This downtown Austin, TX neighborhood is home to a bevy of bungalows turned into restaurants and bars with kitschy elements – think backyard mezcal bars and constantly turning hula hoops – making it the street that never sleeps.

Hotel Van Zandt interior
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Hotel Van Zandt: Inspired by the Austin music scene, walk beneath the brass instrument light fixtures to enter this boutique hotel that also houses restaurant Geraldine’s and a well-edited host of cocktail and music-themed gift options in Cafe 605.

Lustre Pearl: This popular bar anchored the Rainey Street District development and continues to be a popular spot representing everything Austin has to offer. Clientele ranges from the professionals, the weird, the hippy, and hipsters alike.
Food truck fare: Located on the patio, don't miss out on the original chicken lollipop wings at Tommy Want Wingy.

Banger’s: Beer lovers take a moment of silence for the largest tap wall in Austin (add to it antelope and venison dishes for a full Texas experience). Swing by on Sundays for the Big Band Brunch and be sure to ask about their featured sip, the Manmosa.

Sandwich and drink at LEstelle House
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L’Estelle House: A patio courtyard strung with lights invites you to enjoy coffee, wine, dinner and weekend brunch at this French-styled Southern bistro.
Toast Tip: The courtyard space is shared with The Drafting Room which offers a revolving set of draught beers Thursday–Saturday.

Bungalow: Three reasons to hit this bar: craft cocktails, a spacious outdoor patio and the infamous wall with the “I hate you so much” painted message.

Deli counter at Royal Blue Grocery
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Royal Blue Grocery: Not your ho-hum market, swing in for gourmet grab-n-go treats, bottles of wine, fresh flowers and sundries.
Pick Me Up: Need a boost? Grab a can of High Brew cold brewed coffee. Says media coordinator of the brand, April Riggs: “The secret ingredient to making it through a busy day into a fun night in Austin is a can of Double Espresso.”

The Parlor Room: Do as the “Drink Up” sign says in the back of this little blue bungalow bar with a bright yellow door.

Emmer & Rye
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Emmer & Rye: Headed up by Chef Kevin Fink, voted one of Food & Wine’s best “new” chefs in 2016, this hotspot serves inventive grain-forward dishes and a circulating dim sum cart.
Secret menu sip: Ask the bartender for the “Russian Roulette” special. They pick the drink, you ride the ride.

Music Scene: Populated on all days that end in “Y” for back patio bar performances, interactive festival SXSW steps up the tempo and takes over the road with hot ticket music acts and celeb spotting moments every March.