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COLLiDE Travel is an interactive collection of city guides curated by local bands, artists and tastemakers. Spanning the globe, hundreds of creatives have shared their favorite local hangs, from the underground to the upscale, and everything in between. So choose a city and start exploring!
Austin, TX

Navigating Austin during SXSW can feel like Dorothy’s journey on the yellow brick road in search of the Emerald City: it’s disorienting, kind of magical, and filled with both wonder and anxiety (in this case FOMO). If you find yourself wandering the city with a couple of vagabonds you picked up along the way, then treat this guide like a beacon to illuminate your journey. For the very best recommendations, we sought local artists that know the ins and outs of Austin including Walker Lukens, Israel Nash and Nina Diaz to name a few. From coffee joints to secret caverns, take in all the sights and sounds Austin and SXSW have to offer.

photo by: Brian Dooley/Flickr

Curated by: …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Alejandro Escovado, Austin Basham, Bee CavesBen Kweller, Bob Schneider, Curtis RoushElijah Ford, Gary Clark Jr., Israel Nash, MISSIOMy Jersualem, Night Beats, Nina Diaz, Okkervil RiverParticle Kid , Ringo Deathstarr, Sailor PoonShakey Graves, Shy BeastSweet Spirit, The BishopsThe Black AngelsThe CuckoosThe Sword, Walker LukensWild Child, Wildfires , William Harries Graham

