The Live Music Capital of the World
Among the many cities I have visited, Austin, Texas is without a doubt the most fun-filled and lively city I have seen so far. It has just about everything for anyone. With dynamic culture and entertainment, mouth-watering cuisines at various restaurants and a beautiful outdoor scene, Austin just about has it all. Also, it hosts more than 250 music venues and art festivals, but before I keep rambling on, let’s take a quick look into what all the city really has to offer!
If you decide to take a trip to Austin (which I highly recommend you do), be prepared to be astounded by the energy of the area, with lots of live music venues and huge events going on at all times. Here are just a few:
Austin City Limits
Possibly the most well-known festival in the area, Austin City Limits (also known as ACL) is huge. Hosted in Zilker Park, over 100 of today’s top artists take to eight stages to entertain nearly half a million people over two full weekends. They also have “Austin Eats” where you can sample a few of the states’ delicacies like BBQ, wings, tacos, and ice cream!
South by Southwest
South by Southwest, or SXSW for short, is a collection of music, film, and interactive conferences and festivals. It is held each year around March and its’ purpose is for “creative people to develop their careers by bringing together from around the globe to meet, learn, and share ideas.
Austin Food and Wine Festival
Hosted every April, the festival seems to attract higher-profile chefs with each year passing. You are able to attend cooking demonstrations and classes as well as tastings from people all over the country. The event is also held close to the downtown area on the shores of Lady Bird Lake. Also, for just a few extra bucks, you are able to have dinner and wine tasting with some of the notorious chefs.
Austin Film Festival
An event entirely focused on the craft of screenwriting, this festival is held in late October. Panels with screenwriters and directors throughout the day are followed by screenings downtown at the Paramount and other theaters.
Circuit of the Americas Grand Prix
Held in the fall season, it’s an event that brings in a crowd far different than that of the film or wine festival. Since most Formula 1 races are held all over the world, it is kind of a necessity to be super-wealthy to be the devoted fan.
Things To Do
With Austin being the capital of the state (with a population of nearly one million as of 2018 and serves as a home to the Texas Longhorns), there will never be a time that you can’t find something to do.
Keep in mind that Austin is a very big city with lots of energy and lots of activities to try, so these are just a few things that I thought were a “must-do” while you visit:
Lady Bird Lake
A dammed river that runs right through the heart of the city! With plenty of activities such as kayaking, biking, etc. [Read More]
Barton Springs Pool
A refreshing pool of spring water that’s perfect for taking a quick dip and soaking up the sun! [Read More]
The perfect vantage point to give you an amazing view of the river and downtown Austin! [Read More]
South Congress Avenue
A gem of a street filled with shops, boutiques, breweries, and restaurants along the strip! [Read More]
Austin in a Nutshell Bike Tour
It’s pretty self-explanatory. See the city on two wheels! [Read More]
HOPE Outdoor Gallery
An outdoor gallery dedicated to novice and experienced graffiti artists to express their selves and paint a story. [Read More]
Now like I said up top, these are just a few ideas for you to do when you head over there. Knowing from personal experience, there are far too many things to write about in one article! 🙂
This place actually has a Twitter account dedicated to how long the line is everyday. But don’t let the long lines turn you away! It must be some damn good barbecue if Kanye West chose to wait in line for their food. [Read More]
Home Slice Pizza
Pizza. New York-style pizza at that. Need I say anymore? Home Slice is definitely a must-try! [Read More]
The ideal spot for a hungover Sunday brunch. Also a must-try! [Read More]
A hole-in-the-wall restaurant on North Lamar that pretty much serves ramen on steroids. Time to throw out the giant box of instant ramen that’s been sitting in your pantry and head over to Michi Ramen. [Read More]
Not to be dramatic by any means, but I could eat here 8 days a week. Torchy’s has got some damn good tacos! [Read More]
Gourdough’s Public House
I wouldn’t plan to do much after you eat here other than take a nap. They have donut burgers! [Read More]
This may seem like a slightly biased opinion (mostly because Mexican food and tacos are my favorite food ever), but Torchy’s Tacos was my favorite place to go eat. They have a huge variety of food to choose from and each item is bursting with mouth-watering flavor and spices! Congrats, Torchy’s. You should feel honored.
Oh, boy. The nightlife. I’m sure at some point in your life you have heard of Sixth Street before. Maybe “Dirty Sixth” will ring a bell? Here you will make some of the best memories you probably won’t remember. All jokes aside, please drink responsibly.
As I said in the beginning, Austin is home to the Texas Longhorns which is a huge campus full of people ready to party. Now let’s take a look at the notorious Sixth Street and the nightlife in Austin:
Each bar/club has its own style and vibe, so to save you some time from reading about every single bar in Austin, here are the ones that I visited and suggest to you!
“Latchkey is an East 6th Street bar and self-described Adult Daycare. Celebrate with us indoors or on our patio. Latchkey’s open 7 days a week with libations, great food, movies, comedy, hot bartenders and sports…oh yes… and ping pong & surprises.” [Read More]
,”Key Bar, West 6th Street staple, is a spot to gather and meet friends new and old. It’s accessibility, occasional live music and inviting patio- always buzzing with conversation – are the draws that complement drink specials like margaritas, shakers, and homemade Popsicle drinks. Grab a friend, a seat on the patio and cheers to happy hour around the fire pit! Cocktails, beer & signature popsicle drinks at this chill outdoor hangout with all-day happy hours.” [Read More]
Kung Fu Saloon
“Kung Fu Saloon is a West 6th Street area watering hole featuring a relaxed atmosphere in downtown Austin. Kung Fu offers a full bar including 24 beers on tap, with a selection ranging from the everymans Lone Star to the Belgian mans Chimay. Oh yeah, we almost forgot to mention our specialty Sake bomb menu!” [Read More]
“Maggie Mae’s is an iconic 6th Street bar. No visit to Austin is complete without a view from the largest rooftop on Sixth Street. The venue includes a sports bar, complete with big screens for the game, an authentic English Pub suited for conversation, a New Orleans style courtyard beneath the stars, and three different stages outfitted for live music. It’s four historic buildings, beautifully restored, which together make for one of the largest entertainment venues downtown.” [Read More]
“LUX, a luxury West 6th Street Bar. Clean, classy, comfortable, stylish, and upscale. LUX is the place to be, and be seen, on Friday and Saturday nights. There is plenty of space so you can chill out and chat or dance the night away. Bottle service & classic cocktails.” [Read More]
Vulcan Gas Company
“Vulcan Gas Company is a 6th Street Austin club for dance music. Steampunk-inspired interiors and Funktion-One sound system showcasing talent from Austin and around the globe.” [Read More]
“Lit Lounge is a 6th Street Bar Nightclub with an upscale atmosphere in the heart of 6th Street. Lit Lounge offers a premiere destination for Austin’s elite crowd while integrating the diverse local culture of downtown 6th Street. Presenting a quality party atmosphere, Lit Lounge provides a unique club culture. Parties, drink specials, music, DJ’s.” [Read More]
“Located on the corner of 6th & Rio Grande, RIO is a multi-faceted venue with a rooftop lounge and sports bar that offers guests 2 floors of world-class hospitality and entertainment. Our fifteen thousand square foot venue combines superior service and quality that is sure to accommodate any party’s needs. Our entire venue offers rich décor and the unparalleled high-end ambiance of a neighborhood hotspot. The sports bar, located on our second floor…” [Read More]
Austin has always been a fun city to visit. The people are great, the atmosphere is exceptional, and you will never run out of things to do! Be sure to tell me about your experience in Austin! 🙂