Guidebook for Austin

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Guidebook for Austin

Food Scene

Austin staple that sells New York style slices. Conveniently located on South Congress. Expect a bit of a wait when you arrive.
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Home Slice Pizza
1415 South Congress Avenue
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Austin staple that sells New York style slices. Conveniently located on South Congress. Expect a bit of a wait when you arrive.
Authentic Mexican food and good daily specials. Stiff frozen margaritas. It's a two-story facility; upstairs is outside seating only and with a good view.
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El Alma Cafe y Cantina
1025 Barton Springs Road
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Authentic Mexican food and good daily specials. Stiff frozen margaritas. It's a two-story facility; upstairs is outside seating only and with a good view.
Serves upscale takes on Vietnamese food, as well as French pastries. Excellent escargot, and I would strongly recommend their sake cocktails. Parking available at the food trailer space next door.
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Elizabeth Street Cafe
1501 South 1st Street
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Serves upscale takes on Vietnamese food, as well as French pastries. Excellent escargot, and I would strongly recommend their sake cocktails. Parking available at the food trailer space next door.
Extensive coffee list, beer on draft, pastries, diverse and creative vegetarian menu, neighborhood staple. All organic. Expect a wait during breakfast and lunch hours.
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Bouldin Creek Cafe
1900 South 1st Street
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Extensive coffee list, beer on draft, pastries, diverse and creative vegetarian menu, neighborhood staple. All organic. Expect a wait during breakfast and lunch hours.
Never seems too busy to take care of you. Counter service. Their thai food is definitely worth a try. Brunch. Gluten-free, vegan pastries. Dairy-free ice creams! Coffee bar. Beer of draft.
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Thai Fresh
909 West Mary Street
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Never seems too busy to take care of you. Counter service. Their thai food is definitely worth a try. Brunch. Gluten-free, vegan pastries. Dairy-free ice creams! Coffee bar. Beer of draft.
Largest assortment of salsas in Austin. Avocado margaritas. Very authentic.
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Curra's Grill
614 East Oltorf Street
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Largest assortment of salsas in Austin. Avocado margaritas. Very authentic.
Nice wine and Tapas bar. Half priced wine by the bottle on Monday and Wednesday nights.
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Winebelly
519 West Oltorf Street
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Nice wine and Tapas bar. Half priced wine by the bottle on Monday and Wednesday nights.
Just a nice place. Good Greek food. Nice beer and wine selection.
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Opa
2050 S Lamar Blvd
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Just a nice place. Good Greek food. Nice beer and wine selection.
This place serves Moroccan Souk Food To be honest, at the time of recommending this, I have never eaten there. However, several friends have recommended it.
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The Flying Carpet Moroccan Souk Food
504 West Oltorf Street
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This place serves Moroccan Souk Food To be honest, at the time of recommending this, I have never eaten there. However, several friends have recommended it.
Lebanese Food For the price, this place is alright
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Tarbouch
534 East Oltorf Street
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Lebanese Food For the price, this place is alright
The best Chinese food in the neighborhood. That's because it's the ONLY Chinese food in the hood. If you're like me, your review will be, "MEH! It's not that awful."
New Mandarin
212 East Oltorf Street
The best Chinese food in the neighborhood. That's because it's the ONLY Chinese food in the hood. If you're like me, your review will be, "MEH! It's not that awful."
Indonesian... AMAZING!
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Java Noodles Restaurant
2400 East Oltorf Street
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Indonesian... AMAZING!
Asian food... you won't be disappointed.
