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Guidebook for Austin

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Guidebook for Austin

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Asian smokehouse from Chef Tyson Cole of Uchi and Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue. Cool, trendy spot with strong draft cocktails and brisket you don't need to wait in line for.
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Loro
2115 S Lamar Blvd
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Asian smokehouse from Chef Tyson Cole of Uchi and Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue. Cool, trendy spot with strong draft cocktails and brisket you don't need to wait in line for.
High-end sushi in central Texas is actually possible! This has been one of Austin's best restaurant for years. On our first visit, we sat next to Matthew McConaughey and watched Beck get turned away at the door. Our secret: go early (5pm) for their sake social to sample all the best Uchi has to offer for happy hour prices. Be prompt or you'll miss out!
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Uchi
801 South Lamar Boulevard
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High-end sushi in central Texas is actually possible! This has been one of Austin's best restaurant for years. On our first visit, we sat next to Matthew McConaughey and watched Beck get turned away at the door. Our secret: go early (5pm) for their sake social to sample all the best Uchi has to offer for happy hour prices. Be prompt or you'll miss out!
This high-end farm-to-table restaurant started off as a trailer years ago and is now one of our favorite restaurants in Austin. Interesting food from creative chefs with a highlight on produce picked up from the farmers market. Don't skip the barrel-aged cocktails either :) As always, check out the happy hour for great appetizer and drink deals.
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Odd Duck
1201 S Lamar Blvd
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This high-end farm-to-table restaurant started off as a trailer years ago and is now one of our favorite restaurants in Austin. Interesting food from creative chefs with a highlight on produce picked up from the farmers market. Don't skip the barrel-aged cocktails either :) As always, check out the happy hour for great appetizer and drink deals.
Great for breakfast or a romantic dinner, this trendy French-Vietnamese restaurant serves up everything from coconut crepes with lemongrass shrimp (dinner) to flaky croissant-dough beignets with lychee jam (breakfast). Amazing baked goods all around, and beautiful outdoor seating! Just a 5 minute walk from the house.
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Elizabeth Street Cafe
1501 South 1st Street
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Great for breakfast or a romantic dinner, this trendy French-Vietnamese restaurant serves up everything from coconut crepes with lemongrass shrimp (dinner) to flaky croissant-dough beignets with lychee jam (breakfast). Amazing baked goods all around, and beautiful outdoor seating! Just a 5 minute walk from the house.
High-end Thai food served in a super trendy setting. Though dimly lit and intimate, it's also a little loud and you may have to eat at communal tables. Can be a great place to grab lunch if you need a place close to the house and are put off by the busy night crowd.
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Sway
1417 South 1st Street
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High-end Thai food served in a super trendy setting. Though dimly lit and intimate, it's also a little loud and you may have to eat at communal tables. Can be a great place to grab lunch if you need a place close to the house and are put off by the busy night crowd.
A modern coffee shop housed in a South Austin bungalow that's just a few minute walk from the house.
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Seventh Flag Coffee
1506 South 1st Street
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A modern coffee shop housed in a South Austin bungalow that's just a few minute walk from the house.
Iconic dessert trailer that serves donuts the size of your head. Or big enough that they're at least hard to finish. Great for a late night stop after two-stepping and Shiner Bocks. The Funky Monkey is a favorite – grilled bananas and cream cheese icing with brown sugar. Go hungry.
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Gourdough's Big. Fat. Donuts.
1503 S 1st St
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Iconic dessert trailer that serves donuts the size of your head. Or big enough that they're at least hard to finish. Great for a late night stop after two-stepping and Shiner Bocks. The Funky Monkey is a favorite – grilled bananas and cream cheese icing with brown sugar. Go hungry.
You must go here. Skip the trip to Italy, just keep coming back to Austin. Delicious gelato made in house with locally sourced ingredients. Try everything nut-based or cheesy – think fresh-crushed pistachio or mascarpone and cherry – and remember that you can always head back tomorrow.
