Coral’s guidebook

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Austin’s original 24-hour cafe, known for hearty anytime breakfast The expansive menu offers breakfast staples, burgers, and Tex-Mex classics, in addition to specific breakfast, lunch, and dinner-only selections, giving you an eye-popping number of options.
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Magnolia Cafe
1920 South Congress Avenue
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Austin’s original 24-hour cafe, known for hearty anytime breakfast The expansive menu offers breakfast staples, burgers, and Tex-Mex classics, in addition to specific breakfast, lunch, and dinner-only selections, giving you an eye-popping number of options.
From its made-from-scratch menu, hospitality-focused experience, and elegant atmosphere. diners rave about the warm service, the enormous lasagna bolognese, and handmade pizzas covered in house-made mozzarella and baked in their woodfire oven.
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Vespaio Restaurant
1610 South Congress Avenue
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From its made-from-scratch menu, hospitality-focused experience, and elegant atmosphere. diners rave about the warm service, the enormous lasagna bolognese, and handmade pizzas covered in house-made mozzarella and baked in their woodfire oven.
Classic local ice cream chain with more than 350 rotating flavors.
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Amy's Ice Creams
4477 South Lamar Boulevard
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Classic local ice cream chain with more than 350 rotating flavors.
In 2010, four friends had a goal: to set a new standard for burger bars. Hopdoddy pushed the boundaries of what’s expected by bringing together craft beer and unique burger concoctions – all with high-quality ingredients and even higher standards.
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Hopdoddy Burger Bar
1400 South Congress Avenue
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In 2010, four friends had a goal: to set a new standard for burger bars. Hopdoddy pushed the boundaries of what’s expected by bringing together craft beer and unique burger concoctions – all with high-quality ingredients and even higher standards.
Perla’s offers fresh fish and oysters flown in daily from both coasts with an emphasis on sourcing from the Gulf of Mexico and simple, clean preparations. The bar makes delicious coastal cocktails and the wine list is stocked with fun sparkling, rosé & white wines. https://perlasaustin.com/reservations/
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Perla's
1400 South Congress Avenue
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Perla’s offers fresh fish and oysters flown in daily from both coasts with an emphasis on sourcing from the Gulf of Mexico and simple, clean preparations. The bar makes delicious coastal cocktails and the wine list is stocked with fun sparkling, rosé & white wines. https://perlasaustin.com/reservations/
with a passion for food and hospitality and a vision for an Austin institution based on the original, unfailing goodness of authentic NY-style pizza; No compromise.
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Home Slice Pizza
1415 South Congress Avenue
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with a passion for food and hospitality and a vision for an Austin institution based on the original, unfailing goodness of authentic NY-style pizza; No compromise.
Aba is a Mediterranean restaurant originating from Chicago’s historic Fulton Market District. Aba, meaning father in Hebrew, incorporates Chef CJ Jacobson’s lighter style of cooking with influences from the Mediterranean, including Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, and Greece. The bar program, crafted by Liz Pearce, showcases rare Mediterranean-inspired wines and spirits.
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Aba
1011 South Congress Avenue
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Aba is a Mediterranean restaurant originating from Chicago’s historic Fulton Market District. Aba, meaning father in Hebrew, incorporates Chef CJ Jacobson’s lighter style of cooking with influences from the Mediterranean, including Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, and Greece. The bar program, crafted by Liz Pearce, showcases rare Mediterranean-inspired wines and spirits.
BOOK AHEAD - OTOKO is a 12-seat japanese restaurant located at south congress hotel in austin, texas, helmed by chef yoshi okai. the multi- course omakase experience at OTOKO blends tokyo-style sushi and kyoto-style kaiseki into a unique tasting menu based on ingredient availability and seasonality. OTOKO tickets release the first of the month on a rolling 3-month basis. please note that all reservations for OTOKO include a 30-minute cocktail reservation in WATERTRADE prior to dining. guests cannot book an experience for WATERTRADE on the same day that they are dining in OTOKO.*
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Otoko
1603 S Congress Ave
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BOOK AHEAD - OTOKO is a 12-seat japanese restaurant located at south congress hotel in austin, texas, helmed by chef yoshi okai. the multi- course omakase experience at OTOKO blends tokyo-style sushi and kyoto-style kaiseki into a unique tasting menu based on ingredient availability and seasonality. OTOKO tickets release the first of the month on a rolling 3-month basis. please note that all reservations for OTOKO include a 30-minute cocktail reservation in WATERTRADE prior to dining. guests cannot book an experience for WATERTRADE on the same day that they are dining in OTOKO.*
An Austin Favorite for over 60 years. Matt & Janie opened El Rancho in 1952 on East 1st Street in downtown Austin with no employees and seating for 40. Matt worked the front of the house and Janie made everything from scratch in the kitchen.
