Get ready for another edition of "What's that? I still haven’t checked out all the places on the last list!" Brace yourself for recently opened spots that range from dive bars to a honeybee-inspired spot to a restaurant with modern Southern cuisine served on an indoor porch.

Jody Horton

Launderette

Holly
If you haven’t been yet, go. This is the standout of the year, mostly because Executive Chef Rene Ortiz and pastry chef Laura Sawicki are fearless in the kitchen. The flavor combinations are both complex and approachable. Favorites include the charred octopus, la plancha burger (quite possibly the best new burger in Austin), roasted parsnips, birthday cake ice cream sandwich... scratch that. Everything. Try everything on this menu. Just go. Wait, finish reading, then go. 

The Wheel

The Wheel

East MLK
Located right behind the new Juiceland (former Wet Whistle), The Wheel is serving craft beer and cocktails with house-made seasonal infusions. Every day, they offer a $4 rotating whiskey selection. See you there Wednesday for some Maker’s Mark.
 

Hard Luck Lounge

East Seventh
From bar veteran Denis O’Donnell, this Irish-themed spot is the kind of place that owns the term "dive bar" -- wholeheartedly. Its marketing consists of sock puppets; declaring that there are, in fact, no drink specials; and other IDGAF hilarity. Stop in for a shot of whiskey and a cold beer, but don’t even think about asking for an Old Fashioned.

Bribery Bakery

Bribery Bakery

Wells Branch 
The much anticipated Bribery Bakery, from former Foreign & Domestic pastry chef Jodi Elliott, has opened it’s doors. Aside from sweet and vintage decor, Jodi will serve pies, cakes, cookies, and savory baked breakfast items. 

Mongers Market + Kitchen

Monger’s Market + Kitchen

East Cesar Chavez
Fishmonger Roberto San Miguel and former Kenichi chef Shane Stark present Monger’s: featuring classic seafood fare and freshly-caught fish and shrimp for purchase. Although the current menu contains raw selections, appetizers, soups, salads, and sandwiches, expect menu items to change seasonally. Crab cake sammies and red snapper tacos are a strong move.

Italic

Italic

Warehouse District
Austin is somewhat lacking in choices for great Italian cuisine -- luckily, the team behind 24 Diner, Easy Tiger, and Arro have opened Italic with Executive Chef Andrew Curren. Housed in the former Bar Louie space, the seasonal menu includes roasted half chicken, Florence-style T-bone steak, and wood-fired pizzas. Italic’s weekday happy hour is from 4:30-6:30, and it'll serve free focaccia sandwiches at the bar -- pair that with a draft Negroni and you're good to go.

Apis

Apis

Spicewood
Named for and inspired by the honeybee and its bounty, Apis Restaurant and Apiary recently opened in Austin’s Hill Country. Sitting on six acres overlooking the Pedernales River, Apis is serving contemporary American cuisine "complemented by honey yielded from twenty on premise [docile] bee hives." The honeybee served as inspiration not only for the cuisine, but also for the the way they work harmoniously with nature.

Stay Gold

Stay Gold

East Cesar Chavez
Owners Nathan Hill and Will Tanner (of The White Horse and Hole in the Wall, respectively) have created the perfect blend of East Side dive bar charm with a legit and accessible cocktail program at the former El Leon space. On the patio, Hannah Love will operate new food truck, Toaster, and its menu will consist of "comfort food with a Southern flair."

Andrea Calo

Isla

Warehouse District
From the team behind PĂ©chĂ© (Owner Rob Pate, Executive Chef John Lichtenberger, and General Manager Trey Jenkins) comes Isla, named after the Spanish word for island. Beautiful classic interior, island-inspired cuisine (think ceviche and grilled octopus), and rum Tiki beverages make Isla a winner. 

Counter 3.FIVE.VII

Counter 3.Five.VII

Downtown
Nestled below Swift’s Attic on Congress Ave, this tiny restaurant has no servers, no tables, and tipping is not allowed. Instead, diners choose from three-, five-, or seven-course tasting menus served at a chef’s counter. The cuisine is seasonally-based New American and the team is led by Lawrence Kocrek (formerly of Trace).
 

Craftsman

East Cesar Chavez
A new neighborhood bar housed in the former Cap’s Gameroom has set up shop amongst fellow bars Stay Gold and Drinks Lounge. They concept is simple: maintain a casual "house-party vibe" with live DJs, draft cocktails, and cheap tallboys & wells. Sounds good to us. 