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Dolce Neve Gelato
1713 South 1st Street
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You must go here. Skip the trip to Italy, just keep coming back to Austin. Delicious gelato made in house with locally sourced ingredients. Try everything nut-based or cheesy – think fresh-crushed pistachio or mascarpone and cherry – and remember that you can always head back tomorrow.
A classic South Austin, vegetarian, all-day cafe with good coffee and teas and interesting takes on all your brunch and lunch favorites. This spot is a remnant of Keep Austin Weird that moved into a newer, bigger home, and it's still always busy for brunch.
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Bouldin Creek Cafe
1900 South 1st Street
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A classic South Austin, vegetarian, all-day cafe with good coffee and teas and interesting takes on all your brunch and lunch favorites. This spot is a remnant of Keep Austin Weird that moved into a newer, bigger home, and it's still always busy for brunch.
We got engaged after a meal at this intimate and creative prix fixe restaurant. You can stop by their backyard wine garden for a great selection of wines, or reserve a spot indoors in advance (ask for a private table so you don't get placed at the one communal table) for a dinner adventure.
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LENOIR
1807 S 1st St
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We got engaged after a meal at this intimate and creative prix fixe restaurant. You can stop by their backyard wine garden for a great selection of wines, or reserve a spot indoors in advance (ask for a private table so you don't get placed at the one communal table) for a dinner adventure.
An open-air coffee shop on South Congress that's home to the famous "I Love You So Much" graffiti. Take a picture while you wait in line for coffee and breakfast tacos. There's usually live music during brunch hours on the weekends.
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Jo's Coffee
1300 South Congress Avenue
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An open-air coffee shop on South Congress that's home to the famous "I Love You So Much" graffiti. Take a picture while you wait in line for coffee and breakfast tacos. There's usually live music during brunch hours on the weekends.
Yes this is also a shoe store, but it's worth a visit. Lounge in a hammock sipping on your free-trade coffee out of a hand-made mug and watch the foot traffic on South Congress.
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TOMS
1401 South Congress Avenue
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Yes this is also a shoe store, but it's worth a visit. Lounge in a hammock sipping on your free-trade coffee out of a hand-made mug and watch the foot traffic on South Congress.
Hopdoddy launched at this spot back in 2010, and the line hasn't quieted down since. It's now expanding nationwide, but this burger bar is delicious and worth a little wait. Pro tip: enjoy a frosty goblet of beer while you wait in line, or find a spot at the bar and skip the line altogether .
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Hopdoddy Burger Bar
1400 South Congress Avenue
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Hopdoddy launched at this spot back in 2010, and the line hasn't quieted down since. It's now expanding nationwide, but this burger bar is delicious and worth a little wait. Pro tip: enjoy a frosty goblet of beer while you wait in line, or find a spot at the bar and skip the line altogether .
If you're craving a New York style slice or a weekend full of leftover pizza, this is the spot for you. Home Slice and More Home Slice (next to each other) are pizza-quenching sit-down or by-the-slice options that are almost always busy.
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Home Slice Pizza
1415 South Congress Avenue
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If you're craving a New York style slice or a weekend full of leftover pizza, this is the spot for you. Home Slice and More Home Slice (next to each other) are pizza-quenching sit-down or by-the-slice options that are almost always busy.
Another great coffee shop tucked off a quiet courtyard at the South Congress Hotel. Tasty pastries and coffee in a relaxing setting.
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Mañana
1603 S Congress Ave
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Another great coffee shop tucked off a quiet courtyard at the South Congress Hotel. Tasty pastries and coffee in a relaxing setting.
Check out Torchy's new flagship location on South Congress for some classic Austin tacos. It's always busy, and always delicious. Get the queso and as many tacos as you can.
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Torchy's Tacos
1822 S Congress Ave
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Check out Torchy's new flagship location on South Congress for some classic Austin tacos. It's always busy, and always delicious. Get the queso and as many tacos as you can.
This absurdly popular ramen restaurant will fill you close to overflowing. There's often a line at busy times so if you can manage, go during off hours.
