Inspired by locally-sourced ingredients, Odd Duck offers inventive, farm-to-table dishes served beside an equally thoughtful cocktail menu. The brick-and-mortar incarnation of the much acclaimed Barley Swine food truck invites guests to relax with a postprandial drink in the patio.
At the core of all great Mexican-style eateries is masa: homemade, locally sourced, made with generationally-aged recipes and local hearsay. East Austin’s Suerte not only makes inhouse masa but features it center-stage: an entire section on the menu is dedicated to “Vitamin T,” meaning, of course, tamales, tacos, taquitos, and more. Dishes are served in an aesthetic dining area, equipped with light wood accents and booths clad in patterned textiles.
Marry an East Austin steakhouse (inviting patio, extensive beer list, persistent smell of hickory in the air) with Asian influence (lemongrass, kimchi, miso-yuzu) and get Loro. The edited yet hard to choose from menu includes veggies, meats, sandwiches, and rice, all imbued with a unique blend of smokehouse-Asian flavor.
Uchi’s 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.
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.
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 backyard garden.
Perfected Italian classics are served out of Patrizi’s charming trailer, in a warm and inviting patio.
The White Horse
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 burritos for post-dancing bites.
A starlit 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.
Straddling the line of our “Drink” and “Sip” categories, Brew & Brew offers Rosen’s Bagels and freshly brewed coffee in the morning, 39 craft beers on tap in the evening.
Brew & Brew
Meaning “sin” in French, Péché serves up Prohibition-style drinks–absinthe included.
A classic midcentury bar decked out in hues of blue, serving classic and contemporary cocktails.
A rotating menu of gelato is made with locally sourced ingredients at Dolce Neve. Enjoy your artisan dessert on the light-strung patio, perfect for a date with yourself or another.
Designer threads are artfully presented at Kick Pleat’s industrial-airy space. Expect a very refined collection of Rachel Comey, Apiece Apart, and Garrett Leight at the high end retailer.
Nannie Inez promises the discovery of your new favorite homeware, offering contemporary Danish furniture, luxurious French textiles, thought-provoking Swedish art, refined Japanese office accessories, and innovative American craftsmanship.
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.
Women’s apparel approached with a menswear ideology, Esby creates thoughtful pieces made with durability, comfort, and shape.
Focused on highlighting emerging artists and designers, Aro offers avant-garde jewelry, fashion and accessories at their aesthetic boutique.
ByGeorge has been an Austin mainstay since 1979, bringing international fashion and lifestyle brands to the Texan town.
Barton Springs Pool
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.
Cinefile-worthy movies from contemporary to classic are paired with craft beers, handcrafted cocktails and made-to-order, award-winning dishes.
Belt your heart out at one of The Highballs’ seven karaoke rooms. Each space is uniquely decorated by theme, from heavy metal church to Twin Peaks.