I'm coming to Austin! Need suggestions.

  • joggerva

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    Jul 30, 2008 4:06 PM GMT
    I'll be there for the Nike Human Race on August 31st! (By the way, if you are interested in this race, or are participating, head on over to this thread).

    I'm super excited because this is one of the cities I'm considering for my next move (largely based on the descriptions and attitudes of the Austin RJers). I'll be in town on Friday the 29th through Monday the 1st. I know it is a short trip and is going to go by too quickly, so I figured I should plan things out a little more than I usually do.

    So, what are your must-see and must-do Austin particulars for a long weekend?

    Thanks!
    David
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    Jul 30, 2008 4:41 PM GMT
    your first MUST-DO should be mickeytopogigio followed immediately by hobronto...
  • TexanMan82

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    Jul 30, 2008 4:48 PM GMT
    Man, so many things to do in our wonderful city.

    Check out Barton Springs to take a dip and check out the people of Austin. Go for a light jog around Town Lake (Lady Bird Lake) on the hike and bike trail. Very nice run plus you'll get to check out some HOT Austin men.

    Check out the Green Belt, too. Hopefully we'll have received some more rain by then so the creeks will be flowing nicely.

    Feel free to message me with any questions. Maybe even if you need a guide that weekend. I'll probably be running in the Human Race also.

    Hook 'em.
  • joggerva

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    Jul 30, 2008 5:02 PM GMT
    metroPAULitan saidyour first MUST-DO should be mickeytopogigio followed immediately by hobronto...


    Haha, they're both in monogamous relationships!

    TexanMan82Feel free to message me with any questions. Maybe even if you need a guide that weekend. I'll probably be running in the Human Race also


    Thanks man. I'll hit you up later for more info. icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 30, 2008 5:03 PM GMT
    joggerva said
    metroPAULitan saidyour first MUST-DO should be mickeytopogigio followed immediately by hobronto...


    Haha, they're both in monogamous relationships!


    i know, but in my mind, they're not...
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    Jul 30, 2008 5:14 PM GMT
    I know I could immediately put you to work floor-sealing my rental unit. Oh, and the laundry room needs linoleum laid down. The toilets need to be installed, although they may not be shipped from Kohler in time. Ah, crap...you mean recreation-wise?

    Barton Springs, yes, as said above.

    If you're with a friend, go to Hippie Hollow...clothing optional, but no pressure from the natives. Walk to the far end for the "gay" section.

    Above Lake Travis (with a view of Hippie Hollow) is the Oasis, famous for semi-palatable food and drink, but a great outdoor view of the entire lake valley (and sunset, so time that well).

    Hamilton Pool is soooooo nice, with a waterfall into a pool.

    Downtown nightlife at the gay bars is all right: stop by OCH, Rain and Rainbow Cattle Co. But then head to Sixth Street. Stop everywhere The Bachelor owns a bar.

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  • art_smass

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    Jul 30, 2008 5:27 PM GMT
    Take a camera and get as many naked photos as you can of RealJock's men of Austin. Then sell them as a calendar here on the site. You'll make a fortune!
  • TexanMan82

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    Jul 30, 2008 5:30 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidI know I could immediately put you to work floor-sealing my rental unit. Oh, and the laundry room needs linoleum laid down. The toilets need to be installed, although they may not be shipped from Kohler in time. Ah, crap...you mean recreation-wise?

    Barton Springs, yes, as said above.

    If you're with a friend, go to Hippie Hollow...clothing optional, but no pressure from the natives. Walk to the far end for the "gay" section.

    Above Lake Travis (with a view of Hippie Hollow) is the Oasis, famous for semi-palatable food and drink, but a great outdoor view of the entire lake valley (and sunset, so time that well).

    Hamilton Pool is soooooo nice, with a waterfall into a pool.

    Downtown nightlife at the gay bars is all right: stop by OCH, Rain and Rainbow Cattle Co. But then head to Sixth Street. Stop everywhere The Bachelor owns a bar.

    Drop me a line!


    Yeah, The Oasis is a great spot for out of towners. Don't expect much from the food, though.

    Really, you can't go wrong in Austin. As long as you have a fairly knowledgeable Austinite, you'll have a great time. I believe Austin has the most bars and restaurants per capita than any other comparable sized city. I could be making that up, but the point remains.

