Keep Austin Weird
This Lone Star State city has seen a lot of action and change in the recent years. Austin is where tech yuppies meet southern belles, healthy yogis, mustached hipsters, and old Texans in cowboy boots. It makes for a pretty interesting result.
The city has copious amounts of killer live music, great neighborhoods for shopping and walkable areas, a booming nightlife, and an increasingly respected food scene. The city is quite small, but the best way to get up close and personal is Uber, Lyft, or Car2Go.
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SXSW is a massive event showcasing the film, music, and interactive industries. The conferences offers tons of panel discussions, workshops, talks, and even performances.
Incredible crowds, an absolutely stacked talent lineup, and the gorgeous beauty of the Zilker area make Austin City Limits one of the city’s best.
Austin is rife with great food. We explore local tex-mex, DIY bars, breweries, and barbecue joints. From Rainey Street to the off-the-beaten-path Austin gems, here’s where to find them.
We love the city in its entirety, but here’s our picks for the three of the city’s most dynamic neighborhoods: Austin Sixth Street, Chavez, and Manor.
Where to go for quick trips to enjoy the great outdoors in Austin. The list includes swimming in Lake Travis and Barton Springs, greenery like Zilker and Texas Hill Country.
If it seems complicated to nail down what each area has to offer, what the new versus old Austin drama means, here’s where you should pay attention.
One of the ‘New Austin’ neighborhoods. Don’t let the new condo buildings fool you. Although they’re quickly rising left and right, Rainey Street still feels pleasant, genuine and remains hugely popular with the weekend crowds. Where else can you bar hop, quite literally, through converted houses that now serve drinks? The beer selections are strong here and we’re not mad at it.
Most certainly a ‘New Austin’ area that’s young, up-and-coming, and seems to be constantly undergoing change. A younger, hipster vibe permeates the area, but offers some good spots to stop, sip and chew. Whisler’s, Revelry Kitchen+Bar, and Easy Tiger Bake Shop and Beer Garden are some favorites, to name a few.
This neighborhood is another area that seems to continually experience growth, yet thankfully has held on to some of its original Latino roots. Locals will tell you that this area is separated just enough from Downtown to rid itself of commerciality, and is a colorful and super-friendly place. Bright homes, picnic areas by the Festival Beach waterfront, and some amazingly good Mexican food live here.
Just north of East Austin, the Manor neighborhood is nestled-in by the corner of Downtown. Yet another developing area, the vibe here is fun but a tad sophisticated. Austin folk have a serious thing for locally-roasted and fair trade coffees, and several spots in this area fit the bill. Caffeine addicts can refuel at Thunderbird Cafe or Bennu Coffee–but don’t be surprised if you bump into some college kids. Can’t blame them for wanting a good mug, too. If your sweet tooth needs to have a moment, let go of your willpower and grab a cupcake at Sugar Mama’s Bake Shop.
Between honky tonk bands, melodious southern jazz, rock, and even big name acts, the Downtown music life has tunes for everyone. Here’s a few staples:
Outdoor & Daytime
Austin offers plenty of options to get away from the bars and graffiti and take in the beauty of nature. We rounded up a few of our favorite options.
We won’t promise there’s nudity involved, but Lake Travis is home to Hippie Hollow, a clothing-optional, gorgeous, secluded park 20 minutes outside the city. People like to bathe in lakes. People here don’t seem to like bathing in clothes. We’ll leave the rest up to you.
When you need a little less concrete and a little more green, head out to Zilker. This laid-back area is home to some more quaint spots and beautiful parks. On a blistering Texas day, visit Barton Springs Park–a massive, spring-fed, outdoor pool. Don’t forget SPF.
Texas Hill Country
Just outside of Austin lies some of the state’s most famous countryside. Rent a car and drive out to Fredericksburg, Lake Travis, or the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge.
North Loop & Hyde Park
Neighborhoods with a proper homey feel, with real family homes and a lower number of yuppies. Grab ice cream at Dolce Vita. Stop by Room Service, Big Bertha’s Paradise, and Blue Velvet Vintage for some top-of-the-line vintage shopping. And If you like Mexican food, you must pay a visit to Fonda San Miguel for an amazing meal in their beautiful hacienda-style space.
Stroll the historic districts and get your eat on at some of their awesome restaurants. For Spanish fare and cheeses, check out Bullfight, and for bomb coffee and sweets, stop by Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery. If you need a drink–and some gelato–go hang at Dolce Vita, a little spot known for Italian ice cream mixed drinks.
Graffiti and street art have basically taken over the city. You can see them all over your Instagram feed. Click on each name and see where you can find them: