409 West 30th Street Austin, TX 78705 +1 512 477 2935
The neighborhood bar and patio at Trudy's Texas Star is a staple for Austinites. Do not miss their signature drink, the Mexican Martini, easily the best in town. Served in a cocktail shaker, this cross between a margarita and a martini is so potent that there is a two-drink limit. Happy hour, all day Mon and Tue-Sat 2pm-7pm, features rotating specials. Upstairs you'll find an excellent Mexican restaurant.
1204 West Lynn Street Austin, TX 78703 +1 512 477 5584
This restaurant, opened in 1975, manages to stay on Austin's dining forefront because of the innovative cuisine created by chef David Garrido. Begin with one of his signature appetizers, perhaps Oysters on Yucca Root Chips with Habanero-Honey Aioli, follow with a Latin-American inspired entree such as Lamb with Orange Flan and Guajillo Mole, and top it off with a Lemon Cajeta Ice Box Cake. The menu is imaginative, the execution perfect, the service professional and the atmosphere comfortably elegant.
Midnight Cowboy occupies a space that was once a massage parlor, with the signboard of the original establishment being the only indicator of its existence on the infamous street. Interiors have been completely overhauled and now sport a sleek and stylish vibe. Ornate light fittings, plush banquettes and Victorian-themed wallpapers make up the intimate space. On offer is a refined selection of cocktails, mixed with skill by the bar team. Reservations are recommended as only a limited number can be seated at the intimate bar. Check website for more.
Holy Mountain is a great place to come and hear your favorite bands play while enjoying a drink. When they don't have a live act booked, they usually have amazing DJs that get the crowd dancing. There's a nice patio on which you can get away from the noise and talk for a while. In true Austin style, there's a food truck out back for when you get the munchies.
The Butterfly Bar is widely hailed as serving some of the best cocktail mixes in town. Get seated on their large outdoor patio and sip on an exotic list of cocktails prepared by friendly and experienced bartenders. It also has an impressive wine and beer collection. The light snacks and the yummy cheesecakes make for good accompaniments with drinks. All in all, this intimate space meets high standards, while also having reasonably priced drinks.
2906 Fruth Street Southwest Corner of Spider House Cafe Austin, TX 78705 +1 512 480 9562
Meet your friends at Spider House for some food, drinks, or amazing performance art. Offering a full bar and daily drink specials, Spider House also features a mix of poetry readings, comedy shows, music concerts and other types of live performance. Check out the varied crowd under the Christmas lights of the outdoor patio, always an eclectic gathering of folks. Whether for food, drinks or a show, Spider House always makes for an interesting evening.
This restaurant/bar is a great place for groups of friends who are trying to have a good time while enjoying the view. It is conveniently located by Lake Austin, with a fabulous view of the lake and the gorgeous houses on the other side. Though be aware that its popularity might mean you have to wait to be seated, especially if you want to sit outside. Great drinks are served daily accompanied by snacks and appetizers. Their prices are affordable, and the happy hour is especially popular with the college crowd. -Ana Victoria Perez
305 East Cesar Chavez Austin, TX 78701 +1 512 479 9990
This is the place to get great Salvadorean coffee in the Austin area. The Coffee Cup provides its customers with gourmet coffee from El Salvador that is akin to no other type of coffee. Not only does The Coffee Cup produce quality cups of coffee but there are enough light snacks to curb any food craving. With tasty treats like their fresh banana bread and yogurt parfait, its no wonder there is a large group of loyal patrons. Their blends of coffee has become so popular that customers are able to order coffee online.
400 Nueces Street Austin, TX 78701 +1 512 473 0222
Juan Pelota Cafe has quickly become a fixture in the Austin community. The Cafe is located inside Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop, making this a popular place with the local cyclists who tend to stop by while on their way to check-out the latest arrivals in the bike shop or while waiting for their bikes to be fixed. Juan Pelota knows its customers and have named their drinks after cycling heroes or after alpine climbing routes. With a menu focused mostly on quality made coffee there's also tea, smoothies and breakfast options.
515 South Congress Austin, TX 78704 +1 512 448 3919
This is not just another Austin coffeehouse. What makes this place different is their willingness to help needy kids back in the Dominican Republic. A portion of every purchase goes to an organization committed to improving the educational and economical development of kids. The place is big, though always full. You have many choices of coffee to choose from, and even some flavors that are not available at other coffee shops. If you are interested and want more information about their commitment to kids, check out their website. You can also buy their coffee online, in case you want to take some coffee back home with you. -Victoria Perez
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