesar Chavez Street
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YUM... The best fish taco in Austin. All their tacos are bomb. It takes a long time to get your order, but it's worth the wait.
If you're downtown, stop by the flagship Whole Foods. It's like Texas' 2nd most touristed location after the capitol building. Great for picking up food for a picnic or quick bite before heading out to Town Lake.
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Whole Foods Market
525 North Lamar Boulevard
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If you're downtown, stop by the flagship Whole Foods. It's like Texas' 2nd most touristed location after the capitol building. Great for picking up food for a picnic or quick bite before heading out to Town Lake.
Duh. But this place is actually amazing. Their pizza is fantastic and it's really fun. There is a to-go spot right next door to the main location if you're in a hurry. But if you're not, sit outside on their patio while taking a break for shopping on S. Congress.
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Home Slice Pizza
1415 South Congress Avenue
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Duh. But this place is actually amazing. Their pizza is fantastic and it's really fun. There is a to-go spot right next door to the main location if you're in a hurry. But if you're not, sit outside on their patio while taking a break for shopping on S. Congress.
Another great BBQ spot. Less crowded than some other spots, but it's still BBQ in Austin, which always means lines. Just plan ahead and you'll be glad you did.
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Micklethwait Craft Meats
1309 Rosewood Avenue
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Another great BBQ spot. Less crowded than some other spots, but it's still BBQ in Austin, which always means lines. Just plan ahead and you'll be glad you did.
A super cute French / Vietnamese restaurant and bakery. Perfect for a girl's lunch (just cause it's so damn cute). Great food, great ambience, wine + macaroons :-)
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Elizabeth Street Cafe
1501 South 1st Street
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A super cute French / Vietnamese restaurant and bakery. Perfect for a girl's lunch (just cause it's so damn cute). Great food, great ambience, wine + macaroons :-)
Amazing Neapolitan style pizza that rivals all the pizza we had in Italy. Great wine list, great appetizers... try the burrata! A small, intimate spot so there might be a wait on popular nights, so get there early or call ahead.
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Bufalina Pizza
1519 East Cesar Chavez Street
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Amazing Neapolitan style pizza that rivals all the pizza we had in Italy. Great wine list, great appetizers... try the burrata! A small, intimate spot so there might be a wait on popular nights, so get there early or call ahead.
I just think this place is so fun on a warm day. It's right by Deep Eddy Pool – which is the oldest pool in Texas. They have great drinks and serve burgers out of a truck. They have a vegan burger and really cute Hawaiian decor.
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Pool Burger
2315 Lake Austin Blvd
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I just think this place is so fun on a warm day. It's right by Deep Eddy Pool – which is the oldest pool in Texas. They have great drinks and serve burgers out of a truck. They have a vegan burger and really cute Hawaiian decor.
This is one of my favorite restaurants in Austin, but some people will say it's overrated. Yes, you pay too much for small portions. But their ceviche is killer, their pineapple margarita is THE BEST, and their space is beautiful. Go during happy hour and save a few bucks.
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La Condesa
400 West 2nd Street
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This is one of my favorite restaurants in Austin, but some people will say it's overrated. Yes, you pay too much for small portions. But their ceviche is killer, their pineapple margarita is THE BEST, and their space is beautiful. Go during happy hour and save a few bucks.
An Austin MUST if you have some cash to burn and love sushi. If you have less cash to burn, go during "Sake Social Hour" – their happy hour that happens Monday – Friday from 5-6. Get their at 4:30 to put your name in. You will get a ton of great stuff for WAY cheaper than normal. Uchi is one of the best dining experiences you will probably have in Texas.
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Uchi
801 South Lamar Boulevard
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An Austin MUST if you have some cash to burn and love sushi. If you have less cash to burn, go during "Sake Social Hour" – their happy hour that happens Monday – Friday from 5-6. Get their at 4:30 to put your name in. You will get a ton of great stuff for WAY cheaper than normal. Uchi is one of the best dining experiences you will probably have in Texas.
Like it's sister restaurant, this place is amazing. This one specializes in more "Farmhouse Japanese" cuisine, whatever that means. A little less sashimi, a little more sauce? We spent 4 hours here one time at the sushi bar and have zero regrets.
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Uchiko
4200 North Lamar Boulevard
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Like it's sister restaurant, this place is amazing. This one specializes in more "Farmhouse Japanese" cuisine, whatever that means. A little less sashimi, a little more sauce? We spent 4 hours here one time at the sushi bar and have zero regrets.
The best Vegan junk food you'll ever eat :-) We've taken so many meat eaters to this all vegan food truck, and they are stunned that it's vegan. Amazing burgers, great fries / tots / Mac + cheez. Stop here if you're downtown after a show at Cheer Up Charlies or Mohawk.
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Arlo's
900 Red River
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The best Vegan junk food you'll ever eat :-) We've taken so many meat eaters to this all vegan food truck, and they are stunned that it's vegan. Amazing burgers, great fries / tots / Mac + cheez. Stop here if you're downtown after a show at Cheer Up Charlies or Mohawk.
