This East Side taproom has a solid selection of local craft beer, plenty of bar seating, and a shady patio for you and your dog to sip a beer on and be admired by everyone walking by. It’s the kind of place meant for a long lunch or a late afternoon meet-up where everyone can show up wearing workout clothes or whatever they slept in last night. In addition to the homemade brew, Lazarus also serves tacos, and does a good job of it - they put a layer of cheese melted right onto the tortilla. If you’re in the mood for something else, they have also have coffee and a few solid sandwiches.
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These two East Side dive bars always have live music, and share one enormous backyard filled with picnic tables and cheap drinks.
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Fried chicken sandwiches and wings with a variety of Asian-inspired flavors.
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Punch Bowl Social
Punch Bowl Social in The Domain is everything you dreamed about as a kid - there’s bowling, skeeball, pinball - along with a bar for the adults.
The Tavern downtown is one of the best places to post up at the bar - order a drink and the messy but fantastic burger, and watch whatever’s on TV.
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Radio Coffee & Beer
Radio is a hybrid coffee shop and beer garden in South Austin, with a Veracruz All Natural truck conveniently parked out back.
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