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Live music and fine food in Austin, Texas

America’s live-music capital is the king of alternative cool and a magnet for retro diners, hidden bars and some of the best barbecue joints and Mexican cantinas in the South.



Trudy’s is a Tex-Mex joint and the menu is consistently good, but we’ll let you in on a little secret: this place could serve nothing but beans and dirt and people would still line up for the margaritas, which might very well be the best in Austin. And, because this is Texas, they usually only cost £3 (; 409 W 30th St; 11am–2am Mon–Fri, from 9am Sat–Sun; mains from £7).

Trudy’s Texas Star is known for its Mexican martinis and margaritas


Fun, festive and just a little divey, Polvos serves central-Mexican food that always packs in a crowd. Try some of the dozen or so salsa varieties with one of the fierce margaritas. Eight different ‘top shelf ritas’ are made from tequila brands including Herradura, Chinaco and Don Julio, and a variety of fruity options are served too, from mango to coconut (; 2004 S 1st St; 7am–11pm; mains from £8).

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