Downtown Dynamic Duo: Foxy’s Proper Pub and Cedar Door

Off 2nd and Brazos, there are two spots right next door to one another – Cedar Door and Foxy’s Proper Pub. I recently went to both of these spots and I love them! I’d highly recommend either one if you’re downtown and are looking for a tasty, friendly, bar/dining experience that’s reasonably priced.

This was my first time at Cedar Door (and they’ve been around 40 years, if you can believe that!) and I was surprised by how KIND everyone was. They sat me at the best table for photos, helped by pouring drinks so I could take action shots, and EVERYONE that worked there said hello to me. Even though I’ve only been there once, I feel like I’m a regular, you know? Some places just have good vibes like that and Cedar Door is one of them! 

Cedar Door also has an epic Taco Tuesday deal. On Tuesdays, it’s $9 for two tacos and $11 for an Original Mexican Martini (with the full shaker). You basically get a meal and your fill of drinks for $20. That sounds amazing to me! Plus, Austin’s own Mexican Martini 🌟 originated 🌟 at the Cedar Door in the 80s. For tacos, you can choose from, pork belly, brisket, chicken, fish (that’s what I got!), or spicy vegan al pastor.

Foxy’s Proper Irish Pub has so much to offer. First off, the interior is so homey and inviting. Sit at the bar under the green light of the custom-made Jameson chandelier, sit on the cozy living room-style couches, or at the tables and chairs, or sit outside on their patio (the second floor patio has great downtown street views). If you visit on Sunday, you can sit upstairs with the DJ! 

The drinks range from classic Irish cocktails, to beers and Irish whiskey pours. I had the Spring Squill: Empress Gin, elderflower liqueur, simple syrup, and lemon. Foxy’s also has a delicious pub menu, including scotch eggs, pretzel board with Smithwick’s beer cheese, pub burgers. Of course, I had to get the fish and chips in Harp Lager batter. The pecan tartar sauce is TO DIE FOR. I’ll be back just for that.

Next time you’re down town,

Author: Kelly

Kelly Phillips is the writer and photographer behind You can view more of her photos on Instagram @DiscoveringATX and her photography portfolio at

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