The Sights, Sounds, and Tastes of Austin, Texas.
Quick Summary of Contents
- 1 General Tips & Tricks to Remember When Visiting Austin.
- 2 The wild and wacky world of Texas weather.
- 3 Getting around to see all that Austin has to offer.
- 4 Two-stepping, taxes, and tipping in Texas.
- 5 Tasting Austin’s Best Restaurants.
- 5.1 The serious business of barbecue in Austin.
- 5.1.1 If waiting in Franklin’s line is not your thing, other viable options exist.
- 5.1.2 Some finger-lickin’ goodness at Black’s BBQ.
- 5.1.3 Nothing like East Austin Craft Meats.
- 5.1.4 A Pricier Sit-down Barbecue Spot.
- 5.1.5 A BBQ Joint With a Line That Rival’s Franklin BBQ.
- 5.1.6 Old Time Pit-style Barbecue Like No Other at Cooper’s.
- 5.1.7 The hidden gem of Texas BBQ (grab on the go, too!).
- 5.2 Austin’s Best Non-BBQ Restaurants. 😂
- 5.2.1 Austin’s Ultimate finger-lickin’ Southern goodness.
- 5.2.2 Reel in Some Seriously Tasty Eats.
- 5.2.3 Austin’s Down-home Southern Comfort Food.
- 5.2.4 The Rainey Street District’s Flavor Fiesta.
- 5.2.5 Austin’s finest sushi in town (not just one, but two!).
- 5.2.6 The Hipster Haven of Modern Mexican Cuisine.
- 5.2.7 The Delightful Fusion of Indian, Goan, and Portuguese.
- 5.2.8 Some seriously mind-blowing food combinations.
- 5.2.9 Texas Meet Japan, and Japan Meet Texas.
- 5.2.10 Austin’s Rock-N-Roll Casual French Dining.
- 5.2.11 Austin’s Hip Joint With Good Wine and Pizza.
- 5.2.12 Travel to North Austin for a Peachy Treat.
- 5.2.13 A Touch of That Austin-style Fancy.
- 5.2.14 Austin’s Most Amazing Biscuits.
- 5.2.15 Get Your Calorie Count Through the Roof!
- 5.2.16 Austin’s Tiger That’ll Easily Make Your Taste Buds Sing!
- 5.2.17 A Healthy Dose of Local South Austin.
- 5.2.18 Austin’s Veggie-filled Adventure.
- 5.2.19 Austin’s Transformative Self-serve Laundry Dining Experience.
- 5.2.20 Austin’s Seafood Extravaganza.
- 5.2.21 Austin’s Hoppin’ OG Burger Joint on South Congress.
- 5.2.22 Where modern meets mouthwatering Chinese cuisine.
- 5.2.23 Where Modern Italian Cuisine Meets a Killer Bar.
- 5.2.24 Austin’s Modern Fusion of Thai Flavors.
- 5.2.25 Austin’s Humble Texas Taco.
- 5.2.26 Where Street-style Food, Beer, and Coffee Collide in Perfect Harmony.
- 5.2.27 Austin’s Caffeine-fueled Camaraderie Spot.
- 5.2.28 Austin’s Guilt-free Meal With an Enjoyable View.
- 5.1 The serious business of barbecue in Austin.
- 6 Bars and Brews in the Heart of the Live Music Capital of the World.
- 6.1 Austin’s Perfect Mix of Bar, Brew, and Music.
- 6.2 Austin’s Unforgettable Adventure Down “Dirth Sixth”.
- 6.3 Austin’s “Brew-haha” of Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries.
General Tips & Tricks to Remember When Visiting Austin.
Well, well, well, look who’s back in the vibrant city of Austin! Things have certainly changed since your last visit, my friend. This place has grown faster than a cowboy riding a bucking bronco at the rodeo. From a humble little capital city to a bustling metropolis of over a million people, Austin has transformed into a wild, thriving beast of a town.
And let me tell you, Austin isn’t just about cowboy boots and BBQ (although we’ve got plenty of that). No sir and ma’am, this city is a foodie’s paradise! We’ve had food trucks before they were even a thing, so you can imagine the culinary wonders that await you. Just be prepared for long lines at the hottest spots on the weekends — hey, good things come to those who wait, right?