city guide:
Austin, TX
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Lo-Fi Vintage
"Amazing selection of vintage Jeans, Jackets, Shoes, & Graphic Tees"  — The Bishops
604 W 29th St, Austin, TX 78705
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Austin Karaoke
Karaoke lounge, open late, featuring a variety of private rooms & high-tech sound systems.
6808 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752, USA
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The W Austin
Next door to the Austin City Limits music venue, this chic high-rise hotel in the Second Street District is half-a-mile from the Austin Convention Center and a 1-minute walk to Austin City Hall.
200 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Connelly-Yerwood House
Historic building in Austin, Texas built in 1904.
1115 East 12th Street, Austin, TX, USA
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Roland’s Soul Food and Fish
"Rolands Soul Food & Fish. Hands down the best soul food in ATX. Wings, Mac + Cheese, & Yams... all day."  —  The Bishops
1311 Chestnut Ave, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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Ruby’s BBQ
Pit-smoked BBQ, Cajun fare, sides & salads prevail amid roadhouse decor near the University.
512 W 29th St, Austin, TX 78705, USA
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Latchkey
"Best Lone Star in town."  —  Bee Caves
1308 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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CUBA512
Casual, sit-down cafe with a Cuban menu of sandwiches, traditional entrees & plantain shakes.
6800 West Gate Blvd #112, Austin, TX 78745
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Pedernales Falls State Park
"Pitch a tent at Pedernales State Park. Make sure you look up at the night sky! You’ve never seen starscapes quite like the Hill Country kind." —  Israel Nash
2585 Park Road 6026, Johnson City, TX 78636, USA
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Hill Country Guitars
"There are a few really old buildings on Mercer street that give you that country Texas town feel. One of my favorites, has to be the one at 302 Mercer Street. And I swear it has nothing to do with the fact that it is called Hill Country guitars and has some seriously rad new and vintage guitars that knock my socks right off my feet."  —  Israel Nash
302 Mercer St, Dripping Springs, TX, USA
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Mazama Coffee Co.
House-roasted coffee, sandwiches, pastries & beer in rustic-chic environs with a patio & free Wi-Fi.
301 Mercer St, Dripping Springs, TX 78620, USA
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Homespun Kitchen and Bar
"Homespun has some great craft cocktails to whet your old whistler. Get an old fashioned. Then order a chicken fried steak that will fill your plate and then some."  —  Israel Nash
131 E Mercer St, Dripping Springs, TX 78620, USA
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El Rey Restaurant
"Hit up El Rey on 290 for some real deal Mexican food. I’ll have three steak fajita tacos on corn, with cilantro and lime."  —  Israel Nash
2400 U.S. 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620, USA
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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Dramatic 425-ft. pink granite monolith & wilderness area offering hiking, climbing, camping & more.
16710 Ranch Road 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA
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Toy Joy
Quirky, colorful store offering a vast selection of unique toys, novelty items & collectibles.
403 West 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Uncommon Objects
Quirky shop featuring an eclectic array of antiques, including jewelry, taxidermy, gadgets & toys.
1602 Fortview Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Iron Bear
Lively LGBT-friendly hangout offering DJ parties, pool, karaoke & daily happy hour.
121 W 8th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds
Enormous outpost offering costumes, vintage clothing, boas, masks, wigs, prop & other glitz.
1506 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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i luv vintage
"There’s a shop that’s opened up not too long ago called I <3 Vintage that I really like. They have great jackets!"  —  The Cuckoos
2915 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705, USA
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The Electric Church
"Electric Church is really cool. There are a lot of talented bands that play there and everyone there seems to be pretty like-minded."  —  The Cuckoos
5018 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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Austin Marriott Downtown
Luxury hotel in downtown Austin.
304 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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University of Texas Tower
The Main Building (known colloquially as The Tower) is a structure at the center of the University of Texas campus in downtown Austin.
110 Inner Campus Drive, Austin, TX 78705, USA
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Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial
Artist's rendering of guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, often strewn with flowers & devotions from fans.
Auditorium Shores, Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, Austin, TX 78704
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Yard Dog
Gallery with a quirky vibe showcasing contemporary American folk art available for purchase.
1510 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Allens Boots
Allens Boots is a retail store in Austin, Texas, that specializes in western wear. The store offers items such as cowboy boots, hats, jeans, and shirts.
1522 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, USA
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Blackmail Boutique
Upmarket, trendy boutique offering women's duds, accessories & home decor items in industrial digs.
1202 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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TOMS Austin
"Relaxed joint, best public porch swing, order: soy latte" — William Harries Graham
1401 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704, United States
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Eberly
Vast setting for chic American dining & lounging areas, plus a study, rooftop bar & Cedar Tavern.
615 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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South Congress Hotel
Upscale boutique hotel located in Austin's popular South Congress district.
1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-2475
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Hotel Van Zandt
A 5-minute walk from Lady Bird Lake, this sleek, contemporary hotel is a 3-minute walk from the lively eateries and bars in the Rainey Street Historic District, and 2 miles from the Bullock Texas State History Museum.
605 Davis St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Seventh Flag Coffee
Cafe serving up local brand Cuvee Coffee plus pastries in modern digs with a patio & bocce set.
1506 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Veracruz All Natural Food Truck
Simple trailer with picnic tables for tacos with spit-grilled meats or veggie options, plus migas.
1704 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78702, United States
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Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
"Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve is my go-to hike. Beautiful hill country views, lots of variation, free."  —  Curtis Roush
805 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746, United States
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STAG Provisions for Men
Trendy men's boutique stocking designer labels in classic & modern styles, plus books & accessories.
1423 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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US Federal Courthouse – Austin, TX
"I like the new federal courthouse downtown - built in the early years of the Obama recovery. Looks like something out of the new Blade Runner film."  —  Curtis Roush
501 West 5th Street, Austin, TX 78701, United States
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Epoch Coffee
24/7 coffee shop vending espresso drinks, sweets & pizza from East Side Pies in open, casual space.
221 W N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751, United States
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Kitty Cohen’s
Retro bar offering specialty drinks and punches, plus a spacious yard with shaded poolside seating.
2211 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702, United States
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Pinthouse Pizza
British-pub-inspired spot with elaborate pizzas, plus a house brewery specializing in hoppy beers.
4729 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756, USA
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Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon
This classic honky-tonk draws crowds with cold beer, live music & famous bingo games on Sundays.
5434 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756, United States
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Mount Bonnell
Mount Bonnell, also known as Covert Park, is a prominent point alongside the Lake Austin portion of the Colorado River in Austin, Texas. It has been a popular tourist destination since the 1850s.
