Whether you’re catching a concert in the capital or canoeing outside the city, your adventure awaits in Austin. We’ve collected our top tips below so that you can get the most out of your trip and leave feeling like a local.

The Inside Scoop

We talked to a few locals and compiled their favorites into a quick guide for you to follow as you make your way through the city. 

1. Are you a vegetarian who loves barbeque? Austin’s got you covered. The city has lots of BBQ restaurants that offer vegetarian and vegan options.

2. If you’re looking for local, the city is filled with artisans and breweries boasting regional goods and flavors.

3. Catch your breath and cool off at the Deep Eddy; the oldest swimming pool in TX, fed by a hand dug well.

4. Skip the rental car and use ride sharing! Uber is cheap and accessible here.

5. You don’t have to leave the city to survey the scenery. Explore using the network of trails that run through the capital!

6. Stick to the neighborhoods you know

7. If you want a close up look at the city without the walking, try renting one of the scooters scattered around the streets of Austin.

8. There’s going out and then there’s going out. If you’re looking for night life, look no further than West 6th, East 6th, and Rainey Street.

Austin's Aces

We talked to a few locals and compiled their favorites into a quick guide for you to follow as you make your way through the city.

Must Eat: Jack Allen’s Kitchen Oak Hill

Must Drink: Kitty Cohen’s

Must Experience: Hamilton Pool Preserve

Must Visit: Barton Creek Greenbelt

Must View: The Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake


Top 5 Live Music Sites

Austin has some of the best music venues; it’s not called the live music capital of the world for nothing! With this list, you’ll have the perfect compilation of live music to listen to.

1. Historic Scoot Inn

It’s all in the name. This historic bar has been serving up good drinks and great music in Texas since 1871.

2. Speakeasy

This ’20s style venue has 3 stories and is filled with cocktails and a vintage vibe. Get ready to level up your live music game.

3. Cedar Street Courtyard

Listen to live groups in the heart of Austin surrounded by fresh air, good drinks, and vine-covered walls.

4. Come and Take It Live

This venue calls themselves “genre-neutral,” so there’s music choices for the whole group. If you’re not in the mood for music, they also offer art and film.

5. Kick Butt Coffee

This place mixes coffee, beer, and open-mike nights to create a fun blend of caffeine, cocktails, and karaoke.