Just got off the road from Marfa and need a craft cocktail before you return home and plant the seeds of your eventual succulent farm? Native is where you go. It’s located in the lobby of a trendy hotel (which they claim is an “experiential hostel”), and it’s the trendiest place to grab a drink in Austin right now. The drink menu is short but solid, and there’s a late-night kitchen that serves a duck confit salad (among more typical bar food) until 2am. A night here will be fun, just prepare for it to be loud and crowded too.
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Granny’s Tacos serves excellent tacos, tortas, quesadillas, and more out of a food trailer in East Austin.
Tamale House East
Tamale House East on East 6th Street makes some of the breakfast tacos and migas in town.
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Spin Downtown has more ping pong tables than any other place in town so come here with friends, grab a few drinks, and get awkwardly competitive.
Nickel City is a Detroit-themed dive bar on East 11th with frozen cocktails, pinball, and coney island hot dogs.
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Le Politique in Downtown Austin is a place to see, be seen, and eat some great French food.
Pool Burger is a tiki bar and burger spot next to Deep Eddy Cabaret that will make you think it's summertime even when it's not.
LeRoy & Lewis
LeRoy & Lewis is a barbecue truck located at Cosmic Coffee that serves all the classics, along with things like al pastor and brisket cookies.
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