When the sun sets, Austin truly comes alive. We’ve got nightlife that would make any Texan proud. Sure, there’s the infamous 6th Street, but we’ve also got South Congress, the West End, Rainey Street, and let’s not forget about the hippest area in town, EAST AUSTIN. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on the funky vibes and hidden gems this side of town has to offer.
So get ready to dive into the melting pot of culture, music, and mouthwatering delights that is Austin, my friend. This city has a way of capturing your heart and leaving you begging for more. Buckle up, put on your dancing boots, and let’s explore this Texas treasure together. Yeehaw!
The wild and wacky world of Texas weather.
Alright, my friend, let’s talk about the wild and wacky world of Texas weather, especially here in Austin. It’s like Mother Nature can’t make up her mind. One minute it’s hotter than a jalapeño in a Tex-Mex salsa, and the next minute, it’s colder than a penguin’s freezer. So, pack your sunscreen and parka because you never know what you’ll get.
Whether you’re braving the elements on foot or zipping around town on an electric scooter like a modern-day cowboy, Austin is ready to show you a good time. Just remember to check the forecast, pack your sense of adventure, and get ready for weather that’s as unpredictable as a Texan’s taste in barbecue.
Getting around to see all that Austin has to offer.
Now, when it comes to getting around this unpredictable city, we’ve got some options for you. If the weather is cooperating and you’re feeling adventurous, you can hoof it and explore Austin on foot. Just be prepared for those temperature swings we talked about earlier. But if you’d rather not test your luck with the weather gods, fear not! We’ve got scooters, electric bikes, and all sorts of fancy rideshare options to save the day. It’s like having your own personal chariot, minus the horses and the fancy feathers.
Two-stepping, taxes, and tipping in Texas.
So that you don’t look like a clueless tourist, let me break down taxes first, tipping second, and then we’ll dance our way to two-stepping.
Remember that good ol’ sales tax is not included in the price tag when you’re out and about. You gotta tack on an extra 8.25% like it’s a surprise party for your wallet. So, be prepared for that little surprise when it’s time to pay up.
Now, let’s talk about tipping — a secret language that we Texans speak fluently. When you’re dining out, tipping is not just a suggestion — it’s an expectation. Our hardworking wage earners, especially those in the restaurant biz, rely on those tips to make ends meet. So, don’t be a Scrooge McDuck and stiff them.
Here’s the scoop: 15% is the bare minimum for normal service. You won’t get fired from Texas if you tip that, but let’s be honest, we’re not aiming for mediocrity here. The real players are tipping 18-20% like it’s no big deal. And if you’ve experienced service so exceptional it made your heart skip a beat, go ahead and splurge with a 25% tip. You’ll be remembered as the generous soul who made their day.
Now, I know math might not be everyone’s cup of sweet tea, so I’ve got a little tip for you (pun intended). Just double that sales tax on your bill, and voila! You’ve got yourself a solid 16.5% tip. Easy peasy, right? And if there’s no table service involved, like when you’re grabbing a quick bite at a food truck, a 10% tip is alright.
So there you have it, my friend. The secret code of taxes and tipping in the Lone Star State.
Tasting Austin’s Best Restaurants.
The serious business of barbecue in Austin.
Alright, folks, let’s get down to the serious business of barbecue in Austin. Now, I know tacos and margaritas are divine, but let’s face it, everyone who visits this city is on a mission to taste some lip-smacking, finger-licking barbecue. And when it comes to the holy grail of smoky goodness, Franklin Barbecue takes the crown — or at least some say so. Aaron Franklin has created a meaty temple that’s worshipped by many, so you better brace yourself for a BBQ pilgrimage.
Here’s the deal: Franklin Barbecue doesn’t believe in early birds catching the worm. No, no, they take it to a whole new level. The doors don’t swing open until a fashionably late 11 AM. But don’t be fooled by the civilized opening time — lines start forming at the crack of dawn, around 7 AM. So grab your lawn chair, pack your laptop (hey, you might as well be productive while you wait), and get ready to join the hungry masses. Who knows, you might even make a lifelong friend or two in line — bonding over your mutual love for perfectly smoked meats.
