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.

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