Austin’s East Side has seen a surge in bars and restaurants in the past couple of years, causing the area to become a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. The highly walkable neighborhood is densely packed with food and drink hotspots, making it a dream for those who love to hop around from place to place.
Let’s talk drinks. Shangri-La are popular dive bars, with offering cheap drinks and delicious food from a truck. Feeling fancy? Whisler’s has craft cocktails with ample patio space to spread out. Beer and coffee are a popular paired offering, with Wright Bros. Brew & Brew and Lazarus Brewing both serving espresso drinks along with ales and IPAs (the latter has a kitchen that turns out some great tacos, too).
Food on the east side runs the gamut from famous barbecue (La Barbecue) to two of the city’s best taco trailers (Veracruz and Las Trancas). Higher end options include , or opt to dine at hot Mexican restaurant (Suerte) and a butcher-shop-slash-restaurant with massive steaks to share (Salt & Time).
For the purposes of this map, Austin’s East Side is considered between downtown and Holly, from I-35 to Robert Martinez Jr. Street, from East Cesar Chavez Street to East Seventh Street. Check out Eater Austin’s other neighborhood dining guides too.
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With updates by Nadia Chaudhury.Read More