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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El Chilito has a few locations around Austin, and they’re all reliable spots for tacos and burritos.
Lustre Pearl East
Lustre Pearl East is just like the original Lustre Pearl on Rainey, but with more outdoor space and way fewer UT students.
Spicy Boys Fried Chicken
Fried chicken sandwiches and wings with a variety of Asian-inspired flavors.
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Aussie’s Grill and Beach Bar
Aussie’s off Barton Springs is one of the best places to hang out in the sun, there are people playing volleyball, drinks, and food.
Uncle Nicky's is an all-day cafe in Hyde Park with a great patio, coffee, pastries, and smaller plates later in the day as well as a good Happy Hour.
Hopfields is a French-ish spot in North Campus with a great beer selection and one of our favorite burgers in Austin.
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Le Politique in Downtown Austin is a place to see, be seen, and eat some great French food.
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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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