Live Music Capital of the World. Wow. Now if that’s not enough to get you over there, we don’t know what is?! But if the Live Music Capital of the World (no, we can’t stop saying it) hasn’t tempted you enough, here’s 6 things to keep you entertained…
Top 6 things to do in Austin Texas
1.Meat, Meat and more Meat
Have a proper BBQ in the home town of Tex-Mex. If we listed everywhere you could eat BBQ food we’d be here all day. Here’s a couple of our favourites; Lambert’s Downtown Barbecue takes a modern spin on Tex-Mex. It’s a little bit fancy, serving up cold smoked quail, wood grilled steaks, chops and seafood. Sides of green chilli cheese grits and fried Okra with spicy remoulade, sound delicious. Also don’t you worry loads of BBQ/Tex-Mex restaurants have vegetarian and vegan options. That’s where the Quesos come in! We heart BBQ.
Second in line is Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, it’s situated in the art deco 1950s Violet Crown Shopping centre – you might recognise it from the 90s film “Dazed and Confused” (if not, IMDb it). We recommend their beef chuck ribs with potato salad, corn casserole and peach cobbler with Blue Bell ice cream. Wash it down with an Austin craft beer and start slurring like a cowboy. Sit back and soak up the nostalgic atmosphere.
2.Listen to Live Music
Obviously goes without saying, in the Live Music Capital of the World – listening to live music has to be mentioned. Duh. Austin has over 250 live music venues to pick from, hosting just about every genre and style. Here’s a few of our favourites: The Saxon Pub, Hotel Vegas, Hotel Room and Broken Spoke for a bit of two steppin’! We’re just going to name-drop a few of the greats that have graced the stage in Austin: Elvis, Glenn Miller, Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Janis Joplin, Willie Nelson. Speaks for itself really.
3.Enjoy a drink
Sip on locally distilled Tito’s craft cocktail. Tito’s handmade vodka is produced in Austin Texas‘ first and oldest legal distillery. Tito Beveridge (actual name, no joke) is a 50-something year old geologist, he still produces the vodka in an old-fashioned pot, micro-distilling it 6 times. Processed in exactly the same way as fine malt scotches and high-end french cognacs. The vodka is to be enjoyed by spirit connoisseurs and average-joes alike. Go hard or Go home, as they say.
4.Explore the Outdoors
Eaten too much Tex-Mex? Drunk too much Vodka? We’ve got the perfect calorie burning solution: The Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike Trail. With over 10 miles of trails hugging Lady Bird Lake in Downtown Austin, is an excellent way to burn off those boozy BBQ nights. It’s a social hub for runners, walkers and cyclists. Take a 5 minute breather and check out the memorial that honours the late bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan. Got a bit more time? Spend a lazy afternoon bobbing along the lake in a pedalo. Lay back and listen to blues.
5.Visit a film Location
Austin is even more famous than you think. Recently named as one of the best places to live and work as a movie-maker (not saying you have to be a film director to enjoy it). But if you fancy yourself a bit of a film buff, check out the locations for: Boyhood, Dazed & Confused and Friday Night Lights. Boyhood is a must-see. It’s Austin filmmaker, Richard Linklater’s intimate epic about adolescence. Filmed over 12 years (but only 36 actual shooting days), you won’t see anything like it. Keep your eye’s peeled around town, you never know who you might spot!
6.Learn about the History of Texas
Texas has a pretty cool back-story. It’s worth taking a quick walk up Congress Avenue to see the Texas state Capital building. It’s the largest Capital building in the United States. Climb up to the top of the Dome for an awesome view of the impressive marble floor laid four storeys below. The grounds are a great place to explore, pack a picnic and enjoy lunch on the lawn! Definitely check out The Bullock Texas State History Museum, teaches you all you need to know about the ‘Lone Star’ culture (you’ll find out, if you go). Go see a different side to Austin.