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Ramen Tatsu-Ya
1234 South Lamar Boulevard
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This absurdly popular ramen restaurant will fill you close to overflowing. There's often a line at busy times so if you can manage, go during off hours.
A great spot for breakfast or any-time California cuisine. Grab a french press and hang out.
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Café No Sé
1603 S Congress Ave
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A great spot for breakfast or any-time California cuisine. Grab a french press and hang out.
Every Saturday morning from 9am-1pm, our downtown farmers market has great local food, snacks, and usually some live entertainment. Try Buddha's Brew kombucha, say hi to the world's nicest egg guy, and pick up some goat milk soap to really kick your next shower up a notch.
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SFC Farmers' Market Downtown
422 Guadalupe Street
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Every Saturday morning from 9am-1pm, our downtown farmers market has great local food, snacks, and usually some live entertainment. Try Buddha's Brew kombucha, say hi to the world's nicest egg guy, and pick up some goat milk soap to really kick your next shower up a notch.
Yes we added a snow cone trailer to our must-see spots. It's a great cool-down when you're out hiking the trail. Do it justice and ALWAYS get it with cream on top.
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Sno Beach
412 Sterzing Street
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Yes we added a snow cone trailer to our must-see spots. It's a great cool-down when you're out hiking the trail. Do it justice and ALWAYS get it with cream on top.
Recover from all the delicious restaurants and bars with a local juice done right.
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JuiceLand
1625 Barton Springs Road
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Recover from all the delicious restaurants and bars with a local juice done right.
One of the best outdoor patios in Austin, with delicious chicken al carbon to boot. Split the wood-grilled achiote and citrus chicken to make your own delicious tacos, enjoyed best with a margarita. They also have solid breakfast tacos.
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Fresa's South First Dine-In
1703 S 1st St
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One of the best outdoor patios in Austin, with delicious chicken al carbon to boot. Split the wood-grilled achiote and citrus chicken to make your own delicious tacos, enjoyed best with a margarita. They also have solid breakfast tacos.
This is arguably the best breakfast taco in Austin. Get the migas and hop into the attached Radio coffee shop for a morning pick-me-up. Get there early on the weekends – people in Austin love their breakfast tacos so you'll have competition.
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Veracruz All Natural Food Truck
4208 Manchaca Rd
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This is arguably the best breakfast taco in Austin. Get the migas and hop into the attached Radio coffee shop for a morning pick-me-up. Get there early on the weekends – people in Austin love their breakfast tacos so you'll have competition.
Eater named this Mexican-Texan spot one of the best new restaurants in America. They're not wrong. Drink the Don Dario margarita and try everything you can.
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Suerte
1800 E 6th St
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Eater named this Mexican-Texan spot one of the best new restaurants in America. They're not wrong. Drink the Don Dario margarita and try everything you can.
A small spot with just-right Neapolitan pizza, daily mozzarella, and nice wines.
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Bufalina Pizza
1519 East Cesar Chavez Street
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A small spot with just-right Neapolitan pizza, daily mozzarella, and nice wines.
This is the restaurant for everyone in Austin who pretends they're still living in LA. It's a great farm-to-table restaurant in a converted laundromat. You get the idea. It's delicious.
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Launderette
2115 Holly St
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This is the restaurant for everyone in Austin who pretends they're still living in LA. It's a great farm-to-table restaurant in a converted laundromat. You get the idea. It's delicious.
Franklin's is on this list because it has to be. Yes, the barbecue is amazing. Yes, you will have to wait several hours for it. Only go if you have an entire morning to kill. You probably need to arrive around 8am to secure your your 11am BBQ fix. If you're not ready to commit, head to Micklethwait Craft Meats just down the street.
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Franklin Barbecue
900 East 11th Street
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Franklin's is on this list because it has to be. Yes, the barbecue is amazing. Yes, you will have to wait several hours for it. Only go if you have an entire morning to kill. You probably need to arrive around 8am to secure your your 11am BBQ fix. If you're not ready to commit, head to Micklethwait Craft Meats just down the street.
