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.
If you live in Austin, no doubt you’ve seen the red “Mohawk” painted on the brick wall along River St. The Mohawk is an eclectic bar and concert venue that features live music – and wrestling. Hipsters abound to enjoy an eclectic mix of local and out-of-town artists. Multiple bars make getting your beverage of choice a lot easier. The Mohawk features a three-level rooftop patio which makes for great viewing of the outdoor stage. A frequent feature at the Mohawk is Anarchy Championship Wrestling, based in Austin. The indoor space is small, which makes for an intimate setting. A word of warning: if you choose to partake of music in the indoor space, bring ear protection as it gets very loud. Come early (doors open at 5 p.m.) to avoid the crush, er rush. The Mohawk is open seven days a week and closes at 2 a.m.
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.
Marker 10 is a cocktail and sushi bar located inside of the Hyatt Regency. In addition to drinks and sushi, it serves a full food menu as well as a Sunday brunch. The sushi bar is open daily from 5:00pm to 10:00pm and they host live music every Friday night. Diners enjoy top-quality food in the atmosphere of a trendy downtown hotel. Marker 10 can get very busy, but extended hours make it easy to find the right time to go. With hours until midnight on weekdays and 1 am on weekends, it is the perfect location for quality late night food. Stop in after a show to enjoy one the best spots in downtown Austin.