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Rio Rita

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  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleFebruary 5, 2013
    A daytime coffee shop evolves into a comfortable bar after dark, offering fabulous drinks and a party-garage vibe. The Bloody Mary – deliciously pickled, rimmed with Creole seasoning – is a must.
  • Victoria T.
    Victoria TinsmanAugust 14, 2013
    Jalapeño infused vodka Bloody Mary is amazing! it'll burn your mouth off and have you sweating-Cool it down with a Leveler. 1 shot espresso with Chocolate syrup plus a Guinness in a pint glass. heaven
  • Social N.
    Embodies grungy, chic vibe of East Sixth. Quiet, dark. I went when it was raining and sat outside. Not necessarily best for studying due to the dark lighting, but a great place to chill. Laid back.
  • Katie F.
    Katie FolgerJune 8, 2012
    Embodies grungy, chic vibe of East Sixth. Quiet, dark. I went when it was raining and sat outside. Not necessarily best for studying due to the dark lighting, but a great place to chill. Laid back.
  • Austin 360
    Austin 360March 29, 2012
    Coffeehouse by day and moody lounge by night, Rio Rita has a jukebox filled with ’80s hipster hits, comfy couches and Wi-Fi. We recommend the Bloody Mary with one of the infused vodkas.
  • Rajesh R.
    Rajesh RamananFebruary 10, 2012
    Cocktails are the way to go; bloody mary, the "ABC", and the French 75 (by request only) are just delightful. Baristas/bartenders also pull a mean espresso shot or two.
  • J Catherine T.
    J Catherine ThompsonSeptember 15, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    "Love and a 45" record-player party every Monday night. First three Mondays of the month, bring only 45s, sign up and play 3-at-a-time, in turn. Last Monday of the month, you can bring LPs.
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SmithAugust 4, 2013
    Dublin Pick Up: Iced coffee mixed with espresso infused whiskey & honey. Great drink but for $9 this is the one & only time for me!
  • Hannah S.
    Hannah SweetsAugust 13, 2013
    It is sooo hot out! The Mulan (gin, cucumber, watermelon and honey... I lightened up the sweet and is was perfect and refreshing! Xoxo
  • B W.
    B WNovember 23, 2014
    Infused liquor cocktails are pretty good for the price. Very casual. Good place to grab a drink earlier in the evening. Authentic neighborhood vibe.
  • Zoe T.
    Zoe TronsonMarch 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Bloody Mary in Austin. Can't go wrong with any of their infused vodkas.
  • Oskar W.
    Oskar WildlyMarch 16, 2015
    Awesome coffee. Kitsch vibes. Great menu. I found these guys on my new Supper app. Get on it; http://supper.mx/places/rio-rita-austin/
  • Cameron H.
    Cameron HendrixApril 8, 2013
    Order the housemade whiskey + espresso blend neat... If I could buy bottles of this and bring them back to NYC, I would
  • Ginger C.
    Ginger CourtneyMay 19, 2014
    Get their iced coffee cocktail and sit outside. So nice! A liitle pricey though, FYI. The coffee drink is $9.
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The house bloody mary is the best bloody mary in Austin, which is why it’s on our list of The Tastes That Make the City: Austin. Read more
  • Laura W.
    Laura WichinskyMarch 23, 2013
    Seriously the best bloody Mary's in all of austin. Habanero vodka is really intense...get some water from the bar too.
  • Luke
    LukeDecember 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    New location reestablishes it's old school neighborhood bar status and vibe. Love it
  • baxter s.
    baxter sarahJanuary 6, 2013
    Spicy Knees cocktail is everything you want and everything you need. It says all the right things at exactly the right time. And it cost almost nothing and you dont know why.
  • Erin G.
    Erin GDecember 5, 2016
    Great cocktail options. The Pepper Mule was delicious. I can't wait to go back and try others!
  • Loku Austin
    Loku AustinJune 2, 2012
    Try their bloody mary and their infused vodkas. They also serve East Side Pies :) More info: http://bit.ly/M81CRa
  • Mark N.
    It's the brews: strong coffee in the morning, local craft beer at night. Can't beat that.
  • Jack D.
    Jack DeMancheMarch 14, 2013
    Cool atmosphere and nice people! Grab a cold drink and a quick bite to fuel you through your travels.
  • Tonic Music
    Tonic MusicMarch 20, 2012
    A great patio & infuse tons of different vodkas on site. Great bloody mary, cool art & fun DJs.
  • Rachel Y.
