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The name says it all! This little gem just opened earlier this summer and has quickly become a favorite. It’s officially a “gourmet grocery store” where you can pick up necessities, but the real joy of this place is grabbing a bottle of wine from the store and having it opened at the bar while you enjoy their stellar food menu. Their hot sandwiches are legit.


They have happy hour everyday from 3–6 p.m.

Lamar Union
1100 South Lamar #1105
Austin, Texas 78704


Irene’s is a brand new restaurant from the good people who brought you 24 Diner and Easy Tiger—and they are coming in hot with a fabulous weekday offering: Viny Happy Hour! “Light your fire” with $3 house spirits, $3 Budweiser drafts, and $10 Bud pitchers. Welcome to the world, Irene’s! We like you already.

When: Today, June 2nd

Time: 3:30-6:30 p.m.


There is a new Taco Joint south of the river and it almost has me looking forward to my next hangover. Yesterday we tested it out and left happy, full, and excited to come back.

You can order any taco combination under the sun, but the homemade tortillas are what will really keep you coming back.

The place is simple and fast and they offer both indoor and outdoor seating. I see a bright future for this Taco Joint. Sadly, they do not have a drive-thru—but that’s probably for the best because I would eat nothing else.

Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Taco Joint
134 East Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

If you thought the Domain, North Austin’s city-within-a-city couldn’t get any bigger, the highly anticipated entertainment district known as Rock Rose has started to open—bit by bit. With a plethora of restaurants, bars, boutiques, and more already open or set to open in the near future, here are some of the highlights.

Already open:

Lavaca Street Bar is the northern version of the popular downtown sports bar, only 2,000 square-feet larger. Featuring skee ball, pool, and 40 screens plus a video wall, this is the perfect spot to catch a Rangers or Spurs game while you enjoy a sandwich from Turf n’ Surf Po Boy.

Need a new pair of tan leather boots? A bar of beard soap? Just a cup of coffee or a glass of whiskey neat? Weathered Coalition is part mountain lodge bar and part men’s boutique, featuring rugged yet elegant menswear and accouterments.

The third Austin location of Corepower Yoga is now open. The nationwide chain of studios has a stated mission of  “intensity for the body, presence for the mind,” combining the intensity of core workouts with the mindfulness of yoga.

Featuring classic Irish, Scottish, and Welsh food and drink, Jack & Ginger’s is already a prime spot for both lunch and dinner. With more than 50 taps plus a selection of whiskies from across the pond, you can’t go wrong at this locally owned pub.

More than a run-of-the-mill café, Two Hands Coffee prides itself on serving customers only the best, hand-selected coffee beans, the most freshly squeezed juices, and the tastiest craft ales and lagers.

Coming soon:

Now taking reservations for June, Viva Day Spa is opening its third location at Rock Rose for spa packages, facials, hair removal, nail care, and services for men, too.

Named one of the “50 Best New Restaurants in America” in Bon Appetit magazine, South Austin’s Sway will soon bring its delicious brand of modern Thai made for sharing to the northern reaches of town at Rose Rose.

Get your thin crust on at Salvation Pizza, a dog-friendly, beer-garden-style parlor on 34th Street set to open its second location at Rock Rose soon.



Rainey Street is a formerly residential neighborhood that has transformed over the last decade into a hotspot for happy hours, late-night drinks, brunch, and dinner. In fact, you can spend an entire Sunday on Rainey Street and only hit a few of the many great spots in the area.

There are several ways to map out a good Sunday Funday on Rainey, but it’s always a safe bet to start at Banger’s for brunch. Wash down biscuits and gravy with one of dozens of local craft brews, from Austin favorites like Austin Beerworks, Live Oak, and Hops & Grain. The bar is also famous for its homemade sausages, best enjoyed at one the outdoor picnic tables.

Banger's Sausage House

Banger’s Sausage House (photo by Jason Neff)

Step it up at Blackheart, Rainey’s top cocktail bar, for a few (or more) sips from its massive whiskey list. You’ll find rarities like Black Maple Hill and the entire suite of Pappy Van Winkle bourbons and rye, each of which is better than the next. Kick back inside, where the bar’s interior will make you feel right at home—at your quirky aunt’s upstate cabin.

Next, head over to Craft Pride for some late-afternoon live music. The bar, opened in 2010, is unique in that every beer on its massive tap-wall is both a craft brew and made in Texas. Sip a few pints of Big Bend Hefeweizen and sway in the breeze to the tunes outside. Before you leave, grab a couple of craft beers to-go from the Bottle Shoppe.

G'raj Mahal

G’raj Mahal (photo by Jason Neff)

Now you’ll need some more food to chase that bourbon and beer, so why not head to G’Raj Mahal? One of Rainey’s first spots, G’Raj Mahal opened in 2009 as an Indian food trailer in—what else—a garage, transforming into a brick-and-mortar eatery a little more than four years later. Now serving beer and wine, the spot is a laid-back, delicious restaurant and lounge, where you can end your Sunday with samosas, chicken tikka masala, and a glass of malbec before it’s back to the grind in the morning.

