Texas McCombs MBA students studying  at the center of Austin, Texas – our Full-Time, Evening and Executive MBAs, plus our Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston  MBAs at least a few times a year – have the unique opportunity to explore the exciting businesses, art, music, and culture that make up Austin.

With the cooler weather moving into Texas this season, students are taking advantage of the vibrant local coffee shop scene. If your MBA journey brings you to Austin, we suggest checking out the places below– with a selection of coffee, tea, and even local beer, wine or spirits, these are great places to hang out with your classmates, get work done, or meet new people.

1. Spiderhouse Cafe

Spiderhouse Coffee

Spiderhouse Cafe /Yelp

Spiderhouse is more than just your typical cafe. It is a venue with live music, comedy, food trucks and unique events almost every day of the week. The outdoor patio gains a lot of attention since it is dressed up in multicolored  lights and fountain art installations. And it’s about a 5 minute car ride (15 minute walk) from the UT Austin campus!  

Wi-Fi: Yes Outlets: Yes

Hours: Monday – Sunday, 8:00am – 2:00am

Location: 2908 Fruth St. Austin, TX 78705

2. Radio Coffee & Beer

radio coffee

Rachel E./Yelp

Radio was opened by a 2006 UT graduate and voted ‘Best Coffee Shop’ in 2017 by The Austin Chronicle. Aside from coffee and tea, the unique location offers 25 beers on tap, margaritas, bloody marys, irish coffees, and food trucks on site. 

WiFi: Yes, during business hours Outlets: Yes

Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30am – 12:00am; Saturday & Sunday, 7:30am – 12:00am

Location: 4204 Manchaca Rd. Austin, TX 78704

3. Buzz Mill Coffee

Buzz Mill Coffee

Steve H./Yelp

Buzz Mill is a cabin in East Austin in the heart of Riverside and it never closes! Not only does Buzz Mill do coffee, teas, a variety of infusions, beer and cocktails very well; they also participate in community service and clean up efforts. 

Wifi: Yes Outlets: Yes

Hours: 24 hours

Location: 1505 Town Creek Dr. Austin, TX 78741

4. Cuvée Coffee Bar

Cuvée Coffee

Cuvée Coffee Bar/Yelp

Famous for its nitro-cold brew, fun events, and handcrafted Austin roasts, Cuvée Coffee Bar is classic Austin. The coffee bar offers its nitro-cold-brew, Cuvée roasted coffee, espresso, horchata and even beer on tap. 

Wifi: No (They have a “human interaction” atmosphere they are proud of)

Hours: Monday – Friday, 6:30am – 8:00pm ; Saturday & Sunday, 7:30am – 8:00pm

Located: 2000 E 6th St Austin, Texas 78702

5. Wright Bros Brew & Brew

Brew and Brew

Gigi S./Yelp

Brew & Brew offers a full espresso bar, cold-brew and filter coffee, and a 39 rotating taps of craft beer, and a variety of cider and wine. With free WiFi, seating inside and outside, bagels, sandwiches and breakfast tacos, what more could you ask for?

Wifi: Yes Outlets: Yes, but limited

Hours: Monday–Sunday: 8:00am – 12:00am

Located: 500 San Marcos Street, Suite #105 Austin, TX, 78702

6. HoundsTooth Coffee

Houndstooth Coffee

Ellen P./Yelp

HoundsTooth Coffee is locally-owned and has three locations in Austin, with the location closest to the UT campus also serving beer and the cafe’s best cocktails.  If you are looking for a quiet place to get work done, Houndstooth is the place to be. 

Wifi: Yes Outlets: Yes

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 6:30am – 11:00pm; Friday,  6:30am – 12am; Saturday,  7:00am – 12:00am; Sunday, 7:00am – 7:00pm

Location: 2823 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Suite #101 Austin, TX 78702

7. Epoch Coffee

Epoch Coffee

Clarisa R./Yelp

Epoch gets bonus points for its massive tables, outdoor outlets, and the fact that it’s open 24 hours. For the hungry, there are East Side Pie pizza slices, empanadas, and even vegan treats.

Wi-Fi: Yes Outlets: Yes

Hours: 24 hours

Location: 221 W North Loop Blvd., Austin, Texas, 78751

8. Monkey Nest Coffee

Monkey Nest Coffee

Jim Nix, Nomadic Pursuits, Flickr CC/ The Austinot

This cozy cafe is open 24 hours, offers ape-themed coffee drinks, and a slew of sandwiches.

Wi-Fi: Yes Outlets: Yes

Hours: 24 hours

Location: 5353 Burnet Rd. Austin, Texas, 78756

9. Thunderbird Coffee

Thunderbird Coffee


You can easily turn the Manor Road location of Thunderbird into a second office with coffee, breakfast tacos, and sandwiches.

Wi-Fi: Yes. Outlets: Yes

Hours: Monday – Friday, 6:30am  – 10pm; Saturday & Sunday, 7:30am – 10pm

Location: 2200 Manor Rd., Austin, Texas, 78722

10. Flightpath Coffeehouse

Flightpath Coffeehouse exterior

Flightpath website

There’s a reason why Flightpath calls itself “the home office away from home.” It’s a favorite among students who would like to get work done with a nice caffeinated drink.

Wifi: Yes Outlets: Yes

Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:00am –  11:00pm; Saturday – Sunday, 8:00am – 11:00pm

Location: 5011 Duval St., Austin, TX 78751


Honorable mention to: Cosmic Coffee and Beer Garden, Sa-Tén Canopy, Caffé Medici, Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, and Genuine Joe.

This list was compiled by Sabrina Martinez, Communications Student Worker for Texas McCombs MBA Marketing.