Mount Bonnell, Austin, TX, United States
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Campbell’s Hole
Swimming hole near Austin, Texas.
Barton Creek, Austin, TX, Austin, TX 78746
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Sculpture Falls
Swimming hole near Austin, Texas.
Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail, Austin, TX 78746, United States
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Austin Motel
Located south of the Colorado River, this historic, quirky motel dates back to 1938 and is within a 4-minute drive of popular South Congress Avenue and a 6-minute drive from the State Capitol.
1220 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
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Hotel San José
Set in a revamped 1930s motor lodge located near buzzy bars and music venues, this hip hotel is 2.5 miles from the Texas State Capital.
1316 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704, United States
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HOPE Outdoor Gallery
"HOPE Outdoor Gallery has a good view of downtown and provides space for an impressive series of graffiti murals."  —  Austin Basham
1101 Baylor St, Austin, TX 78703, USA
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Hopfields
"My wife and I really like this pub called Hopfields. They have a big selection of craft beers and a cozy atmosphere. Order-wise, I try to switch things up each time, but can’t go wrong with a good IPA."  —  Austin Basham
3110 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705, USA
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Matt’s El Rancho
"It has some of the best tex-mex you’ll ever eat and a great outdoor patio. Get a bob’s queso, beef fajitas and you definitely have to get a Matt’s Knockout Mexican Martini. One and done."  — Austin Basham
2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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ColdTowne Theater
Local comedy club featuring local & national acts in comfy digs, plus improv & sketch classes.
4803 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751, United States
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Juliet Italian Kitchen
Modern & classic Italian fare & drinks in a spacious, multi-room setting with luxe flourishes.
1500 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
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Juniper
Delicate, Northern Italian–inspired cuisine & gin cocktails in a beautiful setting.
2400 E Cesar Chavez St #304, Austin, TX 78702
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Blanton Museum of Art
The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest university art museums in the U.S, holding almost 18,000 works in its permanent collection.
200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Mayfield Park
"It's the first place I think of going on my days off; Stone pathways separating multiple lily ponds, and peacocks EVERYWHERE. It's so peaceful, and there are trails you can wander through surrounding the property. There is a secret waterfront spot I love to go to."  —  Shy Beast
3505 W 35th St, Austin, TX 78703, United States
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Charm School Vintage
"Charm School Vintage: They hand pick everything in there and know how to style you perfectly. It's very dangerous every time I pay a visit. You can never go there just to 'look around.'"  —  Shy Beast
1111 E 11th St #150, Austin, TX 78702
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Hotel Saint Cecilia
This trendy boutique hotel with a bohemian vibe is located in the South Congress District, less than a mile from the Long Center for the Performing Arts.
112 Academy Dr, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Treaty Oak
The Treaty Oak is a southern oak tree in Austin, Texas, and the last surviving member of the Council Oaks, a grove of 14 trees that served as a sacred meeting place for Comanche and Tonkawa tribes prior to European settlement of the area.
507 Baylor St, Austin, TX 78703, USA
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Wright Bros. Brew and Brew
"It's a full espresso bar with 39 rotating taps of craft beer and cider. Some of my friends work there and it's a frequent hang spot at all hours of the day. Soy Latte for me!"  —  Shy Beast
500 San Marcos St #105, Austin, TX 78702
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Weather Up
"Weather Up, because of its quaint and elegant back patio, and it's intimate indoor bar decorated in gem stones and copper. They always have unique cocktails with a bit of a 'kick' to them, and the food is glorious."  —  Shy Beast
1808 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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Launderette
"I love Launderette. The decor is hip, bright, tropical and nostalgic. They have small shareable plates, great cocktails, and birthday cake ice cream sandwiches. Brunch there is a dream. I always order the pancakes that come with your own kitty-cat syrup decanter."  — Shy Beast
2115 Holly St, Austin, TX 78702, United States
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Turkey Creek Trail
Turkey Creek Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near West Lake Hills, Texas that features a river and is rated as moderate.
1401-1711 City Park Rd, Austin, TX 78730
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New Bohemia Vintage
Quirky retailer featuring vintage men's and women's apparel, plus a wide array of boots and accessories.
4631 Airport Blvd #116, Austin, TX 78751
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Ego’s
Karaoke rules at this basic bar & pool venue, which hosts nightly sessions & national tournaments.
510 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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The Continental Club
Rock, country, jazz, and  blues acts, national and local, are found at this legendary South Congress club.
1315 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Native Hostel
Classic lounge open late with American fare, craft cocktails & live music in upscale youth hostel.
807 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78702, United States
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The Wheel
"It’s like Cheers without sad men sitting between you and the bartender. Many viable ways to get sauced at The Wheel. I can honestly say I’ve had most of the menu."  — Walker Lukens
1902 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd B, Austin, TX 78702
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Julio’s Restaurant
"Julio’s — Chicken enchiladas plate with green tomatillo sauce. Mexican Martini. Papa don’t take no mess." — Walker Lukens
4230 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751, United States
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Zilker Park
Zilker Metropolitan Park is a recreational area in south Austin, Texas at the juncture of Barton Creek and the Colorado River that comprises over 350 acres of publicly owned land
2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704, United States
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Terra Toys
Neighborhood store stocking a variety of old-school & eclectic toys, plus sweets, gifts, and books.
2438 W Anderson Ln C1, Austin, TX 78757
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Austin Vintage Guitars
Shoppers can buy, sell, trade or consign their vintage guitars at this store that also retails amps.
4306 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78751, United States
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Inner Space Cavern
"Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown — You take a big tour through a 10,000 year old cave system. I've been coming here since I was 5 years-old and it's always awesome!"  — The Sword
4200 I-35, Georgetown, TX 78626, United States
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Prototype Vintage Design
"Best men's shirt section in town. Prepare to open your wallet though, quality threads don't come cheap."  —  The Sword
1700 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704, United States
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DK Sushi
Classic & custom sushi rolls, Japanese kitchen fare, sake and beer, plus an on-site Asian market.
5610b N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751, United States
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Pennybacker Bridge
Pennybacker Bridge is a through-arch bridge across Lake Austin which connects the northern and southern sections of the Loop 360 highway.
Pennybacker Bridge, Austin, TX, United States
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La Cocina de Consuelo
"You can't order wrong here. Everything is amazing. My personal order would be some of Connie's famous enchiladas, chicken with tomatillo sauce!"  —  The Sword
4516 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756, United States
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Magnolia Cafe
" Magnolia Cafe, just because of their breakfast tacos. I usually get 3 or 4 of their huge breakfast tacos with egg, sausage, bacon, and serrano. Not sure why, but these particular tacos are the spiciest I’ve had in Austin. They got some good serranos."  — The Cuckoos
2304 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, United States
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Chupacabra Cantina
400 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, United States
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Donut Taco Palace
5446 U.S. 290, Austin, TX 78735, United States
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Justine’s

