https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGxNAlK40TQ Over the past five years, East Austin has evolved into a hot destination for great food, luscious lounges and marvelous educational museums. AROUND TOWN MILONGA ROOM & BUENOS AIRES: With Argentine steaks, tapas upstairs and a speakeasy downstairs, you don’t need to go anywhere else. buenosairescafe.com LAUNDERETTE: Enjoy this bright, sunny spot for brunches and delightful date nights. launderetteaustin.com STAY GOLD: Lounge vibes, live tunes, a sprawling patio and a comfort food truck are the name of the game here. staygoldaustin.co CESAR CHAVEZ FOOD TRUCK PARK: DEE DEE NORTHERN THAI (eedeeatx.com) steals the show at this East Side food truck park. BYOB from QUICKIE PICKIE (quickiepickieaustin.com) down the street, new home of the famed LA BARBECUE (labarbecue.com). Your Big Adventure Rent a ROCKET ELECTRICS bike (rocketelectrics.com) or join a HIPSIDE PEDDLER party (hipsidepeddler.com) to wheel and deal through our bike-friendly city. On your tour d’ town, stop by FAST FOLKS CYCLERY (fastfolks.com) or FLAT TRACK (flattrackcoffee.com) for a coffee. THE HIGHTOWER: Cool off with a craft draft cocktail and an unbeatable happy hour. thehightoweraustin.com PATRIZI’S AND BUTTERFLY BAR AT THE VORTEX: Beer, wine, cocktails and from-scratch Italian specialties delight in this funky Manor Road bar and fringe theater. patrizis.com, butterflybaraustin.com SKYLARK LOUNGE: Feel the blues at this East Airport dive bar with free popcorn. skylarkaustin.com JUSTINE’S: Ooh la la! Savor French cuisine in a quaint bungalow with soul on the record player and string lights in the yard. justines1937.com THINKERY: Kids and adults alike find something to noodle on in this exceptional interactive scienceforward museum. thinkeryaustin.org Comfort Food Find Texas-style fried chicken and cocktails on tap at J.T. YOUNGBLOOD’S (jtyoungbloods.com), savor soul food at HOOVER’S COOKING (hooverscooking.com), drive through at FLYRITE (flyritechicken.com) or stop in at TUMBLE 22 (tumble22.com) for Nashville-style hot chicken. GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER MUSEUM, CULTURAL & GENEALOGY CENTER: Visit the well-curated gallery exhibits, classes and theater focused primarily on African-American history and culture. austintexas.gov/department/georgewashington-carvermuseum-and-culturalcenter
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