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daeizbae
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New Orleans, Louisiana
Member since Jan 2018
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things to do in Austin?
Some friends and I are going to Austin in March? Anyone know of anything fun to do or places to eat?


hoopsgalore
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re: things to do in Austin?
What type of fun? Drinking, recreation... both?


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Winston Cup
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re: things to do in Austin?
i take it you are coming for sxsw?

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places to eat?

hooters


rip to hotbodies
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OldHickory
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Apr 2012
4607 posts

re: things to do in Austin?
Go to the Broken Spoke for honky tonk music, cold beer, and two-steppin’.


Paul Allen
Notre Dame Fan
Boca Raton, FL
Member since Nov 2007
50226 posts

re: things to do in Austin?
Barton Springs
Mount Bonnel
Lake Travis


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thegreatboudini
McNeese State Fan
Member since Oct 2008
3826 posts

re: things to do in Austin?
What are you interested in? Drinking? Hiking? Biking? Good place to eat in terms of what? High end, or somewhere with good food and good beer selection.

Give more details.


bluestem75
LSU Fan
Dallas, TX
Member since Oct 2007
742 posts

re: things to do in Austin?
Eat at The Oasis. Not the best food, but the view is amazing.

Head a few miles out if town to eat at the Salt Lick. Great BBQ. Worth the wait in line.

If the weather is warm enough, tubing the Comal in New Braunfels is a great way to spend the day.


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daeizbae
Iowa State Fan
New Orleans, Louisiana
Member since Jan 2018
42 posts

re: things to do in Austin?
I'm not opposed to anything just any ideas... We like to do a bunch of different things. Hiking and good food/beer ideas are much appreciated


IllegalPete
Member since Oct 2017
1576 posts

re: things to do in Austin?
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What are you interested in? Drinking? Hiking? Biking? Good place to eat in terms of what? High end, or somewhere with good food and good beer selection.


Not OP, but would be interested in any hiking recs near Austin. Planning on being there in April or May.


Zappas Stache
Utility Muffin Research Kitchen
Member since Apr 2009
20329 posts

re: things to do in Austin?
Veracruz Natural for tacos. I like the one at Radio Bar in far south austin.

East Side King for asian. I hit the one at Liberty bar on East 6th.

G'raj Mahal for Indian

Bangers for great beer selection and food.
Easy Tiger for Beer if its a nice day and can sit in their courtyard. They also have a bakery upstairs (street level) that is good.

Hops & Grain for Beer

Blue Owl for great Sours

Whip In for Beer and food

Draught House in north austin, the oldest craft beer pub in the state....old school austin.

Pizza Pint for great NEIPAs brewed on site and really good pizza. The one in South Austin is better than the north location IMO....in a strip mall so no atmosphere though.

Blanton Museum of Art

The Contemporary Austin-really nice sculpture garden set on Town lake near Barton Springs. There are dirt trails that wind through the hills and trees that open to areas with sculpture.

Hi hat Public House- really laid back locals spot with good beer selection, live music and decent food.

Donn's Depot- One of my favorite bars in Austin. Still has the old austin vibe. Decent honky tonk cover bands and 70-80 year olds 2 stepping with young co-eds.

White Horse- Another honky tonk but not as touristy as Broken Spoke.



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L Boogie
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Boston
Member since Jul 2009
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re: things to do in Austin?
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Pizza Pint


It's Pinthouse Pizza

I agree that the South location is better than the North, and not just because I used to beertend there...PHP South is home of the best-selling IPA in the city of Austin...the Electric Jellyfish.


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cgrand
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Member since Oct 2009
11326 posts

re: things to do in Austin?
Pedernales is not far from Austin and you can hit the salt lick on the way back. The winery near the salt lick is also pretty cool and they have a nice restaurant


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Jackalope
Houston Astros Fan
Austin Native
Member since Apr 2009
2150 posts

re: things to do in Austin?
If you're with buddies...

Chicken shite bingo on sundays is fun at Ginny's. CBoys also does it on Sundays. You'll probably be closer to CBoys. Better music there too, nowadays.

If y'all are into day trips, hiking Enchanted Rock (or the green belt if in town), visiting a Brewery outside of town, tubing the Guadalupe etc is fun.

Check out Lazuras Brewery. Great beers, small brewpub with delicious tacos.

The Skylark for great music

Holy Roller for Breakfast or Brunch (any day of the week)

Best bbq last few times I've been back home has been Mickelthwait (however you spell it)

Best tacos are at Rositas al Pastor (they make their flour tortillas). La Fruta Feliz (homemade corn and flour, the corn is amazing. Get both types of barbacoa). And Mi trailita.

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Veracruz Natural for tacos.


3rd most overrated tacos in Austin after Torchys and Taco Deli. Once Eater, Culturemap, and Matthew Odom say something is good, everyone starts believing it's true. Same with Snooze. Place sucks.


HoustonGumbeauxGuy
LSU Fan
Member since Jul 2011
12121 posts

re: things to do in Austin?
Here are a few spots we visited in and around Austin this past fall.


::::: FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER :::::

Lenoir - this is a small house that the owners converted into a boutique eatery. The pre fix menu changes as frequently as the weather. Everything we ate was kick ass. Here is the menu and the items we ordered were:

Appetizer - kazu sesame bread
Field - toasted almond & chevre mezzalune
Sea - peach ceviche
Sea - royal red shrimp curry
Sea -oilve oil poached fish
Land - 5-sprice fried quail
Land - antelope heart















Outside beer garden to relax before/after your meal. We ate dinner at 7pm, as this was the only timeslot available. the restaurant only holds about 20 people.



