Housed in a historic warehouse space, Central Machine Works is a massive new beer hall, brewery, and live music venue in East Austin. There’s also an enormous outdoor kid-friendly beer garden and a full bar. The kitchen is turning out simple and solid beer-friendly food like pretzels, cheeseburgers, Reuben sandwiches, and pizza.
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Rio Rita is a no-frills bar on East 12th with excellent (and cheap) cocktails and a great patio.
The all-day spot Kinda Tropical is part cafe and part bar, with good coffee, cocktails, and a menu that’s well, kind-of-tropical.
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The Tavern downtown is one of the best places to post up at the bar - order a drink and the messy but fantastic burger, and watch whatever’s on TV.
The Liberty on East Sixth is half-dive bar, half-beer garden with an East Side King food truck parked out back.
Buford’s is a big bar downtown that’s indoor and outdoor, and has a rooftop. Start your night here with a group.
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Kemuri Tatsu-ya is serving Japanese/barbecue/Tex-Mex fusion in East Austin, and it’s one of the greatest meals you can have in the city right now.
Justine’s in Govalle has a fun bar scene with attractive people and tasty French food.
Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile
Jacoby’s is the kind of place people outside of Texas dream about. The food isn’t life-changing, but the huge backyard and charm make up for it.
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