Austin To Dos

Food Recommendations

Austin is really a tour de force when it comes to food. Of course, the city is known for its BBQ and tacos, but you can find almost any type of cuisine. Here's a few of our favorites we recommend you try:

  • Odd Duck: Delicious farm-to-table American small plates.
  • Uchiko: Sushi that will literally change your life. Make a reservation, get some suggestions from the waiter (the dayboat scallop is a must), and be ready to spend a little $$.
  • Kemuri Tatsu-ya: A really unique Japan restaurant with a BBQ twist. Come with an open mind and you'll come away loving something you never expected.
  • Via 313: Not quite deep dish and definitely not thin crust, the visiting Detroiters will recognize this pizza as inspired by Buddy's.
  • Flower Child: For a quick lunch that's super fresh and tasty, you can't really do better.
  • Juiceland / Daily Juice: Austin's got a few fantastic juice and smoothie places. Perfect for a pick-me-up after a morning workout.
  • Amy's Ice Cream: It's in the name. Plenty of locations around town - go wild with toppings!

  • You really can't go wrong when it comes to tacos, but our favorites are below:
    • Taco Deli, Juan in a Million, Veraruz, Torchy's Tacos, Texas Honey Ham
  • For those visiting from other states, do yourself a favor and try some of the city's amazing tex-mex spots. Here's a few we love:
    • Trudy's, Chuy's, El Alma, Uncle Julio's, Guero's, La Condesa, Suerte, Grizzelda's (near our Friday night welcome event!)
  • Of course, don't skimp on the queso and guacamole

  • Franklin's: World renowned BBQ brisket!!!!! You will wait in line (starting at 630am), but it is the best BBQ you will ever have.
  • La Barbecue: A close #2, and you won't have to wait as long in line.
  • Salt Lick Barbecue: A legendary restaurant about 30min SW of Austin. BYOB!
  • Lamberts: A classy take on BBQ located downtown
  • Whole Foods: Whole Food's barbecue stand is both actually really tasty and convenient.

Austin Sights

There is plenty to do in this bustling town when not indulging in tacos (see above) or listening to live music (see below)!

  • Barton Springs Pool: Large natural swimming hole with super cool water year round. Great spot for an afternoon dip - an Austin classic!
  • Lady Bird Lake: One of our favorite parts of Austin! The "lake" (really just a mid-size river) has an 11-mile walking trail around it. Paddleboard and kayak rentals can be found in a variety of locations.
  • South Congress neighborhood: Walk around this neighborhood to see some interesting shops and try on cowboy hats and boots.
  • The Texas Capitol Building: The focal point of downtown Austin. Look up information on tours here.
  • University of Texas: Take time to explore the campus of one of the largest universities in the US - home to over 40,000 students. The UT Tower is the most iconic building on campus. It's also fun to do some shopping near campus on Guadalupe St. or check out our new business school building Rowling Hall. Hook 'em!!
  • Bat Viewing: Many tourists flock to the Congress St. bridge at sunset to see Austin's 1.5 million bats head out into the night in search of food - quite a sight to see! If you've got the time, the best way to see the bats is from the water on an affordable bat cruise. Book here.
  • Whole Foods: Located near our apartment under the company's corporate headquarters is the flagship Whole Foods. It's definitely worth stopping in to check out the multiple restaurants and fast casual options inside. Great spot to grab a quick, healthy lunch and do some people watching.
  • Rainey Street: What used to be a quiet street with small houses on it has now been transformed into one of Austin's most popular areas to go out. It's a fun area to stumble around and see what you find!
  • Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum: In the event of a rainy day, this museum is a solid option. Also nearby is the The Blanton Art Museum and the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library.
  • Austin Public Library: You wouldn't expect a library to be a worthwhile stop, but this beautifully designed building was just built last year and is worthwhile stop when downtown. Walk up to the rooftop garden deck and enjoy a great view of Lady Bird Lake.
  • 6th Street: If you want to enjoy the party side of Austin, hop into one of the many many bars lining this downtown street. Our favorites include grabbing a classy drink at the Driskell Hotel Bar or enjoying some ping pong and pretzels at Easy Tiger.
  • Mt. Bonnell: A short drive west of downtown, take a quick hike up to enjoy a fantastic view of the lake and marvel at the houses below.

Nights Out

Whether you want to sip on a tasty cocktail in a quiet speakeasy or down a few beers at a concert, Austin's got limitless options when it comes to a fun night out. Here's a few of our recommendations:

  • St. Elmo Brewing Co.: Located in a a warehouse district in South Austin, enjoy live music on the weekends and partake in of their various board game options.
  • Irene's: A fun spot not far from our apartment, this hipster bar also serves up a tasty brunch and delicious soft-serve.
  • Easy Tiger: In the heart of 6th street, this bar feels like a relaxing retreat when downtown. They have a bakeshop and ping pong - so you know we're there often!
  • Swift's Attic: Upstairs from The Elephant Room (live music venue) right downtown - this spot has great small plates and cocktails.
  • The Roosevelt Room: Craft cocktails (organized by era) downtown, served in a fun industrial space.
  • Garage Cocktail Bar: Aptly named after its location in a parking garage, this speakeasy style bar serves up delicious coktails in a dimly lit space with a great low-key soundtrack in the back.
  • Bangers: Known for their Sunday brunch, this massive beer bar also serves 1L manmosas and hosts a weekly brass band. With over 100 taps, this is a great stop on Rainey Street for any time of day!
  • Lazarus: Located on the east side, this new brewery features good beers and even better coffee.
  • The ABGB: A little south of downtown, this brewery has ample outdoor seating and a great menu featuring pizza and healthy sandwiches.
  • Zilker Brewing Company: Another classy east side spot.
  • Jester King Brewery: This brewery, featuring sour beer, is a great spot in Dripping Springs (not far from our venue)! There's also a pizza place on site and picnic tables / corn hole to make for a fun afternoon.

  • Moody Theatre: Located in the heart of downtown, this new venue is the home of the Austin City Limits TV show tapings. They generally bring in pretty big acts, and there's no bad seats in the space.
  • Antone's: This classic blues venue downtown that also has perfect sound and brings in a well curated mix of old and new artists.
  • Continental Club: Another classic blues/roackabily venue down on South Congress brings in stellar local acts and has been the favorite club over the decades for local legends like Stevie Ray Vaughn and Willie Nelson.
  • C-Boys Heart & Soul: A sister venue to the Continental Club, they bring in fantastic local soul and blues artists.
  • Skylark: For something off the beaten path and one of our favorite venues, head east to a no-frills venue that brings in some jaw-dropping funk and soul.
  • Spin: Love ping pong as much as we do? Go to this spot downtown for food, drinks and that pong!
Susan Moyal