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Traveling to Austin - The official thread
I live in Austin and have been looking forward to this game all year. The time is here for people to start finalizing their plans and I've seen a lot of threads (including some by me) popping up asking about different things like where to tailgate, party, eat, etc. I figured I'd compile as much of that information as possible and keep it all in one place. Let's get started and Geaux Tigers!

Where to watch the game if you don't have tickets:

Chicken is hosting a TigerDroppings Meet and Greet at the Shiner's Saloon (at 5th and Congress) at Saturday at 1pm. The Shiner Saloon will be playing the 2007 and 2003 BCS National Championships on Friday night LINK

Walkons is hosting a tailgate party at Stubbs sponsored by LSU Alumni Association, Tiger Athletic Foundation, LSU Foundation, Visit Baton Rouge. Additional Sponsors include Fred's in Tigerland and Pearl Events Austin. LINK

Shoal Creek Saloon is the "official" LSU bar in Austin and will be hosting a party with the game on every TV and sound on LINK

LSU Alumni Association is throwing a party at the Rustic Tap (presale passes are SOLD OUT) LINK

Lavaca Street Bar is downtown and is a home for all SEC fan bases. Solid choice, it’s indoors.

If you hear of any more, let me know and I'll add them.

Tailgating:

Here's a map of gameday and tailgating areas for this year. The red area is the "no assembly required" premium tailgating area by Tailgate guys where they essentially set it up for you. Rich folk and corporate types will have big setups there for LSU.

The scattered purple areas will be standard parking lot tailgating for those who have the corresponding parking passes.

Yellow areas are first come first serve tailgating areas, mostly grassy field areas. There should also be plenty of setups along and south of MLK Blvd (which is 19th street btw).

Directly west and North of the stadium is Bevo Blvd, which has food trucks, vendors, big screens, etc. The Texas team and band will march through there (from north to south) 2 hours before kickoff. Pretty cool but becomes a major clusterfrick 30-45 minutes before kickoff. It's extended this year around the north end of the stadium to reach the Longhorn City Limits music stage. The band Midland will be playing before the game

Image: https://www.surlyhorns.com/board/uploads/monthly_2019_07/IMG_1741.jpeg.2de02b03fbb638c25aee388ad99723e1.jpeg


To set up your tailgate, focus on east of Interstate 35 and south of campus. I think it would be easier (no pass, no permit) to focus east, around the cemetery near the baseball field (Disch-Falk).

Ground zero for "the action" would be around Scholz Garten.

Food:

I'm going to try to focus mostly on Downtown/Campus area as that's where most people are staying.

The Big 3 for BBQ are Franklin, La BBQ, and Terry Black's. None of them are downtown, but if you have a car they will be easy to get to. The lines are LONG so I'm going to try and offer alternate suggestions since this will be a busier than usual weekend in Austin.

Your best option if you aren't going to leave downtown is Cooper's
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Micklethwait Craft Meats is right down the street from Franklin and is a very solid spot without the wait
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Fareground is the new breed of high-end food court popping up in cities around the country. They have some sneaky good choices here, I personally recommend TLV
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Moonshine Grill is a fantastic southern comfort food spot right off 6th street
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Fixe Southern House is a similar style (more upscale though) and the chef is from Louisiana
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Veracruz All Natural has the best breakfast tacos I've ever had (get the migas!)
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Torchy's and Taco Deli are local chains that are both good and offer breakfast and lunch tacos. If you go to Torchy's, get the queso. Trust me.

Texas Chili Parlor and Hut's Hamburgers are old school dives.

Olamiaie is a nice spot for a fancier dinner
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Holy Roller is a killer brunch spot
LINK

Easy Tiger is probably my favorite spot. It's a great bakery and beer garden that also has fantastic sausages and a full bar
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Breweries added to a post on page 2
Parking Options added to page 5
Friday Night Parties added on page 4

Night Life:

The two main areas to party in Austin are going to be Rainey Street and 6th. 6th street west of I-35 is known as "dirty 6th" and is essentially the poor man's bourbon street. If you are college-age this area will be particularly appealing, although I'm sure Tiger fans of all ages will be partying after the win.

UPDATE from Uncle Stu:

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6th from I35 to Congress - absolutely Dirty 6. And you can toss in any bar from 7th down to 4th. Thats definitely a mixmash of college kids and tourists and a " poor man's bourbon street" However, if you are over 30 and this is your first time visiting Austin: 6th Street from Congress to Lamar is defined as West 6th, and a slightly bit more older crowd. Still 6th, but a less "dirty" 6th. Yes, there are a couple bars on dirty 6 that are actually OK and there are a few bars on W 6th that belong in the gutter. The OP is painting with somewhat of a broad brush... -Dirty 6 -West 6th -Warehouse Dist (4th St from Congress to Lavaca) -Rainey All within easy walking distance of DKR, all have a bit of a different vibe.


East of I-35, 6th street is also full of bars. This is a more hipster crowd and where the locals will probably be. If you are familiar with Radio Bar in Baton Rouge, it's places like that.

