Austin, Texas, has long been renowned for its ability to satisfy the live-music aficionado, the finicky chowhound and the barhopper simultaneously. And when it comes to finding Austin revelry in concentrated form, there’s no better place to look than 6th Street, a seven-block stretch of bars, nightclubs and shops on the west side of I-35.
Seeing a new side of Austin’s famed entertainment corridor.
The nationwide food-truck frenzy has taken hold in the Texas capital, with hundreds of mobile kitchens serving restaurant-quality, on-the-go grub for the mingling masses. Among them is East Side King, outside the Liberty’s splendid beer garden. Paul Qui, executive chef at Austin’s Uchiko restaurant, offers up a playful and often experimental menu of mouthwatering Vietnamese offerings. Also tops is Lucky J’s Chicken & Waffles, which shares space with a fleet of food wagons at East 6th and Waller streets. Thanks to owner Jason Umlas, you can enjoy a chicken-and-waffle taco to soak up some of those late-night suds you’ve consumed.
If you’re one of those stodgy traditionalists who likes to sit and have your plates placed in front of you, East Side Showroom is a must. Executive chef Sonya Cote combines a love for the prewar European cabaret scene and locally produced ingredients into a French soul food adventure, complete with a seductive cocktail menu. The Good Knight is low on frills, high on vintage vibe, and full of tasty comfort food from the bar and the kitchen. And there’s Justine’s, a French bistro that’s a hit among Austin foodies.
Party at, well, take your pick. Shangri-La offers pool tables, video games, a patio and drink specials galore. The Brixton is a cozy, laid-back joint where you can down a longneck or two while playing foosball and grooving to jukebox heroes. And nearby on 4th Street is The Scoot Inn, which calls itself “the oldest continuously running beer joint in central Texas.” Today’s modern, divey incarnation offers a full slate of DJs and bands playing on an outdoor stage. Nearby is the Scoot’s cousin, the Longbranch Inn, more of a casual hang.
A East Side King (outside the Liberty)
1618 1/2 E. 6th St.
B Lucky J’s Chicken & Waffles
Corner of East 6th and Waller streets
C East Side Showroom
1100 E. 6th St.
D The Good Knight
1300 E. 6th St.
4710 E. 5th St.
1016 E. 6th St.
G The Brixton
1412 E. 6th St.
H The Scoot Inn
1308 E. 4th St.
I Longbranch Inn
1133 E. 11th St.