More and more are flocking to East Austin to sip, shop and explore thanks to a continuous stream of unique restaurants and a laid-back bar scene. What not to miss:

Shakey Graves on stage at White Horse.
Shakey Graves. Courtesy of White Horse.

MUSIC SCENE: The bar-meets-club atmosphere highlighting the sounds of bluegrass and rock at the historic Scoot Inn, live country at The White Horse and DJ beats at Hotel Vegas, offers a little something for every dance shoe.

A WHEELY GOOD TIME: Grab an Austin B-cycle from the stand on East 11th Street and hit the ground spinning. Available 24-7.

Woman playing drum at the George Washington Carver Museum
George Washington Carver Museum.

SIX SQUARE BLACK CULTURAL DISTRICT: This area offers much to explore and honor by way of the George Washington Carver Museum, Texas Music Museum and the African American Cultural Heritage Facility.

JUNIPER: Fancy a gin drink? Get it here within the airy space outfitted in plush blue hues.

Austin Bouldering Project
Austin Bouldering Project. Credit Jacob Bodkin.

AUSTIN BOULDERING PROJECT: The largest bouldering gym in the world, step inside the 50,000 sq. ft. facility for multi-level indoor rock climbing with trained pros and vinyasa yoga classes to round out the visit.

CHARM SCHOOL VINTAGE: True to its name, this charming little boutique packs a plentiful array of vintage clothing and accessories, as well as apothecary lines.

Painted Planter Party at the Paper + Craft Pantry.
Painted Planter Party. Courtesy of the Paper + Craft Pantry.

THE PAPER AND CRAFT PANTRY: One part retail paperie and one part workshop, the precious eastside spot offers community classes like calligraphy lessons and planter painting parties.

THINKERY: Formerly the Austin Children’s Museum, the new wave space offers interactive exhibits like an LED Light Lab encourage fun through learning.

Dishes at Launderette
Courtesy of Launderette.

LAUNDERETTE: What once was a laundromat and gas station complex is now a Food + Wine top restaurant, with a beautiful space for Mediterranean meals and snacks like fried olives and ricotta gnudi.

BRIBERY BAKERY AT MUELLER: Darling and decadent, the bakery and dessert bar serves pastries, coffees and spiked sips to complement the sparkling chandeliers and pink decor.

Cocktail at Whislers
Whisler's. Credit Mark Weatherford.

BELLY UP, FILL UP: Spending a glorious day sipping and sampling? This Austin bar scene accommodates with food trailer and cocktail combos.

  1. Stay Gold + Toaster
  2. Thai Kun + Whisler’s
  3. Violet Crown Social Club + Via 313