Rainey Street is a historic district with old bungalows being turned into modern bars. It's about 3 or 4 blocks of bars and upscale restaurants. I would definitely recommend eating at Via 313 LINK in the back of Craft Pride
or Bangers for sausage and beer LINK.

I also recommend Half Step for cocktails and Lustre Pearl. Unbarleviable is a good spot for the younger crowd looking to party.

Downtown is full of bars too. If you just walk around, you'll see plenty. Find one that looks appealing and go check it out.

Any questions you guys have or info you want me to add, throw it my way and I'll be happy to help!
This post was edited on 9/4 at 11:37 am


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re: Traveling to Austin - The official thread
Enjoy an upvote
Good info

Needs a sticky


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re: Traveling to Austin - The official thread
Good job!


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re: Traveling to Austin - The official thread
Thanks we are headed over Thursday and staying until Sunday


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re: Traveling to Austin - The official thread
Very comprehensive.

I’ll be there.

I would love to run into some of these pussies here on the rant, but alas. We all know they can’t afford it.


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LSUME86
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re: Traveling to Austin - The official thread
Awesome stuff. For the yellow first come first served, is there a common check in area? What is the cost?

Do they open these areas Friday afternoon like the ones downtown?


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re: Traveling to Austin - The official thread
Great info! I thought about doing this but I’m glad you did it. Way more info than I had.

I’ve watched big games at shoal creek. Great atmosphere but mediocre food. Get there early if you’re going to watch it there. Rustic tap was a lot of fun when I went last year. I felt like over a hundred LSU fans were there.




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tlsu15
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re: Traveling to Austin - The official thread
quote:

Do they open these areas Friday afternoon like the ones downtown?


Officially the earliest you can set up tents and stuff is 7 AM on game day. There’s no cost to tailgate there, although you’ll likely have to pay to park nearby.


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Admins. Please sticky


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Thank you for your service.


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re: Traveling to Austin - The official thread
Great rundown. We’re also heading down to Lockhart to sample what some claim as the best bar-b-que in the world.


tlsu15
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re: Traveling to Austin - The official thread
I haven't been to Lockhart yet (although I've had "Lockhart smokehouse" in Dallas many times and it's fantastic), but you won't be disappointed.

I've heard Kreuz Market is the move, though there's a Black's there as well.


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This was needed. Sticky requested.


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anything about golf?


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Too add on. If anyone is looking to get out of downtown and hit a good food truck, I would highly reccomend Patrizi's. Really good Italian place located on the east side. Plus you can order and walk into a bar after ordering your food


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tlsu15
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re: Traveling to Austin - The official thread
quote:

anything about golf?


I don't play so I can't help you here. My wife's grandpa works at a golf club in a northern suburb so I can ask him and see if he has any suggestions. Someone else might be able to chime in as well.


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re: Traveling to Austin - The official thread
No reason to delve into a discussion of bar districts in Austin in this (or any other) thread, however....

quote:

. 6th street west of I-35 is known as "dirty 6th" and is essentially the poor man's bourbon street.


this is a bit misleading

6th from I35 to Congress - absolutely Dirty 6. And you can toss in any bar from 7th down to 4th. Thats definitely a mixmash of college kids and tourists and a " poor man's bourbon street"

However, if you are over 30 and this is your first time visiting Austin: 6th Street from Congress to Lamar is defined as West 6th, and a slightly bit more older crowd. Still 6th, but a less "dirty" 6th. Yes, there are a couple bars on dirty 6 that are actually OK and there are a few bars on W 6th that belong in the gutter.

The OP is painting with somewhat of a broad brush...
-Dirty 6
-West 6th
-Warehouse Dist (4th St from Congress to Lavaca)
-Rainey

All within easy walking distance of DKR, all have a bit of a different vibe. To paint everything west of I35 as Dirty 6th is a tad bit disingenuous. Everything else he posted is pretty on point.


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re: Traveling to Austin - The official thread
Good thread. I started going to Austin in the 70s while at LSU. I worked my way through school working for a guy as a waiter and he moved to Austin to open restaurants. I have been a small investor in most of them since over the years.

One deal we did was some sports bars called Cover3 and Cover 2. The owners used to work with us at other places. They are big Texas fans.

We will be at downtown Cover 3 for the game with a big LSU group. All the Cover 3s are pretty nice places with much better than average sports bar food. I suspect the other ones will be all Texas fans. We have a big LSU group at the downtown place.

Our other places downtown are mostly booked. One of my partners is a really big LSU fan from the old days, the other one kind of a Texas fan, but he likes LSU too.

Our ad guy for Cover 3 runs a Texas recruiting site. I met him last year at a golf deal and he came to an LSU game with me. He has been texting me a lot about the game. LSU coming to Austin is a pretty big deal. My Texas buds there are already after me for tickets at LSU next year.


tlsu15
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My wife's family likes the cover 3 up in Round Rock

I haven't been yet, but I hear the commercials on the radio from time to time too. Seems they are doing well.


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