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Kyle & Bryttie
Kyle & Bryttie
Joined in 2018
Kyle & Bryttie

Guidebook for Austin

Food Scene
Cuvée Coffee Bar in East 6th serves up some of the most well-known specialty coffee in the city. If you haven't been to the flagship stop, odds are you've tasted one of their roasts at popular Austin restaurants. The industrial vibe might make you want to crank out some work on your laptop, but steer clear of that; the coffee shop has no Wi-Fi to promote natural conversation among its patrons. The nitro cold brew and craft beer selection round out this quintessential hipster hot spot.
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Cuvee Coffee Bar
2000 East 6th Street
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locals recommend
Cuvée Coffee Bar in East 6th serves up some of the most well-known specialty coffee in the city. If you haven't been to the flagship stop, odds are you've tasted one of their roasts at popular Austin restaurants. The industrial vibe might make you want to crank out some work on your laptop, but steer clear of that; the coffee shop has no Wi-Fi to promote natural conversation among its patrons. The nitro cold brew and craft beer selection round out this quintessential hipster hot spot.
This lunch-only spot often sees long lines of customers waiting to order pulled pork, brisket and other smoked meats. Chef Aaron Franklin brought quality barbecue to Austin that was excellent enough to earn him the 2015 James Beard Award for "Best Chef: Southwest." His BBQ is so lauded that meat lovers from around the world regulalry make a pit stop at this shack-like locale in East Austin.
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Franklin Barbecue
900 East 11th Street
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This lunch-only spot often sees long lines of customers waiting to order pulled pork, brisket and other smoked meats. Chef Aaron Franklin brought quality barbecue to Austin that was excellent enough to earn him the 2015 James Beard Award for "Best Chef: Southwest." His BBQ is so lauded that meat lovers from around the world regulalry make a pit stop at this shack-like locale in East Austin.
These ramen joints “deliver with a bang” thanks to “super-flavorful” broths and “perfect” noodles creating “life-changing” bowls of the Japanese comfort classic that “always hit the mark”; its casual spaces are dine-in only, and there are “long lines”, but most insist it’s “worth the wait.”
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Ramen Tatsu-Ya
1600 E 6th St
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These ramen joints “deliver with a bang” thanks to “super-flavorful” broths and “perfect” noodles creating “life-changing” bowls of the Japanese comfort classic that “always hit the mark”; its casual spaces are dine-in only, and there are “long lines”, but most insist it’s “worth the wait.”
GREAT HAPPY HOUR! Hightower’s happy hour comes with $6 cocktails and dishes, like Brussels sprouts and hush puppies, from 5 to 7 p.m. daily. The dishes at High Tower -- a friendly neighborhood spot in East Austin -- run the gamut from Tex-Mex to Asian, and though their flavor and presentation could compete with the best of Austin's white-hot culinary scene, they're still affordable enough to order any night of the week, not just for special occasions. Grab a spot on the outdoor patio and try the ever-popular and comforting roasted pork jowl, a Korean hot pot filled with rice, egg yolk, cucumber, pickled shallots, and house Sriracha.
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The Hightower
1209 East 7th Street
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GREAT HAPPY HOUR! Hightower’s happy hour comes with $6 cocktails and dishes, like Brussels sprouts and hush puppies, from 5 to 7 p.m. daily. The dishes at High Tower -- a friendly neighborhood spot in East Austin -- run the gamut from Tex-Mex to Asian, and though their flavor and presentation could compete with the best of Austin's white-hot culinary scene, they're still affordable enough to order any night of the week, not just for special occasions. Grab a spot on the outdoor patio and try the ever-popular and comforting roasted pork jowl, a Korean hot pot filled with rice, egg yolk, cucumber, pickled shallots, and house Sriracha.
As if ordering a huge bloody steak wasn’t enough of a carnivorous venture, celeb chef Tim Love took it several steps further with wild game options at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro. At Lonesome Dove, you can have your steak, boar, elk, and buffalo with a tasty side of rabbit-rattlesnake sausage. And, if you’re up for the challenge, check out the hand-cut wagyu tomahawk steak served with serrano lime butter. The gamey menu and woodsy decor give the place a definite destinct atmosphere, and make it a place to go for a very different meal than you would get anywhere else.
