Suggestions for Austin

  • starboard5

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    Feb 27, 2012 5:03 AM GMT
    Looking to visit Austin in May and wondering if any locals or well traveled guys can suggest must-do/must see stuff?
  • calibro

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    Feb 27, 2012 2:13 PM GMT
    most of my suggestion would be food-based (austin has amazing food... queso, breakfast tacos, migas, thai, giant gingerbread pancakes, etc...), but check out the green belt, hill country (the salt lick), hippy hollow (if you like skinny dipping), and the springs. plus, austin is full of awesome music... just wander downtown until you find a bar playing the music you like.
  • starboard5

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    Feb 27, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
    calibro saidmost of my suggestion would be food-based (austin has amazing food... queso, breakfast tacos, migas, thai, giant gingerbread pancakes, etc...), but check out the green belt, hill country (the salt lick), hippy hollow (if you like skinny dipping), and the springs. plus, austin is full of awesome music... just wander downtown until you find a bar playing the music you like.


    Thanks, Cal
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    Feb 27, 2012 3:59 PM GMT
    just go to 6th street and 4th street and ull see what every1 likes about Austin
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    Feb 28, 2012 3:36 AM GMT
    SXSW is in a few weeks. Sadly my visit will end right before it starts. icon_sad.gif

    Anyways, I've checked out the previous Austin threads, and it looks like 6th street is the place to be.
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    Feb 28, 2012 5:53 AM GMT
    This is a good resource if you can't find a tour guide: http://www.move-to-austin.com/index.html.

    I personally didn't like spending time on West 6th street. However, if you're in town on the weekend they shut it down to cars Friday and Saturday and it can be an interesting people watching adventure. Not too mention the dollar shots that most bars offer.

    I moved from Austin fairly recently, so If you narrow down what you like to do I can try and steer you towards some fun stuff. May's going to be pretty hot so be prepared for that and the mosquitoes come along for the ride.
  • 4another

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    Feb 28, 2012 10:24 PM GMT
    How funny, I'm sitting in a hotel room in Austin right now...first time here and I freaking LOVE it. This is not Texas.

    If you're the partying kind of guy, you won't want to miss 6th Street on Friday and Saturday nights.

    If you're not the partying kinda guy, there are a bunch of parks and museums around. I'm staying downtown and there's a lot of things in walking distance.

    Just a suggestion, there's a restaurant on 6th called the Iron Cactus...they have an awesome Sunday brunch from 10am-3pm. Bottomless mimosas.
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    Feb 28, 2012 10:45 PM GMT
    This is from a previous thread:

    "...go to Hippie Hollow...

    "Get to Auditorium Shores to pet the dogs, visit Zilker Park, and hike up Barton Springs. Also hike Twin Falls. Also hike Hamilton Pool.

    "Have a sundown dinner at The Oasis.

    "Take a friend up Mount Bonnell.

    "Spend your Saturday nights on Sixth Street looking for Leslie. Ask around; he could always use a few bucks for a pack of smokes.

    "The Bachelor owns a few bars on Sixth Street, so wait outside the Dizzy Rooster for when he jogs across the street for gum.

    "Most gays frequent Rain (where the DJ is usually doing good mixes of danceable stuff). At Oilcan Harry's you can get a drink without having to wait. Note again: Oilcan Harry's won't have a line...

    "DO NOT check out Missed Connections on Craigslist for updates on who's doing what at which gym. I repeat, do NOT.

    "Go out dancing on Thursday nights at The Fed (Texas Federation of Women's Clubs). Check out The Highball on Mondays and Fridays for fun live music (cover bands doing Motown & more). Spend Sunday afternoon on South Congress (or First Friday).

    "Look for bats under the Congress Ave bridge come spring."
  • starboard5

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    Mar 01, 2012 4:03 AM GMT
    Thanks, guys. You've given me a lot to work with .
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    Mar 01, 2012 4:07 AM GMT
    starboard5 saidThanks, guys. You've given me a lot to work with .


    Forget the partying. Go outdoors. The Hill country is beautiful. Go 30 miles south to San Marcos and tube down the river. Hit up Barton Springs Pool. So many state parks and lakes within an hour radius of Austin. Outdoor capitol of the world.
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    Mar 05, 2012 1:17 AM GMT
    So far Austin seems pretty cool. The highways are kinda whack though. And people drive really bad around here. icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 08, 2012 4:03 AM GMT
    Had Rudy's BBQ today. It was really really good. Probably gonna stop by Kerbey Lane for gingerbread pancakes before I head back home. I'll have to come back to Austin for another visit, but not for work. This trip was too short. icon_sad.gif
  • austex85

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    Mar 08, 2012 5:24 AM GMT
    xrichx saidSo far Austin seems pretty cool. The highways are kinda whack though. And people drive really bad around here. icon_lol.gif


    i don't think it's necessarily that people drive bad...just that we have more traffic cops here than most other cities, so even going 5 over gets you a ticket.

    also, you should try out the tacos at tacodeli or torchy's before you go. probably the best tacos anywhere. ever.
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    Mar 08, 2012 1:39 PM GMT
    Yeah, one of the guys at the office suggested Torchy's also. Might have to check it out for lunch.
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    Mar 08, 2012 1:46 PM GMT
    I would also visit S. Congress Street as well. There's a strip of bars/restaurants. Also, "Kerby Lane" is a great Austin diner that will give you a good taste of authentic Austin and it's fairly close to downtown.
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    Mar 09, 2012 4:31 AM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidThis is from a previous thread:
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    "Spend your Saturday nights on Sixth Street looking for Leslie. Ask around; he could always use a few bucks for a pack of smokes.
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    Leslie passed away recently. icon_neutral.gif