Establishment neighborhood
Clark’s Oyster Bar
1200 W. 6th St., Clarksville
If they weren’t already, Clark’s cemented the place of restaurateurs Larry McGuire and Thomas Moorman (owner of the uber-popular Perla’s) as the utmost authorities of Austin’s seafood scene. The small space has a clean, nautical vibe that’s faintly reminiscent of the Hamptons, with a subtly East Coast menu to match; ideal for a more intimate dinner or brunch. Our suggestions? Cold water oysters (a must) and their famous fries, ceviche, the cooked kale salad, and the wood-grilled shrimp toast (a divine compilation of aioli, smoky shrimp, and crunchy sourdough). In our humble opinion, this is by far one of the best Bloody Marys in the city.
524 North Lamar Blvd., Clarksville
ByGeorge opened in Austin 1979 but in 2015 the clothing and home store came under new ownership—it's now helmed by Austin restaurateur Larry McGuire (of Josephine House, among others), and TENOVERSIX's Kristen Cole serves as creative director. There are two locations in Austin: The Clarksville ByGeorge actually combines two shops next door to one another—a women's store and a men's store. On the women's side, you'll find designers like Chloé, Marni, Yves Saint Laurent, and a good selection of bags and shoes; and on the men's, Brunello Cucinelli, Common Projects, and Levi's Vintage. The South Congress store carries clothing as well (A.P.C., FRAME, Outdoor Voices, Jenni Kayne, and more), but it's also known for it's home goods and decor, furniture, ceramics, books, and great gift-y items.
Josephine House
1601 Waterston Ave., Clarksville
The team behind Josephine House is responsible for some of Austin's best eats, including Lamberts and Elizabeth Street Café. Situated in a bungalow cottage with a blue exterior, and bright, white interior paired with dark hardwood flooring and an intimate marble bar, Josephine House is designed to feel like a (gorgeous) home kitchen. The locally sourced menu features signature dishes like the Josephine Rice Bowl, along with seasonal salads, soups, and meat mains like braised short ribs with grits.
Outdoor Voices
606 Blanco St., Clarksville
Outdoor Voices describes their Austin store as "a recreation paradise and our spiritual home," which pretty much sums it up. The shop itself occupies a sweet bungalow in the sleepy Clarksville neighborhood, which means the clean, monochromatic displays of their cool-kid activewear are complemented by a white-washed fireplace and airy French doors. The community around this store is really strong, so check their social media channels for yoga classes and run clubs, which they regularly host at the store and all over the city.
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