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Lonesome Dove Austin
419 Colorado Street
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As if ordering a huge bloody steak wasn’t enough of a carnivorous venture, celeb chef Tim Love took it several steps further with wild game options at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro. At Lonesome Dove, you can have your steak, boar, elk, and buffalo with a tasty side of rabbit-rattlesnake sausage. And, if you’re up for the challenge, check out the hand-cut wagyu tomahawk steak served with serrano lime butter. The gamey menu and woodsy decor give the place a definite destinct atmosphere, and make it a place to go for a very different meal than you would get anywhere else.
GREAT HAPPY HOUR! Mongers’ happy hour comes with a raw bar, including peel and eats, $1 off oysters, and seafood snacks. For drinks, order $5 glasses of wine and sangria, and get $1 off draft beers, all available from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
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Mongers
2401 East Cesar Chavez Street
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GREAT HAPPY HOUR! Mongers’ happy hour comes with a raw bar, including peel and eats, $1 off oysters, and seafood snacks. For drinks, order $5 glasses of wine and sangria, and get $1 off draft beers, all available from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
GREAT HAPPY HOUR! Both locations of the Neapolitan pizzeria and wine restaurant offers half-off pizzas from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, along with half-off wine bottles under $100 and other drink and snack deals.
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Bufalina Pizza
1519 East Cesar Chavez Street
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GREAT HAPPY HOUR! Both locations of the Neapolitan pizzeria and wine restaurant offers half-off pizzas from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, along with half-off wine bottles under $100 and other drink and snack deals.
GREAT HAPPY HOUR! The hot new Mexican restaurant’s nightly happy hour features $6 snacks and taquitos (including sweet corn esquites), draft cocktails, mezcals with beer, and more. It runs from 5 to 6 p.m.
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Suerte
1800 E 6th St
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GREAT HAPPY HOUR! The hot new Mexican restaurant’s nightly happy hour features $6 snacks and taquitos (including sweet corn esquites), draft cocktails, mezcals with beer, and more. It runs from 5 to 6 p.m.
GREAT HAPPY HOUR! Make a meal out of Licha's cocktails and small plates of Mexican food with its $5 happy hour menu, available Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.
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Licha's Cantina
1306 East 6th Street
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GREAT HAPPY HOUR! Make a meal out of Licha's cocktails and small plates of Mexican food with its $5 happy hour menu, available Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.
GREAT HAPPY HOUR! The Rainey Street sausage restaurant and beer garden’s happy hour is full of $5 sausages, $3 snacks like boiled peanuts and fries, $4 beers, and $5 wines from 4 to 6 p.m. on the weekdays.
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Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden
79 Rainey Street
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GREAT HAPPY HOUR! The Rainey Street sausage restaurant and beer garden’s happy hour is full of $5 sausages, $3 snacks like boiled peanuts and fries, $4 beers, and $5 wines from 4 to 6 p.m. on the weekdays.
GREAT HAPPY HOUR! Those who don't want to spend big money at a steakhouse should take advantage of Vince Young's bar and lounge happy hour, where decadent dishes like Wagyu brisket burgers, roasted bone marrow, and lobster rolls are only $10 from 5 to 7 p.m. daily.
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Vince Young Steakhouse
301 San Jacinto Boulevard
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GREAT HAPPY HOUR! Those who don't want to spend big money at a steakhouse should take advantage of Vince Young's bar and lounge happy hour, where decadent dishes like Wagyu brisket burgers, roasted bone marrow, and lobster rolls are only $10 from 5 to 7 p.m. daily.
GREAT HAPPY HOUR! Parkside’s weekday happy hour, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., is one of downtown’s very finest. The bar menu (think: oyster platters, french fries) is offered at half-price, as are beer and cocktails. Find similar deals at the other Parkside Projects restaurants, too: Backspace and Olive & June.
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Parkside
301 East 6th Street
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GREAT HAPPY HOUR! Parkside’s weekday happy hour, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., is one of downtown’s very finest. The bar menu (think: oyster platters, french fries) is offered at half-price, as are beer and cocktails. Find similar deals at the other Parkside Projects restaurants, too: Backspace and Olive & June.