But here’s the twist: the barbecue gods are a fickle bunch. By the time the clock strikes 2 PM, the golden treasure that is Franklin Barbecue is often sold out. Yep, you heard it right, they run out faster than your uncle at an all-you-can-eat buffet. So pray to the BBQ deities that you get your fill before the meaty feast comes to an abrupt end.
So, my fellow barbecue enthusiasts, prepare your taste buds, charge your laptops, and get ready to embark on a carnivorous adventure at Franklin Barbecue. It’s a journey filled with smoky bliss, camaraderie with fellow BBQ lovers, and the hope that you won’t be left empty-handed when the clock strikes 2 PM. Trust me, it’s a Texas barbecue experience you won’t soon forget.
If waiting in Franklin’s line is not your thing, other viable options exist.
Ol’ Aaron, the pitmaster extraordinaire, has expanded his domain beyond the barbecue and opened Tacos & Coffee on the same property. Grab a mouthwatering breakfast taco infused with that signature smoky goodness, and enjoy a cup of Joe to fuel your day as you take in the sights and sounds of Austin. With Aaron’s passion for both barbecue and coffee, you know you’re in for a treat. Don’t miss this delicious collision of flavors!
And if you think Aaron’s done… then think again! Let’s take a trip to Loro, the Asian smokehouse co-owned by none other than Aaron Franklin himself. This place is a hidden gem in South Austin, offering a unique and tasty menu that might just surprise you. With a laid-back “local Austin” vibe, it’s the perfect spot to grab some grub. Just head to the bar to place your order, grab your drinks, and wait for the deliciousness to be served at your table. It’s worth the short 15-minute drive from downtown, traffic permitting.
Some finger-lickin’ goodness at Black’s BBQ.
Black’s BBQ is a joint that’s 90% as good as Franklin’s but with only 10% of the wait time. Located at 3110 Guadalupe St, near the University of Texas campus, you might find a short line at lunch but fear not, it moves quickly. Make sure to try their beef rib, it’s massive like something out of a Fred Flintstone cartoon, and will keep you satisfied. And don’t forget to wash it all down with a cold Shiner Bock beer, a local favorite. Just remember, this is not to be confused with the larger Terry Black’s south of downtown, which had its own barbecue family feud.
Nothing like East Austin Craft Meats.
When you’re in the mood for some lip-smacking barbecue in East Austin, head over to Micklethwait Craft Meats located at 1309 Rosewood Ave. This food trailer is a hidden gem that serves up some seriously tasty bites. If the weather is playing nice, grab a seat and dig into their finger-lickin’ goodness.
A Pricier Sit-down Barbecue Spot.
For a fancy barbecue experience with a side of live music, Lamberts Downtown Barbecue is the place to be. Located at 401 West 2nd Street, this joint takes reservations, so you won’t have to wait around like a hungry vulture. And don’t worry, vegetarians won’t be left out—they’ve got menu items to keep everyone satisfied. Just make sure to check their website beforehand to avoid crashing someone’s private party.
A BBQ Joint With a Line That Rival’s Franklin BBQ.
La Barbecue, located at 2401 East Cesar Chavez, has quite the reputation, although I haven’t had the pleasure myself. Bobby Mueller, a true barbecue legend, laid the foundation for their mouthwatering creations, winning a James Beard Award back in the day. They stick to tradition while adding their own unique twists, serving up succulent brisket, spicy sausage, massive ribs, and a tempting array of sides. Just a heads up: be prepared for potential long lines, but if you’re up for the challenge, I’m eagerly awaiting your verdict.
Old Time Pit-style Barbecue Like No Other at Cooper’s.
Cooper’s Barbecue is one of my absolute Texas favorites, but here’s the catch: the original location in Llano is a solid 90-minute drive from Austin. Don’t worry though, if you’re short on time or not up for a mini road trip, they’ve got a new downtown Austin spot at 217 Congress Avenue. Trust me, it may be different from what you’ve had before, but in a good way — I can vouch for every single location!