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Matt's El Rancho
2613 South Lamar Boulevard
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An Austin Favorite for over 60 years. Matt & Janie opened El Rancho in 1952 on East 1st Street in downtown Austin with no employees and seating for 40. Matt worked the front of the house and Janie made everything from scratch in the kitchen.
*Offering curbside pickup with online pre-orders only Sink your teeth into the ultra-tender brisket crafted by James Beard Award-winning pitmaster Aaron Franklin. Bon Appétit magazine and loyal locals call Franklin Barbecue the best of the best. Order online for same-day pickup in Franklin Barbecue’s parking lot.
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Franklin Barbecue
900 East 11th Street
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*Offering curbside pickup with online pre-orders only Sink your teeth into the ultra-tender brisket crafted by James Beard Award-winning pitmaster Aaron Franklin. Bon Appétit magazine and loyal locals call Franklin Barbecue the best of the best. Order online for same-day pickup in Franklin Barbecue’s parking lot.
The County Line was formed by some Texans who loved Austin, loved its heritage and historical buildings, loved BBQ, and were committed to running a restaurant based on four principles: First: offer the highest quality smoked barbecue – ribs, brisket, sausage and chicken – with traditional sides of coleslaw, potato salad and beans. Second: provide these BBQ specialties in generous portions at reasonable prices. Third: offer friendly table service with linens and bar service. Fourth: feature an authentic location that celebrates the heritage of Texas. In 1975, they put all these principles into effect at The County Line’s original location in an old speakeasy now known throughout Austin as The County Line on the Hill…and the rest as they say is history. With locations all over the Southwest, the County Line continues to serve up award winning barbeque in a relaxed setting that's so good you'll want to "Get It All Over Ya!"
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The County Line on the Lake
5204 Ranch Road 2222
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The County Line was formed by some Texans who loved Austin, loved its heritage and historical buildings, loved BBQ, and were committed to running a restaurant based on four principles: First: offer the highest quality smoked barbecue – ribs, brisket, sausage and chicken – with traditional sides of coleslaw, potato salad and beans. Second: provide these BBQ specialties in generous portions at reasonable prices. Third: offer friendly table service with linens and bar service. Fourth: feature an authentic location that celebrates the heritage of Texas. In 1975, they put all these principles into effect at The County Line’s original location in an old speakeasy now known throughout Austin as The County Line on the Hill…and the rest as they say is history. With locations all over the Southwest, the County Line continues to serve up award winning barbeque in a relaxed setting that's so good you'll want to "Get It All Over Ya!"
Austin is known for its hip, urban core and delicious food, and Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille® is the perfect combination of the three, with an upscale flair. Located downtown in the historic Norwood Tower, it’s within walking distance of the Capital Complex and other downtown landmarks. So come enjoy one of our award-winning dishes on the patio or sip a handcrafted cocktail in Bar 79®!
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Perry's Steakhouse & Grille
114 West 7th Street
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Austin is known for its hip, urban core and delicious food, and Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille® is the perfect combination of the three, with an upscale flair. Located downtown in the historic Norwood Tower, it’s within walking distance of the Capital Complex and other downtown landmarks. So come enjoy one of our award-winning dishes on the patio or sip a handcrafted cocktail in Bar 79®!
June’s All Day serves light french fare all day long, keeping it classic with their Salade Verte and Steak au Poivre. There’s really nothing better than sitting under an umbrella outside of June’s, sipping a crisp glass of rose and snacking on delectable French cheeses on a summer afternoon.
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June's
1722 S Congress Ave
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June’s All Day serves light french fare all day long, keeping it classic with their Salade Verte and Steak au Poivre. There’s really nothing better than sitting under an umbrella outside of June’s, sipping a crisp glass of rose and snacking on delectable French cheeses on a summer afternoon.
Neighborhood Sushi serves some of the freshest sushi I’ve ever tasted in a comfortable setting, using simplicity to their advantage. Get a bunch of dishes to share, or try out the omakase- the chef decides what to serve you! Some of my personal favorites are the yellowtail tartare, kaluga caviar roll, sweet corn nigiri, and the spicy tuna roll.
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Neighborhood Sushi
1716 South Congress Avenue
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Neighborhood Sushi serves some of the freshest sushi I’ve ever tasted in a comfortable setting, using simplicity to their advantage. Get a bunch of dishes to share, or try out the omakase- the chef decides what to serve you! Some of my personal favorites are the yellowtail tartare, kaluga caviar roll, sweet corn nigiri, and the spicy tuna roll.
Brunch??? Well worth the wait - since you can't make reservations. The cafe scramble and kale salad are my top choices, but I’ve heard some rave reviews about the avocado toast and quinoa bowl as well. In my opinion.
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Café No Sé
1603 S Congress Ave
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Brunch??? Well worth the wait - since you can't make reservations. The cafe scramble and kale salad are my top choices, but I’ve heard some rave reviews about the avocado toast and quinoa bowl as well. In my opinion.
Another great brunch spot that also offers dinner is Two Hands Restaurant. Founded in New York City with a focus on sustainable farming and healthy cooking, Two Hands brings SoHo, New York to SoCo, Austin. I would have to recommend the Brassicas Salad or the Salmon Quinoa Bowl. Definitely end the meal with the Banana Walnut bread, sweet and rich and topped with a delectable whipped espresso mascarpone.
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Two Hands
1011 South Congress Avenue
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Another great brunch spot that also offers dinner is Two Hands Restaurant. Founded in New York City with a focus on sustainable farming and healthy cooking, Two Hands brings SoHo, New York to SoCo, Austin. I would have to recommend the Brassicas Salad or the Salmon Quinoa Bowl. Definitely end the meal with the Banana Walnut bread, sweet and rich and topped with a delectable whipped espresso mascarpone.
A funky diner-style restaurant in the lobby of the iconic Austin Motel. Eating at Joannes feels like you’ve stepped back in time, with quirky 70s decor and authentic tex-mex menu options.
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Joann's Fine Foods
1224 S Congress Ave
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A funky diner-style restaurant in the lobby of the iconic Austin Motel. Eating at Joannes feels like you’ve stepped back in time, with quirky 70s decor and authentic tex-mex menu options.
Everybody from your toddler niece to your 80-year-old grandfather will love Güero’s Taco Bar. Sizzling hot fajitas, traditional tex-mex tacos, crave-worthy queso, undeniably delicious margaritas, and more, Güero’s has it all. Whether you sit inside in the main room, or outside on the rustic patio, your experience will be a good one. You definitely don’t want to miss out on the live music in their Oak Garden every Wednesday-Sunday! Check out their website for each week’s lineup.
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Güero's Taco Bar
1412 South Congress Avenue
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Everybody from your toddler niece to your 80-year-old grandfather will love Güero’s Taco Bar. Sizzling hot fajitas, traditional tex-mex tacos, crave-worthy queso, undeniably delicious margaritas, and more, Güero’s has it all. Whether you sit inside in the main room, or outside on the rustic patio, your experience will be a good one. You definitely don’t want to miss out on the live music in their Oak Garden every Wednesday-Sunday! Check out their website for each week’s lineup.
Not only are the donuts unbelievable, with mouthwatering flavors including Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake, Brown Butter and Salt, and Cornflake Cereal Milk and Honey, but the coffee is also a must-try. The Cinnamon Cereal Milk Latte and Maple and Brown Sugar Cold Brew are flavorful and a great pick me up.
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The Salty Donut
2000 South Congress Avenue
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Not only are the donuts unbelievable, with mouthwatering flavors including Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake, Brown Butter and Salt, and Cornflake Cereal Milk and Honey, but the coffee is also a must-try. The Cinnamon Cereal Milk Latte and Maple and Brown Sugar Cold Brew are flavorful and a great pick me up.
RESERVATIONS NEEDED - The original Uchi is located in a refurbished South Austin bungalow. Award-winning Chef Tyson Cole’s signature non-traditional take on Japanese food has delighted Austin’s diverse dining crowd as well as visitors from across the country and around the world since 2003.
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Uchi
801 South Lamar Boulevard
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RESERVATIONS NEEDED - The original Uchi is located in a refurbished South Austin bungalow. Award-winning Chef Tyson Cole’s signature non-traditional take on Japanese food has delighted Austin’s diverse dining crowd as well as visitors from across the country and around the world since 2003.
RESERVATIONS NEEDED - Seafood, Steaks and Rhythm, with a menu emphasis on top of the catch prime seafood creations, USDA prime beef and chops, and fresh oyster bar selections.
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Eddie V's Prime Seafood
301 East 5th Street
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RESERVATIONS NEEDED - Seafood, Steaks and Rhythm, with a menu emphasis on top of the catch prime seafood creations, USDA prime beef and chops, and fresh oyster bar selections.
Features solid Italian classics in a gorgeous, moody interior space with a patio made for weekend brunch. Pretty much anything with the parmesan cream sauce is worth ordering, and please, please don’t forget the calamari with fried lemon wheels.
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Juliet Italian Kitchen
1500 Barton Springs Rd
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Features solid Italian classics in a gorgeous, moody interior space with a patio made for weekend brunch. Pretty much anything with the parmesan cream sauce is worth ordering, and please, please don’t forget the calamari with fried lemon wheels.
Carpenters Hall is located inside the boutique Carpenter Hotel, which has some seriously amazing post-war, mid-century vibes. The menu is small, but the quality and flavor here are top-notch, and the atmosphere cannot be beat. We’ll forever be dreaming about their turkey club on milk bread.
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Carpenters Hall
400 Josephine St
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Carpenters Hall is located inside the boutique Carpenter Hotel, which has some seriously amazing post-war, mid-century vibes. The menu is small, but the quality and flavor here are top-notch, and the atmosphere cannot be beat. We’ll forever be dreaming about their turkey club on milk bread.
This farm-to-trailer turned farm-to-table restaurant serves delicious New American cuisine with a generous dose of Southern Flair. Menus change frequently but recent favorites include the country fried chicken on a bourbon pecan waffle for brunch and their dinner menu burger made with a dry-aged wagyu burger, goat chili, pimento, tostada, spicy greens, and cabbage.
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Odd Duck
1201 S Lamar Blvd
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This farm-to-trailer turned farm-to-table restaurant serves delicious New American cuisine with a generous dose of Southern Flair. Menus change frequently but recent favorites include the country fried chicken on a bourbon pecan waffle for brunch and their dinner menu burger made with a dry-aged wagyu burger, goat chili, pimento, tostada, spicy greens, and cabbage.
Everything served at this Asian smokehouse is executed brilliantly. Start with the brisket burnt end candied kettle corn, Beef brisket sandwich or the Maalaysian chicken bo ssaam. Great happy hour menu with favorites like the Loro cheeseburger and the chicken karaage.
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Loro
2115 S Lamar Blvd
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Everything served at this Asian smokehouse is executed brilliantly. Start with the brisket burnt end candied kettle corn, Beef brisket sandwich or the Maalaysian chicken bo ssaam. Great happy hour menu with favorites like the Loro cheeseburger and the chicken karaage.
RESERVATIONS NEEDED located within walking distance, this 19th century home situated on a beautiful 23- acre historic property (Green Pastures). Brunch classics served to perfection like buttermilk biscuits, french toast with berries, and fried chicken eggs benedict. Make reservations for an elegant weekend brunch and savor every last bite.
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Mattie's
811 W Live Oak St
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RESERVATIONS NEEDED located within walking distance, this 19th century home situated on a beautiful 23- acre historic property (Green Pastures). Brunch classics served to perfection like buttermilk biscuits, french toast with berries, and fried chicken eggs benedict. Make reservations for an elegant weekend brunch and savor every last bite.
The menu rotates almost weekly and with the seasons, but whenever you choose to visit, it’s important to start with the housemade pullman bread.
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LENOIR
1807 S 1st St
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The menu rotates almost weekly and with the seasons, but whenever you choose to visit, it’s important to start with the housemade pullman bread.
A smoked meat trailer that serves new school barbecue with old school service. Think innovative cuts of beautifully smoked meat like beef cheek, bean and cheese sausage, mac and cheese stuffed quail, and pulled whole hog with sides like kale caesar slaw, pig skins, and bbq fried rice.
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Leroy And Lewis Barbecue
121 Pickle Rd
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A smoked meat trailer that serves new school barbecue with old school service. Think innovative cuts of beautifully smoked meat like beef cheek, bean and cheese sausage, mac and cheese stuffed quail, and pulled whole hog with sides like kale caesar slaw, pig skins, and bbq fried rice.
The Vince Young Steakhouse is a locally owned and operated fine dining restaurant in the heart of Austin, Texas. Reservations are not required but highly suggested — reservations can be made through Open Table or by calling at 512-457-8325
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Vince Young Steakhouse
301 San Jacinto Boulevard
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The Vince Young Steakhouse is a locally owned and operated fine dining restaurant in the heart of Austin, Texas. Reservations are not required but highly suggested — reservations can be made through Open Table or by calling at 512-457-8325
They have multiple food truck and brick-and-mortar locations,
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Via 313 Pizza
1802 E 6th St
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They have multiple food truck and brick-and-mortar locations,
thin crust pizza - location is almost always packed.
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Pinthouse Pizza
4236 S Lamar Blvd
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thin crust pizza - location is almost always packed.

Neighborhoods

Walk directly down South Congress and enjoy the best shops, cafes, bars & restaurants. I suggest continuing across the bridge to stroll around downtown then heading back up S. Lamar or 1st for more great hoods!
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South Congress
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Walk directly down South Congress and enjoy the best shops, cafes, bars & restaurants. I suggest continuing across the bridge to stroll around downtown then heading back up S. Lamar or 1st for more great hoods!
Red River crackles with feverish energy and a bone-deep appreciation for live music. Discover local artists or catch a touring band on the verge of breaking through. There's a little something for everyone in the Red River Cultural District - from vegan-friendly spots to tasty barbecue joints, and dance clubs to punk venues. https://www.austintexas.org/austin-insider-blog/post/district-in-review-red-river/
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Red River Cultural District
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Red River crackles with feverish energy and a bone-deep appreciation for live music. Discover local artists or catch a touring band on the verge of breaking through. There's a little something for everyone in the Red River Cultural District - from vegan-friendly spots to tasty barbecue joints, and dance clubs to punk venues. https://www.austintexas.org/austin-insider-blog/post/district-in-review-red-river/
Austin's Warehouse District has emerged from humble roots to become a bustling, thriving area, boasting some of the city's top award-winning hotels, as well as creative and attractive restaurants, bars and shops. The area makes up half of downtown Austin, while Second Street borders the district. As the name suggests, many of the neighborhood's bars and restaurants are housed in renovated, antique warehouses. The gritty backdrop makes for a hip, vibrant scene that draws thousands of locals and visitors. The Warehouse District hosts a diverse crowd thanks to its range of live entertainment, delicious food, unique shops and world-class attractions.
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Warehouse District
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Austin's Warehouse District has emerged from humble roots to become a bustling, thriving area, boasting some of the city's top award-winning hotels, as well as creative and attractive restaurants, bars and shops. The area makes up half of downtown Austin, while Second Street borders the district. As the name suggests, many of the neighborhood's bars and restaurants are housed in renovated, antique warehouses. The gritty backdrop makes for a hip, vibrant scene that draws thousands of locals and visitors. The Warehouse District hosts a diverse crowd thanks to its range of live entertainment, delicious food, unique shops and world-class attractions.
Once a sleepy residential street, albeit nestled right next to downtown, Rainey was rezoned as part of Austin’s central business district in 2004. The original Rainey developers made use of the “neighborhood” feel of the area by remodeling the original bungalow structures to produce a unique backyard, front porch appeal. Subsequent developers have followed suit making Rainey Street one of the most unique entertainment districts in Austin. https://lostinaustin.org/best-rainey-street-bars/
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Rainey Street
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Once a sleepy residential street, albeit nestled right next to downtown, Rainey was rezoned as part of Austin’s central business district in 2004. The original Rainey developers made use of the “neighborhood” feel of the area by remodeling the original bungalow structures to produce a unique backyard, front porch appeal. Subsequent developers have followed suit making Rainey Street one of the most unique entertainment districts in Austin. https://lostinaustin.org/best-rainey-street-bars/
This neighborhood encompasses the area surrounding the University of Texas at Austin campus. As the university is one of the largest in the nation, students pretty much dominate this neighborhood, and many of the local businesses and restaurants cater to students, faculty, and others affiliated with the university.
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University of Texas at Austin
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This neighborhood encompasses the area surrounding the University of Texas at Austin campus. As the university is one of the largest in the nation, students pretty much dominate this neighborhood, and many of the local businesses and restaurants cater to students, faculty, and others affiliated with the university.

Texas History

The Texas Capitol is widely recognized as one of the nation's most distinguished state capitols. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
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Texas Capitol
1100 Congress Avenue
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The Texas Capitol is widely recognized as one of the nation's most distinguished state capitols. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
The Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin, Texas, tells the “Story of Texas” with three floors of interactive exhibits; special effects shows in the Texas Spirit Theater; and Austin's premier IMAX Theatre!
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Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 Congress Avenue
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The Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin, Texas, tells the “Story of Texas” with three floors of interactive exhibits; special effects shows in the Texas Spirit Theater; and Austin's premier IMAX Theatre!

Sightseeing

The famous "I love you so much" coffee shop.
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Jo's Coffee
1300 South Congress Avenue
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The famous "I love you so much" coffee shop.
When most people think of Austin, visions of things like tasty taco and musicians performing all over town come to mind. But the city is also known for its love of certain winged nocturnal animals that appear at sunset. Yep, those are the Mexican Free-Tailed Bats.
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Congress Avenue
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When most people think of Austin, visions of things like tasty taco and musicians performing all over town come to mind. But the city is also known for its love of certain winged nocturnal animals that appear at sunset. Yep, those are the Mexican Free-Tailed Bats.
As the longest running riverboat operation in Texas and an official boat of the Texas Navy, Lake Austin Riverboats provides a party venue as unique as Austin itself.
Lake Austin Riverboats
1600 Fort View Road
As the longest running riverboat operation in Texas and an official boat of the Texas Navy, Lake Austin Riverboats provides a party venue as unique as Austin itself.
Tucked away on 26 acres of Austin’s Zilker Metropolitan Park, Zilker Botanical Garden is a lush sanctuary of koi ponds, live oaks, and prickly cactuses of all shapes and sizes. Composed of multiple themed gardens, this natural retreat offers something new around every corner. Witness the colorful blooms of the Mabel Davis Rose Garden and explore the Isamu Taniguchi Japanese Garden, complete with a stone gate gifted by Austin’s Sister City (Oita, Japan), a teahouse, and numerous Japanese maples.
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Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Road
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Tucked away on 26 acres of Austin’s Zilker Metropolitan Park, Zilker Botanical Garden is a lush sanctuary of koi ponds, live oaks, and prickly cactuses of all shapes and sizes. Composed of multiple themed gardens, this natural retreat offers something new around every corner. Witness the colorful blooms of the Mabel Davis Rose Garden and explore the Isamu Taniguchi Japanese Garden, complete with a stone gate gifted by Austin’s Sister City (Oita, Japan), a teahouse, and numerous Japanese maples.
Within Zilker Park's 358 acres lies one of the crown jewels of Austin - Barton Springs Pool. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming.
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Barton Springs Municipal Pool
2131 William Barton Drive
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Within Zilker Park's 358 acres lies one of the crown jewels of Austin - Barton Springs Pool. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming.
As the primary art collection for the city of Austin, the Blanton Museum of Art is a major resource for the community. With more than 21,000 works in the collection, the Blanton showcases art from across the ages, from ancient Greek pottery to abstract expressionism. With a year-round schedule of traveling exhibitions, art lovers are sure to discover new and old favorites at the Blanton.
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Blanton Museum of Art
200 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
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As the primary art collection for the city of Austin, the Blanton Museum of Art is a major resource for the community. With more than 21,000 works in the collection, the Blanton showcases art from across the ages, from ancient Greek pottery to abstract expressionism. With a year-round schedule of traveling exhibitions, art lovers are sure to discover new and old favorites at the Blanton.
Sunsets & Margaritas.
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The Oasis On Lake Travis
6550 Comanche Trail
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Sunsets & Margaritas.

Day Trips from Austin

A relatively tiny city by Texan standards, San Antonio was traditionally a short day trip from Austin or Houston. The city has bulked up over the years, however, and the list of best things to do in San Antonio has grown in tandem; today, you can’t get away with exploring the city in a single afternoon because San An is a bonafide weekend getaway.
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San Antonio
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A relatively tiny city by Texan standards, San Antonio was traditionally a short day trip from Austin or Houston. The city has bulked up over the years, however, and the list of best things to do in San Antonio has grown in tandem; today, you can’t get away with exploring the city in a single afternoon because San An is a bonafide weekend getaway.
For a small town, Fredericksburg has a surprisingly large number of things to see and do. Whether you want to explore the great beauty of the Texas Hill Country or find the perfect gift in a Main Street boutique, Fredericksburg has more fun than you have vacation. Check out all the great adventures and things to do below.
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Fredericksburg
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For a small town, Fredericksburg has a surprisingly large number of things to see and do. Whether you want to explore the great beauty of the Texas Hill Country or find the perfect gift in a Main Street boutique, Fredericksburg has more fun than you have vacation. Check out all the great adventures and things to do below.
Just 35 minutes from Austin, Dripping Springs is home to the famous Hamilton Pool Preserve, plenty of wineries, and some of the most popular wedding venues in the Hill Country, Dripping Springs is one of the easiest and most popular day trips from Austin.
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Hamilton Pool
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Just 35 minutes from Austin, Dripping Springs is home to the famous Hamilton Pool Preserve, plenty of wineries, and some of the most popular wedding venues in the Hill Country, Dripping Springs is one of the easiest and most popular day trips from Austin.
Texas Blue Hole, WInery's, Shopping, Antiques, Restaurants & Live Music.
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Wimberley
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Texas Blue Hole, WInery's, Shopping, Antiques, Restaurants & Live Music.
Hidden for over 10,000 years, Inner Space Cavern is one of the best-preserved caves in Texas. It was discovered by a Texas Highway Department core drilling team in the spring of 1963 and was opened to the public in the summer of 1966. Since that time, hundreds of thousands of visitors have seen this beautiful cave.
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Inner Space Cavern
4200 Interstate 35
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Hidden for over 10,000 years, Inner Space Cavern is one of the best-preserved caves in Texas. It was discovered by a Texas Highway Department core drilling team in the spring of 1963 and was opened to the public in the summer of 1966. Since that time, hundreds of thousands of visitors have seen this beautiful cave.
Approximately 50 miles northwest of downtown, Inks Lake is a popular day-use and overnight destination. The 830-acre lake is a reservoir on the Colorado River and part of the Central Texas Highland Lakes that stretch towards Austin. In downtown Austin, Lady Bird Lake is also one of these Highland Lakes on the Colorado River.
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Inks Lake State Park
3630 Park Road 4 West
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Approximately 50 miles northwest of downtown, Inks Lake is a popular day-use and overnight destination. The 830-acre lake is a reservoir on the Colorado River and part of the Central Texas Highland Lakes that stretch towards Austin. In downtown Austin, Lady Bird Lake is also one of these Highland Lakes on the Colorado River.

Shopping

Prototype’s slogan is “All Killer, No Filler” and it couldn’t be more true. There’s something for everyone at this South Congress staple. Here you’ll find fabulous pieces from every decade for every kind of look, so make sure to drop in the next time you’re on SoCo.
Prototype Vintage Design
1700 South Congress Avenue
Prototype’s slogan is “All Killer, No Filler” and it couldn’t be more true. There’s something for everyone at this South Congress staple. Here you’ll find fabulous pieces from every decade for every kind of look, so make sure to drop in the next time you’re on SoCo.
At the core of their signature aesthetic, Passport holds the unmatched duo of a classic t-shirt and jeans. They take pride in providing a sweet assortment of vintage Levi's from the 70s to mid 90s era. Honestly, they may deserve the title of having the best options for denim in Austin. If you ever go out of town or move away and are afraid of losing this special store, don’t fret! There’s an online market full of amazing pieces to fill the void.
Passport Vintage
2217 S 1st St
At the core of their signature aesthetic, Passport holds the unmatched duo of a classic t-shirt and jeans. They take pride in providing a sweet assortment of vintage Levi's from the 70s to mid 90s era. Honestly, they may deserve the title of having the best options for denim in Austin. If you ever go out of town or move away and are afraid of losing this special store, don’t fret! There’s an online market full of amazing pieces to fill the void.
Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds is a costume and vintage shop located in the South Congress District of Austin, Texas. Our store is over 8,000 square feet and has been in the same location since it's beginning in 1984. All of our merchandise can be purchased and most of it can be rented. We also carry a huge assortment of accessories such as: wigs, hosiery, jewelry, masks, gloves, make-up and tons more!
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Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds
1506 South Congress Avenue
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Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds is a costume and vintage shop located in the South Congress District of Austin, Texas. Our store is over 8,000 square feet and has been in the same location since it's beginning in 1984. All of our merchandise can be purchased and most of it can be rented. We also carry a huge assortment of accessories such as: wigs, hosiery, jewelry, masks, gloves, make-up and tons more!
Allens Boots has been an Austin tradition since 1977. Nestled snugly along the popular shopping strip of South Congress Ave, you’ll find the big red boot sign and some Texas hospitality.
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Allens Boots
1522 South Congress Avenue
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Allens Boots has been an Austin tradition since 1977. Nestled snugly along the popular shopping strip of South Congress Ave, you’ll find the big red boot sign and some Texas hospitality.
Classic candies, sold by the piece or in larger quantities, call to mind a vintage candy store. Add in a soda fountain and a circus-themed decor scheme, and you have all the makings of a South Congress store that brings out the kid in everyone.
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Big Top
1706 South Congress Avenue
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Classic candies, sold by the piece or in larger quantities, call to mind a vintage candy store. Add in a soda fountain and a circus-themed decor scheme, and you have all the makings of a South Congress store that brings out the kid in everyone.
Monkey See, Monkey Do is ostensibly a gift shop, but in reality, it’s a delightful collection of whimsy and kitsch, featuring vintage action figures, toys, vinyl, and more
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Monkey See Monkey DO
1712 South Congress Avenue
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Monkey See, Monkey Do is ostensibly a gift shop, but in reality, it’s a delightful collection of whimsy and kitsch, featuring vintage action figures, toys, vinyl, and more
ByGeorge is an independent fashion and lifestyle boutique established in 1979. Headquartered in Austin and serving an international client base, we offer stylish and colorful customers a thoughtful curation of the world’s best brands.