The South Congress Cafe has you covered, offering everything from venison meatloaf to duck sopes to crab cake Benedict. Show up whenever you want for its daily brunch and enjoy a drink while you wait. We recommend the Bloody Mary, which happens to be one of Austin's most beloved: tall glass filled to the rim with spicy mix, Tito’s vodka (infused with bell peppers, onions, celery, lemons, limes, garlic, and jalapeños), and served with celery, olives, and a pickled banana pepper.
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South Congress Cafe
1600 S Congress Ave
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The South Congress Cafe has you covered, offering everything from venison meatloaf to duck sopes to crab cake Benedict. Show up whenever you want for its daily brunch and enjoy a drink while you wait. We recommend the Bloody Mary, which happens to be one of Austin's most beloved: tall glass filled to the rim with spicy mix, Tito’s vodka (infused with bell peppers, onions, celery, lemons, limes, garlic, and jalapeños), and served with celery, olives, and a pickled banana pepper.
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Enoteca Vespaio
1610 South Congress Avenue
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Located among the boutiques and vintage stores on South Congress is Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar, a casual spot where you can enjoy super-fresh seafood and oysters, or just sit out on the patio and sip a cocktail from their list of signature concoctions.
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Perla's
1400 South Congress Avenue
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Located among the boutiques and vintage stores on South Congress is Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar, a casual spot where you can enjoy super-fresh seafood and oysters, or just sit out on the patio and sip a cocktail from their list of signature concoctions.
This Austin-based burger chain serves up hormone- and antibiotic-free beef ground in-house daily, hand-cut fries, and scratch-made buns. The varied burger options range from a classic lettuce, onion, tomato version to amped up ones, like the habanero-topped El Diablo. As for beverages, there are plenty of craft beers, unique cocktails, and solid milkshakes.
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Hopdoddy Burger Bar
1400 South Congress Avenue
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This Austin-based burger chain serves up hormone- and antibiotic-free beef ground in-house daily, hand-cut fries, and scratch-made buns. The varied burger options range from a classic lettuce, onion, tomato version to amped up ones, like the habanero-topped El Diablo. As for beverages, there are plenty of craft beers, unique cocktails, and solid milkshakes.
The Home Slice employee pilgrimages to New York's most iconic pizza shrines are the stuff of legend. The slices are large, homemade, and hand-tossed. All the classics are delicious, like the Margherita or pepperoni pizza with the perfect amount of grease, and the white pies are heaped with balloons of ricotta.
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Home Slice Pizza
1415 South Congress Avenue
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The Home Slice employee pilgrimages to New York's most iconic pizza shrines are the stuff of legend. The slices are large, homemade, and hand-tossed. All the classics are delicious, like the Margherita or pepperoni pizza with the perfect amount of grease, and the white pies are heaped with balloons of ricotta.
From Paul Qui (Qui, East Side King) and Yoshi Okai (East Side King) comes this intimate, 12-seat chef's counter within the mod South Congress Hotel. Ticketed reservations are available months in advance for the 22-course, omakase-style dinners, which incorporate influences from Kyoto's kaiseki and Tokyo’s sushi traditions.
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Otoko
1603 S Congress Ave
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From Paul Qui (Qui, East Side King) and Yoshi Okai (East Side King) comes this intimate, 12-seat chef's counter within the mod South Congress Hotel. Ticketed reservations are available months in advance for the 22-course, omakase-style dinners, which incorporate influences from Kyoto's kaiseki and Tokyo’s sushi traditions.
Botticelli's features a restaurant and an outdoor beer garden. Live music and happy hours take place most days of the week. Favorite dishes include: Mussels alla Trota, where they steam the mussels with brown butter, capers, lemon, and top it all off with bread crumbs. Other delights include their homemade Botticelli Bread, and homemade ravioli. The dish, Ravioli di Zucca Gialla, is made with locally grown organic butternut squash. The service at Botticelli's gets great reviews from just about everyone and the outdoor patio is great during warmer weather. It's a great restaurant either for a quiet romantic evening or fun evening with friends.
