I was born and raised in Austin but since living in Chicago these past years, there has been a huge boom in Austin and the spots I used to frequent seem overrun by hipsters or uber-crowded. So, I'm interested to know what spots Y'ALL think are "Keeping Austin Weird" and not rushing you to finish your beer or cocktail...
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- Hotel San Jose1316 S Congress, Austin, TX 78704recommended Hotel San JoseHotel San Jose is a quintessential Austin hotel with a soul. The chic modern oasis, located in the heart of the bustling South Congress neighborhood, San Jose offers intimate, artfully designed hotel ... read morerooms, as well as a picturesque courtyard that is open to the general public. Fabulous retail and dining options are all just a short walk away.Ramona Flume
still one of my favorite places to grab a cocktail! despite a rotating range of hipster types/beautiful people, it's laid-back and comfortable...
- Mi Madre's Restaurant2201 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722recommended Mi Madre's RestaurantJust east of Interstate 35, Mi Madre's is an East Austin legend and after having some of their famed breakfast tacos (or extra cheesy migas) on their sunny back patio, it's easy to see why. But even ... read morethough it's a popular place, it's not an over-hyped hipster hot spot-- usually characterized by high prices and long waits for a table. Thankfully, the family-run Mi Madres delivers affordable, incredibly fresh Mexican food without long lines or bad attitudes.
- Swift's Attic308 Congress Ave, Austin, Texasrecommended Swift's AtticLocated upstairs from the famous Elephant Room jazz club, Swift's Attic is a gem of a sexy and moody speakeasy-style bar and restaurant that serves up mouth-watering small bites with a lot of Asian ... read moreinfluences. Loved their Foie gras & Niman pork belly bahn minis, oxtail flatbread, fried chicken meatballs and grilled baby octupus. The Reunited cocktail was amazing.Connie Pistilli
My friend owns this awesome restaurant/bar - definitely go and tell CK I sent you!
- Icenhauer's83 Rainey Street, Austin, TX, United Statesrecommended Icenhauer'sOld bungalow converted into a cool modern bar on Rainey Street. Get The Katy - their version of a Moscow Mule - and kick back in one of their cozy rooms inside or lounge out back. One of the more ... read moresleeker looking places on the row.
- Lustre Pearl97 Rainey Street, Austin, TX, United Statesrecommended Lustre PearlLustre Pearl is a gem of a bar on the hipster Rainey Street. Going for that shack chic look, each room inside has a ton of character with exposed wood and vintage fixtures. Get their speciality ... read morestrawberry infused moonshine, bring it outside (or chill in the AC rooms inside if it's sweltering out), grab a hula hoop or ping pong paddle for some extra fun. There's also a taco truck parked out back if you're hungry for some small bites.
- Easy Tiger709 E 6th St, Austin, Texasrecommended Easy TigerUpstairs, you can pick up freshly baked giant pretzels, pastries and bread. Downstairs, enjoy one of their many beers on tap including local microbrews, take it out to their beer garden and challenge ... read moreyour friends to a game of ping pong.Recommended for:Trendsters
- Peché208 West 4th Street, Austin, Texasrecommended PechéWonderful speakeasy-esque bar - although you don't need reservations to get in - where the mixologists are whipping up cocktails and dressed post-Prohibition style. Loved my Willett Old Fashioned made ... read moreby Mark, who was really cool. All day happy hour on Sundays and Mondays.
- Pease Park1100 Kingsbury Street, Austin, TXrecommended Pease ParkPease Park is the home to the ultimate slacker sport - disc golf, braddah. So if you just can't put down your Shiner Bock and if you think Saturday is all about 'burning one' - disc golf is your ... read moresport, fo' sho'. Not only is Peace Park slacker hang out central, it's also the once a year (last Saturday in April) home to one of Austin's rowdiest parties - Eeyore's Birthday! Drum circles, live music, burning man style costumes, hippy vendors and not much clothing are all part of the fun that helps raise money for local non-profit organizations. Winne the Pooh never really knew how to party till he came to Austin with his favorite donkey, Eeyore!
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It's been a while since I've been downtown...I'd love to hear what others recommend...the old faithfuls (Saba, 219 West, etc) are gone :( Cannot WAIT to dance when you get here!
recommended Texas A&M UniversityI'm a Yankee and an Aggie.... I came here to TAMU many years ago as a graduate student. My undergraduate degree is from the University of Iowa and I mistakenly thought that a Big Ten establishment had ... read moreall the school spirit that I could ever want. Boy was I wrong. If someone would have told me that within a few months, I would be standing up during entire football games, going to Midnight Yell Practice, not walking on the grass at the MSC, or experiencing great nausea every time I saw anything with a t.u. logo on it, I would have told them that they were nuts. I also got to partake in an old tradition of lighting my cigar off the old Bonfire. And after you graduate, this is not your typical alumni experience. As Cory O. mentions, it's family and maybe a little cult thrown in once and awhile. I'm a proud member of the Association of Former Students and a proud owner of an Aggie Ring. And when I meet another Aggie, we often "whip it out" (and that's not what you think). And even though I also have a graduate degree from UC Berkeley, there was no question that I would cheer for the Aggies when they played Cal in a Bowl game a few years ago. And even yesterday at the Albany (California) Target, I saw a guy with a certain orange and white head cover (with horns) on and I just had to comment to him about that t-sip hat! As someone once told me about Aggie Spirit, if you're an Aggie you just can't explain it and if you're not an Aggie, you'll never understand. I too have my issues with Texas A&M. There is some racism, homophobia, and a more "established" political and religious order than I'm used to or sometimes comfortable. Yet, in various combinations, you'll find that almost everywhere, including the dark blue progressive bubble that we call the San Francisco Bay Area. And even after I have factored all those negatives, I'm still left with a solid education, a fabulous college experience, and a fraternity of former students that I am proud to be a member.Recommended for:Eric Brink
Skip Austin and go to a real Texas University Town. :)