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By George
1400 South Congress Avenue
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ByGeorge is an independent fashion and lifestyle boutique established in 1979. Headquartered in Austin and serving an international client base, we offer stylish and colorful customers a thoughtful curation of the world’s best brands.
Trendy men's boutique stocking designer labels in classic & modern styles, plus books & accessories.
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STAG Provisions For Men
1423 South Congress Avenue
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Trendy men's boutique stocking designer labels in classic & modern styles, plus books & accessories.
The Domain (located in Northwest Austin) features 100 upscale and mainstream retail stores and restaurants, almost half of which are exclusive within the market. A sampling of retailers includes high-end boutiques such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, David Yurman, Golden Goose, Tiffany & Co. and Austin's only Neiman Marcus, as well as more traditional retailers like Zara, H&M, Aritiza, American Eagle Outfitters and more. Restaurants include favorites like True Food Kitchen, Gloria's Latin Cuisine, Plank Seafood Provisions, North Italia and others.
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The Domain
11410 Century Oaks Terrace
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The Domain (located in Northwest Austin) features 100 upscale and mainstream retail stores and restaurants, almost half of which are exclusive within the market. A sampling of retailers includes high-end boutiques such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, David Yurman, Golden Goose, Tiffany & Co. and Austin's only Neiman Marcus, as well as more traditional retailers like Zara, H&M, Aritiza, American Eagle Outfitters and more. Restaurants include favorites like True Food Kitchen, Gloria's Latin Cuisine, Plank Seafood Provisions, North Italia and others.
Overlooking downtown Austin and easily accessible to some of the best attractions including Zilker Park, the recently renovated Barton Creek Square is the city's largest indoor shopping center and top shopping destination for families. Home to Dillards, Macy's, JCPenny, Nordstrom and the Apple Store.
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Barton Creek Square
2901 South Capital of Texas Highway
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Overlooking downtown Austin and easily accessible to some of the best attractions including Zilker Park, the recently renovated Barton Creek Square is the city's largest indoor shopping center and top shopping destination for families. Home to Dillards, Macy's, JCPenny, Nordstrom and the Apple Store.

NIght Life & Live Music

Austin City Limits has been a PBS mainstay for nearly 50 years. It started when the network sent out the call to member stations, requesting original local programming. In response, leaders at Austin station KLRN (now KLRU-TV) envisioned a show that would highlight our eclectic music scene in front of a live studio audience.
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Downtown
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Austin City Limits has been a PBS mainstay for nearly 50 years. It started when the network sent out the call to member stations, requesting original local programming. In response, leaders at Austin station KLRN (now KLRU-TV) envisioned a show that would highlight our eclectic music scene in front of a live studio audience.
The granddaddy of live music venues, the Continental Club has enjoyed a coast-to-coast and worldwide reputation as the premiere club for live music in Austin since 1955 and in Houston since 2000.
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The Continental Club
1315 South Congress Avenue
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The granddaddy of live music venues, the Continental Club has enjoyed a coast-to-coast and worldwide reputation as the premiere club for live music in Austin since 1955 and in Houston since 2000.
Austin's Best Karaoke Bar! Open daily until 2am with karaoke nightly from 8pm until 2am. Opening at 1:00 PM
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Ego's
510 South Congress Avenue
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Austin's Best Karaoke Bar! Open daily until 2am with karaoke nightly from 8pm until 2am. Opening at 1:00 PM
Texas answer to SNL--a modern-day vaudeville revue mixed with political comedy that is like nothing else on the national comedy scene. Esther’s history stretches back 40 years. ​
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Esther's Follies
525 East 6th Street
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Texas answer to SNL--a modern-day vaudeville revue mixed with political comedy that is like nothing else on the national comedy scene. Esther’s history stretches back 40 years. ​
The Sixth Street Historic District is a buzzing entertainment district in Downtown with swanky rooftop bars, hip speakeasies, and thumping nightclubs. Live music venues showcase local and national acts playing eclectic genres from reggae to rock and jazz. Dining options range from upscale American to late-night taco joints, and the quirky Museum of the Weird displays shrunken heads and Bigfoot memorabilia.
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Sixth Street Historic District
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The Sixth Street Historic District is a buzzing entertainment district in Downtown with swanky rooftop bars, hip speakeasies, and thumping nightclubs. Live music venues showcase local and national acts playing eclectic genres from reggae to rock and jazz. Dining options range from upscale American to late-night taco joints, and the quirky Museum of the Weird displays shrunken heads and Bigfoot memorabilia.