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.
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.
Considering the farm-inspired name and the refined dining rooms?white tablecloths, towering wooden wine racks holding bottles filled from carefully polished grapes?you could be forgiven for assuming that Silo Elevated Cuisine is a steakhouse. But a look at the dishes emerging from the kitchen reveals a less-predictable beast. On a menu that stars Silo's signature chicken-fried oysters, sources of gastronomic inspiration range from southern (applewood-smoked bacon, shrimp-and-andouille white-cheddar grits) to European (red-wine and cognac sauces), with more than a dash of Asian influence.
This is especially apparent in seafood dishes?crusted with Sichuan peppercorn or sesame seeds?and duck, served with five-spice seasoning or in spring rolls. Accordingly, Frommer's has hailed the restaurant as "one of the best places for fine dining when you want something other than French food." The original Alamo Heights location was joined by a new outpost in 2007, whose space Texas Monthly called a "minimalist study in black and white illuminated by crystal chandeliers and silvery globes."
Plush sofas, heavy curtains, and sinuous Middle Eastern furnishings set an exotic scene for feasting on Gypsy Cafe's Mediterranean cuisine. In the kitchen, chefs marinate beef kebabs in special gypsy seasoning and roll lamb kebabs in spices before plating them next to hummus dip. Although kebabs are the restaurant's specialty, the menu also makes an impression on palates with beverages such as fresh fruit smoothies, Arabic mint teas, and powerful Turkish coffee. After dinner, guests might head over to the hookah section of the cafe for a few flavorful puffs?hookah varieties include kiwi, jasmine, and winter flower shisha.