6640 Hwy. 290 E., Austin, 78723, 512/459-8729
Hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-Midnight, Sun, 11am-10pm
Born in 1984, this highwayside cantina
and restaurant features live music
Tue-Thu, with karaoke on the weekends.
La Palapa hosts a "little bit of everything,"
from rock & roll to country to Latin jazz to
Spanish rock. (Current regulars include
No Strings Attached, Pete Benz, and the
Big Little Band.) Performers hold forth
from a small stage in back, within easy
shouting distance of the bar and their
signature La Palooza margaritas. Country
superstar Rick Trevino got his start here.