Favorite Coffee Shops
Great patio, good extensive food menu, good coffee. Go here on a nice day and sit outside.
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Cenote
1010 East Cesar Chavez Street
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Great patio, good extensive food menu, good coffee. Go here on a nice day and sit outside.
Hip little spot with great coffee on the east side.
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Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors
1111 Chicon Street
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Hip little spot with great coffee on the east side.
Delicious coffee with all sorts of blends to choose from. Near a lot of other places in the East 6th district.
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Cuvee Coffee Bar
2000 East 6th Street
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Delicious coffee with all sorts of blends to choose from. Near a lot of other places in the East 6th district.
Really unique flavor to their beans – has a wood fired taste. They do their own spin on lattes with a secret "moon milk" recipe. Super tasty stuff.
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Summer Moon Coffee (South First Original)
3115 S 1st St
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Really unique flavor to their beans – has a wood fired taste. They do their own spin on lattes with a secret "moon milk" recipe. Super tasty stuff.
Closest 24 hour coffee spot. Large space, but beware the swarm of students pulling all nighters in the late hours.
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Bennu Coffee
2001 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
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Closest 24 hour coffee spot. Large space, but beware the swarm of students pulling all nighters in the late hours.
Great coffee, cool space. It's connected to a cycling shop if you're into bikes and stuff.
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Flat Track Coffee
1619 East Cesar Chavez Street
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Great coffee, cool space. It's connected to a cycling shop if you're into bikes and stuff.
Great indoor/outdoor space with coffee, beer, baked goods, food trucks, and a nice lawn for games and such. Vera Cruz has a truck here, and their tacos are magic.
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Radio Coffee & Beer
4204 Manchaca Road
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Great indoor/outdoor space with coffee, beer, baked goods, food trucks, and a nice lawn for games and such. Vera Cruz has a truck here, and their tacos are magic.
Really great space – large and has plenty of indoor / outdoor seating. There are a few food trucks, really good coffee and nice people.
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Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden
121 Pickle Rd
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Really great space – large and has plenty of indoor / outdoor seating. There are a few food trucks, really good coffee and nice people.
Breweries
Luckily we live pretty close to several breweries. Breweries in Austin usually offer good food – whether from a food truck or their kitchen.
Fantastic beer. Their hefeweizen and pilsner are our favorites, but all of them are good. They have grown over the years and now you can find it all over town.
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Live Oak Brewing Company
1615 Crozier Lane
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Fantastic beer. Their hefeweizen and pilsner are our favorites, but all of them are good. They have grown over the years and now you can find it all over town.
Great Sours. One of Austin's only Sour breweries, runs on a punch card system, and you get a cool keepsake glass at the end of it. Not very big, so if you don't like standing on top of people, I'd try to go during an off-time. Located on the Eastside of downtown, so plenty of stuff to do around the area.
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Blue Owl Brewing
2400 East Cesar Chavez Street
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Great Sours. One of Austin's only Sour breweries, runs on a punch card system, and you get a cool keepsake glass at the end of it. Not very big, so if you don't like standing on top of people, I'd try to go during an off-time. Located on the Eastside of downtown, so plenty of stuff to do around the area.
Tasting room with good beer and weekly brewery tours.
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Thirsty Planet Brewing Company
8201 South Congress Avenue
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Tasting room with good beer and weekly brewery tours.
Cool local spot with an industrial vibe that has great food and beer.
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St. Elmo Brewing Company
440 E St Elmo Rd
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Cool local spot with an industrial vibe that has great food and beer.
Small brewery with tasty beer and good food truck options. Nice spot to chill for a little bit.
Hi Sign Brewing
1201 Bastrop Hwy
Small brewery with tasty beer and good food truck options. Nice spot to chill for a little bit.
Large space with tons of space inside and out. Good Brewery + Restaurant that gets pretty packed during peak times.
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The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
1305 West Oltorf Street
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Large space with tons of space inside and out. Good Brewery + Restaurant that gets pretty packed during peak times.
Another cool space with good beer and good food. Lots of space to choose from – inside. outside. half inside, half outside. In the east 6th area so lots of stuff to do nearby.
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Lazarus Brewing Co.
1902 E 6th St
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Another cool space with good beer and good food. Lots of space to choose from – inside. outside. half inside, half outside. In the east 6th area so lots of stuff to do nearby.
Outdoor Spots
Austin has lots of beautiful green spaces to take in, so if the weather allows, try to get outside for a bit.
You're 1 mile away from one of Texas' state parks. Here you'll find several designated hiking trails. The namesake features of the park are the scenic upper and lower falls along Onion Creek. See a variety of wildlife, such as white-tail deer, raccoons, armadillos, coyote, cottontail rabbits and Fox squirrels. There are also many bird species you will see. It's best to take your car through, grab a map at the front entrance, and drive around until you find a good spot to get out and hike.
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McKinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy
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You're 1 mile away from one of Texas' state parks. Here you'll find several designated hiking trails. The namesake features of the park are the scenic upper and lower falls along Onion Creek. See a variety of wildlife, such as white-tail deer, raccoons, armadillos, coyote, cottontail rabbits and Fox squirrels. There are also many bird species you will see. It's best to take your car through, grab a map at the front entrance, and drive around until you find a good spot to get out and hike.
