5 Hidden Spots to Eat and Drink in Austin

By Megan Giller  |  September 9, 2013

Austin is a lovely place, and its charm only multiplies when you realize all of the underground things that are going on. From hidden speakeasies to secret supper clubs, here are three places and two ongoing events that will make you see a new side of our city.

  • Peached Tortilla Pop-Up Dinners 

    The beloved Austin trailer just hosted its first pop-up dinner, to great success. Chef Eric Silverstein is using the dinners as dry runs for dishes at his new brick-and-mortar outpost, which will open in the spring of 2014. Think Asian fusion with an American Southern influence to match Silverstein’s eclectic roots. The next dinner is slated for November, but details have yet to be announced.

  • Inside Bar at Takoba

    The strength and sweetness of Takoba’s margaritas are no secret. But did you know there’s an indoor bar with an entirely different vibe and special bar menu? Think some of the best hits from the extended menu, more drinks and very knowledgeable bartenders at one of the hippest places in East Austin.

    1610 E. Seventh St.; 512-628-4466

  • Secret Room in the W Austin

    Within the downtown W’s Living Room bar, there’s a red-hued locale called the Secret Room that only the swankest scenesters know about. Craft cocktails are the name of the game, as well as that particular Westlake-meets-American Apparel vibe that Second Street does so well.

    200 Lavaca St.; 512-542-3600

  • Red Room Lounge

    First off, this is not the Red Room bar that you may have read about in the news. This open-minded yet hidden speakeasy is just across the street from Max’s Wine Dive. But since there’s no sign, you need to know what you’re looking for. A relaxed vibe meets elegance with a carefully curated wine list. Most options are by the bottle, but a few by-the-glass choices are available too.

    306 E. Third St.; 512-476-9463

  • Dinner Lab

    The lab isn’t your average supper social. The members-only dining experience features top-notch, under-the-radar chefs who don’t get as much play or press as executive chefs, and it always takes place in an unusual location, from the floor of a paper mill to a motorcycle dealership. Dinner Lab sends you a secret email with the secret locale the day before the dinner, adding to the fun. We thoroughly enjoyed the recent dessert dinner from Carillon pastry chef Plinio Sandalio. But the best part of this club? Events happen often, almost once per week, which means you have access to great food all the time.