Behold the new Domain Northside, a bustling land of retail, entertainment, and upscale dining. Here, we present a culinary-tour-de-Domain Northside and its main artery, Rock Rose Avenue. Our evening guide begins with an aperitif and ends with a nightcap—and the option to continue into the wee hours.
Aptly named for the most idyllic cocktailing temperature, this three-story rooftop bar with exotic rum drinks and sharable bites is the perfect spot to start your night. Enjoy the sunset while sipping on the Cayman Account, a rum-based tiki cocktail with fresh-squeezed pineapple and orange juices, refreshing ginger beer, and a hand-carved pineapple parrot garnish. It’s potent enough to mentally transport you to the Caribbean. 1500 E. Rock Rose Ave., 512-589-2925
The brick-and-mortar version of the popular Thai street food truck, East Side King’s Thai-Kun has already become a vibrant hot spot. Two standout appetizers are the Moo Satay, a snack-on-a-stick of marinated pork skewers served with flavorful peanut curry and ajaat salad, and the Thai-Kun chicken wings, the perfect combination of crispy and sweet with spicy and dreamy, tossed with tamarind and Thai-chili. 11601 Rock Rose Ave., 512-719-3332
Cold winter evenings call for luscious dishes like braised short ribs, and Chef David Bull’s version is nothing short of legendary, served atop black truffle grits, onions, and a brandy balsamic glaze. Bull helms the new second location of Second Bar + Kitchen, the popular downtown restaurant, at Domain Northside’s Archer Hotel. With stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, this lively establishment feels like anything but the traditional hotel restaurant. 3121 Palm Way, 737-300-4800
A fast-casual establishment serving up Chinese flavors on French bread, General Tso Boy began as a flea market pop-up in the Big Apple by owners Jessica and Gary Wu, who moved to Austin to open the brick-and-mortar version. General Tso Boy’s soft-serve ice cream is made fresh from Mill-King Dairy, and weekly rotating flavors include complex combinations that are wildly delicious, like Black Milk Tea and Toasted Bread. 11501 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 152, 512-339-6959
End your night at St. Genevieve, an upscale lounge featuring a house DJ, inventive shared plates, and original cocktails. Watch the late-night crowd come alive in this blue-tinged space with Mediterranean-style ceilings and a circular bar. While you’re at it, indulge in a sweet-and-sultry take on a classic nightcap, the Cobbler Old-Fashioned, with bourbon and peach bitters, cinnamon, brown sugar syrup, and muddled peaches. 11500 E. Rock Rose Ave., 512-659-5537