This barbecue trailer is just down the street from Franklin's, and if it weren't for Franklin's the line here would probably be a few hours longer. It's a great option if you need excellent, authentic BBQ but you're not ready to spend your whole morning sitting in a line.
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Micklethwait Craft Meats
1309 Rosewood Avenue
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This barbecue trailer is just down the street from Franklin's, and if it weren't for Franklin's the line here would probably be a few hours longer. It's a great option if you need excellent, authentic BBQ but you're not ready to spend your whole morning sitting in a line.
A bakery/bar/restaurant with outdoor lounging that scratches every East Austin itch. A great place to grab a drink and pick up a loaf of bread to snack on later.
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Sour Duck Market
1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
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A bakery/bar/restaurant with outdoor lounging that scratches every East Austin itch. A great place to grab a drink and pick up a loaf of bread to snack on later.
Smoked meats, yakitori, and izakaya in an almost-too-cool East Austin setting. This restaurant can get pretty adventurous: while it serves classic chicken skewers or smoked seafood, you can also explore options like the marinated jellyfish or squid marinated in its own guts.
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Kemuri Tatsu-ya
2713 E 2nd St
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Smoked meats, yakitori, and izakaya in an almost-too-cool East Austin setting. This restaurant can get pretty adventurous: while it serves classic chicken skewers or smoked seafood, you can also explore options like the marinated jellyfish or squid marinated in its own guts.
This is a bit of a drive, but it's probably our favorite restaurant in Austin. They offer a seasonal tasting menu (it's not cheap), but also have one of the best happy hours around (swine time) most days from 5:00 - 6:30, when you can taste a lot of their new and upcoming dishes for far less.
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Barley Swine
6555 Burnet Road
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This is a bit of a drive, but it's probably our favorite restaurant in Austin. They offer a seasonal tasting menu (it's not cheap), but also have one of the best happy hours around (swine time) most days from 5:00 - 6:30, when you can taste a lot of their new and upcoming dishes for far less.
Drinks & Nightlife
A South-Austin brewery and indoor/outdoor beer hall with award-winning pints. Hearty sandwiches pair well with their constantly rotating beers made in-house. Be warned: this neighborhood spot is extremely dog friendly.
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The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
1305 West Oltorf Street
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A South-Austin brewery and indoor/outdoor beer hall with award-winning pints. Hearty sandwiches pair well with their constantly rotating beers made in-house. Be warned: this neighborhood spot is extremely dog friendly.
This semi-secret oasis is tucked inside the beautifully landscaped Hotel San Jose just off of busy South Congress. Venture past the front desk to the courtyard for some beer, wine, or sake-based cocktails and a snack in a bamboo forest. It couldn't be a more relaxing spot.
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Hotel San José
1316 South Congress Avenue
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This semi-secret oasis is tucked inside the beautifully landscaped Hotel San Jose just off of busy South Congress. Venture past the front desk to the courtyard for some beer, wine, or sake-based cocktails and a snack in a bamboo forest. It couldn't be a more relaxing spot.
We love this spot for happy hour. Drink great cocktails and wine by the glass on luxurious couches and wonder what all the trendy people around you are up to.
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South Congress Hotel
1603 S Congress Ave
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We love this spot for happy hour. Drink great cocktails and wine by the glass on luxurious couches and wonder what all the trendy people around you are up to.
This is basically the anchor of South Congress. Great Texas music every night of the week in a small venue. Stop in late at night or for 2pm two-step on Saturdays. There's also the Continental Club Gallery next door that gets some great acts and is usually only visited by locals.
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The Continental Club
1315 South Congress Avenue
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This is basically the anchor of South Congress. Great Texas music every night of the week in a small venue. Stop in late at night or for 2pm two-step on Saturdays. There's also the Continental Club Gallery next door that gets some great acts and is usually only visited by locals.
Jazz didn't put Austin on the map, but the Elephant Room's basement bar brings in some pretty solid acts. Stop in for a minute if you're downtown to see who's playing.
