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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La Matta is where to go on the east side for Italian sandwiches, homemade mozzarella, and a nice patio to eat and drink on.
Located in the East Side Food Park, Kerlin BBQ serves all the greatest hits, but it’s their barbecue kolaches that set it apart.
Oseyo on the East Side is a great spot for a date or dinner with a friend when you’re looking for solid Korean food.
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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.
Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon
Ginny’s in North Austin is a great bar any night, but go on Sundays for Chicken Sh*t Bingo.
Delray Cafe is a food truck outside of Nickel City with a focused and straightforward menu of burgers, wings, tater tots, and other bars foods.
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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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