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Nicolai McCrary
August 25, 2020
Support Austin Restaurants, Bars, And Breweries By Buying Their Merch
Order some food and drink with a side of swag
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ou can help restaurants and bars by ordering delivery and takeout, hanging out on a patio, or getting cocktails to-go. And you can always visit a brewery or pick up beer curbside. And you’re always tipping at least 20%, right? Other ways you can help is by buying gift cards, or writing positive reviews on places like Yelp or Untappd (now is not the time to write a negative review).

But one last way to support your favorite local businesses is by buying their merchandise, like t-shirts, bandanas, aprons, and masks. And there are all sorts of other unique things too, like a crinkle-cut french fry beach towel, an Austin pennant, a river tube, and a domino set. Here are some of our favorites.


The Merch

Nicolai McCrary
  • You can buy Slab BBQ’s merch two ways: 1. Online locally alongside a food order from either the Research Blvd or Oak Hill locations, or 2. From their online merch store that will get shipped. T-shirts sometimes sell out, so don’t delay.

  • If, like us, you’ve been living off a diet of pizza of late, check out the rad t-shirts from Home Slice. And let it act as a reminder of the great pizza sacrifices you’ve made. They’ve also got socks.

  • Radio Coffee & Beer has everything when it comes to merch, including canvas bags, tank tops, bandanas, and their iconic West Texas logo tee.

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  • The north Austin brewery Austin Beerworks has a whole variety of t-shirts, tank tops, pearl snap shirts, and bandanas that would look great on a dog. There’s also a river tube, and you can even get a drawing of a unicorn for $100.

  • The “ESPRESSO, CHAMPAGNE, CHAIN LUBE” t-shirts from The Meteor will let everyone know that you’re a person of culture and an avid bike rider. Their shop also includes tons of bicycling gear, including caps, jerseys, socks, and water bottles.

  • We’re big fans of the barbecue at Interstellar BBQ - have you had their frito pie sausage yet? - and we also really like the triangle logo t-shirt with the smoker taking off like a rocket ship.

  • Move fast when Nixta Taqueria drops new merch, as new releases always sell out. Their latest round included a tie-dyed corn on tour shirt, and we personally regret not getting it. Maybe there’s a black market for Nixta shirts?

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  • The old-school Tex-Mex spot Joe’s Bakery has been a long-time advocate for democracy by running voter registration and giving people a free taco if they came in with an “I voted” sticker. Pay it forward by rocking an “Eat Tacos & Vote” t-shirt. When you put in your order, just tell them you want a t-shirt (or three). There’s also a tie-dyed version.

  • The merch from Via 313, Austin’s Detroit-style pizza mini-chain, includes their iconic t-shirts, tanks, hoodies, hats, bandanas, and more.

  • The West Fifth all-day cafe Better Half Coffee & Cocktails has a regularly changing lineup of merchandise made in limited quantities, including these nice social distancing tees. Add things like shirts, koozies, and bandanas to your online food order, or buy it online with shipping.

  • La Barbecue on Cesar Chavez has some fun merch, including the “sausage is my safe word” and the Our Lady Of la Barbecue t-shirts (masked and unmasked).

Raphael Brion
  • The East Side bar Nickel City might be temporarily closed, but they have a strong collection of merchandise, including bandanas, t-shirts, hats, and glassware. Some things are limited edition and do not come back in stock. The “Nickel City Forever” t-shirt would look good on you.

  • Yes, you should be getting tacos from the food truck turned brick and mortar Vaquero Taquero by campus, but you can also get some rad t-shirts. Delivered, even.

  • The pizza spots Bufalina and Bufalina Due have some nicely designed merch, including tote bags, hats, and t-shirts. Order them online.

  • Hotel Vegas, the East Side music venue, has transitioned into a concession stand serving things like burritos, Jell-o shots, and half gallons of frozen cocktails. And they’ve got some very stylish merch, including masks, hats, and t-shirts. Who wouldn’t want to wear a “Hotel Hot Burrito” t-shirt?

Nicolai McCrary
  • The Clarksville brewery/restaurant Hold Out Brewing makes some our favorite cheeseburgers and sandwiches in town. We’re also into their merch, including their “Save Austin Drink Beer” gear, in which proceeds go directly to different charitable organizations, including Equality Texas, Tree Folks, and more. Buy it all alongside a takeout order, in the online merch shop, or just buy it there.

  • Sweet Ritual, the vegan ice cream shop on Airport, has merchandise available like crop tops, unicorn patches, t-shirts, and tote bags.

  • The Rainey Street beer garden Banger’s is shipping meats nationwide, and they’ve also got some fun merch, including a “Little Brat” onesie and socks that most definitely declare your love for sausage and beer.

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  • Easy Tiger Linc is basically a carb party, with bread and beer and sandwiches. And what could possibly be a better gift than the “Be A Baker” gift pack that comes with a sourdough starter, flour, and instructions? How about some gear, like a denim apron, t-shirts with tigers on them, or a bandana?

  • In normal times, you need a Franklin Barbecue t-shirt to prove that you waited in the epic line. But now there’s no line since they’re only doing online pre-ordering these days. However, you can still buy merch online, including their iconic cafeteria trays, signed cookbooks, koozies, and yes, t-shirts.

  • While you’re ordering a temaki set or some hand rolls from the East Side sushi spot Uroko, you may as well get these very timely year of the mouse with mask t-shirts.

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  • The South Austin brewery St. Elmo Brewing has all kinds of great-looking merch, from hats and beanies, to t-shirts and glassware. Buy it alongside a pickup order with beer, or order online and get it shipped.

  • The divey East Side bar Yellow Jacket Social Club has a bunch of t-shirts, including the very timely “Yellow Jacket Social Distancing Club” ones, available for local pickup or with shipping. And right now we can’t imagine a better club to be a part of.

  • If you want to profess your love for Tex-Mex and barbecue at the same time, there’s really no better way to do it than with these black t-shirts from Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ. Go on, let the people know what you’re about.

Raphael Brion
  • Dai Due, the butcher shop/restaurant in Cherrywood, has mostly everything you need to outlast the pandemic, including pickles, pork chops, kolaches on the weekend, wine, and beer. Additionally, they’ve got thematic merch, like animal- and vegetable-themed bandanas, and t-shirts that read “Eat A Hog, Save The World.”

  • All-day cafe Kinda Tropical’s merch includes colorful t-shirts, face masks, and even a domino set. Buy it at alongside a takeout order, or buy it at the dedicated merch store at Fine Southern Gentlemen.

  • The restaurant group behind some of Austin’s favorite restaurants has an online merch store, featuring things like a floating lips koozie from Joann’s Fine Foods, a crinkle-cut french fry towel from Pool Burger, a cycling cap from June’s All Day, and hats, t-shirts, bandanas, and more from places like Perla’s, Swedish Hill, Clark’s Oyster Bar, and beyond.

Nicolai McCrary
  • The Highland coffee shop/micro-roaster Barrett’s not only has excellent coffee, they also have a constantly-rotating series of awesome t-shirts that you can buy online or at the shop.

  • The East Side bar Kitty Cohen’s is still closed, but their merch situation is strong, including beach towels, bandanas, and some very fun 1980s-inspired t-shirts.

  • The East 6th St Mexican restaurant Suerte has their “Es Gonna Be Okay” t-shirts and posters, and more importantly, a hat that says “Tortillas” on it so everyone can know where you stand on things.

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