    Rachel YouensMay 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure you really think about your decision before saying yes to putting the habanero infused vodka into the bloody mary
  • Maggie C P.
    Maggie C PerkinsFebruary 1, 2014
    Another neat coffee shop that changes into its dive bar dress at night, on the East Side. Back patio. Great cocktails.
  • Mary Helen M.
    Mary Helen McNallyAugust 25, 2011
    If their specialty cocktails are too sweet for your liking, try an infused liquor with club soda, neat, or straight up on the rocks.
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BooneJanuary 24, 2016
    A little pricey but the cold brew rumchata coffee was delicious!
  • Anya M.
    Anya MascaroMarch 19, 2012
    The bloody mary is worth the $8 , they throw in banana peppers and it's amazing!
  • Kelsey N.
    Kelsey NussbaumJuly 17, 2015
    Really great Bloody Mary with house-infused vodka, all the perfect topping. Maybe a bit pricey?
  • Y B.
    Y BJanuary 27, 2012
    You've got to try the spicy knees! The bartenders are laid back and super helpful, too.
  • CultureMap Austin
    CultureMap AustinJuly 8, 2011
    Maybe the reason why the Bloody Marys here are quite literally the bomb is because they're made with habanero tequila.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 29, 2012
    End your east 6th night here cause they have East Side Pies! Also, peach infused whiskey is amazing.
  • bibliotekah
    bibliotekahAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    they sell american spirit cigarettes in case you're like me and all of a sudden start jonesing once you have a cocktail in hand
  • Ginny H.
    Ginny HallJune 21, 2012
    Get the margarita with cantaloupe/serrano infused tequila. You won't regret it!
  • Kara E.
    Kara ELFebruary 20, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Spicy knees is the Bee's Knees. And the Mayan mocha is killer.
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchMarch 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Underrated East Sixth spot, great back patio to relax with a beer on a hot day.
  • Morgan S.
    Morgan SNovember 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Anything with Aaron's infusions is great. The serrano and pineapple infused cachaca is my favorite.
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle AndersonJune 17, 2015
    Really good homemade liquors and interesting cocktails
  • minnie
    minnieJune 12, 2012
    just do yourself a favor and get the spicy knees. it'll have you on your knees begging for more.
  • Emily C.
    Emily CharltonJuly 30, 2015
    Great drinks and prices aren't unreasonable. Good place to hang.
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleyAugust 14, 2014
    Snag a slice of east side pie, and a cocktail, or a few beers
  • Alison W.
    Alison WonderlandMarch 12, 2014
    Mixed drinks are the best in town, especially for the price.
  • Thomas D.
    Thomas D'EntremontSeptember 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Espresso infused Irish whiskey on the rocks is delicious and simple.
  • Bradley S.
    Bradley S.January 9, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    their hot toddy is out of this world. they use the aforementioned clove infused bourbon and do everything else perfectly. delicious.
  • Sass Conf
    Sass ConfNovember 7, 2015
    Sandiwches, wraps, and empanadas. This bar is a good, quick lunch spot
  • Andrea F.
    Andrea FallingApril 5, 2014
    spicy bloody mary with jalapeño garlic infused vodka!
  • nora w.
    nora walkerFebruary 13, 2015
    I had an excellent bloody mary here instead of going to a SXSW panel.
  • Rick O.
    Rick OrrNovember 11, 2010
    Use TabbedOut to pay your tab and be sure to try a bloody mary shot with habenero infused vodka!
  • Joycott
    JoycottApril 16, 2014
    Earth Day is a great day for some booze. 5% of your total check goes to support eco-friendly causes.
  • ItGirl
    ItGirlApril 22, 2012
    The only Bloody Mary [I've found] in Austin worth its seasoned salt.
  • Phil W.
    Phil WestJanuary 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The ginger caipirinha. So good. You won't be sorry. Dooo it!
  • Kit O.
    Kit O'ConnellAugust 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great coffee and cafe atmosphere during the day. Read more
  • Ral R.
    Ral RiverMarch 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Any cocktail you get is a winner. But I'm a Spicy Knees fan
  • Anna M.
    Anna MentzerJanuary 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Hot toddy with clove bourbon for when you are cold and grouchy and need cheer.
  • Benjamin A.
    Benjamin AllenMarch 18, 2011
    If you bring your guinea pig in on a Thursday night, you get a free shot of tequila.
  • Anna M.
    Anna MentzerApril 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Topo Chico here is AMAZING. Get it with a lime for a good time.
  • Dylan H.