There’s this hidden gem of a joint inside the Austin airport as well as just a short drive from Austin in Driftwood. It’s called The Salt Lick. And let me tell you… you ain’t licked BBQ until you had The Salt Lick. I hope you get to make it out to ol’ Driftwood. If you do, then make it a family-style feast at the Driftwood location, especially if you’re rolling with a big crew. Oh, and don’t forget, you can bring your own cooler of beer and wine without any surcharges — just the way it should be. But if you don’t, grab some mouthwatering breakfast tacos or a hearty lunch before hopping on that plane. And here’s the best part—you can snag pounds of brisket or ribs to-go, packed in a special portable cooler for your flight back home. The Salt Lick’s BBQ is still top-notch, even if it’s a bit crowded now.
Now, if you’re STILL hankering for some more barbecue sandwich suggestions, check out this handy Best Austin BBQ Guide from the wise folks out there.
Austin’s Best Non-BBQ Restaurants. 😂
Austin’s Ultimate finger-lickin’ Southern goodness.
Get ready to loosen yo’ belt at Hoover’s Cooking! This place is serving up some finger-lickin’ Southern goodness that will have ya’ coming back for mo’. From savory fried chicken to lip-smackin’ ribs, their menu is a culinary adventure you won’t wanna’ miss. So put on yo’ stretchy pants and get ready for a down-home feast that’ll make yo’ taste buds slap ya’ Momma’nem!
Reel in Some Seriously Tasty Eats.
Prepare for a fin-tastic feast at Mr. Catfish! Dive into a sea of flavor with their mouthwatering catfish dishes. It’s the perfect spot to satisfy your seafood cravings and channel your inner catfish connoisseur. So grab your bib and get ready to reel in some seriously tasty eats. Meow-nificent!
Austin’s Down-home Southern Comfort Food.
Get ready for some down-home Southern comfort food at Country Boyz Fixins! It’s the place to satisfy your cravings for all things hearty and Southern. So grab your appetite, leave your fancy pants at home, and get ready to indulge in some good ol’ country cooking.
The Rainey Street District’s Flavor Fiesta.
Nestled in the Rainey Street district at 79 Rainey Street is Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden. It’s surrounded by bars and fancy new high rises that sprouted like mushrooms. This place is consistently rated as one of Austin’s top spots, and let me tell you, the food is beyond just sausage — it’s a flavor fiesta. Grab a seat outside, enjoy the breeze, sip on some brews, and soak in the good vibes and people-watching galore. Oh, and if you’re looking for more awesomeness, the nearby Hotel Kimpton Van Zandt is the place to be, with its killer happy hour scene, indoor/outdoor vibes, poolside shenanigans, and live music to groove to.
Austin’s finest sushi in town (not just one, but two!).
Alright, sushi lovers, listen up! We’ve got the crème de la crème right here: Uchi. This joint serves up the finest sushi in town, and it’s always sitting pretty at the top of every fancy dining list in Austin. Now, here’s the deal: you better snag a reservation ahead of time because this place is hotter than a jalapeño. And yeah, brace yourself for some serious damage to your wallet because it’s a bit on the pricey side. But fear not, my sushi-savvy comrades, there’s an equally fantastic offshoot called Uchiko that’s also racking up the accolades. So go on, treat yourself to a slice of sushi heaven. Just don’t forget to bring your appetite and your platinum card!
The Hipster Haven of Modern Mexican Cuisine.
Next, We’ve got Suerte, the fresh-faced, hipster haven of modern Mexican grub in East Austin. This joint is teeming with beautiful people, tasty drinks, and food that’ll make your taste buds salsa dance. Now, fair warning, the portions may be on the smaller side, but trust me, the flavors are mighty. So if you’re ready to immerse yourself in some serious East Austin vibes, Suerte’s the place to be. Vamos!
The Delightful Fusion of Indian, Goan, and Portuguese.
East Austin just got a whole lot tastier, my friends. My next hidden gem for you is Vixen’s Wedding, a delightful fusion of Indian, Goan, and Portuguese flavors. Located in a fancy boutique hotel, this place is buzzing with smart and stylish peeps. Sip on some excellent cocktails while you indulge in their culinary creations. And hey, don’t forget about their neighbor, Lefty’s Brick Bar, where you can chow down on tasty food and sip on more delicious cocktails.
Some seriously mind-blowing food combinations.
