The Black Angels

Alex Maas grew up in Seabrook, TX, what he describes as “a charming community with fishermen and seafarers. I grew up on a plant nursery that has been in the family since the ’50s; the best place for a boy to run around and let his imagination run wild.” He moved from the rural comforts of Seabrook to the bustling weirdo arts community of Austin, where the psych rock movement is alive and well. And the Black Angels are right at the forefront. Maas lays down the best of his city in this Austin guide.

city guide:
Austin, TX
Red Bud Isle

Lakefront off-leash dog park with 13 acres of recreational space, plus hiking, canoeing & kayaking.

Redbud Trail, Austin, TX 78746, USA
Sahara Lounge

Laid-back live music venue with an African twist featuring an eclectic lineup & signature cocktails.

1413 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78721, USA
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Buzzmill

Rustic spot serves coffee, beer & cider around the clock in general-store digs with a back patio.

1505 Town Creek Dr, Austin, TX 78741, USA
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Sap’s Fine Thai Cuisine

Standards like curries & noodles, plus some uncommon dishes, in a modern space accented by parasols.

4514 West Gate Blvd, Austin, TX 78745, USA
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Cheer Up Charlies

Sizable gay bar offering a lodge-like indoor space, outdoor music, drinks, drag shows & more.

900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Side Bar

No-nonsense beer-focused hangout with a jukebox, billiards & a popular back patio.

602 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Barton Springs Pool
Barton Springs Pool is a recreational outdoor swimming pool that is filled entirely with water from nearby natural springs. It is located on the grounds of Zilker Park.
2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746, USA
Parkside

Known for its small plates & extensive drink menu in a setting that's upscale for 6th Street.

301 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Valhalla

Laid-back drinking den featuring pool tables, arcade games, a jukebox & vinyl records on the walls.

710 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Polvo’s Mexican Restaurant
Mexican restaurant known for its margaritas, extensive salsa bar & large patio.
2004 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
East Side King
Chef Paul Qui's food truck behind Liberty Bar dispensing late-night snacks of Asian fusion fare.
1618 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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Flat Track Coffee

Coffee kiosk within Farewell Books serves up craft beverages in small digs with limited seats.

1619 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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JuiceLand

Health-minded chain serving juices, smoothies & hot drinks, plus noodle bowls & salads.

1625 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Texas State Capitol

The Texas State Capitol, completed in 1888 in Downtown Austin, contains the offices and chambers of the Texas Legislature and the Office of the Governor.

1100 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Black’s BBQ
Acclaimed barbecue joint that offers brisket, ribs, sides & craft beers in a relaxed, wood-decked space.
3110 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705, USA
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The White Horse

Live country music is served up in this hip, upbeat, sprawling honky-tonk with a taco truck outside.

500 Comal St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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