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Botticelli's
1321 S Congress Ave
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Botticelli's features a restaurant and an outdoor beer garden. Live music and happy hours take place most days of the week. Favorite dishes include: Mussels alla Trota, where they steam the mussels with brown butter, capers, lemon, and top it all off with bread crumbs. Other delights include their homemade Botticelli Bread, and homemade ravioli. The dish, Ravioli di Zucca Gialla, is made with locally grown organic butternut squash. The service at Botticelli's gets great reviews from just about everyone and the outdoor patio is great during warmer weather. It's a great restaurant either for a quiet romantic evening or fun evening with friends.
The name says it all, but Jo's also has a killer Iced Turbo coffee (careful, this stuff isn't fooling around) and breakfast tacos to fuel you for a shopping trip on Congress, or pretty much anything else you want to do today, too.
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Jo's Coffee
1300 South Congress Avenue
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The name says it all, but Jo's also has a killer Iced Turbo coffee (careful, this stuff isn't fooling around) and breakfast tacos to fuel you for a shopping trip on Congress, or pretty much anything else you want to do today, too.
Though some say the “brick-and-mortar location loses the outdoor magic” of its former trailer digs, most agree this Indian fave is “still delicious as ever” in its “adorable” house on Rainey Street that sports a vast and “lovely” tented patio space and is open “late-night”; its “happening” atmosphere is bolstered by its beer and wine menu and live-music events on Sundays.
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G'raj Mahal
73 Rainey St
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Though some say the “brick-and-mortar location loses the outdoor magic” of its former trailer digs, most agree this Indian fave is “still delicious as ever” in its “adorable” house on Rainey Street that sports a vast and “lovely” tented patio space and is open “late-night”; its “happening” atmosphere is bolstered by its beer and wine menu and live-music events on Sundays.
Locally sourced products, heirloom grains milled in-house and whole-animal butchery are the focus at this Rainey Street American, which also boasts a garden and nightly dim sum specials. The airy space features lofted ceilings and centerpiece shelving with design elements like wheat, cookbooks and vintage glass.
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Emmer & Rye
51 Rainey St
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Locally sourced products, heirloom grains milled in-house and whole-animal butchery are the focus at this Rainey Street American, which also boasts a garden and nightly dim sum specials. The airy space features lofted ceilings and centerpiece shelving with design elements like wheat, cookbooks and vintage glass.
This brick-and-mortar trailer boasts Detroit-style pizza (arguably the lovechild of Chicago's deep-dish/casserole pizza and the Big Apple's traditional slice), made fresh by two brothers who visit Motown annually for new ideas.
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Via 313 Pizza - Rainey Street
61 Rainey Street
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This brick-and-mortar trailer boasts Detroit-style pizza (arguably the lovechild of Chicago's deep-dish/casserole pizza and the Big Apple's traditional slice), made fresh by two brothers who visit Motown annually for new ideas.
The chicken lollipops at the Tommy Boy-inspired trailer at Lustre Pearl arrive in orders of five, alongside sauces like spicy pineapple and Holy Schnikes. There’s a second location on South Congress too.
Tommy Want Wingy
94 Rainey Street
The chicken lollipops at the Tommy Boy-inspired trailer at Lustre Pearl arrive in orders of five, alongside sauces like spicy pineapple and Holy Schnikes. There’s a second location on South Congress too.
Helmed by a wisecracking recent Greek immigrant, this Greek- and American-flag-adorned trailer serves spinach/feta spanakopita, eponymous pita-wrapped shaved meats like the Hercules (lamb/beef), and delicacies like the lasagna-esque beef/ feta/ potato/ eggplant/ zucchini moussaka, which is served "Cretan style", as opposed to cretin style, which would be characterized by stupidity and/or a congenital thyroid deficiency.
Big Fat Greek Gyros
75 Rainey St
Helmed by a wisecracking recent Greek immigrant, this Greek- and American-flag-adorned trailer serves spinach/feta spanakopita, eponymous pita-wrapped shaved meats like the Hercules (lamb/beef), and delicacies like the lasagna-esque beef/ feta/ potato/ eggplant/ zucchini moussaka, which is served "Cretan style", as opposed to cretin style, which would be characterized by stupidity and/or a congenital thyroid deficiency.
Name aside, the Rainey Street food truck serves up fanciful hot dogs in the busy entertainment district.