Listen up, foodies, because I’ve got a real treat for your taste buds. Odd Duck is the place to be, but make sure you’ve got reservations in hand. They whip up some seriously mind-blowing food combinations that have put them on the map of top new restaurants in the USA. Fun fact: this culinary wizard started as a humble food truck. Talk about a delicious success story. Trust me, folks, this joint is worth a visit or three.
Texas Meet Japan, and Japan Meet Texas.
Attention noodle lovers! When the weather turns chilly in Austin, you absolutely must slurp your way to Ramen Tatsu-ya. It’s some of the best ramen you’ll find in town, guaranteed to warm you up from the inside out. And if you’re craving a unique fusion of Texas and Japan, their sister spot Kemuri Tatsu-Ya in East Austin is where it’s at. Get your taste buds ready for a flavor-packed adventure in the heart of EAST AUSTIN.
Austin’s Rock-N-Roll Casual French Dining.
Looking for a hip, late-night rendezvous in EAST AUSTIN? Justine’s Brasserie is your go-to spot for rock-n-roll vibes and casual French dining. It’s where the eclectic crowd mingles, and you might even spot some rock and rollers adding to the ambiance. So, grab a seat, indulge in delicious food and drinks, and let the good times roll at Justine’s!
Austin’s Hip Joint With Good Wine and Pizza.
Looking for a hip joint with killer pizza in EAST AUSTIN? Look no further than Buffalina! They’ve got the perfect combination of good wine, tasty pies, and a lively atmosphere. Just be prepared for a bit of noise bouncing off those concrete walls. So, grab a slice, raise a glass, and enjoy the buzz at Buffalina!
Travel to North Austin for a Peachy Treat.
If you’re in near North Austin and craving some seriously tasty eats, make a beeline for The Peached Tortilla. They started as a humble food truck but now have a brick-and-mortar spot that’s making waves. Swing by for lunch if you’ve got time to spare, but don’t forget to book ahead if you’re planning a dinner date. The food is so good, it’s worth the extra effort.
A Touch of That Austin-style Fancy.
Jeffrey’s — a classic Austin gem that has gracefully aged over the decades. It’s continental cuisine with a modern twist, and a touch of that Austin-style fancy. So, dust off your fancy pants and bring your best customer, prospect, or significant other for a night to remember. Just don’t forget to dress to impress and prepare to indulge in some exquisite dining.
Austin’s Most Amazing Biscuits.
Holy Roller — a rockin’ brunch spot in the West End that’s proudly owned by some amazing women. If you’re looking for a Sunday morning hangout, this place is the holy grail. And let me tell you, their biscuits are a divine creation you won’t want to miss. Get ready to rock your taste buds off at Holy Roller!
Get Your Calorie Count Through the Roof!
Looking for a round-the-clock diner in the West End? Look no further than 24Diner, open 24 hours for all your breakfast, lunch, and dinner needs. Go ahead and indulge in the fried chicken and waffles – you’re on vacation, right? And when you’re not chowing down, take a gander at the flagship Whole Foods Market HQ right across the street. Whole Foods has come a long way since its humble Austin beginnings, and now offers a bar, juice bar, taqueria, plant-based Next Level Burger restaurant, seafood restaurant, and an epic selection of hot and cold self-service food. Perfect for stocking up your Airbnb for a week of adventures.
Austin’s Tiger That’ll Easily Make Your Taste Buds Sing!
Looking for a laid-back hangout on 6th street? Easy Tiger’s got you covered. This underground gem boasts a beer garden, ping pong table (unless live music’s stealing the show), and a menu that’ll make your taste buds sing. Indulge in fresh pretzels, homemade sausages, and an impressive selection of curated booze. Plus, they’ve got one of the city’s best bakeries to satisfy your carb cravings. Swing by until 2 AM on Thu, Fri, or Sat and let the good times roll.
A Healthy Dose of Local South Austin.
Looking for an Austin institution to cure your late-night cravings? Magnolia Cafe is your go-to spot, open 24 hours and just minutes from downtown. Swing by the South Congress location to fuel up on carbs and ward off that pesky hangover, even at the ungodly hour of 4 AM. The menu’s got something for everyone, and the decor and customers? Well, let’s just say it adds to the unique charm. Enjoy good food, great service, and a healthy dose of local South Austin gossip.
