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7 Local East Austin Gems You Should Know About

Mar 15th, 2017

East Austin has all the characteristics of a stylish arts district. The eclectic neighborhood is home to art studios and galleries, trendy cafes and cocktail bars, thriving restaurants, food trucks, a wealth of street art, live music performance spaces, parks, and a smattering of storied local haunts. If you’re looking to better know the neighborhood, here are some East Austin spots you should check out.

Alamo Street

East Austin has a rich history, and many of the neighborhood’s residents have lived there for generations. Walking down Alamo Street, you get a sense for this. You also get a sense for the new development and striking renovations in the neighborhood, as architectural styles of neighboring houses charmingly clash. In other cities, this might look weird. Here, it’s just Austin.

Austin Public Library, Carver Branch

East Austin is known for its bounty of murals, none of which is as well known as that painted on the neighborhood public library by artist John Fisher in 1986. The striking and colorful display of art is titled Voyage to Soulsville and dedicated “to those who didn’t make the middle passage,” in reference to lives lost at the height of the slave trade. The mural is a pleasant ten-minute walk from AMLI Eastside.
1161 Angelina St., (512) 974-1010

Comal Pocket Park

Affectionately called Parque Comal, Comal Pocket Park is a small neighborhood green space on the corner of Comal and Third streets. At first glance, it might look like any neighborhood park. Take a closer look, and you’ll see what makes this park distinctly East Austin. The handcrafted yellow-and-purple archway that reads “Parque Comal” is a good place to start.
300 Comal St., (512) 974-6700

Farewell Books

The Carver Branch of the APL is not the only ode to books in East Austin. Farewell Books is an independent new and used bookstore and art gallery with frequently rotating shows. Inside, you’ll also find a clothing boutique, tailor, and high-end espresso. This nearly one-stop shop is a 15-minute walk from AMLI Eastside.
913 East Cesar Chavez St., (512) 473-2665

Mr. Natural

Another newer East Austin hotspot, Mr. Natural, is a juice bar, vegan bakery, Mexican restaurant, holistic pharmacy, and yoga studio all rolled into one. The ingredients are fresh, products on the shelves are high-quality, and prices are affordable.
1901 East Cesar Chavez St., (512) 477-5228

Historic Victory Grill

James Brown, B.B. King, and Billie Holiday have all had their moments on stage at this historic live music venue. The nightclub portion of this East Austin establishment closed down in 1995, but the restaurant is still going strong. Historic Victory Grill’s motto is “nourishing the soul since 1945.” It’s just two blocks from AMLI’s Eastside Austin apartments.
1104 E 11th Street; (512) 291-6211

The White Horse

This East Austin honky tonk hub is an integral piece of Austin’s live music fabric. The bar and restaurant is open seven days a week from 3pm until 2am. There’s live music every night, and rarely a cover charge. The White Horse, a 15-minute walk from AMLI Eastside, has a reputation for being both family- and pet-friendly
500 Comal St., (512) 553-6756


Feature photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons/Everdayzac

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