40 "Drinks & A Light Bite" restaurants in Austin.
When you don’t want to commit to a full dinner (blind date, catching up with an aunt, waiting two hours for a table elsewhere), bars with good food are ideal. Make an easy exit after the first round, or go for a second and maybe some food if it’s going well. Either way, these spots have you covered.
Eldorado Cafe is a casual Mexican/Tex-Mex restaurant in North Shoal Creek from the longtime chef of Tacodeli.
Hold Out is a brewery/restaurant from the folks that brought you Little Brother, Brew & Brew, and Better Half.
101 by Tea Haus is a fast-casual Asian-American restaurant in the Crescent Shopping Center.
Halcyon is an all-day cafe downtown that opened in 2002 before the term “all-day cafe” even existed.
Central Machine Works is a massive beer hall, brewery, and live music venue in East Austin.
Kalimotxo is the downtown Spanish-inspired bar serving pintxos from the people behind Emmer & Rye.
Head to this quiet house-turned-restaurant on the east side with a date to share small, vegetable-focused plates.
Uncle Nicky's is an all-day cafe in Hyde Park with a great patio, coffee, pastries, and smaller plates later in the day as well as a good Happy Hour.
Located in the backyard of one of our favorite bars, The Liberty, is East Side Kings, an Asian fusion food truck open late.
Domo Alley-Gato on the East Side is from the Ramen Tatsu-ya team, serves great cocktails, and has a food truck out back, right by their cat shrine.
When you haven't seen an ocean in a while but can't quite afford a vacation, Last Straw has you covered with beach vibes and tiki drinks.
Bring a friend or a date to Bar Peached in Clarksville and they’ll be impressed by the food, bright interior, and affordable prices.
Vino Vino is, unsurprisingly, great for a glass of wine, especially since the Hyde Park spot is never too crowded and has a casual, comfortable feel.
Aviary Wine and Kitchen on South Lamar is the perfect spot to bring a first date, or catch up with a friend over a glass of wine and small plates.