Austin’s Veggie-filled Adventure.
Craving a veggie-filled adventure in Austin? Look no further than Bouldin Creek Cafe, a bohemian gem nestled in the heart of a gentrifying South Austin neighborhood. This place is a haven for vegetarians (and even vegans), serving up scratch-made dishes that’ll satisfy even the most devout meat lovers (yes, really!). Join the locals as they lament the rapid change while indulging in delicious food and people-watching. Don’t miss other longtime veggie favorites like Mother’s Cafe and Counter Culture. It’s a plant-based paradise worth exploring.
Austin’s Transformative Self-serve Laundry Dining Experience.
Prepare to be amazed by Launderette, a trendy hotspot that’s literally situated in a transformed self-serve laundry. It’s the perfect blend of washing machines and delicious eats. You’ll find yourself surrounded by beautiful people, sipping on fantastic drinks, and wondering why on earth this gem is tucked away in such an unexpected location. But hey, that’s what makes Austin wonderfully weird. Get ready for an East Austin experience like no other.
Austin’s Seafood Extravaganza.
Get ready to dive into a seafood extravaganza at Perla’s, where they serve up some seriously fresh ocean goodies right on South Congress. If the weather plays nice, snag an outdoor seat and soak up the atmosphere. This fashionable joint is brought to you by the same brilliant minds behind Lambert’s (remember them?). So get your seafood fix and enjoy the South Congress vibes. It’s time to make a splash at Perla’s!
Austin’s Hoppin’ OG Burger Joint on South Congress.
Hopdoddy, the OG burger joint on South Congress, holds a special place in my heart (and stomach). Yeah, there’s often a line that stretches to infinity, but fear not! They’ve got margaritas to keep you entertained while you wait. Trust me, time flies when you’re sipping on something delightful. Before you know it, you’ll be sinking your teeth into their mouthwatering burgers. So join the queue, enjoy the margaritas, and let the burger feast begin!
Where modern meets mouthwatering Chinese cuisine.
Wu Chow is not your typical Chinese joint. No, it’s got that farm-to-table flair that makes you feel oh-so-fancy. Plus, they’ve got hip-hop beats and tiki drinks to keep the party going. So, if you’re up for some Chinese eats with a trendy twist, Wu Chow is where it’s at. Get ready to dine, groove, and sip your way to culinary bliss.
Where Modern Italian Cuisine Meets a Killer Bar.
Red Ash, where modern Italian cuisine meets a beautiful crowd and a killer bar. It’s the perfect place to see and be seen while indulging in some seriously delicious food. The downtown happy hour scene is off the charts, so make sure you snag a reservation to secure your spot. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this culinary experience that’s sure to leave you saying, “Mamma mia!”
Austin’s Modern Fusion of Thai Flavors.
Sway Thai, where cool meets spicy in a modern fusion of Thai flavors. Brace yourself for the spiciest curry you’ve ever encountered, hotter than a Thai summer day! Make your way to the original location on South First Street and prepare for a taste bud adventure that’ll leave you begging for a glass of milk. This is not your average Thai spot, my friend. It’s Thai cuisine turned up to 11, so bring your heat tolerance and get ready to feel the burn in the most delicious way possible.
Austin’s Humble Texas Taco.
Torchy’s Tacos, the fast-casual institution that started as a humble food truck and now rules the Texas taco scene. If you’re new to Austin, it’s a rite of passage to indulge in their mouthwatering tacos paired with a refreshing beer or margarita. Head to the flagship location on South Congress and let the flavor fiesta begin. Oh, and there’s a new spot near The Omni, just across from the Google skyscraper on 2nd Street. So whether you’re a taco aficionado or a curious newbie, Torchy’s is ready to satisfy your cravings with a Tex-Mex twist that’ll make your taste buds dance. Get your taco fix and experience a slice of Austin’s culinary legacy.
Where Street-style Food, Beer, and Coffee Collide in Perfect Harmony.