Inside of the restaurant.





::::: FRIDAY NIGHT HONKY TONK :::::

We went to the Broken Spoke to listen to some live good-ole-boy country music. These guys were legit. It has been around forever and some might call it a tourist trap, but we stayed there for 3 hours and listened to their songs...many which were their own and most had lots of fiddle... my fav.







The bathroom even sold rings to buy your GF jewelry if you wanted to.





::::: SATURDAY BREAKFAST :::::

Counter Cafe - we went looking for a dive spot near our hotel and found this joint. Little did we know it had been featured on DDD and luckliy it wasn't packed. Guessing it aired a while back and the novelty has worn off...which I was certainly OK with. I ordered the "quail and eggs" and my wife got the "crabcake benedict". Both were kick arse and I will say their biscuits and gravy were the best I've ever had.











::::: SATURDAY DAY TRIP :::::

Blue Hole in Wimberley, TX - It is about an hour drive SW of Austin through some beautiful hill country...it certainly did not feel like an hour at all. The park is small and they only let around 150 in, so get there early (about an hour before opening) to ensure you get a spot. Aside from the swimming, they have some great trails to hike up and down the stream.













This is what max capacity looks like.




Wimberley Valley Winery - stopped by here for an hour or so. We actually ran into a girl (no pics) we went to HS with which was crazy, as we hadn't seen or talked to her in 20 years. The place certainly had that central Texas hill country feel and as you'd might expect, the staff were super friendly and seemed to really enjoy working there. My wife only ended up with 3 bottles of wine so that was a major victory for my wallet. I don't drink anymore so I enjoyed a cold Topo Chico. The place backs up to a private farm where some of their animals come over to the fence for attention, so that was pretty cool.


























::::: SATURDAY NIGHT 80's COVER BAND:::::

Cedar Street Courtyard - the band we saw was called Skyrocket. We got here at 9pm when their show started and it was KICK arse from start to finish. The band members pretty much rotate and play every instrument, sing different songs (to ensure the songs sound just like they were recorded by the actual band/artist). The courtyard felt very NOLA-ish with the ivy on the walls and brick floors.








...and last, but certainly not least, I had to stop by here and snap a photo of this beautiful thing.




...and also this beautiful thing.










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Zappas Stache
Utility Muffin Research Kitchen
Member since Apr 2009
20329 posts

re: things to do in Austin?
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Chicken shite bingo on sundays is fun at Ginny's.


Douchebag magnet

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Check out Lazuras Brewery.


Completely average beers and tacos. Its fine for a beer though while you figure out somewhere else to go.

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3rd most overrated tacos in Austin after Torchys and Taco Deli.




Jackalope
Houston Astros Fan
Austin Native
Member since Apr 2009
2150 posts

re: things to do in Austin?
Says the out of towner who goes to and recommends Veracruz All Natural lol. Stop getting all your recommendations from Eater/Zagats/Culturemap



Zappas Stache
Utility Muffin Research Kitchen
Member since Apr 2009
20329 posts

re: things to do in Austin?
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Says the out of towner who goes to and recommends Veracruz All Natural lol. Stop getting all your recommendations from Eater/Zagats/Culturemap


What a douchebag. I've spent most of my adult life living in or visiting family in austin quite often. Do you even live there now? I found veracuz by accident 8 or 9 years ago when all they had was the trailer on Cesar Chavez. Sounds like you are too cool to like someplace that becomes popular....and nice creative use of a meme.


Tiger n Austin
LSU Fan
Austin, Tx
Member since Dec 2005
5973 posts

re: things to do in Austin?
Snooze on south lamar for bfast.


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Jackalope
Houston Astros Fan
Austin Native
Member since Apr 2009
2150 posts

re: things to do in Austin?
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I've spent most of my adult life living in or visiting family in austin quite often.




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and nice creative use of a meme.



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thegreatboudini
McNeese State Fan
Member since Oct 2008
3826 posts

re: things to do in Austin?
Hops and grain is the best brewery in Texas so check it out on the east side.

Don’t eat at the oasis, if you go to the oasis go to oasis brewing. Better food, better scenery, and a better beer than what’s served down stairs.

Don’t waste your time standing in line at any bbq place. Austin has a lot of great bbq, and a week (or more) in advance get online at La BBQ and place a huge order for anything. Spend $100+ and don’t even hesitate. Then go skip the whole line and pick it up and go to zilker with a 6er.

Some of the best bbq in Texas, without the wait, and a fresh local ipa looking at the Austin skyline from zilker still makes me go from 6 to midnight and I do that shite all the time.

Any hike on the green belt is good but my personal favorites around the city are hiking around Walnut Creek, and river place nature trail. River place is 5.5 miles out and back but you gotta work for it. Great hike though.

Happy hour check out Jeffery’s. For great cocktails book an hour at the midnight cowboy (speakeasy on 6th). Rainey provides great things and if you’re looking for women it’s not difficult to find them there. Craft Pride has the best beer on Rainey, bangers best food.

Pint house pizza for a pie and a beer, don’t fret on the pint house salad. Best salad around.


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