    Dylan HeimbrockNovember 4, 2011
    The bison carpaccio is a delight!
  • nat z.
    nat zinggMarch 12, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    mondays for play your own records nite, it's so much fun
  • Paul B.
    Paul BradleyNovember 12, 2011
    The habanero bloody Mary is awesome!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 29, 2014
    Check out Rio Rita as seen on Drinking Made Easy Read more
  • David P.
    David PollardNovember 24, 2013
    Awesome atmosphere. Kills drinks. Priced right.
  • Krista C.
    Krista CApril 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    ABC = apple pie in a glass. DO IT.
  • Laurel W.
    Laurel WNovember 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a michelada and sit out back.
  • Riley S.
    Riley SpillerApril 28, 2012
    Halcyon does better coffee/alcohol drinks. Stick to their other options
  • Charles M.
    Charles MulfordMarch 28, 2010
    Tried the scorpion last night and wasn't a fan. The bloody Mary is legendary though!
  • John W.
    John WaycuilisJanuary 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Jalapeno infused margarita w/ chile salt
  • Pamela C.
    Pamela CastilloMarch 9, 2012
    Great low key cocktail place.
  • Jenny U.
    Jenny UlloaMarch 15, 2013
    Spicy knees = cure for everything
  • Sung C.
    Sung CApril 25, 2013
    The best bloody mary in the world!!!
  • Janelle o.
    Janelle osceolaMarch 19, 2014
    French 75s is where it's at !
  • John W.
    John WaycuilisMarch 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Cocktails, espresso, wifi
  • Stacey
    StaceyMarch 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Hibiscus mint gimlet is like drinking an alcoholic flower, mmmmhm.
  • Sean P.
    Sean PorterMarch 15, 2011
    Make sure to order @bradybecker and watch the hiccuping hijinx ensue
  • Jill
    JillJune 28, 2010
    Go on Monday night for Love & A .45 and play some records!
  • Jason F.
    Jason FreshlyJuly 30, 2011
    Loving the infused liquors!
  • Nancy T.
    Nancy TranJune 16, 2012
    Bloody Mary or Micheladas!
  • William H.
    William HankeyFebruary 20, 2015
    The frozen cocktails!!!
  • jesse m.
    jesse mabusJanuary 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    ask for a scorpion: half habanaro/garlic half tito's dirty martini...it stings.
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HowellFebruary 7, 2012
    Best Bloody Marys in town!
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CrewsMay 8, 2014
    great Margaritas
  • Lisa J.
    Lisa JamesSeptember 2, 2012
    Don't touch a man's celery stick. Trace Thurman learned the hard way...
  • Rob S.
    Rob SewardMarch 7, 2010
    It's been said before, and I'll say it again: get a bloody mary. It has okra in it!
  • Remy S.
    Remy ScottFebruary 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita.
  • Richard M.
    Richard McClellanDecember 7, 2011
    Wifi password: rioritarules
  • Becky R.
    Becky RussonielloMay 31, 2015
    Bloody mary
  • vivan thi t.
    vivan thi tangMarch 13, 2014
    bloody mariaaaaa!
  • Dave H.
    Dave HezlepMarch 29, 2010
    Best bloody mary in town. Easy.
  • Jaden
    JadenDecember 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Spicy knees-ftw!
  • Michael P.
    Michael PerryDecember 23, 2009
    Mystery beer for 2.50. Got a Honduran beer that rocks!
  • Arthur C.
    Arthur CarmichaelNovember 7, 2011
    Bloody Mary's!
  • Brooke M.
    Brooke MorelandDecember 30, 2010
    Habanero infused vodka!
  • Destiny G.
    Destiny GreenFebruary 13, 2010
    Love the patio, easy to bum a smoke!
  • Liam B.
    Liam BurgessAugust 8, 2010
    Gimlet's are goood. Minty
  • Britton G.
    Britton GreenNovember 25, 2009
    Try the Bloody Mary. Its amazing!
  • Corey P.
    Corey PudhorodskyDecember 24, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Clove infused Bourbon - Wow!
  • Rodrigo M.
    Rodrigo MorenoMay 21, 2012
    The drinks are GROSS and the bartenders are nasty and RUDE!!
  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan HarterOctober 10, 2010
    Pickled garnishes!
  • Kyle G.
    Kyle GristMarch 20, 2010
    bloody mary is the bomb.
  • Kristin
    KristinJune 20, 2011
    I was refused service for not wearing a onesie.
  • Emily F.
    Emily Freeman ReedJuly 24, 2011
    Batista is a real bitch
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