Glory Hole Hot Dogs
80 Rainey St
Name aside, the Rainey Street food truck serves up fanciful hot dogs in the busy entertainment district.
Drinks & Nightlife
2 blocks from the condo, local brewery - we know we are bias - but this place has phenomenal beer and the street tacos are not too shabby. You cannot go wrong with the IPA (even if you are not an IPA-lover)
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Lazarus Brewing Co.
1902 E 6th St
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2 blocks from the condo, local brewery - we know we are bias - but this place has phenomenal beer and the street tacos are not too shabby. You cannot go wrong with the IPA (even if you are not an IPA-lover)
From two notable Hole in the Wall vets looking to bring country to the East side, The White Horse (formerly Club La Trampa) is an old-school, Tejano-jukebox'd ballroom that will host live bluegrass/R&B/folk & country artists every night of the week and emphasize cheap drinking, from koozied canned domestics to the T.W. Samuels-fueled "S**tty Lemonade", after which you won't be able to stand no matter how many nickels people give you.
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The White Horse
500 Comal Street
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From two notable Hole in the Wall vets looking to bring country to the East side, The White Horse (formerly Club La Trampa) is an old-school, Tejano-jukebox'd ballroom that will host live bluegrass/R&B/folk & country artists every night of the week and emphasize cheap drinking, from koozied canned domestics to the T.W. Samuels-fueled "S**tty Lemonade", after which you won't be able to stand no matter how many nickels people give you.
2blocks from the condo, local brewery, great beer and good vibes
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Zilker Brewing Company and Taproom
1701 East 6th Street
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2blocks from the condo, local brewery, great beer and good vibes
Whisler’s is the the go-to patio on the East Side for great classic cocktails, spicy eats from Thai-Kun, live music shows, and ample seating. And, while the outside of Whisler’s may seem pretty ordinary, the bar’s unique brand of elegance is evident inside, where the juxtaposition of different elements makes for a truly lovely place in which to do your drinking. Chandeliers and candles cast a glow on stone walls, while a few tiny tables exist for quiet conversation. Drinks are muddled behind a gleaming wooden bar, and other unexpected touches -- intentionally cloudy mirrors, the occasional piece of art -- combine to create a one-of-a-kind feel.
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Whisler's
1816 East 6th Street
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Whisler’s is the the go-to patio on the East Side for great classic cocktails, spicy eats from Thai-Kun, live music shows, and ample seating. And, while the outside of Whisler’s may seem pretty ordinary, the bar’s unique brand of elegance is evident inside, where the juxtaposition of different elements makes for a truly lovely place in which to do your drinking. Chandeliers and candles cast a glow on stone walls, while a few tiny tables exist for quiet conversation. Drinks are muddled behind a gleaming wooden bar, and other unexpected touches -- intentionally cloudy mirrors, the occasional piece of art -- combine to create a one-of-a-kind feel.
The Grackle is known for zero pretension, copper beer tap with rad beer selection, and over 100 types of whiskey and bourbon. Ditch the crowds and pull up a seat at the bar, the patio, or the Ms. Pac-Man tabletop game.
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Grackle
1700 East 6th Street
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The Grackle is known for zero pretension, copper beer tap with rad beer selection, and over 100 types of whiskey and bourbon. Ditch the crowds and pull up a seat at the bar, the patio, or the Ms. Pac-Man tabletop game.
Dive Bar This East Side cantina is holding its own amid the swell of gentrification. Come with cash and with an appetite for beer.
La Perla Bar
1512 East 6th Street
Dive Bar This East Side cantina is holding its own amid the swell of gentrification. Come with cash and with an appetite for beer.
Always buzzing“ with ”hipsters“, this ”lively“ East Austin ”gem“ has a ”casual“ feel, ”cheap“ drinks and an ”incredible“ outdoor space boasting picnic tables, Christmas lights, the East Side King food truck and ”plenty of room for fun“; on weekends when it's ”packed“, you might ”wait forever" for a bathroom or your drink.
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Shangri-La
1016 East 6th Street
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Always buzzing“ with ”hipsters“, this ”lively“ East Austin ”gem“ has a ”casual“ feel, ”cheap“ drinks and an ”incredible“ outdoor space boasting picnic tables, Christmas lights, the East Side King food truck and ”plenty of room for fun“; on weekends when it's ”packed“, you might ”wait forever" for a bathroom or your drink.
