This South Austin iteration of a British-themed pub franchise veers slightly askew of its Northside cousin. Though cover bands dominate the calendar Thursday through Sunday, Baker St. occasionally presents original local bands like Pong, Roxy Roca, and the aptly named South Austin Moonlighters. Parking is dicier here than up north, but the patio doesn’t face a freeway. Otherwise, you get a full bar, 23 beers on tap, and a lengthy menu covering everything from Baja tacos to bangers and mash. Happy hour runs until 9pm and all day Sunday.
3003 S. Lamar, 512/691-9140
This Austin born-and-bred coffee roasting and retail business serves artisanal coffee, smoothies and vegetable squeezes, and a variety of breakfast tacos, panini, wraps, and more in the cafe.
3700 S. Lamar, 512/344-9518
Set in the former union hall building for Austin Carpenters Local 1266, Carpenter Hotel’s ultra-cool on-site restaurant boasts a bustling bar, hearty entrees including steak frites and chicken schnitzel for two, and a late-night menu of bar-friendly bites.
400 Josephine St., 512/675-5020