This original Austin hidden gem isn't so hidden anymore, but it's still an awesome sight none-the-less. Climb the rock staircase up to the top for some amazing views of the Austin area, including the skyline and the lake that runs through town.
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Mount Bonnell
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This original Austin hidden gem isn't so hidden anymore, but it's still an awesome sight none-the-less. Climb the rock staircase up to the top for some amazing views of the Austin area, including the skyline and the lake that runs through town.
Yep, it's super cold. But feels so good when it hits 107° in August. If you like getting into public pools, this is probably one of the best ones in the country to do it in. This super large pool is filled entirely with water from nearby natural springs, and is located in beautiful Zilker Park.
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BARTON SPRINGS POOL
2201 Barton Springs Rd
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Yep, it's super cold. But feels so good when it hits 107° in August. If you like getting into public pools, this is probably one of the best ones in the country to do it in. This super large pool is filled entirely with water from nearby natural springs, and is located in beautiful Zilker Park.
Amazing nature spot during the summer when the greenbelt is full of water — which is not every summer. In 2019 it's supposed to be filled, so you're in luck. Hiking, swimming, people watching, sun bathing on a rock, day drinking... dream come true (or total nightmare depending on who you ask). There are several entrances to this Austin summer gem, so if you want to go, ask us and we'll provide better directions.
Barton Creek Green Belt Trailhead
2642 Barton Hills Dr
Amazing nature spot during the summer when the greenbelt is full of water — which is not every summer. In 2019 it's supposed to be filled, so you're in luck. Hiking, swimming, people watching, sun bathing on a rock, day drinking... dream come true (or total nightmare depending on who you ask). There are several entrances to this Austin summer gem, so if you want to go, ask us and we'll provide better directions.
Another great swimming hole to visit during the summer, it's a great alternative to Hamilton Pool. This one is probably my favorite – lots of great memories here. The spot is located on a families property, but there is an entrance fee of $5 cash. Bring more in case the price has gone up. It's BYOB and gets really busy in the afternoons on the weekend, so try to arrive early.
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Krause Springs
404 Krause Spring Road
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Another great swimming hole to visit during the summer, it's a great alternative to Hamilton Pool. This one is probably my favorite – lots of great memories here. The spot is located on a families property, but there is an entrance fee of $5 cash. Bring more in case the price has gone up. It's BYOB and gets really busy in the afternoons on the weekend, so try to arrive early.
Bars + Clubs
The coolest honky tonk in Austin. A no-frills space with a dance floor and live music every night. It has a photo booth, pool tables, a small yard with seating, and a full bar that serves whiskey on tap. Also, drinks are super cheap.
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The White Horse
500 Comal Street
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The coolest honky tonk in Austin. A no-frills space with a dance floor and live music every night. It has a photo booth, pool tables, a small yard with seating, and a full bar that serves whiskey on tap. Also, drinks are super cheap.
"Divey" spot with craft cocktails. The Austin hipster dive bar you might be looking for.
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Nickel City
1133 E 11th St
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"Divey" spot with craft cocktails. The Austin hipster dive bar you might be looking for.
A retro patio bar with feminine decor that's a little rough around the edges. They serve cocktails and punches in a backyard setting with poolside seating.
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Kitty Cohen's
2211 Webberville Rd
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A retro patio bar with feminine decor that's a little rough around the edges. They serve cocktails and punches in a backyard setting with poolside seating.
This dark, sort of mysterious, and ultra stylish in a 70s playboy kind of way is literally wedged inside a parking garage on Colorado Street, so don't get thrown off when you walk up. It has some of the best cocktails you'll find in Austin, and has the awards to prove it.
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Garage
503 Colorado Street
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This dark, sort of mysterious, and ultra stylish in a 70s playboy kind of way is literally wedged inside a parking garage on Colorado Street, so don't get thrown off when you walk up. It has some of the best cocktails you'll find in Austin, and has the awards to prove it.
Another convenient store / bar... this one has a worn-out tropical vibe in a hipster design kind of way. Good food and great drinks can be enjoyed on a dusty gravel patio.
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Kinda Tropical
3501 E 7th St
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Another convenient store / bar... this one has a worn-out tropical vibe in a hipster design kind of way. Good food and great drinks can be enjoyed on a dusty gravel patio.
Great craft cocktails served in a kinda rustic, kinda modern, kinda vintage establishment. Check out the Mezcal bar upstairs.
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Whisler's
1816 East 6th Street
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Great craft cocktails served in a kinda rustic, kinda modern, kinda vintage establishment. Check out the Mezcal bar upstairs.
Live music, Juice + Kombucha on tap, Cocktails and cheap bear. One of Austin's favorite clubs to see music or just hang out. Great Vegan food truck outside.
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Cheer Up Charlies
900 Red River Street
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Live music, Juice + Kombucha on tap, Cocktails and cheap bear. One of Austin's favorite clubs to see music or just hang out. Great Vegan food truck outside.