Get the scoop on the hottest openings in Austin, from restaurants to nightlife and entertainment spots. RESTAURANT RAVES Downtown’s Red Ash Italia is known for its creative take on wood-fired Italian classics, while fans of L’oca d’Oro in Mueller clamor for the housemade pastas. Colorful and airy Grizzelda’s transports diners to Mexico with its authentic dishes, while Old Thousand serves creative Chinese fare and cocktails in a cool vintage space. Situated in the former Seaholm Power Plant, the industrial-chic Boiler Nine Bar + Grill offers ember-roasted fare and cocktails on three levels, including a rooftop and sultry subterranean lounge. It’s located in the new Seaholm neighborhood, a hidden oasis along Lady Bird Lake that’s home to some of the buzziest new restaurants and shops in Austin. Butter coffees and bone broths top the innovative, healthy menu at Picnik in North Austin. The food hall craze hits Austin with Fareground at One Eleven Congress Plaza downtown. Look for delectable bites from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, Contigo Fareground and Dai Due Taqueria. DRINK SPOTS Inspired by NYC punk venues, Moloko is a self-described “dive cocktail bar” located in trendy East Austin. In a swanky lounge with a large dance floor Sellers Underground mixes craft cocktails named for 1970s films. Modeled after Belgium’s most revered pubs, Mort Subite offers an expansive menu of Trappist beers and Belgian spirits. A culinary brewery, The Brewer’s Table features beer aged in oak barrels and food prepared on a wood-fired grill. Fleet Coffee offers small-batch coffee with experimental concoctions like the Cinnamon Toast Crunch-infused milk and espresso. Stonehouse Coffee + Bar serves Cuvee Coffee and pastries during the day, and craft beer and wine after dark. SHOPPING & ENTERTAINMENT Domain NORTHSIDE is an upscale shopping destination in North Austin with stores that include Nordstrom and local brands, along with the boutique Archer Hotel Austin and the Rock Rose district, which rivals downtown for entertainment and dining options. Grab your board and head to NLand surf park, where you can hit the waves then dine on farm-fresh fare at Blue Prairie, overlooking the water. St. Elmo Public Market, a new mixeduse development set to open in South Austin in early 2018, will house creative workspaces, a live music venue and a hotel. ARTS & MUSIC The Contemporary Austin has reopened at the Jones Center on Congress Avenue, with 7,000 more square feet of installation space. Free family artmaking workshops are offered each month during Second Saturdays. Located downstairs from ACL Live, 3TEN is a 350-seat listening room that presents smaller “house” shows. The Texas Biennial (from the team that hosts East Austin and West Austin Studio Tours) returns to Austin in fall 2017, with some 250 Texas artists exhibiting contemporary works.
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