This “charming little place tucked away” in East Austin exudes a “cool local vibe” while serving up “strong drinks”, a surprising wine list and a “delicious” Eclectic menu (charcuterie, meze, sandwiches), plus a popular Sunday brunch; the dog-friendly, tree-shaded patio brings out “hipsters” and other characters, making for “incredible people-watching.”
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Yellow Jacket Social Club
1704 East 5th Street
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This “charming little place tucked away” in East Austin exudes a “cool local vibe” while serving up “strong drinks”, a surprising wine list and a “delicious” Eclectic menu (charcuterie, meze, sandwiches), plus a popular Sunday brunch; the dog-friendly, tree-shaded patio brings out “hipsters” and other characters, making for “incredible people-watching.”
GREAT HAPPY HOUR! The downtown whiskey bar and its next-door mezcal-obsessed sibling spot Las Perlas offer select $5 cocktail menus using spirits of choice, available from 5 to 8 p.m. daily.
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Seven Grand
405 E 7th St
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GREAT HAPPY HOUR! The downtown whiskey bar and its next-door mezcal-obsessed sibling spot Las Perlas offer select $5 cocktail menus using spirits of choice, available from 5 to 8 p.m. daily.
GREAT HAPPY HOUR! The absinthe bar's happy hour run from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday, and all evening on Sunday and Monday with $5 drinks and half-off dishes.
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Péché
208 W 4th St
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GREAT HAPPY HOUR! The absinthe bar's happy hour run from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday, and all evening on Sunday and Monday with $5 drinks and half-off dishes.
Roosevelt Room offers its downtown happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, as well as all night on Monday and Tuesday. The menu highlights seven drinks for $7 a piece, $1 off all beers and $2 off wine glasses and bigger bar dishes.
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The Roosevelt Room
307 W 5th St
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Roosevelt Room offers its downtown happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, as well as all night on Monday and Tuesday. The menu highlights seven drinks for $7 a piece, $1 off all beers and $2 off wine glasses and bigger bar dishes.
ROOFTOP! This East Fifth Street bar with a breezy rooftop is a fun weekend stop, just a few blocks away from the chaos of Dirty Sixth. Pro tip: The mustachioed bartenders (it’s called HandleBar for a reason) make a solid Old Fashioned.
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HandleBar
121 East 5th Street
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ROOFTOP! This East Fifth Street bar with a breezy rooftop is a fun weekend stop, just a few blocks away from the chaos of Dirty Sixth. Pro tip: The mustachioed bartenders (it’s called HandleBar for a reason) make a solid Old Fashioned.
ROOFTOP! The WET deck at the W features SOUNDWAVE SUNDAYS, goes down from noon to sundown (with a few exceptions) with beats by DJ Bird Peterson. Meanwhile, you can enjoy complimentary pool access from 5-9pm on Night Swim Thursdays!
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W Austin
200 Lavaca Street
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ROOFTOP! The WET deck at the W features SOUNDWAVE SUNDAYS, goes down from noon to sundown (with a few exceptions) with beats by DJ Bird Peterson. Meanwhile, you can enjoy complimentary pool access from 5-9pm on Night Swim Thursdays!
ROOFTOP! With its retro airport theme, this hangout caters to a 30-something business crowd. Grab a drink and head to the rooftop deck for skyline views to go with your craft brews.
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Hangar Lounge
318 Colorado Street
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ROOFTOP! With its retro airport theme, this hangout caters to a 30-something business crowd. Grab a drink and head to the rooftop deck for skyline views to go with your craft brews.
ROOFTOP! El Alma’s whitewashed rooftop patio is the stuff happy hour dreams are made of -- think seasonal margaritas and mojitos alongside queso fundido and tangy ceviche. Every day from 3-6pm, it offers discounts on favorites like the Chilanga, a frozen margarita with orange and an extra bite from Valentina hot sauce and an el chile rim.
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El Alma Cafe y Cantina
1025 Barton Springs Road
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ROOFTOP! El Alma’s whitewashed rooftop patio is the stuff happy hour dreams are made of -- think seasonal margaritas and mojitos alongside queso fundido and tangy ceviche. Every day from 3-6pm, it offers discounts on favorites like the Chilanga, a frozen margarita with orange and an extra bite from Valentina hot sauce and an el chile rim.
