Warehouse District delivers everything you need
By SPIKE GILLESPIE
There's enough food and shopping along S Congress Avenue to keep you busy for a full weekend without ever crossing the Colorado River. However, north over the bridge and then just west of Congress Avenue on Fourth Street, there's plenty more fun to be had in the Warehouse District.
Like S Congress, a number of businesses here have been in place forever but are now flanked by newer hotspots. From fine dining to salsa dancing, from people watching at a cafi to enjoying tapas into the wee hours, the Warehouse District offers options. Each of the places listed here is open daily, unless otherwise noted:
SPEAKEASY: Live music. Entrance is in the alley; look up to see the sign from Fourth Street, then turn down the alley. Dress nice. 412-D Congress Ave.; (512) 476-8086.
GILLIGAN'S: Upscale and laid back, with a Caribbean flair. 407 Colorado St.; (512) 474-7474.
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE: Independently owned theater that shows lots of quirky -- what else? -- films and serves food and drinks while you watch the flick. Get there early or you won't get a seat. Open 45 minutes before show times; call for info. 409 Colorado St.; (512) 476-1320; www.alamodrafthouse.com.
TRULUCKS: Seafood. Steak. Fancy. 400 Colorado St.; (512) 482-9000.
OILCAN HARRY'S: Gay nightclub for men. 211 W Fourth St.; (512) 320-8823; www.oilcanharrys.com. MALAGA TAPAS & BAR: Wide selection of appetizers. Casual. Closed Sunday. 208 W Fourth St.; (512) 236-8020.
CEDAR STREET COURTYARD: Great outdoor patio and stage, live jazz. 208 W Fourth St.; (512) 447-7405.
FADO IRISH PUB: Part of a national chain, it still feels pretty good in here. A lot cheaper than flying to Dublin. 214 W Fourth St.; (512) 457-0172.
RUTA MAYA COFFEEHOUSE: Beloved as a funky coffeeshop with the bare basics (no heat, no AC), but Ruta Maya recently got new owners and is undergoing a facelift. Outside seating is great for people-watching. 218 W Fourth St.; (512) 472-9637.
BITTER END: Excellent bistro and brewery. 311 Colorado St.; (512) 478-2337. Open 11:30 a.m. until late, Monday through Friday; 5 p.m. until late Saturday and Sunday.
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