Spider House is THE coffee house to check out in Austin. The atmosphere is eclectic and laid-back, the coffee and beer selections are excellent, and the food is fair. Spider House connects patrons with the local music and art scene; it is a venue for a variety of bands and solo-acts and supports a number of art shows throughout the year. Located near the northern-most point on the UT "Drag" and situated within a college residential area, Spider House feels like Austin.
Its best feature is the outdoor dining area, a big back-yard full of metal yard-furniture situated both close to the stage as well as well away from the stage. Tables are situated so that people can be seated alone, as couples, or as groups. The wait-staff is friendly and attentive. The prices are better than Starbucks for arguably a better coffee-drink. The food is a little pricey, and other than the frito-pie and frito-burrito tends to favor the health-conscious.
Because the best seats in the house are outdoors, the best times to go are during the mild Autumn, Winter, and Springs seasons, although if you like a little skin and can take the heat the Summer is never too bad. Happy hour is from 7am to 7pm with a dollar off all draft beers. Check it out for the shows, the brews, or just a chill-location to hang-out.