There's a heck of a lot more to Austin, Texas than live music and BBQ joints. Austin punches above its weight class in terms of culinary innovation, booming business scene, hip clothing boutiques, vintage record shops and natural phenomena.
To experience Austin like a local is to celebrate the "Keeping Austin Weird" vibe - a little bit of grit, a little bit of grunge. Austin's Sidewalks uncover the spirit of the city found in the craft cocktails devised in 6th Street speakeasies, contemporary art galleries in Clarksville, and underground jazz Downtown. And yes, the quirky, local Austin experience also includes BBQ in Red River. In the words of Austin legend Willie Nelson, "There's a freedom you begin to feel the closer you get to Austin, Texas;" come see for yourself.
A few blocks from the skyscrapers of downtown Austin, Clarksville is a small-town-feel neighborhood with down-to-earth people, historic homes, funky food, an exciting art scene, and a few treasures that only surface after living here for a bit. Or when a local shows you! Come on an easy stroll that includes a secret rooftop park, an expertly-curated art gallery, and one of the most beloved record stores in Texas. We'll also stop into a few places for food, so come with a little appetite.
Red River is a street that doesn’t miss a beat. You can have a love affair with a plate of ribs, a date with live music, make nice with an ice cold craft brew, and wet your whistle with whiskey drinks. In a city that is constantly evolving and reinventing itself, you can always count on Red River to find culture on tap.
University Park and the Cherrywood neighborhood keep a family-oriented, laid back atmosphere with picnic tables and local produce rather than dive bars and big budget decor. Just across the interstate from the University of Texas, this is the quirky, funky neighborhood where real Austinites live. Join me on a dinner crawl on Manor Road. We'll enjoy a different course at a rustic culinary institution, a Tex-Mex mecca, a secret cocktail bar, and an award-winning cupcake shop. You'll love it so much, you just might want to move here.
We’re on a mission to explore the essential downtown Austin experience in one fell swoop. Friends don’t let friends come to Austin and miss out on these spots. We will start with one of my favorite places for “fancy BBQ” and then we will take a quick visit to a live music institution, grab a quintessential local coffee to fight the meat sweats, and end the night with craft cocktails and live jazz. Grab your boots. This is going to be a fantastic night.
Just east of the downtown skyscrapers, building facades transform from clean & modern to rustic & threadbare-trendy that beg to be explored. This walk through East Austin will provide a taste of the neighborhood’s gritty character and contemporary flavor. Come sample craft brews, discover a hidden speakeasy, admire street art by a local legend, and experience the best honky tonk in town. And as a gift from us to you, there are two special surprises on the walk. Just tap the red gift icon when you reach Brew + Brew and the Zilker Brewing Co.
South Congress epitomizes the hip, trendy ambiance of Austin. The consumption district for people who claim to dislike consumption districts. It's possibly one of the city’s best-known neighborhoods and is brimming with things to see, places to shop, and bars and restaurants to drink and dine. SoCo is a walkable exhibition of Austin’s one-of-a-kind slightly offbeat local character where you’re just as likely to belly up to a bar next to a cowboy as you are to a movie star.