Austin, Texas Y’all

My home away from home is the eccentric Austin, Texas. This is much less of a blog post and more of a suggestion on where to go, where to eat & what to do. I’ve created this list because Austin is becoming an ever-so popular vacation spot, friends and family are constantly asking me for recommendations and I’ve learned to keep a running list. (P.s. it’s alphabetized and categorized, because OCD)

 

Restaurants:

Abel’s on the Lake 

Arlos 

Annie’s

Bar Peached

Beachside Billy’s 

Brasserie / le Politique 

Cannon & Belle 

Central Standard 

Capital Grill 

Cedar Door 

Contigo

Cru

Deckhands

Dry Creek Cafe 

East Side Tavern 

Eberly 

El Alma 

Fareground 

Flower Child 

Freedman’s 

Geraldine’s 

Get Fried Austin

Gino’s Vino

Guerros 

Hillside Farmacy 

Home Slice

Hopdoddy

Hula Hut  

Irene’s 

Jeffry Josephine’s 

Juliet Italian

Lambert’s 

Local Post Pub 

La Volpe

Loro

Lucky Robot

Lucy’s 

Mandolas 

Matties 

Max’s Wine Dive

Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill 

Nightcap

No.28 

Olive & June

Olivia 

Perry’s

Ranch 616 

Red Ash

Red Hook Lobster

Roaring Fork

Salty Sow

Sawyers 

Second Bar and Kitchen 

Stella San Jacinto

Shacks 512

Shady Grove

Sushi Bang Bang

Swift’s attic

The Grove

The Launderette 

TNT

Torchys 

Toss

True Food Kitchen 

Uchi/ Uchiko

Valentina’s Tex Mex 

Vinaigrette 

Z Tejas

 

 

Cafes:

1886- Driskill 

Altas Cafe

Batch

Better Half Coffee & Cocktails 

Blenders and Bowls 

Brew & Brew

Cafe Malta

Cafe Medici 

Cafe Nenai

Cafe No Se

Cenote

Cosmic Coffee 

Easy Tiger

Fareground 

Forthright 

Halycon  

Jo’s

Manana 

Mozart’s Coffee 

Nate’s Baked Goods & Coffee 

Sa-Ten

Seventh Flag Coffee

South Congress Cafe

Spokesman

The Russian House 

Tom’s

Zhi Tea 

 

Sweets:

Cafe Creme

Cafe Nenai 

Cauldron Ice Cream 

Cold Cookie Co.

Churro Co.

Cow Tipping Creamery 

Dolce Neve 

Gordoughs

Prohibition Creamery 

Roll With It

Taco Sweets

Teo Gelato

The Baked Bear

 

Brunch:

Hillside Farmacy 

East Side Cafe 

East Side Tavern 

Emmer & Rye

Gloria’s

Javalina

Juan in a Million 

Max’s Wine Dive

Moonshine 

Nervous Charlie’s Bagels 

Olivia 

Picnic

Sawyers 

Second Bar and Kitchen 

Snooze

South Congress Cafe 

The Russian Room 

 

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BBQ:

Big cat BBQ 

Blacks BBQ 

Browns BBQ

Coopers BBQ 

County line BBQ

Franklins (5lbs p/u skip line)

Ironworks BBQ 

Micklethwait

Old 300 BBQ

Salt lick BBQ

Schmitts BBQ

Slab BBQ & Beer 

Texas Ranch BBQ

Bars:

Azul- Westin

Black Sheep Lodge 

Brew & Brew

Buzz Mill

Cats Pajamas

Colorado- street of bars

Cru Wine Bar

Dirty 6th- street of bars

Draught House Pub 

DuMonts Down Low- plus upstairs

East 6th- street of bars

Garage

Geraldines 

Gibson’s 

Haymaker 

House Wine

Italic

Lenoir 

Mezcaleria Tobala

Moontower

Mort Subite

P6- Line

Rainey- street of bars

School House Pub

Swift’s Attic 

The Broken Spoke 

The Domain- street of bars

The Driskill 

The Elephant Room

The Grove

The Russian Room 

TNT

West 6th- street of bars

Whistlers 

 

 

Speakeasies:

Firehouse Lounge

Floppy Disc- Red Headed Step Child

Garage

Green Light Social- (Ask for Cherie or JR, Mike Yucas Jeremy from Floppy Disc sent us)

Midnight Cowboy

Vinyl- Inside Tellers

 

 

Happy Hour: See Also My Favorite Happy Hours in ATX

Barlata

Bar Peached

Cannon & Belle

Caroline’s

Cedar Door 

Corner

Cru 

Deans One Trick Pony

Driskill 

Geraldine’s 

Hanks 

Haymaker 

Hillside Farmacy 

Hotel Van Sandt Rooftop

Italic

La Volpe

Lenoir

Nicolaz 

North Italia 

OP Italian

Parkside

Peche 

Rosewood 

Salty Sow

Swift’s Attic

Terrace 59 Speakeasy 

Uchiko 

Velouria 

Whistlers

Winebelly

 

 

Hotel Bars: See Also ATX Hotel Bars You Won’t Want to Miss!!

