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Combine an izakaya–a Japanese pub– with a smoky Texas BBQ and you’ll get the lively Kemuri-Tetsuya. The unassuming eatery offers shareable smoked meat plates, izakaya classics and ramen along with brews, spirits and wine from both cultures. Don’t pass up the shochu-and-rum-spiked Puff Puff Pass cocktail which is served in a ceramic blowfish. Photos courtesy of Kemuri-Tetsuya.
Seasonal southern eats are served at modern booths and an airy patio at Pitchfork Pretty. Some dishes on the menu feature ingredients sourced from their own garden. Photo courtesy of Pitchfork Pretty.
Uchi Chef Tyson Cole recommends starting off with a selection of hot and cold dishes, which might seem as much of a contradiction as impeccably executed Japanese fare in midland Texas. Cole’s aesthetic, made-to-share plates featuring fresh seafood and herb-forward garnishes, are served in a sophisticated space that encourages conversation and experimentation. Photos courtesy of Uchi.
Inspired by locally-sourced ingredients, Odd Duck offers inventive, farm-to-table dishes served beside an equally thoughtful cocktail menu. The Zilker, a brick-and-mortar incarnation of the much acclaimed Barley Swine food truck, features an inviting industrial space that invites guests to take their time and stay for a postprandial drink in the patio. Photos courtesy of Odd Duck.
A classic French brasserie serving curated dishes, crafted cocktails, and an edited wine list, Justine’s is certainly the most romantic of our Austin picks. On the menu: expertly crafted steak frites and garlicky escargot alongside market fish and daily specials. Photos courtesy of Justine’s.
A fairy light clad patio sets the communal and relaxed vibe at Half Step’s refreshing cocktail lounge. Serving up a small menu of choice mixed drinks (with their signature square ice cubes), craft beers, and wines, Half Step is always perfect for a casual night out. Photo courtesy of Half Step.
Live music and locally brewed beer is accompanied by two-steppin’ and line dancin’ at this East Austin favorite. A taco truck parks outside, offering quesadillas, tacos, and other Mexican fare for post-dancing bites. Photo courtesy of The White Horse.
Coffee served with the femme feeling of inclusivity, Sister-Stuff is part coffee shop, part ceramics gallery, part conversation hub. The simple-but-sweet space designed for caffeinated confab is perfect to dream up and doodle your next idea. Photos courtesy of Sister Coffee.
Threads and wares from Ace & Jig to Kara, Paloma Wool to Dusen Dusen are exhibited among pink walls, arches and graphic prints. The carefully edited shop also boasts a curated selection of apothecary and home goods. Photos courtesy of Renegade Craft Fair. Visit Olive.
Focused on bringing emerging artists and designers to Austin, ARO offers avant-garde jewelry, fashion and accessories to their aesthetic boutique. Photos courtesy of Renegade Craft Fair. Visit Aro.
Apparel approached with a menswear ideology, Esby creates thoughtful pieces made for daily wear durability, while still maintaining an emphasis on comfort and shape. Meticulously crafted by designer Stephanie Beard, each piece is carefully thought out and made in the US. Photos courtesy of Esby Apparel.
Far more than a conventional boutique, Las Cruxes is an intersection of culture, music, fashion, and a collaboration of all genres of art. Colorful objects from books to sculptures curatorially decorate the space, creating a visual feast worthy of a museum. Vinyl records and jewelry are sold alongside vintage and new clothing at this eclectic Austin institution in the making. Photos courtesy of Las Cruxes.
Fed by an underground spring boasting year-round 70-degree water, the Barton Springs Pool is a respite from both the summer’s heat and the winter’s chill. Stop by for a swim or to enjoy Zilker Park’s 358 acres of wilderness within the city. Photo courtesy of Barton Springs Pool.
With accolades like ‘Coolest Movie Theater in the World,’ Draft House is bound to meet every expectation you might have of the Austin favorite. Cinefile-worthy movies from contemporary to classic are paired with craft beers, handcrafted cocktails and made-to-order, award-winning dishes. Photo courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse.