Guidebook for Austin

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Guidebook for Austin

Drinks & Nightlife

beer garden/brewery/venue/restaurant /good people /nice place to hang/creative community.
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The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
1305 West Oltorf Street
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Great hotel patio bar on S. Congress
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Hotel San José
1316 South Congress Avenue
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Great hotel patio bar on S. Congress
The granddaddy of all local music venues, the Continental Club has enjoyed a reputation as the premier club for live music since 1957. The best of the Austin live music scene can be found any night.
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The Continental Club
1315 South Congress Avenue
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The granddaddy of all local music venues, the Continental Club has enjoyed a reputation as the premier club for live music since 1957. The best of the Austin live music scene can be found any night.
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C-Boy's Heart & Soul
2008 South Congress Avenue
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Food Scene

The hub of SoCo. Great coffee and friendly staff. Breakfast tacos, sandwiches, cold beer. They often hold fun events - music, movies, pet parades in their parking lot.
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Jo's Coffee
1300 South Congress Avenue
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The hub of SoCo. Great coffee and friendly staff. Breakfast tacos, sandwiches, cold beer. They often hold fun events - music, movies, pet parades in their parking lot.
Great coffee, fun and cozy atmosphere, with great seating areas outside. Both a shoe store and a coffee house.
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TOMS
1401 South Congress Avenue
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Great coffee, fun and cozy atmosphere, with great seating areas outside. Both a shoe store and a coffee house.
Dolce Neve serves up 20 flavors of house-made gelato, sorbet, vegan gelato, and espresso in an an adorable little bungalow on south first. The owners are from Italy, this is the real deal!
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Dolce Neve Gelato
1713 South 1st Street
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Dolce Neve serves up 20 flavors of house-made gelato, sorbet, vegan gelato, and espresso in an an adorable little bungalow on south first. The owners are from Italy, this is the real deal!
Tucked behind the South Congress Hotel, everything about Mañana feels boutique. Mexican-inspired tiled countertops, rustic wood furnishings, and a flood of natural light give an otherwise high-designed space a down-to-earth feel. A custom, wood-paneled espresso machine supplies the brew, while the hotel’s James Beard nominated pastry chef fills the cases with creative snacks like everything-seasoned kolaches.
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Mañana
1603 S Congress Ave
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Tucked behind the South Congress Hotel, everything about Mañana feels boutique. Mexican-inspired tiled countertops, rustic wood furnishings, and a flood of natural light give an otherwise high-designed space a down-to-earth feel. A custom, wood-paneled espresso machine supplies the brew, while the hotel’s James Beard nominated pastry chef fills the cases with creative snacks like everything-seasoned kolaches.
Amy’s whimsical roster of rotating flavors runs the gamut from Coffee Toffee to Shiner Bock. They also carry fruit ices for the nondairy crowd.
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Amy's Ice Creams
1301 South Congress Avenue
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Amy’s whimsical roster of rotating flavors runs the gamut from Coffee Toffee to Shiner Bock. They also carry fruit ices for the nondairy crowd.
In case you're craving delicious thin crust pizza - or italian subs! The margarita pizza is especially yummy. Fantastic back yard patio too!
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Home Slice Pizza
1415 South Congress Avenue
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In case you're craving delicious thin crust pizza - or italian subs! The margarita pizza is especially yummy. Fantastic back yard patio too!
In case you're craving delicious thin crust pizza - or italian subs! The margarita pizza is especially yummy. Fantastic back yard patio too!
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Perla's
1400 South Congress Avenue
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In case you're craving delicious thin crust pizza - or italian subs! The margarita pizza is especially yummy. Fantastic back yard patio too!
Authentic, upscale Italian (Vespaio) and it's more casual sister bistro (Enoteca Vespaio) next door.
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Vespaio
1610 South Congress Avenue
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Authentic, upscale Italian (Vespaio) and it's more casual sister bistro (Enoteca Vespaio) next door.
Award-winning, modern Thai Restaurant. Beautiful space. Indoor and outdoor seating.
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Sway
1417 South 1st Street
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Award-winning, modern Thai Restaurant. Beautiful space. Indoor and outdoor seating.
Great vegetarian restaurant and coffee house. Nice outdoor patio.
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Bouldin Creek Cafe
1900 South 1st Street
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Great vegetarian restaurant and coffee house. Nice outdoor patio.
Consistently rated as Austin's best Sushi, Uchi is not to be missed.
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Uchi
801 South Lamar Boulevard
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Consistently rated as Austin's best Sushi, Uchi is not to be missed.
An award-winning upscale/modern Mexican restaurant, featuring the largest selection of tequila in Austin and a craft bar program overseen by cocktail World Cup champion Nate Wales.
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La Condesa
400 West 2nd Street
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An award-winning upscale/modern Mexican restaurant, featuring the largest selection of tequila in Austin and a craft bar program overseen by cocktail World Cup champion Nate Wales.
Creative decor blends into the kitschy surroundings of this popular shopping district. Enormous plate-glass windows along the restaurant's front allow natural light in + a view of the bustling street.
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South Congress Cafe
1600 S Congress Ave
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Creative decor blends into the kitschy surroundings of this popular shopping district. Enormous plate-glass windows along the restaurant's front allow natural light in + a view of the bustling street.
Austin celebrities have been known to frequent this Austin institution, but most locals are more interested in the margaritas and tacos. Live music in the shaded oak garden.
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Güero's Taco Bar
1412 South Congress Avenue
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Austin celebrities have been known to frequent this Austin institution, but most locals are more interested in the margaritas and tacos. Live music in the shaded oak garden.
Lucky Robot offers a playful menu of Japanese street food classics. “We prepare everything fresh in house. Our dumplings are made from scratch and hand pressed."
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Lucky Robot
1303 South Congress Avenue
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Lucky Robot offers a playful menu of Japanese street food classics. “We prepare everything fresh in house. Our dumplings are made from scratch and hand pressed."
No matter the hour, Magnolia Cafe has a crowd. Twenty-four hours a day, they serve sandwiches, great tacos, French toast, and omelets along with fresh-squeezed orange juice, and strong joe.
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Magnolia Cafe
1920 South Congress Avenue
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No matter the hour, Magnolia Cafe has a crowd. Twenty-four hours a day, they serve sandwiches, great tacos, French toast, and omelets along with fresh-squeezed orange juice, and strong joe.
Great indoor and outdoor seating. Chic, modern, laid back, delicious and healthy food. Located in the beautiful South Congress Hotel.
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Café No Sé
1603 S Congress Ave
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Great indoor and outdoor seating. Chic, modern, laid back, delicious and healthy food. Located in the beautiful South Congress Hotel.
Fresa's South First features on-site dining, a full bar and a handful of special menu items. The bright dining room and tree-shaded patio lend a taste of the neighborhood's easygoing character.
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Fresa's South First Dine-In
1703 S 1st St
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Fresa's South First features on-site dining, a full bar and a handful of special menu items. The bright dining room and tree-shaded patio lend a taste of the neighborhood's easygoing character.
Laid back sophisticated neighborhood cafe & wine bar inspired by Spanish tapas bars, Parisian cafes, and hipster NYC wine bars. Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
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June's
1722 S Congress Ave
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Laid back sophisticated neighborhood cafe & wine bar inspired by Spanish tapas bars, Parisian cafes, and hipster NYC wine bars. Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
The best little secret on the I-35 feeder road, just south of the woodland exit. Live music, south asian food, local & organic foods. Fantastic selection of beer on tap, wine bar, live music, patio.
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Whip in
1950 South Interstate 35 Frontage Road
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The best little secret on the I-35 feeder road, just south of the woodland exit. Live music, south asian food, local & organic foods. Fantastic selection of beer on tap, wine bar, live music, patio.
Delicious gourmet burgers with a great local beer selection on tap. Get there early or grab a seat at the bar to beat the line out the door
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Hopdoddy Burger Bar
1400 South Congress Avenue
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Delicious gourmet burgers with a great local beer selection on tap. Get there early or grab a seat at the bar to beat the line out the door
Lenoir sources almost exclusively from Austin's vibrant community of farmers to serve a menu that changes with the seasons, and that’s truly Texas food. Dinner at Lenoir comes in three courses.
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LENOIR
1807 S 1st St
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Lenoir sources almost exclusively from Austin's vibrant community of farmers to serve a menu that changes with the seasons, and that’s truly Texas food. Dinner at Lenoir comes in three courses.
Seasonal, rotating taps and a variety of varietals and other vintages. Pints, plates, and not your typical pub grub (calmari, polenta, creme brulee…). Lovely outdoor patio!
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Zax Restaurant & Bar
312 Barton Springs Road
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Seasonal, rotating taps and a variety of varietals and other vintages. Pints, plates, and not your typical pub grub (calmari, polenta, creme brulee…). Lovely outdoor patio!