Driskill

Granduca

Line- Deans One Trick Pony, P6

JW Marriott- Corner Bar, OP Italian

San Jose 

South Congress Hotel

The Library 

The Native

Van Sandt- Rooftop, Geraldines

Westin- Azul 

 

 

Breweries: See Also Beer, Beer and More Beer.

4th Tap 

512

ABGB

Adelberts

Austin Beerworks

Black Star Co Op.

Blue Owl

Celis

Circle

Draught House

Friends & Allies 

Hops & Grain

Independence

Jester King

Last Stand

Lazarus

Live Oak

N Land 

NXNW

Oasis

Oskar Blues  

Real Ale

Skull Mexhanix

South Austin 

St. Elmo

The Brewer’s Table

Treaty Oak

Twisted X 

Uncle Billy’s 

Zilker

 

 

Wineries & Distilleries:

Austin Winery 

Deep Eddy

Driftwood Estate Winery 

Fall Creek Winery (Tow & Driftwood)

Garrison Brothers Distilling 

Iron Wolf Distillery

Los Olivos 

Revolution Spirits 

Solaro Winery

Spicewood Winery 

Texas Hills Vineyard 

The Austin Wine Merchant

Still 

Wimberly Valley Winery

 

Farmer’s Markets:

Barton Creek

Green Gate

Johnson’s Backyard Garden 

Mueller

Springdale

Sunset Valley

 

 

Outdoor Activities:

Austin Ghost Tours 

Commons Ford Hike 

Farmer’s Markets

Greenbelt 

Hill Country Galleria

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Lake Travis 

Movies in the Park 

Mt Bonnell 360

Murals 

NLand Surf

Nutty Brown Concerts 

Paddle Boarding 

Picnic 

Pub Crawler 

Round Rock Express 

Swimming

Texas Hill Country Olive Co. 

UT Game

Volente Beach Resort 

Zilker Botanical Garden 

 

Indoor Activities: 

Alamo Drafthouse 

Antonellis Cheese Shop- classes

Apple Store- classes

Austin Public Library

Barton Creek Mall

Blanton Museum of Art

Bullock Texas state History Museum

Cap City Comedy Club

Crux Climbing Gym

Date Night- progressive dinner

Epic Fun- Bar

Half Price Books 

K1 Speed

Longhorn Cavern State Park 

Pinballz Arcade

Punch Bowl Social- Bar

The Austin Wine Merchant

Top Golf 

Total Wine- classes

Trampoline Park

Upstairs Circus 

Vigilante Game Bar

Visit Breweries & Wineries

 

 

Day Trips:

Burnet- Painted Sky Inn

Dallas

Driftwood

Enchanted Rock 

Fredericksburg/Johnson City 

Georgetown 

Houston- Grotto

Inner Space Caverns 

Kingsland- The Antlers Inn

Krause Springs

McKinney Falls 

New Braunfels- Oyster Bar, Krause’s

Pedernales Park

River Place Nature Trail 

San Antonio- River Walk, The  Pearl

Tow

Waco- Magnolia Silos

Wimberly

 

Summer Swimming:

27 free Pools

12 free Splash Pads 

Austin Party Boats  

Canyon Lake

Barton Springs Pool

Deep Eddy Pool

Greenbelt 

Hamilton Pool

Jacobs Well

Lake Travis

NLand Surf

Paddle Boarding- Lady Bird Lake

The Blue Hole

Tubing- San Marcos

Volente Beach Resort 

 

Fall:

Apple cider & mulled wine 

Barton Hill Farms

Carve Pumpkins

Crowe’s Nest Farm

Farmer’s Markets

Jersey Barnyard

Oktoberfest 

Pumpkin Flavored Everything

Robinson Family Farm

Sweet Berry Farm 

 

 

Winter: See Also It’s the Holiday Season: ATX Edition

37th Street Lights 

360- Decorate Trees 

Bake Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cards

COTA Winter Wonderland 

Johnson City Lights

La la’s Little Nugget 

Mozarts- Light Show

Roosevelt Room- Miracle on 5th Street

Santa’s Ranch (College Station)

Trail of Lights

TX Stars Hockey Game 

Westin- Gingerbread House

Whole Foods- Ice Skating

 

 

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There it is, my complete guide to Austin. It can be overwhelming, I know. I’m always open to comments, questions and any other information you need!

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