  • TexanMan82

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    Jul 30, 2008 5:39 PM GMT
    Another thing, that Saturday is the first UT football game. You may want to swing by campus to check out the happenings. There will be tailgating and a sea of burnt orange-wearing Longhorns fans.
  • byronicheros

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    Jul 30, 2008 5:52 PM GMT
    I wouldn't even know where to begin

    Things to do:
    (a) Watch the Bats Underneath the bridge in Town Lake
    (b) Go to 6th street for late night drinks

    My Favorite Bars:
    - http://www.lightbaraustin.com/
    * Amazing view at the city at the top of the roof
    - http://aquariumbar.com/
    - http://www.jackalopeaustin.com/
    - Rain
    - Cockpit


    (c) Go Kayaking Here: http://www.texasrowingcenter.com/
    (d) Watch a movie @ one of the Alamo Drafthouses. You can order food and beer/wine while you watch your movie
    (e) If you like buying music: http://www.waterloorecords.com/

    Go there, they also have a restaurant that's REALLY good right next door off Lamar.
    (f) Places to eat:
    -Chuy's
    - Stubb's BBQ (great live music too)
    - Mikado
    9033 Research Blvd, Austin, TX; 512.833.8188
    Sushi and bento are this Austin restaurant's signature dishes. <-- Great Sushi!
    - Go to Trudy's and have their famous Mexican Martinis
    - If you get drunk, go to Kerby Lane...Have their Chips and Queso (it's to die for!)

    That's my Austin suggestions!

  • TexanMan82

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    Jul 30, 2008 6:05 PM GMT
    Aw come on Cliche. There are sooooo many better restaurants in Austin. We can do better than that.
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    Jul 30, 2008 6:10 PM GMT
    I will visiting my BF in CA that weekend. It would have been nice to meet you. Next time!

    My must-dos:

    Hit one of the decidedly "mixed" bars on Red River:
    - Creekside Lounge
    - Side Bar
    - Beauty Bar
    - Mohawk
    - Elysium (Sunday Night)

    Alamo Drafthouse (Ritz location), especially for Master Pancake Theatre of Foleyvision.

    Rent a kayak at the Austin Nature Center and paddle around on Town Lake.

    Have one meal at Whole Foods flagship store. It's a bit of a tourist trap, but quite a spectacle (including the guys).

    See if the TX Rollergirls are having a roller derby that weekend.

    Play some disc golf at one of our courses.

    Run around taking closeup pictures of weird stuff you see, especially on the south and east side. There's plenty.

    If you see a dirty old bearded man in a skirt or thong, RUN. He may be our runner-up mayor every time, but it's safer to simply buy his refrigerator-magnet dress up toy. Brand name: Leslie™.

    Have fun!

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    Jul 30, 2008 6:24 PM GMT
    ClicheMemberName said

    Things to do:
    (a) Watch the Bats Underneath the bridge in Town Lake
    (b) Go to 6th street for late night drinks



    This is exactly what I did on my 21st bday! Hahahaha! The bats are awesome! Although, I reccommend standing on the bridge and watching them fly out from above. I was down on the ground and they were kind of far away from where I was. But it was still awesome.

    The gay bars are cool. I went to Oilcan Harry's and then...I don't remember the names of the other two I went in. Ha. Yay 21st bday!

    Austin ROCKS!
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    Jul 30, 2008 7:13 PM GMT
    There are a number of restaurants around 4th street that area great. Also, 2nd street's pretty cool too because there's a Cru A Wine Bar.

    OCH and Rain have some super hot guys!
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    Jul 30, 2008 7:14 PM GMT
    I would totally do the Congress Street bats.

    As for outdoor stuff - I think it's all been covered. Hamilton Pool might be a bit of a trek unless you have a lot of time. The lake is nice (hippie hollow). Barton Springs is a must and very near downtown so if that's all you have time for - it's a perfect option.

    As far as eateries - I would totally skip Kerbey Lane and Trudy's and Chuy's. They're popular but far from "good" food.

    I would also - totally skip any eateries Barton Springs blvd - unless you go on a completely off day/time. They're nice on a quiet day but not worth the wait or crowds otherwise.

    And as for nightlife - unless you are totally gungho about going to the gay bars there - they're easily skippable for the other recommendations some of the guys have given instead.

    Enjoy!!!

  • docmarvy

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    Jul 30, 2008 7:30 PM GMT
    To get the full effect of the bats, I recommend taking the bat boat tour, then you're right up under the action as a million little guano-spouting rodents fly directly overhead. (Actually, it is fun, but might want to bring some wet naps.)

    The whole downtown & south congress thing is the "scene" so explore as much as you can. There's also some great vintage shops scattered all over town.


    Restaurants:

    Enoteca Vespaio - Great mod-Italian bistro on South Congress
    Hut's Hamburgers - Classic hangout on 6th, AMAZINGLY good burgers
    Chuy's is okay, everyone will tell you to go there, so you might as well cave. Although there are tons of great TexMex everywhere you go.
    Torchy's Tacos - Laid back taco joint, interesting menu
    Amy's Ice Cream - Get some ice cream here. Spectacular.

    And the Oasis, which everyone agrees has the best view and most C- quality food around.

    Beyond the Restaurant/Bar/Shopping thing, what would you like to see? Museums? Shows? Nature? There's lots of all of those things.

    [I am sorry to inform you (and MetroPAULitan) that hobronto - as a "must-do" attraction - is not open to the public.] icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 30, 2008 7:34 PM GMT
    [I am sorry to inform you (and MetroPAULitan) that hobronto - as a "must-do" attraction - is not open to the public.] icon_rolleyes.gif[/quote]

    Haha, that's awesome! kick ass.
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    Jul 30, 2008 7:46 PM GMT
    I was just there for the first time a few weekends ago and have to add this coffee shop across from Rain called Halcyon. Also, if you love good beer you might check out the Gingerman which is also nearby.

    I need to get out of Dallas and go back for another visit.
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    Jul 30, 2008 10:11 PM GMT
    Skip the gay bars. Nothing noteworthy. Unless you're a big bar guy, in which case knock yourself out.

    I second going to the Alamo for a movie. Jurassic Park will be mocked by Master Pancake at the Ritz (www.originalalamo.com) on the 30th. Their chocolate chip cookies are huge and warm. Yum.

    Walk through the Driskill Hotel on 6th. Go to Moonshine on Red River for Sunday brunch.

    Check out the weirdness of some of the shops around North Loop, like the angry lesbian anti-establishment bookstore. Just setting foot in that place probably gets you put on an FBI watch list. But you get to learn all about your role in the oppression of peoples the world over. So...life affirming.

    I honestly think that the South Congress stretch is my favorite area of the town. Crowd is a little older / less frantic. Some good restaurants (like Enoteca, per Marv above) and interesting shops. Uncommon Objects and Tesoros are both good sources of gifts or whatever. Service Menswear has terrific clothes that don't fit me and cost too much, but it smells very nice and they play a lot of Belle and Sebastian. Hotel San Jose is beautiful - stay there if you can; if not at least have a drink in their courtyard bar. Doc's Motorworks Bar has shit food but can be a nice place for a drink / people watching. And the neighborhoods to the immediate East and West of S. Congress are full of neat little homes. Worth walking / driving around to check it out.

    Notice how I primarily gave you ideas about where you can eat? That's why I'm a fat ass.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 30, 2008 10:35 PM GMT
    I have the best idea of all these guys, skip Austin altogether and visit San Antonio instead. San Antonio is a great city with friendly people, great nightlife, great food, beautiful architecture, and numerous historic sites. Austin is so horribly overrated, overpriced and very arrogant. I should know, I lived in Austin for ten years.
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    Jul 30, 2008 10:40 PM GMT
    I won't repeat what has been suggested but if you like Mexican food in a great setting try Guero's on South Congress...
  • docmarvy

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    Jul 30, 2008 11:30 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidI have the best idea of all these guys, skip Austin altogether and visit San Antonio instead. San Antonio is a great city with friendly people, great nightlife, great food, beautiful architecture, and numerous historic sites. Austin is so horribly overrated, overpriced and very arrogant. I should know, I lived in Austin for ten years.


    Yeah, go visit the Alamo. That'll be fun.

    roadbikeRob, whatever happened to you in Austin, I am so sorry. It must've been pretty terrible.

    Hobronto and I moved here in March and people have been super nice, not disproportionately overpriced, and as far as being overrated? I guess that depends on the rating. It's lived up to pretty much everything we were told so far.
  • TexanMan82

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    Jul 31, 2008 1:51 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidI have the best idea of all these guys, skip Austin altogether and visit San Antonio instead. San Antonio is a great city with friendly people, great nightlife, great food, beautiful architecture, and numerous historic sites. Austin is so horribly overrated, overpriced and very arrogant. I should know, I lived in Austin for ten years.


    Here he is again. I swear, I think he just sits at his computer and waits for a topic to have "Austin" in it so he can shit on the thread.

    Please Rob, get a life. It isn't the city of Austin's fault you didn't fit in. With your attitude on here, I'm not surprised no one wanted you around.



  • joggerva

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    Jul 31, 2008 4:27 AM GMT
    Wow! You guys are amazing; you're making it really hard to stick to a long weekend. Thank you all for your input. I'm going to try to organize this a little bit, so here is the RealJock Guide to Austin (so far):

    Outdoors: Barton Springs, Town Lake (kayak, jogging), Hamilton Pool (waterfall, 30 mi from Austin), Green Belt, Hippie Hollow, (nudies!), Mount Bonnell, Disc Golf
    Food and Drink: Oasis (at Lake Travis, great sunset lake view, okay food), Counter Cafe, Stubb's (bbq), Mikado (sushi), Whole Foods, Enoteca (italian), Hut's (burgers), Torchy's (tacos), Amy's or Austin Scoops(ice cream), Halcyon or Little City(coffee), Gingerman (beer), Moonshine (brunch), Hotel San Jose (drinks), Doc's Motorworks (drinks), Guero's (Mexican), Mother's (vegan), Aussie's (volleyball), Central Market, and restaurants on 2nd and 4th streets
    Chuy's, Trudy's, and Kerby Lane were nominated and subsequently vetoed, haha
    Nightlife:
    - Gay: OCH, Rain and Rainbow, "the bachelor's" bars on sixth street, Cockpit
    - Mixed: Creekside Lounge, Side Bar, Beauty Bar, Mohawk, Elysium (sunday), Light Bar, Aquarium Bar, Jackalope
    Sight-Seeing: UT Football game (saturday), Bats (Town Lake bridge), Alamo Drafthouses (Ritz, Master Pancake Theatre), Rollergirls, weird stuff on south and east side, Driskill Hotel, Neighborhoods east and west of South Congress
    Shopping: Waterloo records, downtown and south congress, North Loop (angry lesbians, woohoo), Uncommon objects, Tesoros, Service Menswear (for the music, apparently).

    I hadn’t mentioned that I am vegetarian, but that is okay cuz anyone visiting Austin can check this thread for the “best of”.

    OK, so here’s my tentative list of must-see and must-do (sadly, excluding mickeytopogigio and hobronto for my own personal safety):
    - Barton Springs, Town Lake, maybe Hippie Hollow and Mount Bonnell;
    - Whole Foods, Mother's, Enoteca, Hut’s (veggie burgers!), Amy’s, Gingerman (cuz, you know beer is good for recovery…), Moonshine, Guero’s, Halcyon, Aussie's (wait a minute, how many meals am I even going to eat);
    - I’m not a big bar goer, but I’ll probably check out at least one gay bar and one of XRugger’s “mixed” bars;
    - Definitely have to see the bats, probably a movie, and “weird stuff” is really all you need to get my attention;
    - Definitely shopping at waterloo (which will probably be the most expensive part of this trip), south congress, and north loop

    And most importantly, as many Austin RJers as I can meet up with!! (I’ve got this assignment from art_smass that I need to work on)
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    Jul 31, 2008 5:24 AM GMT
    I actually didn't care for Austin either for reasons too innumerable to list. And it didn't shit on me and I thought the people were nice enough. Have some good friends/family there ... but I wouldn't so much as plan a trip to go there. Only weddings, funerals, and holidays. lol. I'd pick Houston or Dallas or San Antonio over it. lol.

    I actually live in Jersey City now - and people would go out of their way I am sure to dump on Jersey City - but it's cleaner, more diverse, better architecture, nicer parks, more quaint and historic than Austin. Yeah I am surprised too. Oh and I have never seen so many hot gay men walking around the streets before. Dayum they are EVERYWHERE!!!

    Oh yeah - and ditto on Gingerman. It's on my must do list if you like beer. YUM!!!

    Regarding your itinerary - on your way to or from Hippy Hollow (which i must say is quite beautiful when the lake is high which i presume it is) you should stop at Mount Bonnell. It's got a great overlook of the Colorado River and you can see all of Austin from it and wouldn't take but 30 mins to check out. I'd skip kayaking town lake unless you really have the time or maybe kill two birds and watch the bats from the water as suggested. If not, i would recommend watching them from ON the bridge rather than under it - i just thought it was more spectacular and yer less likely to get bat guano'd. But you will be criss crossing it several times so why kayak it when you can do Barton Springs and Hippie Hollow instead (like I said unless you just have the time to do it). Oh and go to Wal-Mart and buy some flotation device for the lake like two noodles or a raft- like ten bucks or so. Unless you can just tread water for an extended period or if someone is kind enough to let you on their boat - you will get bored quick just sitting on the rocks in 100 degree heat.

    Nobody mentioned it but there is a vegan place called Mother's or something like that up near 40th and Duval I believe. There's also a great coffee shop up there who's name escapes me. I'm sure others on here can provide those names. That might be a great hangout area. Halcyon was remodeled and turned yuppie-ish and less hip recently. But again - Halcyon is right across the street from the gay bars and Gingerman, etc so you will already be nearby there. Oh and they have S'mores there that you can roast marshmallows yourself to make. haha.

    Unless you REALLY want to - i would skip the whole foods clusterfuck too. Nothing special about it unless you want to run in and grab a snack and go. It is right across from Waterloo after all.