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Elephant Room
315 Congress Avenue
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Jazz didn't put Austin on the map, but the Elephant Room's basement bar brings in some pretty solid acts. Stop in for a minute if you're downtown to see who's playing.
Today it's surrounded by condos, but for a long time this has been Austin's go-to dancehall for classic Texas two-stepping with a side of chicken-fried steak.
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Broken Spoke
3201 South Lamar Boulevard
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Today it's surrounded by condos, but for a long time this has been Austin's go-to dancehall for classic Texas two-stepping with a side of chicken-fried steak.
A great cocktail bar on a street full of bars. The attached food trailer – Thai Kun – serves up spicy Thai street food that helps the cocktails go down.
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Whisler's
1816 East 6th Street
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A great cocktail bar on a street full of bars. The attached food trailer – Thai Kun – serves up spicy Thai street food that helps the cocktails go down.
Get a reservation for this high-end speakeasy located in the middle of Austin's version of bourbon street. It's a quiet haven from the craziness outside, and the unbeatable cocktails are made table-side by only the finest booze artists.
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Midnight Cowboy
313 East 6th Street
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Get a reservation for this high-end speakeasy located in the middle of Austin's version of bourbon street. It's a quiet haven from the craziness outside, and the unbeatable cocktails are made table-side by only the finest booze artists.
A solid brewery in East Austin that's worth a visit if you're in the area.
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Lazarus Brewing Co.
1902 E 6th St
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A solid brewery in East Austin that's worth a visit if you're in the area.
This is the go-to place for hipster honky tonk and two-stepping. It's more than a little sticky and not going to win the award for best bathroom in Austin, so be prepared.
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The White Horse
500 Comal Street
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This is the go-to place for hipster honky tonk and two-stepping. It's more than a little sticky and not going to win the award for best bathroom in Austin, so be prepared.
We met playing ping-pong at this bakeshop / German beer garden, so if you're in Austin alone and you're looking to get married I'd put it high on your list.
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Easy Tiger
709 East 6th Street
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We met playing ping-pong at this bakeshop / German beer garden, so if you're in Austin alone and you're looking to get married I'd put it high on your list.
A nice little outdoor wine bar walkable from the house.
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House Wine
408 Josephine Street
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A nice little outdoor wine bar walkable from the house.
This is a new South Austin outdoor beer garden that has everything great in one place – a coffee shop, bar, taco trailer (Pueblo Viejo), barbecue trailer (Leroy and Lewis), urban winery (Infinite Monkey Theorem), and climbing gym (Crux) all squished together. Each is worth visiting, but it's nice to have them share a spot. Expect many locals and many dogs. The winery hosts lots of events and always has a PAC-MAN machine.
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Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden
121 Pickle Rd
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This is a new South Austin outdoor beer garden that has everything great in one place – a coffee shop, bar, taco trailer (Pueblo Viejo), barbecue trailer (Leroy and Lewis), urban winery (Infinite Monkey Theorem), and climbing gym (Crux) all squished together. Each is worth visiting, but it's nice to have them share a spot. Expect many locals and many dogs. The winery hosts lots of events and always has a PAC-MAN machine.
Sightseeing
Take a picture in front of the 'Greetings from Austin' mural painted on the side of a neon-sign store/museum. Don't forget Dolce Neve across the street for some good gelato :)
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Greetings From Austin Mural
1720 S 1st St
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Take a picture in front of the 'Greetings from Austin' mural painted on the side of a neon-sign store/museum. Don't forget Dolce Neve across the street for some good gelato :)
Every night at sundown, a million or so bats fly out from under this bridge to find dinner. It's an absolutely crazy sight, but best enjoyed in the late summer months.
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Austin Bat Tours
100 S Congress Ave
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Every night at sundown, a million or so bats fly out from under this bridge to find dinner. It's an absolutely crazy sight, but best enjoyed in the late summer months.
A busy walking bridge on the Town Lake trail with views of the city and the river.
Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge
A busy walking bridge on the Town Lake trail with views of the city and the river.
A graffiti park with constantly changing works.
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HOPE Outdoor Gallery
1101 Baylor St
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A graffiti park with constantly changing works.
Walk just down the hill to catch a great view of the city at night. A soft-serve ice cream cone from Sandy's nearby makes the view even better.
Doug Sahm Hill Path
Walk just down the hill to catch a great view of the city at night. A soft-serve ice cream cone from Sandy's nearby makes the view even better.
Parks & Nature
This is the home of Austin City Limits music festival, and the rest of the year it's just a nice big park with good views of the city. It's right off the hike-and-bike trail that wraps all of Lady Bird Lake, which you should definitely visit to walk off some good food.
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Zilker Metropolitan Park
2100 Barton Springs Road
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This is the home of Austin City Limits music festival, and the rest of the year it's just a nice big park with good views of the city. It's right off the hike-and-bike trail that wraps all of Lady Bird Lake, which you should definitely visit to walk off some good food.
This is basically an Austin must-do. It's a spring-fed pool that's a frosty 68 degrees year round, but whether you jump in or not it's a great place for people-watching or losing yourself in a drum circle. It costs a few dollars to enter and a few less if you say you're a local. We love to stop there after a run around Town Lake. We also provided beach towels at the house if you need them.
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Barton Springs Municipal Pool
2131 William Barton Drive
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This is basically an Austin must-do. It's a spring-fed pool that's a frosty 68 degrees year round, but whether you jump in or not it's a great place for people-watching or losing yourself in a drum circle. It costs a few dollars to enter and a few less if you say you're a local. We love to stop there after a run around Town Lake. We also provided beach towels at the house if you need them.
You can hop on this 10-mile trail pretty much anywhere along the water. It's a great loop for a walk, run, or bike ride. The southern path to the east of Congress bridge has an amazing new over-the-water boardwalk, but we love running the loop west of the Pfluger pedestrian bridge down to Zilker Park and looping back to Barton Springs.
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Lady Bird Lake Trail
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You can hop on this 10-mile trail pretty much anywhere along the water. It's a great loop for a walk, run, or bike ride. The southern path to the east of Congress bridge has an amazing new over-the-water boardwalk, but we love running the loop west of the Pfluger pedestrian bridge down to Zilker Park and looping back to Barton Springs.
There are a bunch of places to rent kayaks or stand up paddle boards, but this one's right next to Barton Springs pool and easy to find on the map. Try any rental business for some nice relaxing on the water.
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Zilker Park Boat Rentals
2101 Andrew Zilker Road
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There are a bunch of places to rent kayaks or stand up paddle boards, but this one's right next to Barton Springs pool and easy to find on the map. Try any rental business for some nice relaxing on the water.
Entertainment & Activities
Alamo Drafthouses are now spreading across the country, but it's worth a visit in Austin where it all started! Check the South Lamar location for any great showings or upcoming Master Pancakes, and enjoy boozy milkshakes or a meal at a movie theater made for movie lovers. Afterwards, stop next door at the Highball for more drinks and probably some wild event.
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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar
1120 South Lamar Boulevard
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Alamo Drafthouses are now spreading across the country, but it's worth a visit in Austin where it all started! Check the South Lamar location for any great showings or upcoming Master Pancakes, and enjoy boozy milkshakes or a meal at a movie theater made for movie lovers. Afterwards, stop next door at the Highball for more drinks and probably some wild event.
We love this art-house movie theater. It's right on the 2nd street shopping district, and they usually have a great movie we never would have heard of. Comfy seats, boozy cocktails, and the front row is all couches.
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Violet Crown Cinema
434 West 2nd Street
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We love this art-house movie theater. It's right on the 2nd street shopping district, and they usually have a great movie we never would have heard of. Comfy seats, boozy cocktails, and the front row is all couches.
Shopping
This is the mother of all boot and belt-buckle stores. An absolute must-visit for anyone who wants a pricey souvenir that you may or may not ever wear again.
