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East Austin Eats and Drinks: Savoring the New and Cherishing the Old

East Austin's thriving food and drink scene continues to evolve with new locales offering creative cocktails and tantalizing menus. Let's take a gastronomic tour through this vibrant neighborhood and explore some fresh hangouts and beloved mainstays that are turning heads and tantalizing taste buds.

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New Kids on the Block

Bar Toti

First up is Bar Toti, an intimate indoor-outdoor bar that just opened this April. A brainchild of the team behind the popular Cherrywood Mexican seafood restaurant Este, Bar Toti is delivering Mexican cocktails like you’ve never tasted before. Think margaritas and carajillos, but with a twist, along with appetizing aperitivos. Don’t miss out on this promising new venture located next door to Este. Check them out

Lovebirds

Lovebirds is a new East Austin bar that debuted in May, taking over the space once inhabited by Counter Culture. The bar boasts a cocktail list as vibrant as its name, with drinks such as the Puppy Love with sotol and grapefruit cordial, the Head Over Heels with fig syrup, and the Lovebird with butterfly pea tea. With both indoor and outdoor dining areas, it’s an ideal place for a fun night out. Discover Lovebirds

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Ezov

The team behind Emmer & Rye, Hestia and other successful ventures has opened Ezov in April, an inspired Mediterranean restaurant that channels the spirit of Tel Aviv. The drinks complement the menu, including the Carmel Market with olive oil-washed vodka and raki, and Aphrodite’s Crown with rose, hibiscus, and charred pasilla chiles. Enjoy these unique concoctions in Ezov’s indoor and outdoor dining areas. Visit Ezov

Uptown Sports Club

Uptown Sports Club is the newest offering from the collaborative partnership of Aaron Franklin and James Moody (known for the Hot Luck Festival). The restaurant, which opened in March, is a tribute to New Orleans cuisine, complete with po’ boys made with bread from NOLA bakery Leidenheimer, chicken and sausage gumbo, and a raw bar featuring shrimp cocktails and caviar paired with Zapp’s chips. And, of course, the drinks are top-notch! Check Uptown Sports Club

Tried and True Favorites

East Austin’s culinary map wouldn’t be complete without its established favorites that have delighted patrons for years:

Launderette

 

 

A neighborhood gem, Launderette has garnered a dedicated following with its playful and eclectic menu. This spot is perfect for brunch or a sophisticated dinner. Launderette

Sour Duck Market

 

 

 

Part bakery, part bar, and part restaurant, Sour Duck Market is a casual venue that serves farm-to-table fare throughout the day. Don’t miss their happy hours!

Suerte

Specializing in contemporary Mexican cuisine, Suerte has earned its place in the hearts of East Austin diners. Known for its in-house masa, Suerte turns out unforgettable tacos, tostadas, and tlayudas. Their cocktail program, featuring a diverse selection of Mezcal and Tequila, complements the flavorful menu. Visit Suerte

Dai Due

 

 

With a philosophy that revolves around local ingredients, Dai Due presents a menu that both respects and celebrates Texas cuisine. Offering both a butcher shop and a supper club, this unique eatery is a must-visit for food lovers. Experience Dai Due

Fukumoto

 

 

 

A celebrated sushi and yakitori izakaya, Fukumoto brings a taste of Tokyo to East Austin. With a focus on precision and quality, this is the place to enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine in a relaxed, friendly setting. Discover Fukumoto

Whether you’re a foodie hunting for the next culinary revelation, or a casual diner looking for an exceptional meal, East Austin’s thriving restaurant and bar scene offers something for everyone. Make sure to visit these establishments and immerse yourself in the unique flavors and innovative creations they have to offer.

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