For everyone who complains that Rainey Street just isn’t what it used to be, Lustre Pearl East is the solution. It’s the original bungalow that was uprooted from Rainey when they needed to make way for condos, but now with more outdoor space and way fewer UT students. Even though it’s further east than most places on this list, it’s worth the extra five minute bike or Uber ride. It’s never too crowded, but there are always enough people to make it feel like a house party you’d actually want to be at.
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Hay Elotes is one of our favorite spots on the East Side for ice cream, sorbet, fruit cups, elotes, and birria.
Salt & Time
Salt + Time is a butcher shop and restaurant hybrid on the East Side - and they do both exceptionally well.
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Buford’s is a big bar downtown that’s indoor and outdoor, and has a rooftop. Start your night here with a group.
Lazarus Brewing Company
For a casual beer and some tacos outside in East Austin, head to the patio at Lazarus.
The Little Darlin’
The Little Darlin’ in South Austin is a great place to unwind or spend a chill Sunday afternoon on the picnic tables.
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Loro is an Asian smokehouse from the teams behind Franklin Barbecue and Uchi. And yes, it’s exactly as great as you’d expect.
Le Politique in Downtown Austin is a place to see, be seen, and eat some great French food.
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