DIRTY 6th BAR! Two-story dive with a rooftop perfect for watching street shenanigans -- expect a fratty/touristy crowd, and bad cover bands.
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Blind Pig Pub
317 East 6th Street
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DIRTY 6th BAR! Two-story dive with a rooftop perfect for watching street shenanigans -- expect a fratty/touristy crowd, and bad cover bands.
Classic Sixth St appeal with a great rooftop view, but otherwise a total snorefest.
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Maggie Mae's
323 E 6th St
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Classic Sixth St appeal with a great rooftop view, but otherwise a total snorefest.
Looking for a departure from the 6th Street bars? Austin is regularly ranked as one of the top cities in the nation for craft brewing. Take a tasting tour of the local microbreweries such as Jester King, Hops & Grain, and Austin Beerworks. Drink yummy craft beer, meet awesome people.
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Jester King -- Brewery, Kitchen, Farm & Event Hall
13187 Fitzhugh Road
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Looking for a departure from the 6th Street bars? Austin is regularly ranked as one of the top cities in the nation for craft brewing. Take a tasting tour of the local microbreweries such as Jester King, Hops & Grain, and Austin Beerworks. Drink yummy craft beer, meet awesome people.
Parks & Nature
Running trails, biking, kayaking, anything outdoors - this is your spot!
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Lady Bird Lake
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Running trails, biking, kayaking, anything outdoors - this is your spot!
Urban park with ample green space - perfect for that run/stroll in the sun!
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Zilker Metropolitan Park
2100 Barton Springs Road
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Urban park with ample green space - perfect for that run/stroll in the sun!
Natural spring fed pool - perfect place for cooling down after being out in the Austin sun!
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BARTON SPRINGS POOL
2201 Barton Springs Rd
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Natural spring fed pool - perfect place for cooling down after being out in the Austin sun!
Natural spring fed pool
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Deep Eddy Municipal Pool
401 Deep Eddy Avenue
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Natural spring fed pool
This swimming hole sits in a natural grotto carved out of limestone and is complete with a small beach area and a 50-foot waterfall! They now require reservations during the busy summer months so be sure to make reservations before heading to the pool.
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Hamilton Pool Preserve
24300 Hamilton Pool Rd
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This swimming hole sits in a natural grotto carved out of limestone and is complete with a small beach area and a 50-foot waterfall! They now require reservations during the busy summer months so be sure to make reservations before heading to the pool.
Mount Bonnell is the highest point in Austin at 775 feet. It’s a popular destination for both tourists and locals to view the city of Austin, Lake Austin, and the surrounding hills.
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Mount Bonnell
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Mount Bonnell is the highest point in Austin at 775 feet. It’s a popular destination for both tourists and locals to view the city of Austin, Lake Austin, and the surrounding hills.
Essentials
Tailored specifically for the neighborhood it serves, and the people who frequent it every day. Royal Blue offers a little bit of everything, from Stumptown coffee and freshly prepared grab-and-go offerings, to conventional grocery and convenience items, and always tons of locally sourced products from a long list of unique brands and producers. Called a bodega by some, a corner store by others, Royal Blue is a modern urban grocery store that has just what you need - where you need it, when you need it.
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Royal Blue Grocery
1629 E 6th St
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Tailored specifically for the neighborhood it serves, and the people who frequent it every day. Royal Blue offers a little bit of everything, from Stumptown coffee and freshly prepared grab-and-go offerings, to conventional grocery and convenience items, and always tons of locally sourced products from a long list of unique brands and producers. Called a bodega by some, a corner store by others, Royal Blue is a modern urban grocery store that has just what you need - where you need it, when you need it.
Shopping
Men, I will warn you. Your girlfriend, wife, or significant other can spend hours (and hundreds of dollars!) in this hip, women's boutique called Maya Star! To be honest, I also like going in there. Their merchandise is incredible, and includes everything from home decor and accessories to jewelry and fine clothing and shoes. Women simply love this store, and for good reason. The good news is that not everything in the store is hard on the pocketbook, as they always have a sale and also sell many items that fall in the middle-of-the-road as far as prices go.
