39 "Drinks & A Light Bite" restaurants in Austin.
When you don’t want to commit to a full dinner (blind date, catching up with an aunt, waiting two hours for a table elsewhere), bars with good food are ideal. Make an easy exit after the first round, or go for a second and maybe some food if it’s going well. Either way, these spots have you covered.
Loro is an Asian smokehouse from the teams behind Franklin Barbecue and Uchi. And yes, it’s exactly as great as you’d expect.
Justine’s in Govalle has a fun bar scene with attractive people and tasty French food.
Halcyon is an all-day cafe downtown that opened in 2002 before the term “all-day cafe” even existed.
Central Machine Works is a massive beer hall, brewery, and live music venue in East Austin.
Kalimotxo is the downtown Spanish-inspired bar serving pintxos from the people behind Emmer & Rye.
Head to this quiet house-turned-restaurant on the east side with a date to share small, vegetable-focused plates.
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.
Located in the backyard of one of our favorite bars, The Liberty, is East Side Kings, an Asian fusion food truck open late.
Domo Alley-Gato on the East Side is from the Ramen Tatsu-ya team, serves great cocktails, and has a food truck out back, right by their cat shrine.
When you haven't seen an ocean in a while but can't quite afford a vacation, Last Straw has you covered with beach vibes and tiki drinks.
The more casual of the two spots in the new LINE Hotel, Dean’s One Trick Pony has shuffleboard and bar food.
Bring a friend or a date to Bar Peached in Clarksville and they’ll be impressed by the food, bright interior, and affordable prices.
Vino Vino is, unsurprisingly, great for a glass of wine, especially since the Hyde Park spot is never too crowded and has a casual, comfortable feel.
Aviary Wine and Kitchen on South Lamar is the perfect spot to bring a first date, or catch up with a friend over a glass of wine and small plates.