2108 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

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Is calling a place a “dive bar” offensive or a term of endearment? If you hesitate when a friend asks you to go to a dive bar I think you answered the question. But what was once used as a negative term for shady low level establishments has been embraced by bars seeking to provide a great down to earth atmosphere while serve cheap drinks and food. In today’s world dive bars are known to be off the beaten path and the type of place locals can call home while avoiding the fancy…

Mostly known for live music, weird bars, and outdoor activities Austin’s offers an underrated yet amazing hidden gem, the food trucks. The best part about Austin food trucks are that most have permanent placements throughout the city vs having to search where your favorite truck might be on any given day. You can find them inside of bars, on street corners with as little as a picnic table for guests, or most likely at Food Truck Parks. …

In 1964 a Supreme Court Justice, named Potter Stewart, tried to determine the threshold for obscenity by saying, “I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description [“hard-core pornography”], and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it.

Almost 60 years later, dive bars, just like porn have yet to have a true definition but one thing is for certain, you know it when you see it. …

What is a rating? The official definition is “a classification or ranking of someone or something based on a comparative assessment of their quality, standard, or performance”. But in the world of bars and restaurants how do you compare one place to another solely based on a 1–5 star rating? We treat ratings on review site like the cardinals choose the next Pope, as if a billion people are waiting for your vote. …

Lavaca Street bar

405 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

A classic sports bar with wall to wall TV’s and plenty of tables for you and your friends. Has a small but great open outdoor patio in the back to watch all of your favorite sports on a nice weathered day. Catch your favorite teams playing while enjoying one of the 12 revolting beers on tap. Don’t formally have a kitchen but the takeout restaurant next door (TURF N SURF PO BOY) has a window to order and they have great choices of food and especially the nachos! …

500 W 2nd St #120, Austin, TX 78701

Looking for a great Italian style happy hour? North Italia on corner of San Antonio and 2nd street in Downtown Austin is the place to be. A classy upscale establishment that has great food but prices ranging from $18 pizza, $20+ pastas, and $35+ entrees is shredded down (like cheese) to a great happy hour menu Monday — Thursday 3–6 PM.

Start yourself off with a nice glass of Sangria or your choice of red or white wine. …

Wright Bros Brew and Brew

500 San Marcos Street, Suite #105 Austin, TX, 78702

Located right off of I-35 in East Austin is a great coffee shop with a simple motto, coffee and beer in the same place but given equal attention. Grab a coffee and walk around East Austin, try an East Coast style bagel sourced from Rosen’s Bagel in Austin, or a beer during happy hour 4–6. This spot has anything you need for most occasions and is perfectly located for anyone who wants to walk from downtown or is living in East Austin to check it out.

Visiting Austin or just wanting to check out somewhere new in the city? East Austin has everything you can ask for. From food trucks, coffee shops, and breweries you can pretty much find anything you are looking for in this part of town. East Austin is known for being amore low key type atmosphere at the bars and coffee shops, so if you are trying to avoid the chaotic Dirty 6th or Rainey this is a nice change of pace.

Here are three great breweries to check out while in East Austin.

Zilker Brewery Company and Taproom

1701 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702


Looking for a fun idea and a way to explore the many taco spots Austin has to offer? Try your own self-guided taco tour throughout Austin with a friend. Gather a list of taco places/taco food trucks, order 1 taco at each place, go to as many as your can, and rate your favorite!

Stop 1: Taquero Mucho — 508 West Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Although not a food truck we decided to visit Taquero Mucho or the pink place from all the photos you’ve probably seen. Located right past all the bars on West 6th it’s hard to miss because again everything is pink, from the buildings to the plates…

We think traveling is the best thing in the world. And we’re not alone — last year 1.4 billion people left their homeland to discover a new part of the planet. The chance to embrace new cultures, meet incredible people and make memories to last a lifetime is one of the most valuable gifts we can ever offer ourselves. And the best place to find those experiences is in local hostels, bars, restaurants and attractions. Unfortunately, identifying those locations is also one of the worst things about traveling.

Almost inevitably we turn to the internet, and spend endless hours trawling…

Joe Falciano

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