La Holly is a mezcal, tequila, and sotol bar on East 6th, but far enough down that you won’t come across too many birthday and bachelorette parties. You can pull up a seat at the long bar for a proper mezcal tasting, or take a margarita outside to the big patio. There are taco trucks out back too, which means you can basically spend an entire afternoon or night here without having to leave.
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Kemuri Tatsu-ya is serving Japanese/barbecue/Tex-Mex fusion in East Austin, and it’s one of the greatest meals you can have in the city right now.
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St. Elmo Brewing Company
St. Elmo Brewing Company is where to go in South Austin for great beers, a huge patio, and Thai/Vietnamese food from the Soursop food truck.
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Lazarus Brewing Company
For a casual beer and some tacos outside in East Austin, head to the patio at Lazarus.
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