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888 Pan Asian Restaurant
2400 East Oltorf Street
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Asian food... you won't be disappointed.
Expensive Thai food. Highly recommend, though.
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Sway
1417 South 1st Street
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Expensive Thai food. Highly recommend, though.
Really nice coffee shop. And prices to reflect it.
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Seventh Flag Coffee
1506 South 1st Street
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Really nice coffee shop. And prices to reflect it.
Great low key coffee shop. Most of my coffee-drinker friends say it's the best coffee around. Nice place to hang out on your computer, all day.
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Summer Moon Coffee
3115 S 1st St
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Great low key coffee shop. Most of my coffee-drinker friends say it's the best coffee around. Nice place to hang out on your computer, all day.
Not really close to the property, but a nice-enough place to recommend and make the effort to patronize.
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Radio Coffee & Beer
4204 Manchaca Road
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Not really close to the property, but a nice-enough place to recommend and make the effort to patronize.
Decent burger place. In my opinion, too much hype is built up around this place. Nothing to complain about, but can't really justify the wait in line. JUST SAYIN!
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Hopdoddy Burger Bar
1400 South Congress Avenue
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Decent burger place. In my opinion, too much hype is built up around this place. Nothing to complain about, but can't really justify the wait in line. JUST SAYIN!
Okay coffee shop. Usually, no place to sit because of the limited seating and computer campers.
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Once Over Coffee Bar
2009 South 1st Street
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Okay coffee shop. Usually, no place to sit because of the limited seating and computer campers.
Very creamy ice cream. The staff at any Amy's location are pretty nutz!
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Amy's Ice Creams
3100 South Congress Avenue
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Very creamy ice cream. The staff at any Amy's location are pretty nutz!
I have a love/not so much love relationship with Habanero's. I have had some really good meals there and some that miss the mark. This place has had several good reviews from several airbnb guests.
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Habanero Cafe
501 West Oltorf Street
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I have a love/not so much love relationship with Habanero's. I have had some really good meals there and some that miss the mark. This place has had several good reviews from several airbnb guests.
Good 24 Hour Tex-Mex Diner. Unique menu, more Tex than Mex. Breakfast 24 hours a day. Try the Magnolia Mud queso.
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Magnolia Cafe
1920 South Congress Avenue
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Good 24 Hour Tex-Mex Diner. Unique menu, more Tex than Mex. Breakfast 24 hours a day. Try the Magnolia Mud queso.
Nice moderate to high priced restaurant. Great staff and great food.
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South Congress Cafe
1600 S Congress Ave
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Nice moderate to high priced restaurant. Great staff and great food.
Nice Italian Restaurant. A little pricey, but worth it.
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Vespaio
1610 South Congress Avenue
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Nice Italian Restaurant. A little pricey, but worth it.
A nice little annex to Vespaio, Enoteca is listed on here as a store, but it's a bar and restaurant.
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Enoteca Vespaio
1610 South Congress Avenue
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A nice little annex to Vespaio, Enoteca is listed on here as a store, but it's a bar and restaurant.
Local old-style drive-thru burger joint. Popular for their malts and fries. Good veggie burgers, too.
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P. Terry's Burger Stand
404 South Lamar Boulevard
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Local old-style drive-thru burger joint. Popular for their malts and fries. Good veggie burgers, too.

Drinks & Nightlife

Great dive bar. Pool tables. Karaoke nights.
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Ego's
510 South Congress Avenue
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Great dive bar. Pool tables. Karaoke nights.
Austin's busiest gay bar and dance floor
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Oilcan Harry’s
211 West 4th Street
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Austin's busiest gay bar and dance floor
Warehouse district. A popular gay bar and lounge.
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Rain
217 West 4th Street
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Warehouse district. A popular gay bar and lounge.
Great live music. Local bands. Occasional drag shows, DJ's. East Austin.
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Cheer Up Charlie's
1104 East 6th Street
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Great live music. Local bands. Occasional drag shows, DJ's. East Austin.
Great dance spot. Friday's are 80's night. Tuesgays are never a let-down.
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Barbarella
615 Red River Street
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Great dance spot. Friday's are 80's night. Tuesgays are never a let-down.
Great place to grab a drink on the weekend. Rainey-street district. Located along a strip of other Bungalow-style houses converted to bars.
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Icenhauer's
83 Rainey Street
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Great place to grab a drink on the weekend. Rainey-street district. Located along a strip of other Bungalow-style houses converted to bars.
Live music. Great service. Rainey-street district. Located along a strip of other Bungalow-style houses converted to bars.
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THE BLACKHEART
86 Rainey Street
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Live music. Great service. Rainey-street district. Located along a strip of other Bungalow-style houses converted to bars.
Neighborhood dive bar. A little nicer than the nearby 04 Lounge, Nice outdoor area. Decent beer selection and unique cocktails.
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Crow Bar
3116 South Congress Avenue
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Neighborhood dive bar. A little nicer than the nearby 04 Lounge, Nice outdoor area. Decent beer selection and unique cocktails.
Great brew pub with really good food. Although (among other things) they have really great whole pizzas, in my opinion the individual slices are to be avoided.
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The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
1305 West Oltorf Street
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Great brew pub with really good food. Although (among other things) they have really great whole pizzas, in my opinion the individual slices are to be avoided.
Sports Bar with okay food and a great beer selection.
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Black Sheep Lodge
2108 South Lamar Boulevard
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Sports Bar with okay food and a great beer selection.
By far, one of the weirdest bars in S Austin. Great beer selection, crappy pool tables, semi-functioning pinball games and one of the most surly bartenders (and owner) you'll ever meet. A must see!
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G & S Lounge
2420 South 1st Street
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By far, one of the weirdest bars in S Austin. Great beer selection, crappy pool tables, semi-functioning pinball games and one of the most surly bartenders (and owner) you'll ever meet. A must see!
Very popular mexican food joint. My opinion is it's overrated, but no real complaints. Good place to people watch and spot celebrities.
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Güero's Taco Bar
1412 South Congress Avenue
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Very popular mexican food joint. My opinion is it's overrated, but no real complaints. Good place to people watch and spot celebrities.
Fun night club, Shuffleboard and pool. Check out their 6th Street location for the best hamburgers in town.
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Casino South Side
1502 West Ben White Boulevard
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Fun night club, Shuffleboard and pool. Check out their 6th Street location for the best hamburgers in town.
Nice seafood place!
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Perla's
1400 South Congress Avenue
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Nice seafood place!
Cheap authentic mexican food. Always good.
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Taqueria Arandas
2448 South 1st Street
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Cheap authentic mexican food. Always good.
Really weird dive bar. Worn pool tables and really good good pool players. Okay beer selection. One of my favorite late-night hangouts.
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The 04 Lounge
3808 South Congress Avenue
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Really weird dive bar. Worn pool tables and really good good pool players. Okay beer selection. One of my favorite late-night hangouts.
Great wine bar. Often have chilled out live music.
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House Wine
408 Josephine Street
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Great wine bar. Often have chilled out live music.

Arts & Culture

Gem of a movie theatre downtown. Full bar. Outdoor patio seating. Artsy, independent films. The first row of seats are la-z boys. 'Nuff said.
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Violet Crown Cinema
434 West 2nd Street
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Gem of a movie theatre downtown. Full bar. Outdoor patio seating. Artsy, independent films. The first row of seats are la-z boys. 'Nuff said.
A unique movie theatre complete with waitstaff. Catch a film and a bite to eat.
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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Ritz
320 East 6th Street
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A unique movie theatre complete with waitstaff. Catch a film and a bite to eat.
Historic. Intimate atmosphere. On busy Congress Ave. Downtown and walking distance from other interesting Austin spots.
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The Paramount Theatre
713 Congress Avenue
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Historic. Intimate atmosphere. On busy Congress Ave. Downtown and walking distance from other interesting Austin spots.
The main space for Austin's local art association. Hosts some really original exhibits. You can find out whats currently happening on their website.
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The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center
700 Congress Avenue
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The main space for Austin's local art association. Hosts some really original exhibits. You can find out whats currently happening on their website.
Amazing folk art gallery
Yard Dog
1510 South Congress Avenue
Amazing folk art gallery
World-class performing arts center.
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ZACH Theatre
202 South Lamar Boulevard
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World-class performing arts center.

