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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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.
Spicy Boys Fried Chicken
Fried chicken sandwiches and wings with a variety of Asian-inspired flavors.
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Seoulju Korean Kitchen & Bar
Seoulju on North Lamar specializes in soju, classic and large-format Korean dishes, and KFC (Korean fried chicken).
Nickel City is a Detroit-themed dive bar on East 11th with frozen cocktails, pinball, and coney island hot dogs.
The Tavern downtown is one of the best places to post up at the bar - order a drink and the messy but fantastic burger, and watch whatever’s on TV.
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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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