Darcie Duttweiler, author of The Best Digital Nomad Neighborhoods in Austin, shares her picks for the Texas capital's top restaurants and bars, plus the top cafes and coworking spaces when you need to get the work hours in.
The Best Restaurants in Austin for Digital Nomads
Uchiko: The sister restaurant to Tyson Cole’s South Austin Uchi, this North Lamar Japanese restaurant offers some of the most inventive bites in the city.
Lenoir: Romance is practically dripping off the walls at this delicious wine garden and date-night spot serving seasonal, international fare.
Odd Duck: Chef Bryce Gilmore’s original food-truck-turned-brick-and-mortar churns out unique smoked dishes.
Suerte: Masa is the name of the game at this nationally renowned East Austin upscale Mexican beauty.
Justine’s: Impress your date with late-night French meals over dimly lit tables.
Dai Due: Renowned for their butchery program, order whatever game meats are on the menu that day.
L'Oca d'Oro: In the heart of Mueller, find a perfect Italian meal that specializes in locally-grown ingredients.
Mattie’s: Gawk at the gorgeous peacocks that roam this old estate while you dine on classic Southern fare.
Franklin Barbecue: The most famous BBQ joint in town is known for its divine brisket–and long lines.
Veracruz All Natural: Hands down the best breakfast tacos in town. Full stop.
The Best Bars in Austin for Digital Nomads
Nickel City: This Buffalo, NY-centric dive bar slings libations ranging from frozen Irish coffees to classic tiki tipples in a retro setting.
Here Nor There: Snag a reservation to this underground speakeasy with some of the fanciest cocktails in the city.
Tiki Tatsu-Ya: It’s a tiki wonderland at this South Lamar hotspot with more eye candy than you can handle—picture volcanos, waterfalls, and a tropical paradise.
Little Longhorn Saloon: The beer is cold and the honky tonk is hot at this iconic Austin music venue. Bring your dancing shoes.
Whisler’s: Seasonal cocktails are on the menu at this patio bar on East Sixth Street.
Ego’s: “Tommy used to work on the docks!” With a dedicated shot menu and a dark, subterranean interior, you’ll be hard-pressed to resist the urge to sing on this karaoke bar’s stage.
P6: Book a sunset reservation at this gorgeous six-story cocktail bar overlooking the Congress Bridge bats.
Barfly’s: Pool tables and a killer jukebox selection are the prime reasons to visit this North Austin dive bar.
The Aristocrat Lounge: Don’t be jarred by the giant pink poodle on the wall because this used to be the legendary Poodle Lounge. Now it’s a laidback joint with shuffleboard and a cozy patio.
The Liberty: One of the original East Sixth Street bars, The Liberty is still home to one of the best food trucks in town, East Side King. Grab a beer and a seat on the patio.
The Best Digital Nomad Cafes in Austin
Bennu Coffee: With three locations open 24 hours a day, seven days a week (not to mention plenty of plugs), this coffee shop is perfect for working during the early morning or late at night.
Epoch Coffee: Also with three locations, Epoch Coffee’s North Loop locale is open until midnight and is the coziest spot to get some work done.
Medici Roasting: Boasting some of the tastiest coffee in town, this coffee roaster has eight spots, meaning no matter what part of town you live in, you’re likely not too far away from one.
The Brew & Brew: Specializing in both coffee and beer, The Brew & Brew will keep you buzzed all day long.
Radio Coffee & Beer: With food trucks and a huge patio, it’s easy to spend all day at this South Austin hotspot.
The Best Coworking Spaces in Austin for Digital Nomads
Vuka: This local coworking company has two locations (one in South Austin and one in Central Austin) that are available 24/7 and options that range from full, private office to day passes in an industrial setting.
Common Desk: This coworking chain’s North Anderson Lane spot is perfect for those who don’t want to commute downtown or east.
The Commune: One of the most open and airy coworking spots in town, The Commune is located off of North Loop Boulevard and is also a great spot for photoshoots.
Capital Factory: If you’re into the startup lifestyle, the Capital Factory downtown is just right for you. Not only is it a coworking spot, but they also offer mentorships and an accelerator program.
The Cathedral: Housed in a refurbished 1930s church, this coworking spot offers day passes or monthly memberships and plenty of ample parking–a total perk in Austin!