Austin is undoubtedly one of our favorite cities. If you missed the SXSW boat, check out these fresh recommendations for things to do in Austin, Texas, next time you end up in this weird little (yet growing) town.
For a glimpse into the Mexican American culture of Austin, swing by the Mexic-Arte Museum for a dose of awesome color inspiration and mystical charm.
While the thought of a Presidential library could sound yawn inducing for some, we fell down a serious cultural rabbit hole at the LBJ Presidential Library. From Civil Rights to the Vietnam War, get a first hand look at videos and documents from the 60s. Plus the recreation of the Oval Office and LBJ’s Lincoln Continental limousine are worth a gander.
Want to see the largest urban bat colony in North America? From November to March they all camp out under the Anne W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. Find a special spot when the sun sets and watch them swirl.
Start your Saturday morning off at the impressive Austin Farmers Market. Pick up (and snack on) fresh made tortilla chips as well as local ginger beer and artisan cheese. One of our favorite menswear stores in the country, Stag specializes in ‘provisions for men’ and stocks a captivating array of antiques, clothing, vintage, cosmetics and much more, from brands including H by Hudson and Blk Pine Workshop. If you have room to spare in your bulging bag, head over to Nice Kicks on Guadalupe Street for a range of rare and limited-edition Nikes, New Balance and Reeboks that will impress the most discerning of sneakerheads.
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EAT & DRINK
For breakfast, explore the happening SoCo (South Congress) district further and fill your breakfast boots at the Magnolia Café. The 24 hour breakfast menu offers spicy and health-conscious yet delicious delights such as Huevis Rancheros and the Garden Breakfast Taco, steamed spinach, jack cheese, potato and pico de gallo = awesome.
The food trailer movement is pretty big in Austin too. Consequently, you can find almost anything your heart desires, whether that’s Texicana barbecque cuisine or a Vietnamese sandwich, and some of the trailers allow you to BYOB.
Once your stomach is sufficiently lined, begin the evening at The Mean-eyed Cat. This gem of a bar is dedicated to the legacy of Johnny Cash and hosts an eclectic schedule of live music events most nights. The vibe is pleasingly honky-tonk.
Let the night sprawl on and head to the Lustre Pearl on Rainey Street. If the night is warm, pitch a spot outside in the endless backyard and mix with your fellow patrons over Asher Skye cocktails and Pearl beer.
Get into the fun spirit of this electric state and stay at the Austin Motel. The flashing neon is a sure sign of what lies beyond – ironicly kitsch décor, cowboy boot lamps and a kidney bean-shaped pool. Heaven.
- Austin, Texas Travel Guide: Where to Stay, What to Eat, and More
- The Ultimate Brewery Tour of Austin, Texas
- How to Eat Your Way Across Texas Barbecue Country
- The Manual Awards: The Best of Austin, Texas
- The Manual’s Austin City Guide to SXSW 2015