Steaks & snails plus wine & cocktails in a little bungalow with a light-strung patio.

4710 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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End of An Ear

Cozy record store stocking a diverse array of new, vintage & rare vinyl records, plus CDs & DVDs.

2209 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Dai Due

Farm-to-table fare from locally sourced ingredients served in a rustic space with a butcher shop.

2406 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722, USA
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Austin Java
Organic coffee, breakfast dishes, soups, salads & burgers plus open mics keep this cafe popular.
1608 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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King Bee

Bar in an old-school club space with vintage details, plus original cocktails & housemade pizza.

1906 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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Red Bud Isle

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

Redbud Trail, Austin, TX 78746, USA
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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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Maria’s Taco Xpress

No-frills Mexican joint known for its tacos, beer, booze & live music on the patio on weekends.

2529 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Mohawk

Multilevel space with a bar, roofdeck & indoor/outdoor stages hosting local & touring acts.

912 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701, 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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Shady Grove

Casual spot with a big patio offering Tex-Mex classics & burgers, plus live music under pecan trees.

1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Rio Rita

Hip cafe & nighttime lounge with mismatched furniture serving globally inspired fare & craft drinks.

1308 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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Peter Pan Mini Golf

Operating since 1946, this cash-only pair of courses features whales, castles & giant shoes.