Radio Coffee & Beer is a local gem where street-style food, beer, and coffee collide in perfect harmony. It’s the go-to spot for laptop warriors looking to soak up some sun while sipping on their favorite brew. Get your Mexican fix from Veracruz All Natural or dive into some tantalizing Thai dishes from Dee Dee, both served up from on-premise food trucks. This place attracts tech-savvy and startup enthusiasts, creating a lively atmosphere that’s as buzzing as your favorite playlist. Just a 15-minute drive south of downtown, Radio Coffee & Beer offers a glimpse of what Austin used to be — an oasis of authenticity amidst the rapid redevelopment of the city’s older neighborhoods. So grab your laptop, indulge in some delectable eats, and enjoy the nostalgic vibes of this local hangout.
Austin’s Caffeine-fueled Camaraderie Spot.
Mozart’s Coffee offers a prime spot to sip your cappuccino and indulge in artisan baked goods while soaking up the picturesque view of Lake Austin and the luxurious homes of Westlake Hills. Join the laptop brigade as you get your work done amidst a bustling atmosphere of fellow caffeinated enthusiasts. It’s a 15-minute drive west of downtown, bringing you closer to the realm of tech titans and billionaires.
And if Tex-Mex is on your mind, Hula Hut is right next door — while the food may be just OK, their Polynesian-style cocktails make up for it, adding a tropical twist to your dining experience. So grab your laptop, enjoy the scenic views, and embrace the caffeine-fueled camaraderie at Mozart’s Coffee.
Austin’s Guilt-free Meal With an Enjoyable View.
True Food Kitchen may be a chain, but don’t let that scare you away. This place serves up “healthy” food that actually tastes good, located in the Seaholm District on the West End. If Mother Nature cooperates, you can snag an outdoor seat and soak up some vitamin D. Plus, it’s conveniently situated near The Independent, Austin’s current skyscraper champion. So, swing by True Food Kitchen for a guilt-free meal and enjoy the view of Austin’s evolving skyline.
Bars and Brews in the Heart of the Live Music Capital of the World.
No matter your beverage or musical taste, there is something for you to enjoy, and most likely for free while you are in the Austin area!
Austin’s Perfect Mix of Bar, Brew, and Music.
Austin’s “A Taste of Liquid Genius” Room.
The Roosevelt Room is not just a regular cocktail spot — it’s a cocktail haven that can give you a taste of liquid genius. Located conveniently across from WPEngine, this place takes mixology to a whole new level. Brace yourself for mind-blowingly inventive and fabulous cocktails that span decades of refreshing beverage trends. Trust me, you’ll want to make a reservation, especially if you’re rolling deep with a crew. So, step into The Roosevelt Room and prepare to have your taste buds amazed by some of the best cocktails on the planet. Cheers to that!
Austin’s Hidden Gem of Speakeasies.
Small Victory, the hidden gem of speakeasies, awaits you in a parking garage near The Omni and The Driskill hotels. It’s like finding buried treasure, but with a classy twist of crushed red velvet. Embrace the challenge of locating this elusive spot — it’s a small victory in itself! Just press that buzzer and watch the magic happen as the door opens to reveal an extraordinary world of incredible cocktails. It’s a late-night haven for the lucky few who manage to secure entry. So, embark on this secret mission and savor the triumph of experiencing Small Victory.
Austin’s bar scene is buzzing with new spots popping up faster than you can say “mixology.” And amidst the sea of fancy boutique hotels, there’s one that stands out — Austin Proper. Not only do they offer a delectable Eastern Mediterranean restaurant, but their lobby bar is as cool as the other side of the pillow. So, if you’re in the mood for stylish digs and mouthwatering cuisine, check out Austin Proper. It’s a hotel experience that’ll make your taste buds do a happy dance.
Austin’s Magical Cultural Experience Like No Other.
The White Horse is where the magic happens, y’all! This honky-tonk gem on the east side is the place to be for a cultural experience like no other. Get ready for live music every night and some boot-scootin’ 2-Step and Swing dancing lessons to boot. This is the spot for all out-of-towners to get a true taste of Austin. The drinks won’t break the bank, and the crowd is a wild mix of ranchers, rockers, and bikers — talk about people-watching gold! Don’t worry if you’re not a dancing pro. Just put on your boots, embrace the twang, and be prepared to be asked to dance by a friendly stranger. It’s all part of the White Horse magic.
