Kick Butt Coffee
This North Austin java lounge where the baristas dress in karate uniforms doubles as a community performance space, hosting open mic nights, themed dance parties, and concerts of varied genres in addition to comedy and trivia. The combination coffeehouse/bar/venue, which opened in 2007 and has continually expanded, features music three or four nights a week, both happy hour and late shows.
Sat., July 30, 10pm
Equinox, Yikes!, Animal Train
Fri., Aug. 5, 8pm
ACC Big Band
Sat., Aug. 6, 8pm
Of the Sun, Death Motif, Unmothered, Blk Ops
While they do offer a delicious assortment of handmade Italian ice creams and fruit sorbets, it would be a mistake to miss the savory selections here. The caprese salad with creamy pesto will whet your appetite for a gooey panini of chicken, roasted pepper, and provolone. Or have the caprese as a panini. The requisite variety of coffee drinks, spirits, and cordials makes this place a neighborhood favorite.
4222 Duval St., 512/323-2686
Something of a community cornerstone, with economical coffee and a relaxed, sit-and-stay-awhile atmosphere. You can also sate your sweet tooth with a brownie or pastry.
5011 Duval St., 512/458-4472
Offers a wide selection of high-quality doughnut-shop fare, including several flavors of cake and yeast doughnuts, éclairs, Bismarcks, and, of course, doughnut holes.
2820 Guadalupe, 512/320-8484