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Allens Boots
1522 South Congress Avenue
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This is the mother of all boot and belt-buckle stores. An absolute must-visit for anyone who wants a pricey souvenir that you may or may not ever wear again.
Enjoy all the shops along South Congress. By George is popular, expensive, but worth a look. Our realtor told us he'd sell his soul for everything in this store. If that's not a recommendation, what is?
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By George
1400 South Congress Avenue
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Enjoy all the shops along South Congress. By George is popular, expensive, but worth a look. Our realtor told us he'd sell his soul for everything in this store. If that's not a recommendation, what is?
Shop here to blend into any scene in Austin. Once just a men's store, there's now a women's section in the back and too many patterned short-sleeve button-downs to count. Worth a visit while you're waiting for Home Slice pizza.
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STAG Provisions For Men
1423 South Congress Avenue
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Shop here to blend into any scene in Austin. Once just a men's store, there's now a women's section in the back and too many patterned short-sleeve button-downs to count. Worth a visit while you're waiting for Home Slice pizza.
If you still don't have a Yeti cooler or Yeti tumbler, shame on you. This Austin cooler company puts the "cool" in cooler (ugh), and their flagship store is worth a visit as you cross the Congress bridge to downtown. Grab a Shiner, relax, and examine a cooler that survived a bear attack.
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YETI Flagship
220 S Congress Ave
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If you still don't have a Yeti cooler or Yeti tumbler, shame on you. This Austin cooler company puts the "cool" in cooler (ugh), and their flagship store is worth a visit as you cross the Congress bridge to downtown. Grab a Shiner, relax, and examine a cooler that survived a bear attack.
This enormous bookstore coined the phrase "Keep Austin Weird". It's not all that weird, but it definitely is an incredible book store. They have hand-lettered recommendations for all the best books, and interesting speakers most weekends.
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BookPeople
603 North Lamar Boulevard
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This enormous bookstore coined the phrase "Keep Austin Weird". It's not all that weird, but it definitely is an incredible book store. They have hand-lettered recommendations for all the best books, and interesting speakers most weekends.
Lance Armstrong's bike store. No matter what you think of the guy, the store is a hot spot for Austin's cyclists and houses a solid coffee shop.
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Mellow Johnny's
400 Nueces Street
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Lance Armstrong's bike store. No matter what you think of the guy, the store is a hot spot for Austin's cyclists and houses a solid coffee shop.
Pick up the comfiest sweatpants imaginable from a cool local store for technical apparel. Located in a renovated bungalow just off West 6th Street.
Outdoor Voices
606 Blanco St
Pick up the comfiest sweatpants imaginable from a cool local store for technical apparel. Located in a renovated bungalow just off West 6th Street.
Stop in if you're a record collector or want to remember what it's like to purchase a CD.
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Waterloo Records & Video
600 North Lamar Boulevard
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Stop in if you're a record collector or want to remember what it's like to purchase a CD.
Essentials
Put on your yoga outfit and head to the mother of all Whole Foods. This is the official Whole Foods HQ - you may see John Mackey or even Jeff Bezos sipping on a green juice or knocking back a pint at one of the bars and restaurants inside. If you need to fill up your mini-fridge with the most expensive, tastiest foods around, this is your spot. P.S. grocery shopping is best enjoyed with a glass of beer.
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Whole Foods Market
525 North Lamar Boulevard
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Put on your yoga outfit and head to the mother of all Whole Foods. This is the official Whole Foods HQ - you may see John Mackey or even Jeff Bezos sipping on a green juice or knocking back a pint at one of the bars and restaurants inside. If you need to fill up your mini-fridge with the most expensive, tastiest foods around, this is your spot. P.S. grocery shopping is best enjoyed with a glass of beer.
The closest convenient store by foot, with an oddly good beer and wine selection. It won't make any Austin highlight reels but it is close.
1st Food Mart
1410 South 1st Street
The closest convenient store by foot, with an oddly good beer and wine selection. It won't make any Austin highlight reels but it is close.