Rio Rita is a low-key neighborhood bar near 12th and Chicon. Don’t let the minimal decor fool you: the cocktails are great, and most of them are under $10. It’s a good place for a low-key first date (impress them by ordering a Dublin Pickup), or after-work drinks with a friend. If you get hungry, King Bee serves great pizza next door.
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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.
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.
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.
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