I liked this restaurant immediately. You walk into the friendly staff at the hostess desk and a large open space directly to the right. The bar is the focal point of the main room. There is a small stage near the main entrance surrounded by small round seats, tables and wrap around booths. It’s a casual area to chill, listen to music, eat, drink & be merry!! There is a great vibe in this place. There is also a back area with more restaurant seating. It turns out the band I saw at Speakeasy was playing here–their name is TAVANA. I really enjoyed them and they had a much more respectable number of people watching them. The people here are friendly and I even had a nice conversation with another patron who actually offered to buy me a drink. I have not seen a lot of that behavior at other locations in Austin. I guess that made me like Maria Maria even more. I would love to come back and grab some dinner. The menu looked quite tasty.