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Fixe

Downtown
The seasonal and local menu, "celebrates the soul of the South" and will change based on the season and what’s available. With six dedicated sections, the menu will offer "snacks," "chilled," and "small plates" perfect for sharing, as well as an entire section dedicated to grits. From there, guests will have a number of main entrées to choose from as well. We absolutely love the Fried Chick (buttermilk, kale, green apple, spicy honey) and the lobster & crawfish pot pie (Maine lobster, Louisiana crawfish, mushrooms, smoked carrot béchamel).

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1. Launderette 2115 Holly St, Austin, TX 78702

Executive Chef Rene Ortiz and pastry chef Laura Sawicki are fearless in the kitchen. The flavor combinations on the menu at Launderette are both complex and approachable, featuring favorites like the charred octopus, plancha burger (quite possibly the best burger in Austin), roasted parsnips, birthday cake ice cream sandwich... scratch that. Everything. Try everything on this menu. Stop by for dinner, weekday lunch, weekend brunch, or for their weekly happy hour specials.

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2. The Wheel 1902 E MLK, Austin, TX 78702

Located right behind Juiceland (former Wet Whistle), The Wheel is serving craft beer and cocktails with house-made seasonal infusions. Every day, they offer a $4 rotating whiskey selection.

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3. Hard Luck Lounge 3526 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

Hard Luck Lounge takes the idea of “dive bar” to a whole new level in the greatest way possible. This Irish pub is complete with an old-school jukebox, outdoor patio, a pool table and full bar, plus just the right amount of grunge. At any time you walk in there may be live music. HLL is a can’t-go-wrong option for when you’re looking for a feel-good, low-key night out. Just try to resist its (lucky) charm.

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4. Bribery Bakery 2013 Wells Branch Pkwy Ste 109, Austin, TX 78728 (Wells Branch)

From former Foreign & Domestic pastry chef Jodi Elliott, Bribery Bakery has sweet and vintage decor, plus pies, cakes, cookies, and savory baked breakfast items.

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5. Mongers Market + Kitchen 2401 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX

From fishmonger Roberto San Miguel and former Kenichi chef Shane Stark, Monger’s offers classic seafood fare and freshly-caught fish and shrimp for purchase.

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6. Italic 123 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

From the team behind 24 Diner, Easy Tiger, and Arro, plus Executive Chef Andrew Curren, is Italic. Housed in the former Bar Louie space, the seasonal menu includes roasted half chicken, Florence-style T-bone steak, and wood-fired pizzas. Italic’s weekday happy hour is from 4:30-6:30.

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7. Apis 23526 TX-71, Spicewood, TX 78669 (Spicewood Springs)

Named for and inspired by the honeybee and its bounty, Apis Restaurant and Apiary in Hill Country sits on six acres overlooking the Pedernales River, and serves contemporary American cuisine "complemented by honey yielded from twenty on premise [docile] bee hives." The honeybee served as inspiration not only for the cuisine, but also for the the way they work harmoniously with nature.

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8. Stay Gold 1910 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Owners Nathan Hill and Will Tanner (of The White Horse and Hole in the Wall, respectively) created the perfect blend of East Side dive bar charm with a legit and accessible cocktail program at the former El Leon space.

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9. Isla 208 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Warehouse District)

Peché’s sister restaurant/bar, Isla, brings its A-game with a fantastic Caribbean food menu, and a bevy of tropical libations.

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10. COUNTER 3. FIVE. VII 315 Congress Ave Ste 100, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Nestled below Swift’s Attic on Congress Ave, this tiny restaurant has no servers, no tables, and tipping is not allowed. Instead, diners choose from three-, five-, or seven-course tasting menus served at a chef’s counter. The cuisine is seasonally-based New American and the team is led by Lawrence Kocrek (formerly of Trace).

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11. Craftsman 2000 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

This East Cesar Chavez bar, housed in the former Cap’s Gameroom, set up shop amongst fellow bars Stay Gold and Drinks Lounge. The concept is simple: maintain a casual "house-party vibe" with live DJs, draft cocktails, and cheap tallboys & wells. Come to expect events like yoga brunch and tetherball games.

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12. Fixe 500 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Fixe, with its very experienced chef/management team, is doing upscale-Southern with a dedicated grits menu and a barrel-aged craft cocktail program.

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