Small rows of café tables line the walls of Zaytouna Lounge as well as an outdoor patio with more breezy seating. Servers carry in pots of piping-hot mint and jasmine teas, pouring them into colorful glasses laid out on silver trays. Wafts of sweet hookah smoke drift through the air as players toss balls on the gravel bocce court.
Located on the most happening stretch of Sixth Street in trendy East Austin, Shangri-La was one of the original bars that made the area the hipster party haven that it is today. Part old-fashioned dive lounge and part beer garden, Shangri-La has a dark and mysterious vibe when you first walk through the door. Enjoy specialty cocktails and a great selection of local Texas beer from the full service bar, while a food trailer in the back patio area satisfies your hunger. The garden-like space, filled with picnic tables and trees strung with lights, is also dog friendly. The calendar at Shangri-La includes regular Monday night trivia as well as many community events; a jukebox, pool tables and various games round out the social atmosphere.
An elixir of Pacific Islanders for thousands of years, kava root has been brewed and sipped for its soothing effects, which have been known to ease anxiety and insomnia, while producing a feeling of ease and relaxation. Those loyal to its charms, drink it as a safe alternative to alcohol, touting its abilities to liven moods without impairment. At SquareR?t Kava Bar, kava is prepared and served in the traditional way?out of coconut shells. Available in a variety of strains, the menu also features the option to add different flavors, and a short list of snacks to enjoy alongside ceremonial bowls.
Founded by a posse of Kentucky-area natives, Trifecta On 3rd distinguishes itself with an enormous bourbon selection and a gourmet bar menu heavy on specialty pizzas. These house pies include the Southwestern chorizo, made with fresh, golden corn and cilantro, and the Fireball, which scalds mouths with jalapeños, serranos, habaneros, and, when in season, the notoriously nuclear Ghost Chili. Between bites, patrons can escape to Trifecta's expansive patio lest their ear-steam obstruct others' view of the interior's seven flat-screen TVs.