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Maya Star
1508 South Congress Avenue
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Men, I will warn you. Your girlfriend, wife, or significant other can spend hours (and hundreds of dollars!) in this hip, women's boutique called Maya Star! To be honest, I also like going in there. Their merchandise is incredible, and includes everything from home decor and accessories to jewelry and fine clothing and shoes. Women simply love this store, and for good reason. The good news is that not everything in the store is hard on the pocketbook, as they always have a sale and also sell many items that fall in the middle-of-the-road as far as prices go.
When you're hitting the food truck or restaurant scene on South Congress, be sure to head in to Allens (look for the big red boot) to be wowed by the craftsmanship and the selection. The minute you open the entrance door, the smell of leather hits and you won't believe your eyes. There are over 4,000 boots on display, while representing 12 boot manufacturers. Trust me, you'll find your dream pair in there somewhere. Once you've got those new boots on, head next door for an award winning cocktail at the South Congress Cafe before heading on over for some line dancing at the Broken Spoke.
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Allens Boots
1522 South Congress Avenue
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When you're hitting the food truck or restaurant scene on South Congress, be sure to head in to Allens (look for the big red boot) to be wowed by the craftsmanship and the selection. The minute you open the entrance door, the smell of leather hits and you won't believe your eyes. There are over 4,000 boots on display, while representing 12 boot manufacturers. Trust me, you'll find your dream pair in there somewhere. Once you've got those new boots on, head next door for an award winning cocktail at the South Congress Cafe before heading on over for some line dancing at the Broken Spoke.
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Tesoros Trading Company Retail
1500 South Congress Avenue
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Sightseeing
Presidential library
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Lyndon B. Johnson Library
2313 Red River St
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Presidential library
The Texas State Capitol is the oldest surviving state office structure, and a great place to learn about Texas history.
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Texas Capitol
1100 Congress Avenue
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The Texas State Capitol is the oldest surviving state office structure, and a great place to learn about Texas history.
Entertainment & Activities
This thrilling adventure over Lake Travis will get your blood pumping. The views over the lake while ziplining are absolutely incredible, and it’s a one-of-a-kind experience. Be prepared to reach speeds of 60 mph.
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Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
14529 Pocohontas Trail
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This thrilling adventure over Lake Travis will get your blood pumping. The views over the lake while ziplining are absolutely incredible, and it’s a one-of-a-kind experience. Be prepared to reach speeds of 60 mph.
Wurstfest was voted the number two Oktoberfest in the country by USA Today! This “10-Day Salute To Sausage” in New Braunfels is one of our favorite festivals of the year. With sausage, beer, polka and potato pancakes as far as the eye can see, it’s a Bavarian wonderland that’s not to be missed.
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Wurstfest
178 Landa Park Drive
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Wurstfest was voted the number two Oktoberfest in the country by USA Today! This “10-Day Salute To Sausage” in New Braunfels is one of our favorite festivals of the year. With sausage, beer, polka and potato pancakes as far as the eye can see, it’s a Bavarian wonderland that’s not to be missed.
Watch the Congress Avenue bats at sunset - The Congress Bridge plays home to the largest urban bat colony in North America. About 1.5 million Mexican free tail bats call the Congress Bridge home from Spring to early Fall as they migrate north. Each night around dusk the bats start their evening flight. It normally starts with a single bat leaving the bridge and quickly turns into a steady flow of countless bats in search of food. It’s one of those things that is truly unexplainable until you see it first hand. Many people choose to watch from the Congress Bridge but the real treat is seeing it from the water. Capital Cruises offers great bat watching tours.
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Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge
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Watch the Congress Avenue bats at sunset - The Congress Bridge plays home to the largest urban bat colony in North America. About 1.5 million Mexican free tail bats call the Congress Bridge home from Spring to early Fall as they migrate north. Each night around dusk the bats start their evening flight. It normally starts with a single bat leaving the bridge and quickly turns into a steady flow of countless bats in search of food. It’s one of those things that is truly unexplainable until you see it first hand. Many people choose to watch from the Congress Bridge but the real treat is seeing it from the water. Capital Cruises offers great bat watching tours.