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Rio Rita

Bar and Coffee Shop$$$$
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  • baxter s.
    "Spicy Knees cocktail is everything you want and everything you need."(6 Tips)
    Austin 360
    "We recommend the Bloody Mary with one of the infused vodkas."(9 Tips)
    Laura W.
    "Seriously the best bloody Mary's in all of austin."(31 Tips)
    Loku Austin
    "They also serve East Side Pies :) More info: http://bit.ly/M81CRa"(3 Tips)
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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
    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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Mark N.
    It's the brews: strong coffee in the morning, local craft beer at night. Can't beat that.
  • 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.
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BooneJanuary 24
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kelsey N.
    Kelsey NussbaumJuly 17, 2015
    Really great Bloody Mary with house-infused vodka, all the perfect topping. Maybe a bit pricey?
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Thomas D.
    Thomas D'EntremontSeptember 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Espresso infused Irish whiskey on the rocks is delicious and simple.
  • Alison W.
    Alison WonderlandMarch 12, 2014
    Mixed drinks are the best in town, especially for the price.
  • Sass Conf
    Sass ConfNovember 7, 2015
    Sandiwches, wraps, and empanadas. This bar is a good, quick lunch spot
  • nora w.
    nora walkerFebruary 13, 2015
    I had an excellent bloody mary here instead of going to a SXSW panel.
  • Andrea F.
    Andrea FallingApril 5, 2014
    spicy bloody mary with jalapeño garlic infused vodka!
  • ItGirl
    ItGirlApril 22, 2012
    The only Bloody Mary [I've found] in Austin worth its seasoned salt.
  • Joycott
    JoycottApril 16, 2014
    Earth Day is a great day for some booze. 5% of your total check goes to support eco-friendly causes.
  • Kit O.
    Kit O'ConnellAugust 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great coffee and cafe atmosphere during the day. Read more
  • Phil W.
    Phil WestJanuary 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The ginger caipirinha. So good. You won't be sorry. Dooo it!
  • Ral R.
    Ral RiverMarch 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Any cocktail you get is a winner. But I'm a Spicy Knees fan
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