Within Downtown Austin you have a few pockets to consider. 2nd Street, West 6th, “Dirty” 6th, East Side, Clarksville, the Warehouse District, and Rainey Street.

Also use our Downtown Happy Hour Guide to plan where to grab drinks in this neighborhood.

2ND Street

One of our favorite places to hang is 2nd Street. In the center of downtown and at the heart of what makes Austin unique is 2ND Street District with more than 50 specialty shops, services, and dining destinations making it the perfect travel destination. Celebrate any occasion with a self care weekend, an all day shopping spree, a nice dinner + wine pairing, or a DIY crafting party—they have everything you need to make it memorable and fun!

EatLa Condesa (Upscale Mexican), Taverna (Italian – $1 Mimosas on Saturday & Sunday), CRU (Wine Bar – 50% off Bubbles on Thursdays), 3 Forks (Steakhouse), Bar Chi (Sushi – Sunday all day HH), Lamberts (Upscale barbecue), Trace at the W (Modern American – great for Brunch and $5 Mimosa Pitchers)

Sip – Jo’s Coffee (Get the Iced Turbo), Austin Java (Austin Staple!), Starbucks (at the W)

ShopUAL, Luxe Apothetique, Eliza Page (Jewelry), Hemline 

Pamper – DryBar (Hair), Milk & Honey (Spa), Lacquer (Nails)

Stay W Hotel, AMLI on 2nd, AMLI Downtown, 44 East Ave

WorkoutRide (Spin), Orange Theory (Circuit), Solidcore (Pilates Reformer)

PlayACL Live (Music & Event Venue), Love Titos (Titos Vodka Cocktail Bar), Upstairs Circus (DIY Crafts Bar)

Pop into Royal Blue when you get in—it’s a local grocer that has a great selection of wine, beer, and prepared foods as well as refrigerated items and pantry staples.

For a map of these locations click here, and for more information on 2ND Street click here.

For more information on 2ND Street Re-opening and enhanced security guidelines, read our article here. 

2ND Street District – La Condesa

West 6th

Eat – Ranch 616, Wu Chow (Chinese – Dim Dum on Sundays), Fixe (HH everyday from 3-6pm), Irene’s (classic American – $5 frosé on the weekends), Taquero Mucho (all-pink Instagrammable Mexican restaurant), Walton’s (cafe, deli + floral), Ten Ten (modern Japanese and sushi)
Workout – Corepower, Barre3
Photo by Will Taylor

Dirty 6th

Eat – Voodoo Doughnut, Eureka! (classic American), Parkside (seafood & raw bar – 1/2 off oysters & bubbles on Wednesdays), Backspace (traditional Italian), Eddie V’s (steak & seafood), Stella San Jac (upscale American – $5 HH snack & sips Sunday-Thursday), Casino El Camino (burgers), Easy Tiger (bakery & deli)
Photo by Will Taylor


Eat – Josephine House (French bakery, cafe & bar), Lin (Asian bar + dim sum), Taco Flats, Jeffrey’s (upscale French-American), Nightcap, Clark’s (seafood & oyster bar – $5 HH martinis Monday-Friday), 24 Diner (chef-inspired comfort food), Amy’s Ice Cream, Sweetish Hill (bakery, cafe + deli), Counter Cafe (American diner), Better Half (upscale American – daily HH 1-4pm), Sushi Zushi, Frozen Rolls Creamery (Thai-style rolled ice cream), Fresa’s (Tex-Mex – to-go only), 40 North (pizza & casual eats), Austin Land and Cattle (steakhouse)


Warehouse District

Eat – Red Ash (Italian – $8 small pasta during HH), Lonesome Dove (Western bistro), RA Sushi (reverse HH Monday – Saturday), Comdeor (modern Mexican), Italic (rustic Italian), Velvet Taco (modern street tacos), Maiko (sushi) , Sushi Junai ($5 HH rolls – reverse HH Monday – Thursday) , Tacodeli (Austin-inspired tacos), Chinatown (Karaoke Thursday – Saturday evenings)
Photo by Annie Ray

Rainey Street

Eat – Bangers (Sausage House and Beer Garden), Geraldine’s (modern American), Emmer and Rye. (upscale American), G’Raj Mahal (Indian comfort food – $5 HH wine, beer and vodka martinis), Via 313 (at Craft Pride – Detroit-style pizza), Bummer BurritoAnthem (Tex-Asain pub – Sunday all night HH drinks), Tommy Want Wingy (wings, fries and tots – $7 5pc wings), L’Estelle (Southern comfort food – brunch on Saturday and Sunday), Burro Cheese (artisan grilled cheese)
Photo by Geoff Duncan

East Side

Eat – Ah Sing Den (Upscale Asain – high tea + dim sum on Sundays), Franklin (BBQ – get there early to beat the line), Kemuri Tatsu-ya (Asian BBQ), Justine’s (upscale French cuisine), Suerte (modern Mexican – daily HH 2-5pm), Hillside Farmacy (classic American) , Cisco’s (Tex-Mex), Juan In A Million (traditional Mexican – great for breakfast), Launderette (French bistro – brunch n weekends), Mongers Market (seafood market + kitchen), La Holly – Taco FlatsLichas (Mexico City soul food – $6 HH cocktails), Bufalina (artisan pizza – daily HH 50% all pizzas), Rockstar Bagels, Fukumoto (classic Japanese + sushi), Gabriela’s (traditional Mexican – $5 HH sips and snacks Monday – Friday)

Erin is our resident food and happy hour aficionado. Born and raised in Texas, and spending the last 12 years in Austin, she is constantly trying out new places and giving us her foodie opinion. Erin also is very active in the workout class and wellness scene, providing insight into living a healthy, active and fun lifestyle in our beautiful city of Austin, TX.