View from a condo for sale in the Rainey Street neighborhood

View from condo available in the Rainey Street neighborhood

For more information on Downtown Austin real estate contact Greg Walling of Moreland Properties

Cover photo by Jason Neff for 365 Things Austin

Today is Arro’s last day of business. Sad, I know. I was looking forward to many of wine nights on their newly renovated patio.

They have a ton of wine that they need to see go. Today all drinks are half off and they have special food offerings from $5-$15. It’s a stretch but half off Arro wine could be the silver lining in this situation.

When: today, February 5th

Time: 5pm – 2 am

601 W. 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Photo Credit: Arro Facebook Page

Adult Coloring is the latest craze. There’s no harm in feeling like a kid again.

Tonight head to Pinthouse Pizza for an evening of art-therapy, beer, pizza and friends. The team invites you to stop by Pinthouse Pizza (Burnet) to sample pages from their debut ColoringBook release, SpiritAnimals. They’ll provide basic coloring pencils, and sharpeners but feel free to bring your own art supplies.

You can find their book on or check it out first hand at the event.

Admission: free, beer/pizza for purchase

When: today, February 3rd

Time: 6 pm – 10 pm

Pinthouse Pizza – Burnet
4729 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78756

Last month one of my favorite pizza connoisseurs found himself in Brooklyn where he tried Roberta’s for the first time. It was love at first bite.


Imagine my excitement when I learn that they’re hosting a pop-up at Bufalina this week. I was going, no question. As an Austinite and a Texan, my eyes immediately noticed the Franklinstein on the menu consisting of Franklin’s chopped brisket, Texas Gold Cheddar, espresso BBQ sauce, mozz and jalapeno. Sadly, I opted for the Millennium Falco which did not disappoint but as I type the toppings of the Franklinstein I may be suffering from a little bit of order regret.


They also offer “market price beer bongs” so throughout the course of my lunch I was treated to five or so gentleman partaking at 2:30 in the afternoon, but it’s Austin yall.

Go. You won’t be disappointed. I went at 2:30 in the afternoon so luckily there was no waiting. However, they are not taking reservations so if you’re going to check it out this evening or tomorrow plan to sip some vino before you get a table!

Here’s their Austin promo video, it’s worth the watch:

When: today, January 27th & tomorrow, January 28th

Time: 11:30 am – 11:30 pm

1519 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas 78702


The Peached Tortilla is helping make the fact that it is only Tuesday more bearable with Taco Tuesday. As an Austinite, there’s not much that a good taco can’t cure.

That means $3 tacos and $5 margaritas at the bar and on their patio all night long. If you haven’t had a chance to check out their brick and mortar location yet use this as an excuse.

When: Tuesdays

The Peached Tortilla
5520 Burned Road #100
Austin, Texas

Is it just me or was it on the chilly side this morning? Okay, so we’re not dealing with the arctic temperatures of the northeast, but Austinites aren’t built for 30 or even 40 degree days.

Stay warm this winter with some of Austin’s best, soothe-your-soul meals. And with the help of Favor, you don’t even need to step outside of your central heating.

1. Tomato Basil Soup from The Soup Peddler

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Whether it is a cold evening or a late night, you can always enjoy a nice hot bowl of Tomato Basil Soup and a grilled cheese.

2. Egg Noodle Soup with Chicken from 888 Pan Asian


You can’t go wrong with chicken noodle soup. 888 offers it all the way until 2 am and we highly recommend you try it if you haven’t had the opportunity already.

3. Sapporo from Michi Ramen

Michi Ramen

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When in doubt, grab the Ramen. Michi Ramen offers an exquisite variety of ramen options. Don’t see what you like? Pick your broth, pick your ramen, and add your toppings to create your own ramen delight.

4. Hot Cocoa from Mozart’s

Ana W

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For all you coffee and hot cocoa lovers out there, Mozart’s has you covered. Enjoy it paired with one of their many pastry options.

5. Pho from Elizabeth Street Café

elizabeth street

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You can’t go wrong with Pho. Elizabeth Street Cafe offers several varieties with fresh herbs from their own garden!

6. Tom Kha from Thai Fresh

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Looking for Thai meals with fresh local ingredients? We recommend the Tom Kah from Thai Fresh. This soup has all the flavors in Thai cooking; sweet, salty, sour, spicy, and savory.

7. Madras Soup from The Clay Pit

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In the mood for Indian Contemporary Cuisine? The Clay Pit has delicious dishes to choose from. We especially enjoy their Madras tomato-coconut soup infused with Indian spices along with onion, cumin, and garlic (vegan)

8. Manicotti Florentine from Enoteca Vespaio

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This hits the spot when you’re in the mood for handmade pasta. It’s baked with arrabbiata sauce and fresh mozzarella, and will make you feel warm all over.

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