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When walking down the Nueces Street, it is hard to miss the colorful and well-lit bar, Cat’s Pajamas. This tiki-style neighborhood bar offers a tropical getaway right in the heart of Austin. While the downstairs comprises a regular bar, the party truly begins on the rooftop. With a tropical-themed bar and cool novelties, such as jet skis and swings to sit on, it is not surprising how patrons head straight to the rooftop. In a welcome change from closed, stuffy bars, this spacious and airy bar offers mesmerizing views of Downtown Austin, while you enjoy a chilled, creamy piña colada. Soak in the tropical vibes and bring in a fun evening here at the Cat’s Pajamas.
Handlebar, a rooftop bar in Downtown Austin, is a popular hangout place that is known for its offbeat theme and an overall fun setting. This bar is full of quirky one liners, posters and photos praising mustaches. The entire theme seems to revolve around moustaches as you can try different types of mustache and get your photos clicked at the photo booth in here. The drinks menu here is diverse with wide range of craft beer, whiskeys and cocktails to choose from. Riding the rocking horse or seesawing on the terrace with your friend after downing few drinks in here is fun and a must try. You can also challenge your friend to a game of jenga or simply enjoy the breathtaking view from the rooftop.
If Austin-area jazz lovers feel ignored, it is justified; the local music scene, multi-faceted as it may be, has always neglected their genre of choice. However, what the region lacks in quantity, the Elephant Room more than makes up for in quality. It has been deemed as one of the finest venues in the country by none other than Wynton Marsalis (and subsequently honored by a unanimous resolution of the Texas Senate for having earned the jazz legend's admiration). The appeal stems largely from the club's unceasing lineup of regional favorites, touring greats, and, once in a while, plain ol' jam sessions consisting of anyone who cares to take the stage.
Occupying a space dating back to the early 20th Century, Swift's Attic is a restaurant serving wonderful farm to table offerings. Chef Mat Clouser utilizes the freshest of the season's produce to present a diverse menu of small plates. Choose from a selection of delights such as Lockhart Quail, Braised Windy Hill Goat Shoulder, grilled oysters and Serranho Ham Montaditos. Accompanying the food is a fine selection of wines available by the glass. The drink list offers cocktails, draughts as well as bottled beers. The restaurant's interior, with its exposed-brick walls, wood-beamed ceilings and vintage-themed decor, does justice to the name. Check website for more.
If you love Italian cuisine, La Traviata gives you another reason to smile. Headed by Chef Marion Gilchrist, the restaurant is known for not only authentic Italian cuisine but a menu that is prepared from local and fresh ingredients. From fresh salads to pasta, the delicacies are made in fresh vegetables and meats from chicken, duck, veal, and seafood to name a few. Delectable desserts like Tiramisu and a wide assortment of wine are perfect to pair with your Italian fare. The casual yet Italian ambiance of wooden and rustic decor, embellished with striking candelabras is ideal for a romantic dinner or a relaxed group outing.