Ready to take your rooftop bar experience to new heights?
Check out this nifty guide by Thrillist featuring Austin’s Best Rooftop Bars. Get your altitude fix and soak in those stunning views while sipping on delicious drinks. Whether you’re a sunset chaser or a starry night lover, these spots have got you covered. So grab your crew and get ready for an elevated experience that’ll leave you on cloud nine. Cheers to rooftop adventures!
Austin’s Unforgettable Adventure Down “Dirth Sixth”.
Unleash your inner party animal and explore the essential bars in the wild realm of “Dirty Sixth.” Brace yourself for a wild ride through this notorious territory, where the drinks flow like rivers and the nights turn into legendary tales. Prepare for an unforgettable adventure filled with lively crowds, booming music, and drinks that pack a punch. It’s a place where inhibition takes a vacation and fun reigns supreme. Get ready to conquer the Dirty Sixth and create stories that’ll make your friends green with envy. Cheers to embracing the chaos! But remember, it can get a bit rowdy, especially on the weekends, at these essential gems:
Austin’s Hidden Speakeasy of Allure and Mystery.
Prepare to enter a hidden world of allure and mystery at Midnight Cowboy. This speakeasy gem is so exclusive that even the secret agents envy its level of secrecy. With reservations as elusive as a unicorn, you’ll need the skills of a ninja to secure a spot. Once inside, expect an intimate atmosphere where whispered conversations and sultry cocktails transport you to a bygone era. It’s a place where every moment feels like a covert operation, and every sip brings you closer to clandestine pleasure. Remember, discretion is the name of the game at Midnight Cowboy. Shhh…
Austin’s Den of Cocktail Artistry.
Looking for a place that’s as hip as a vinyl record and as cool as an ice cube? Look no further than Whisler’s, the den of cocktail artistry and cool vibes. This place has garnered the approval of travel connoisseurs, so you know you’re in for a treat. Just follow the link and let your taste buds tango with their concoctions. Cheers to Whisler’s!
Austin’s Ultimate Jackpot for Burger Enthusiasts.
Ready to roll the dice and sink your teeth into a killer burger? Casino El Camino is the ultimate jackpot for burger enthusiasts. This place is no gamble when it comes to flavor and quality. Just remember, it’s not your typical casino—no slot machines, but plenty of mouthwatering goodness. Give it a try and taste the winning combination at Casino El Camino.
Austin’s Authentically Wild, Cultural Dancehall Experience.
Ready to step back in time and dive into a wild, cultural dancehall experience? Look no further than Broken Spoke. This legendary spot is a blast from Austin’s past, with its funky charm and irresistible dance floor. Prepare to be swept off your feet (literally!) as you learn some moves and dance the night away. Don’t be surprised if a stranger asks you to dance—it’s all part of the fun! Just a heads up, the scent of beer will greet you at the door, but hey, that’s part of the authentic experience. Embrace the nostalgia and create memories at the defiantly awesome Broken Spoke.
Austin’s “Brew-haha” of Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries.
Venture beyond the city limits down South Congress to discover taproom tours and places like St. Elmo Brewing Company. Don’t be surprised by locals setting up office amidst tasty brew, wine, or whiskey, fantastic Thai/Texas cuisine from Soursop, and live music. It’s the perfect recipe for a productive and flavorful afternoon getaway, just a short hop from downtown.
In addition, head into the Texas Hill Country, also known as Texas Wine Country, to escape the Austin hustle for a wine-filled adventure! Signor Vineyards and Willam Chris Vineyards are top picks for sipping among the vineyards, soaking up the live music, and praying for good weather (fingers crossed!).
For those seeking boozy delights, make a pilgrimage to Garrison Brothers Distillery for fabulous Texas whiskey or swing by Deep Eddy Vodka tasting room in Dripping Springs. And while Austin is the homeland of Tito’s Vodka, I’m not sure if they offer a tasting room anymore. Investigate and report back to let me know what you find out, ok!?
Alright, folks, that’s the scoop on the indulgence front! If you need more suggestions or have some of your own to share, drop a comment below.
Oh yeah, if you want to burn off those extra calories, hit me up for hiking, biking, or day trip ideas.
Again, welcome to Austin, and see you real soon!
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