The outdoor elevated stage and "impressive" courtyard setting make for "the best use of an alley you'll ever find" say fans of this Downtown live music venue known for hosting "lots of good bands"; there's often a cover, but its four inside bars dispense affordable drinks, though you may have to be "aggressive" to get served (it's "usually packed"), and if you want to snag a seat, you'll need...
This luxuriously retro stop in the Warehouse District is reminiscent of an "old New Orleans bistro" with "outstanding" pre-Prohibition cocktails (many made with absinthe) and seasonal French cuisine served into the wee hours; "attentive service" includes tableside visits from the owner, and manageable bills complete the picture.
Don't miss having a drink at Peche! Fantastic bartenders and cocktails! And the biggest Absinthe fountain I've ever seen!
Word to the wise on Peche: Owner Rob Pate is there almost every night, so when you arrive, ask for him. In lieu of a cocktail menu consultation, simply wave Rob to your table, and ask him to predict a drink that you will like. Rob is a libations soothsayer, and though this is an absinthe bar (Austin's first), the real treat is taking that first sip of a drink specifically predicted to suit your taste buds. This is how I discovered the (off menu) Fig Manhattan -- earthy, rich, and perfect.