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Underrated Areas in Austin: South Lamar Edition

With its diverse offerings and eclectic charm, South Lamar is a must-visit for visitors and Austin locals alike. Whether you’re looking for a perfect date night spot or a cheerful spot to visit with friends, this list of South Lamar businesses is the perfect guide to this beautifully curated Austin neighborhood.



This Austin-based movie theater is renowned for showcasing the latest movies and films alongside quality in-house cuisine! Weekly themed screenings showcase iconic classic films, including Terror Tuesday, Weird Wednesday, Time Capsule 1994 and more. No matter what genre you fancy, there’s something for everyone at Alamo Drafthouse. 



You won’t have to go far to find a good drink after your movie– in fact, you won’t even have to leave the theater. Head over to the Highball Bar located at Alamo Drafthouse for local brews, domestic beers and crafted cocktails. Grab a drink and slide on over to the dance floor on Monday nights for Matchmaker Band’s Motown Mondays from 8:30-10:30 pm.



This vine-covered bar is known for its extensive holiday decor and atmospheric interior. Come early for happy hour Monday-Friday from 4-7 pm or stay late for lively game nights. Grab a bite to eat at JewBoy Burgers out front! Make sure to stop by during major holiday seasons such as Christmas, Halloween and Valentine’s Day for themed drinks and picture-worthy decorations!



Influenced by Barcelona’s iconic El Raval neighborhood, this restaurant serves up Spanish cuisine with an extensive selection of cocktails and wines. Foodies who want a taste of everything for the best price can enjoy a select menu of tapas during weekday happy hours from 5- 6:30 pm. Special deals on a variety of wines, cocktails and beers make happy hour an essential visit. 



This upscale restaurant serves shareable meat and plant-based dishes beginning at 5 pm daily. Starting from humble food truck beginnings, the eatery gained recognition from the community by serving food with ingredients from local Austin farms. Locally sourced ingredients are still used in every dish as the restaurant has grown. Happy hour drink specials are available 5-6 pm Sunday-Thursday, and reservations are recommended!



Serving over 120 bottles and taps, this South Lamar bar boasts outstanding daily drink specials. A neighborhood favorite known for its mouthwatering burgers and delicious starters, the bar also hosts games such as live trivia and bingo. Be sure to check their social media for upcoming events!



This upbeat wine bar and restaurant presents bold flavors in a friendly atmosphere. The bar boasts an extensive menu tailored with unique wine pairings, making it a perfect spot for a first date or a catch-up with friends. Happy hour runs from 4-6 pm Tuesday-Saturday and all night Mondays from 4-9 pm.



This upscale restaurant offers traditional Japanese fare and unique spins on Japanese cuisine. The restaurant specializes in fresh sushi served in a modern, sleek space. Remember to come for happy hour from 4-6 pm Monday through Friday and 3-6 pm Saturday and Sunday!



Whether indulging in classic favorites like hearty lasagna or savoring innovative creations, diners are transported to Italy with each exquisite dish. The menu boasts a wide selection of piedmontese-style Italian food and a robust wine selection. With an inviting ambiance and live piano music, the restaurant is sure to have patrons delighted while enjoying the best in Italian cuisine. Make sure to check out their happy hour specials here!


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