Not to be confused with its louder sister, West Sixth Street has developed its own upscale personality. This neighborhood is perfect for decadent dinners, sporting events, shopping and nightlife. Discover everything that the Market District and West Sixth Street has to offer, then explore hotels near West Sixth Street and book your stay today!

Brunch spread at Waltons Fancy and Staple.
Courtesy of Walton's Fancy & Staple.

Dining

You can be sure you won’t leave West Sixth Street hungry. Recently featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Holy Roller’s menu is made up of unapologetically over-the-top comfort food. For Texan-inspired grub, head to Ranch 616 for fried oysters with green goddess dipping sauce, along with their famous Ranch Water. For breakfast and lunch, grab a seat at Counter Cafe, where the burgers and crab cake benedict are the stuff of legends. Get your biscuit fix at Fixe before delving into the modern Southern menu, featuring items like deviled eggs with smoked trout roe. Farm-to-table and Chinese go hand-in-hand at Wu Chow, where the beverages are as creative as the food.

Italic: For Italian, Italic’s contemporary design complements the restaurant’s hearty rustic fare

Walton's Fancy & Staple: Stop by for brunch or lunch to enjoy a decadent salad or sandwich. Or, curb your sweet tooth with a huge selection of pastries and sweets.

24 Diner: This sustainably and locally sourced diner with wine and craft beer, open 24 hours is famed for their chicken and waffles.

Fresa’s: Step right up or drive right through for wood-grilled chicken, tacos, dips, chips and refreshing aguas frescas.

The Original Hofbrau Steakhouse: Enjoy this casual steakhouse serving up beefy meals since 1978, then head next door for live music and life-sized pong at the Rustic Tap.

Band on stage at Rustic Tap bar on west sixth street in austin texas
Rustic Tap. Credit Mitchell Hallmark, Found Media Group.

Nightlife

The dive bars near the West Sixth area are anything but ordinary. Raise a beer to the man in black at Mean Eyed Cat, a Johnny Cash-themed bar; two-step at Donn’s Depot, built in an old train car; or hunker down in one of Austin’s oldest saloons, Deep Eddy Cabaret. Dirty Bill’s: Drink shotgun-style bar Dirty Bill's with an excellent jukebox and a killer michelada.

Tiniest Bar in TexasBig draws range from live patio acts at this tiny but mighty music venue and bar.

Parlor & Yard: Dedicated to heroes in sports, grab a seat inside that’s shaped like a leather baseball glove or challenge your group with outdoor games like cornhole and ping pong.

Key Bar: Grab a chair on the patio and chill with a popsicle margarita while watching the West Sixth crowd.

Garage: An underground cocktail bar located in an actual parking garage, with an ever-changing cocktail menu for those who know their spirits.

Books on table at BookPeople
Courtesy of BookPeople.

Shopping

It may seem odd to tell visitors to head to a grocery store, but you’ll understand once you step foot in the Whole Foods Market flagship. This is where people in Austin gather to work and catch some rays on the deck, dine at in-store restaurants and drink at Bar Lamar, the wine and craft beer bar in the back of the store. Austin’s original Waterloo Records is renowned for its in-store performances and extensive vinyl collection. It’s definitely one of the coolest record stores in the city. Buy a book and coffee or attend an author event at BookPeople, a giant independent bookstore with a cult following. For fitness and active junkies, local active lifestyle store Outdoor Voices stocks the latest trends in athletic wear.

Russell Collection Fine Art: This fine art gallery in the historic Clarksville neighborhood houses exquisite pieces by world renowned artists ranging from Pissarro to Picasso.

Katie Kime: Shop aspirational lifestyle goods for decor and closet at this highly styled boutique.

Billy ReidA mecca for the well-dressed Southern gent and lady, here you'll find everything from suits and streetwear to accessories with heirloom potential.

Better Half Coffee and Cocktails interior with people sitting at bar
Better Half Coffee & Cocktails interior. Credit Alison Narro.

What's New

Just off West Sixth Street, grab an espresso and a stacked biscuit sandwich at newcomer Better Half Coffee & Cocktails. This sunny all-day eatery also has wine, beer and spirits, and is a hit with coffee snobs. Experience draft cocktails and Asian-inspired comfort food like confit duck foldies at Bar Peached. Your night will only get better at Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, an open icehouse with a friendly feel and a bar specializing in high end whiskeys.