A bevy of bungalows turned into restaurants and bars with kitschy elements – think backyard mezcal bars and constantly turning hula hoops – makes this the street that never sleeps. MUSIC SCENE Populated on all days that end in “Y” for back patio bar performances, interactive festival SXSW steps up the tempo and takes over the road with hot ticket music acts and celeb spotting moments every March. HOTEL VAN ZANDT: Inspired by the Austin music scene, walk beneath the brass instrument light fixtures to enter this boutique hotel that also houses restaurant Geraldine’s (geraldinesaustin.com) and a well-edited host of cocktail and musicthemed gift options in Cafe 605. hotelvanzandt.com BANGER’S: Beer lovers take a moment of silence for the largest tap wall in Austin. (Add an antelope or the venison dish for a full Texas experience.) bangersaustin.com ORANGE YOU GLAD WE TOLD YA: Swing by on Sundays for the Big Band Brunch and be sure to ask about their featured sip, the Manmosa. BUNGALOW: Three reasons to hit this bar: craft cocktails, a spacious outdoor patio and the infamous wall with the “I hate you so much” painted message. NOTEWORTHY NEWCOMER EMMER & RYE Headed up by Chef Kevin Fink, voted one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs,” this hotspot serves inventive grain-forward dishes and a circulating dim sum cart. L’ESTELLE HOUSE: A patio courtyard strung with lights invites you to enjoy coffee, wine, dinner and weekend brunch at this French-styled Southern bistro. lestellehouse.com ToastTip: The courtyard space is shared with The Drafting Room which offers a revolving set of draught beers Thursday–Saturday. THE PARLOR ROOM: Do as the “Drink Up” sign says in the back of this little blue bungalow bar with a bright yellow door. PICK ME UP Need a boost? Grab a can of High Brew cold brewed coffee. Says media coordinator of the brand, April Riggs: “The secret ingredient to making it through a busy day into a fun night in Austin is a can of Double Espresso.” ROYAL BLUE GROCERY: Not your ho-hum market, swing in for gourmet grab-n-go treats, bottles of wine, fresh flowers and sundries. royalbluegroceries.com **SECRET MENU SIP: Ask the bartender for the “Russian Roulette” special. They pick the drink, you ride the ride. emmerandrye.com Down to $8? If you’ve only got $8 in your wallet, hit Clive Bar (clivebar.com) where all the cocktails are eight bucks a pop.
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