Things to Do and See in Austin

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Eats, Music, Nightlife and More

With so much to see and do in vibrant Austin, we thought it would be helpful to compile this handy list of noteworthy attractions to help you plan your visit. Plus, we've set-up an AUTM-Austin microsite where you can dig deeper for specific topics and places of interest. So, let's get started!

What to do in Austin 

Austin Texas Bucket List Items

Food & Drink

Great Bars –

  • Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden (not too rowdy, not too laid back, just a good old fashioned good time)
  • Hangar Lounge (rooftop bar modeled after a 1950's airport lounge)
  • Hotel Van Zandt (trendy hot spot, Geraldines’, built by rocker & Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band guitarist, Steven Van Zandt)
  • Las Perlas (craft cocktail bar with eclectic jukebox partnered with Seven Grand that focuses on mescal)
  • The Roosevelt Room (award-winning retro cocktail bar in historic warehouse district) 
  • Seven Grand (masculine watering hole with hunting lodge vibes, crafted cocktails & a massive whiskey selection)
  • Small Victory (intimate classic cocktail bar located downtown)
  • Scoot Inn (the oldest bar in central Texas, since 1871)
  • The Townsend (modern cocktails & elegant small plates served in a historic space with chic, throwback d├ęcor) 

‘Almost Secret’ Bars –

  • Garage (inside a parking garage and look for the word ‘Cocktails’ that marks the bar’s entrance. Northeast corner of 5th & Colorado)
  • Mezcaleria Tobala (head up the staircase found on Whisler’s patio) 
  • Midnight Cowboy (reservations necessary or if the red light bulb is illuminated you can walk-in, then ring the buzzer marked “Harry Craddock” for entry.
  • The Secret Bar in the W (Enter through the Records Room in the W’s Living Room Bar)

‘Dirty Sixth Street’ Bars –

Legendary Music Venues 

  • Broken Spoke (50-year history. Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and George Strait have graced the stage.) 
  • Continental Club (since 1955, a mecca for roots, rockabilly, country, swing, rock and blues music every night of the week) 

Restaurant Deliciousness –

  • Fukumoto (Japanese izakaya specializing in traditional sushi and yakitori)
  • Guerro’s Taco Bar (SoCo District)
  • Fareground (modern food hall all under one roof. Varied diners. Some of Austin’s best restaurateurs)
  • Mattie’s (Victorian estate. Southern fare. Ancient live oak trees and peacocks roaming freely) 
  • The Oasis (amazing vistas and sunsets, can accommodate big groups with reservations)
  • Suerte (Mexican cuisine)

Great BBQ in Downtown Austin –

  • Eastside Tavern (Rustic tavern with patio & rooftop deck focused on smoked meats, craft beer & draft cocktails)
  • Franklin Barbecue (crazy long lines to get in, but James Beard Award-winning food) 
  • La Barbecue (hopping BBQ stand for brisket, pulled pork & sausages at picnic tables)
  • Lamberts (fancy BBQ & other meaty fare in a refurbished general store with live music)
  • Micklethwait (trailer with outdoor picnic tables serving up BBQ meats) 

Great BBQ and Music 

  • Stubb’s (beer, brisket and music with a renowned Sunday gospel brunch)

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