East Austin has evolved into a hot destination for great food, luscious lounges, and marvelous educational museums. Discover the best East Austin restaurants, bars, museums, live music venues and more. Then find your perfect East Austin hotel and book your stay!

Line in front of Franklin Barbecue in austin texas

Restaurants

The only way to kick off an Austin morning is with a breakfast taco. Take on the legendary Don Juan at Juan in a Million (a plate-sized creation). Or, grab a coffee and bagel from Wright Bros. Brew & Brew before getting in line at Franklin Barbecue. If a guided experience is more your style, try out Austin Eats Food Tours, a tour company that promises the best bites in Austin (try their East Austin Happy Hour Walking Food Tour for libations). Looking for comfort food? Find buttermilk fried chicken and shrimp and grits at Colleen's Kitchen, savor soul food at Hoover’s Cooking, drive through at Flyrite for tasty chicken sandwiches on the go.

la Barbecue: BYOB from Quickie Pickie, the new home of the famed la Barbecue, before hopping in line to enjoy a cut of world-class brisket, smoked with perfectly seasoned post oak.

Launderette: Enjoy this bright, sunny spot for brunches and delightful date nights.

Milonga Room & Buenos Aires Cafe: With Argentine steaks, tapas upstairs and a speakeasy downstairs, you don’t need to go anywhere else.

The Hightower: Cool off with a craft draft cocktail and an unbeatable happy hour.

Justine’s: Ooh la la! Savor French cuisine in a quaint bungalow with soul on the record player and string lights in the yard.

Band plays at Stay Gold bar
Stay Gold. Credit Geoff Duncan.

Bars & Live Music

East Austin is home to many venues that are full of character, both new and old. Locals and visitors flock to East 6th Street every day of the week to get their live music fix and to experience authentic Austin vibes. 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.

Stay Gold: Lounge vibes, live tunes, a sprawling patio, and a comfort food truck are the name of the game here.

Skylark Lounge: An off-the-beaten path favorite that’s part-dive bar and part-live music venue. Settle in with a drink in the dark, moody lounge or head out to the eclectic back patio.

Sahara Lounge: Hang out on the backyard patio before or after a show and enjoy an original house beverage. There's something for everyone here with music ranging from African and Brazilian to folk, jazz and more.

Dozen Street: With its mirrored mosaics and vaguely peacock-themed decor, this is a true dive bar-meets-music venue, and they often host CD releases for local acts.

Patrizi’s and Butterfly Bar at the Vortex: Beer, wine, cocktails, and from-scratch Italian specialties delight in this funky Manor Road bar and fringe theater.

exterior of George Washington carver museum and cultural center in east austin texas
Courtesy of the Carver Museum.

Arts & Attractions

East Austin is home to Huston-Tillotson University, the oldest university in the city (founded in 1875); go on a walking tour of the area hosted by the nearby Six Square Black Cultural District. Looking to burn some calories in the neighborhood? Join a Hipside Peddler party to wheel and deal through our bike-friendly city. On your tour d’ town, stop by Fast Folks Cyclery or Flat Track for a coffee.

Thinkery: Kids and adults alike find something to noodle on in this exceptional interactive science-forward museum.

George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural & Genealogy Center: Visit the well-curated gallery exhibits, classes, and theater, focused primarily on African-American history and culture.

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.

Tejano Walking Trail: Take off on the Tejano Walking Trail, a self-guided tours of more than 20 culturally significant Hispanic sites in the East Cesar Chavez and Holly neighborhoods.

Laced with Romance: Tucked away in a quaint nook of an old garage on East Seventh Street, Laced with Romance is must-see with a highly curated dust and drag collection.