Parks & Nature

Great neighborhood park shaded by live oaks. Playscape, tennis court, basketball court, small wading pool.
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Little Stacy Neighborhood Park
1500 Alameda Drive
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Great neighborhood park shaded by live oaks. Playscape, tennis court, basketball court, small wading pool.
Zilker Botanical Garden is ideally located in the center of Austin. The gardens are on land that is magnificently endowed by nature with handsome trees, natural grottoes, and aquatic habitats.
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Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Road
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Zilker Botanical Garden is ideally located in the center of Austin. The gardens are on land that is magnificently endowed by nature with handsome trees, natural grottoes, and aquatic habitats.
Beautiful park along ladybird lake hike & bike trail.
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Auditorium Shores at Town Lake Metropolitan Park
900 West Riverside Drive
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Beautiful park along ladybird lake hike & bike trail.

Entertainment & Activities

Live out your Huck Finn fantasies while chugging up and down Austin's lake that's really a river. See the city like you've never seen it before and a great way to see the bats, up close and personal.
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Lone Star Riverboat
208 Barton Springs Road
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Live out your Huck Finn fantasies while chugging up and down Austin's lake that's really a river. See the city like you've never seen it before and a great way to see the bats, up close and personal.
Small theater with plush seating, featuring indie films; Good food and cocktails selection. Oh yeah! We love it!
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Violet Crown Cinema
434 West 2nd Street
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Small theater with plush seating, featuring indie films; Good food and cocktails selection. Oh yeah! We love it!
We love the Alamo! Fun movie theater with drink and food service. Unique programming.
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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar
1120 South Lamar Boulevard
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We love the Alamo! Fun movie theater with drink and food service. Unique programming.
This mini course has been around for over 50 years, and covers all the turf, from the traditional first teen date, to getting the kids away from the tube, or even a day with grandma. BYOB after dark!
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Peter Pan Mini-Golf
1207 Barton Springs Road
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This mini course has been around for over 50 years, and covers all the turf, from the traditional first teen date, to getting the kids away from the tube, or even a day with grandma. BYOB after dark!
Spring fed, free, heated, and open year round. One of Austin's famed moontowers can be seen from the pool.
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Big Stacy Neighborhood Pool
700 East Live Oak Street
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Spring fed, free, heated, and open year round. One of Austin's famed moontowers can be seen from the pool.
A fantastic urban run, walk, and bike trail.
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Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk
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A fantastic urban run, walk, and bike trail.
One of Austin's famous landmarks & easily the most popular swimming hole in the city. Spring fed and over 900 feet long. It has a natural rock and gravel bottom. The water temperature averages 68 F.
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Barton Springs Municipal Pool
2131 William Barton Drive
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One of Austin's famous landmarks & easily the most popular swimming hole in the city. Spring fed and over 900 feet long. It has a natural rock and gravel bottom. The water temperature averages 68 F.
Offers rowing lessons, kayak & paddle boat rentals & summer camps.
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Rowing Dock
2418 Stratford Drive
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Offers rowing lessons, kayak & paddle boat rentals & summer camps.
A historic landmark, Deep Eddy Pool has one of the best lap swimming pools as well as the largest wading pool in Austin. The Pool is fed by a 35 foot hand dug Artesian well.
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Deep Eddy Municipal Pool
401 Deep Eddy Avenue
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A historic landmark, Deep Eddy Pool has one of the best lap swimming pools as well as the largest wading pool in Austin. The Pool is fed by a 35 foot hand dug Artesian well.

Shopping

Colorful, circus-themed sweets store featuring old-school confections & a soda fountain.
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Big Top
1706 South Congress Avenue
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Colorful, circus-themed sweets store featuring old-school confections & a soda fountain.
Step inside the Herb Bar and savor the wonderful smells and sights that greet your senses—an oasis of earthly delights. The Herb Bar is an Austin original since 1986, and a haven for healing.
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The Herb Bar
200 West Mary Street
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Step inside the Herb Bar and savor the wonderful smells and sights that greet your senses—an oasis of earthly delights. The Herb Bar is an Austin original since 1986, and a haven for healing.

Essentials

Friendly and small neighborhood grocery. Stock up on local produce and gourmet items including fresh fruit, coffee, cheese, wine and beer. Open 8-8.
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FARM TO MARKET GROCERY
1718 South Congress Avenue
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Friendly and small neighborhood grocery. Stock up on local produce and gourmet items including fresh fruit, coffee, cheese, wine and beer. Open 8-8.
The 70,000-square-foot fresh Central Market Westgate was designed to be reminiscent of a European-style market, with aisle upon aisle of fresh produce, meats, seafood and an a large cheese department.
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Central Market
4477 West Gate Boulevard
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The 70,000-square-foot fresh Central Market Westgate was designed to be reminiscent of a European-style market, with aisle upon aisle of fresh produce, meats, seafood and an a large cheese department.
South Austin's main Heeeeeb, so it's usually very busy. But it's also packed with everything — including a small health food section. There’s a convenient pharmacy in-store. Most important - it's open 24 hours.
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H-E-B
2400 South Congress Avenue
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South Austin's main Heeeeeb, so it's usually very busy. But it's also packed with everything — including a small health food section. There’s a convenient pharmacy in-store. Most important - it's open 24 hours.
The huge flagship whole foods is a healthy eater's dream, w/ a focus on natural & organic goods, a large selection of fruits, vegetables & vegan products. Vast selection of top-quality meats and fish.
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Whole Foods Market
525 North Lamar Boulevard
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The huge flagship whole foods is a healthy eater's dream, w/ a focus on natural & organic goods, a large selection of fruits, vegetables & vegan products. Vast selection of top-quality meats and fish.

Everything Else

Coming for a convention or SXSW? This is where the convention center is...
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Austin Convention Center
500 East Cesar Chavez Street
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Coming for a convention or SXSW? This is where the convention center is...