Sightseeing

Scenic drive/ walk up. Nature. Nice view of the city. Sunrise/sunset.
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Mount Bonnell Road
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Scenic drive/ walk up. Nature. Nice view of the city. Sunrise/sunset.

Essentials

Just a few blocks away from where you'll be staying. Open 24 hours. Carries gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan groceries. High quality produce and meats.
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H-E-B
2400 South Congress Avenue
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Just a few blocks away from where you'll be staying. Open 24 hours. Carries gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan groceries. High quality produce and meats.
A "convenience store" version of Whole Foods. Open until 8pm. South Congress. Parking in the back.
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FARM TO MARKET GROCERY
1718 South Congress Avenue
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A "convenience store" version of Whole Foods. Open until 8pm. South Congress. Parking in the back.
A grocery facility with food court inside that serves gelato, pizza, asian dishes, salad bar, and other world-wide foods. You can find just about anything organic. Outdoor seating, kids playground.
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Whole Foods Market
525 North Lamar Boulevard
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A grocery facility with food court inside that serves gelato, pizza, asian dishes, salad bar, and other world-wide foods. You can find just about anything organic. Outdoor seating, kids playground.
Great beer selection. Decent wine selection. A nice alternative to the craziness of HEB, if all you want is something like a six-pack or snack. However, they close early... something like 11:30pm
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Great beer selection. Decent wine selection. A nice alternative to the craziness of HEB, if all you want is something like a six-pack or snack. However, they close early... something like 11:30pm
Whole Foods! What else is there to say?
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Whole Foods Market
525 North Lamar Boulevard
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Whole Foods! What else is there to say?

Entertainment & Activities

Probably the most fun mini golf ever.
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Peter Pan Mini-Golf
1207 Barton Springs Road
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Probably the most fun mini golf ever.
Always something going on here. You can check the calendar on their website. Located right by Auditorium shores, Lady Bird Lake, and dog park.
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Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Road
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Always something going on here. You can check the calendar on their website. Located right by Auditorium shores, Lady Bird Lake, and dog park.
A fresh water pool, very cold water during the summer time. Good place to chill out from the Texas heat. Scenic. They do not allow any snacks or drinks, only water.
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Barton Springs Municipal Pool
2131 William Barton Drive
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A fresh water pool, very cold water during the summer time. Good place to chill out from the Texas heat. Scenic. They do not allow any snacks or drinks, only water.
Amazing public park. Location for many music concerts and festivals. Location for ACL Festival.
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Zilker Metropolitan Park
2100 Barton Springs Road
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Amazing public park. Location for many music concerts and festivals. Location for ACL Festival.
Amazing public park. Location for many music concerts and festivals. Yearly fireworks displays. Reggae Fest and many more Festivals.
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Auditorium Shores at Town Lake Metropolitan Park
900 West Riverside Drive
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Amazing public park. Location for many music concerts and festivals. Yearly fireworks displays. Reggae Fest and many more Festivals.

Everything Else

Furniture and art store with a nice wine bar. Wednesday nights they have half priced bottles of wine and usually have a fun little band.
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Aviary
2110 S Lamar Blvd
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Furniture and art store with a nice wine bar. Wednesday nights they have half priced bottles of wine and usually have a fun little band.
Only liquor store in the hood. Like all texas liquor stores, Warehouse closes at 9pm Monday - Saturday... Closed all day on Sundays
Warehouse Liquors
2424 South 1st Street
Only liquor store in the hood. Like all texas liquor stores, Warehouse closes at 9pm Monday - Saturday... Closed all day on Sundays
A pretty lame park, but (sigh) it's our park.
Gillis Neighborhood Park
2410 Durwood Ave
A pretty lame park, but (sigh) it's our park.
Cheapest gas station in the hood. Usually cheaper than the sign advertises.
Shell
2105 South Congress Avenue
Cheapest gas station in the hood. Usually cheaper than the sign advertises.
Close to St Ed's University
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St. Edward's University
3001 South Congress Avenue
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Close to St Ed's University