1207 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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The Salt Lick

It's BYOB at this venerable cash-only, BBQ spot with a rustic setting & live music outdoors.

18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619, 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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Stubb’s

Beer, brisket and music Downtown with a renowned Sunday gospel brunch.

801 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Guero’s Taco Bar

A large menu, salsa bar & hand-shaken margaritas in a landmark building with a patio.

1412 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Barton Creek Greenbelt

This popular urban natural area offers opportunities for biking, hiking, swimming & rock climbing.

3755 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78704, 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
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Oilcan Harry’s

Boisterous, spacious gay dance club with theme nights & a weekly late-night drag show, plus a patio.

211 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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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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Goodwill Blue Hanger Outlet

Long-standing nonprofit chain with a range of pre-owned clothing, furniture, housewares & more.

6505 Burleson Rd, Austin, TX 78744, USA
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Cedar Door

A pub menu with all-natural meats, a large beer selection & the signature martini plus a large deck.

201 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Hole in the Wall

Booze, tattoos & plenty of daily live music, both inside & out on the patio.

2538 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705, USA
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Veggie Heaven
Asian fusion vegan eatery located just west of Downtown Austin.
1611 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78703, USA
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Elisabet Ney Museum

It is housed in the former studio of sculptor Elisabet Ney and is dedicated to showcasing her life and works.

304 E 44th St, Austin, TX 78751, USA
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Legend Coffee Company
Located behind Franklin BBQ, this hand-built coffee trailer serves up high quality seasonal coffee. 
900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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Yellow Jacket Social Club

Cozy watering hole known for its global nibbles, dog-friendly patio & recycled wood & stone decor.

1704 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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Musashino Sushi Dokoro

Sushi, unusual rolls & other Japanese entrees are washed down with sake in a traditional setting.

101, 2905 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX 78705, USA
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Tam Deli & Cafe

This light-filled, casual Vietnamese eatery for pho, banh mi & desserts, plus takeout deli counter.

8222 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753, 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
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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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The Grand
You'll find pool, photo booth, darts, foosball, pinball, booze, food and good times at this billiard's room.
4631 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751, USA
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Austin Roller Rink

Roller skating rink with a game arcade, snack bar & private party rooms available for rental.

11600 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78748, USA
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Strange Brew Austin Coffee

Hip 24-hour cafe serving fair-trade coffee, sandwiches & pastries, plus live music lounge with bar.

5326 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745, USA
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Lala’s Little Nugget

Strip-mall tavern with year-round holiday decor, an old-school jukebox, cash-only drinks & games.

2207 Justin Ln, Austin, TX 78757, 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
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Scoot Inn
Eclectic indie bands & a dance floor in a happening, compact dive with two bars & lots of beer.
1308 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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Torchy’s Tacos

Buzzy chain serving Mexican street-food-style tacos in inventive varieties, including for breakfast.

2801 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705, USA
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Aster’s Ethiopian Restaurant

Homey cafe featuring classic Ethiopian dishes & an ample lunch buffet, plus beer & honey wine.

2804 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78705, USA
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Nutty Brown Café & Amphitheatre

American eats, jazz brunch & weekend country music in a rustic spot with a patio & an amphitheater.

12225 W Hwy 290, Austin, TX 78737, USA
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The Belmont

1000-person space hosts hip-hop, new rock & electronic dance music shows, with covered patio & bar.

305 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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The Paramount Theatre

The Paramount Theatre is a live theatre venue/movie theatre located in downtown Austin, Texas. The classical revival style structure was built in 1915. The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on June 23, 1976.

713 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Stylish theater chain for new & classic films features cocktails & creative bites served seat-side.

5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX 78749, USA
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Bouldin Creek Cafe

Eco-friendly, bohemian cafe offering hearty meatless meals, coffees & a rotating monthly art show.

1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Midnight Cowboy

Intimate reservations-only lounge known for its hip speakeasy vibe & old-school cocktail menu.

313 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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La Condesa


Contemporary Mexican dishes, a vast tequila selection & happy-hour deals in a sophisticated setting.



