The Hideout Theatre & Coffeehouse
617 Congress, Austin, 78701, 512/443-3688
Downtown Austin's oldest indie coffee house also boasts two theatres, one upstairs, one downstairs, that play hosts to films, stand-up, performance art, and bands. With tasty treats and a great view of the Congress goings-on, this storefront gathering spot is a major find.
There's a stage upstairs, there's a stage downstairs, there's coffee all over the place and all sorts of shows here. This Thursday brings you the Threefer and Free Fringe of improv, and you can check out that award-winning Parallelogramophonograph – now with the bilingual badassery of Migas – and the fancy-ass Big Bash on Friday; and the sweet, campy horrorshow tropes of Death by Musical on Saturdays, right after the student-driven Soundstage 23, and right before the extemporaneous donnybrook of the original magister-marbled Maestro. See website for more.
Beyond the necessary hot cup o' joe, Austin Java offers an array of sustenance plus luscious desserts to get you back on the move on a cold day.
301 W. Second #100, 512/481-9400
At this coffeehouse, it's all about perfectly prepared coffee. Period.
200 Congress, Ste. 2B, 512/827-2770
“Slow down and stay awhile” is the motto of this upscale diner. While a split-level bakeshop and beer garden may seem an unlikely pairing, the interplay among handcrafted breads, house-cured meats, and a lovingly curated beer menu is surprisingly successful.
709 E. Sixth, 512/614-4972