400 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Laguna Gloria – The Contemporary Austin
The Contemporary Austin is Austin's primary community art museum, consisting of two primary locations and an art school.
700 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Polvo’s Mexican Restaurant
Mexican restaurant known for its margaritas, extensive salsa bar & large patio.
2004 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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qui

Funky-chic spot for global fusion fare & cocktails in a modern setting with an airy feel.

1600 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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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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Waterloo Records

Longtime hot spot with in-store performances, local artist compilations & concert ticket sales.

600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, USA
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C-Boy’s Heart & Soul

Bi-level club hosting weekend performances on the main floor with a Japanese-American bar upstairs.

2008 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Ruta Maya Coffee House

Offers organic coffees, medium and dark roast coffee and espresso.

3601 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Donn’s Depot

Piano bar with live music, 2 dance floors & a diverse crowd, set in old rail cars & a former depot.

1600 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78703, USA
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The Parish

Live hip-hop, rock, funk, reggae, Latin & more attract music-lovers to this 6th Street club.

214 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Draught House Pub & Brewery

This hip brewpub's vast craft-beer menu includes a few made on-site, plus food-truck grub outside.

4112 Medical Pkwy, Austin, TX 78756, 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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Trianon

Locally owned cafe featuring coffee drinks, sandwiches & baked goods, plus a free conference room.

3201 Bee Cave Rd, Austin, TX 78746, USA
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Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors
Artisan java & bites are served at this cafe with industrial–chic decor, a patio & a laid-back vibe.
1111 Chicon St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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Hotel Vegas

A venue decorated with gold wallpaper & taxidermy features DJs, live music & a patio.

1502 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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The Moody Theater

Austin City Limits at the Moody Theater hosts diverse performers, from Belle & Sebastian to ZZ Top.

310 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Komé

Food-truck spin-off featuring sushi & homestyle Japanese plates in a bamboo-accented, stylish space.

4917 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751, 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
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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
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Saxon Pub

Popular concert space with free weekday happy hour shows, a listening room & an intimate atmosphere.

1320 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Vespaio

Popular South Congress eatery drawing long lines with rustic cooking, great wines & elegant space.

1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Spider House

Eclectic performance space featuring diverse events (live music, DJs & comedy), a full bar & patio.

2908 Fruth St, Austin, TX 78705, USA
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Antone’s Record Store

Venerable stop for CDs, used vinyl records & accessories, with an emphasis on blues & local artists.

2928 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705, USA
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Caffe Medici

French-pressed coffee blends plus a selection of single-origin & sustainable, direct-trade options.

200 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Hoover’s Cooking

Chicken-fried steak, pork ribs, sandwiches & sides are the calling cards of this Southern kitchen.

2002 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722, USA
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Radio Coffee & Beer

Hip spot for coffee, beer & pastries in wood-paneled digs, plus tables & a taco truck out back.

4204 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Ramen Tatsu-Ya
Popular noodle house & bar with a funky vibe serving classic ramen with many options for toppings.
1234 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Emma Long Metropolitan Park

Emma Long Metropolitan Park is a large municipal park in northwest Austin, Texas. The park is on the shores of Lake Austin and was originally called City Park.

1706 City Park Rd, Austin, TX 78730, USA
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Jo’s Coffee
Order Stumptown coffee, baked goods & more from a colorful kiosk with outdoor seating & iconic graffiti.
1300 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Cenote
Trendy spot for French pressed coffee, farm-fresh eats & local Rockstar Bagels.
1010 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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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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Casino South Side

A retro-style bar known for its jukebox & 1960s decor, with billiards, skeeball & other games.

1502 W Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Frank

Look for exotic hot dogs & sausages - from venison to veggie - plus sides, cocktails & brunch.

407 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Chez Nous
Traditional French fare along with a selection of wine & beer is served in a Paris-like setting.
510 Neches St, Austin, TX 78701, 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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Graffiti Park at Castle Hill
Outdoor graffiti park that is good for sightseeing and photographs.
1008 Baylor St, Austin, TX 78703, USA
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Uchiko

Offshoot of the famed Uchi restaurant with upscale sushi & small plates in a farmhouse-chic space.

4200 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756, USA
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