WHAT TO SEE & DO IN AUSTIN
Austin known as the "Live Music Capitol of The World" has more live music venues per capital than anywhere else. With than 1,900 bands and performing artists living in and around the city from blues to indie rock, country to jazz, rock en espeañol and more. Austin's nearly 200 live music venues mean you can catch a show any day, at almost any time.
Below are some top local recommendations from partner Proof.
A great place to see a show on Red River street. A small indoor stage and larger outdoor stage with multiple levels for your viewing pleasure. All genres welcome. For the rock n roll fans, this is a great spot to check.
ACL live at Moody Theatre
Just look for the Willie Nelson statue to find ACL. Some of the best sound of any music venue in the country and an alumni to match. It is worth seeing any show here and the history that comes with them will amaze you.
Another famous venue, this one is outdoors adorned with string lights and big beautiful trees. Tucked away on the east side, this is a solid go to for anyone wanting to feel like a local. All genres welcome here too.
One of the last Texas honky tonks in Austin, these guys start every evening with a live band and line dancing lessons. Grab a table if one is available and take in the well seasoned dancers as they pull willing participants on the dance floor.
Blues and rock on the menu at Antone's. Another famous Austin establishment. Great sound, friendly staff and good local spirits. You can pretty much promise good music any night of the week.
The Continental Club
An Austin original, CC hosts both well known local acts and touring musicians. You never know who you might stumble into. Surprise appearances by Willie Nelson, Steve Earl, and the late great Townes Van Zandt have been known to happen. A true Austin icon.
Blink and you'll miss this awesome downtown cocktail spot. Tucked away up a stairwell, this is your place to go if you are looking for expertly crafted cocktails in a dimly lit small bar.
A neighborhood bar with solid custom cocktails, a great beer list and bar food from the truck out back. Almost always locals and almost always busy. A great spot for any occasion. Try the signature drink and the wings!
Meaning sin in French, Péché is distinctly Austin's first absinthe bar, a cocktail program headed by bar manager Derek Weiss, showcasing a selection of pre-Prohibition style cocktails and a curated wine list. Executive chef John Lichtenberger brings that same tailored focus to the food menu, providing rich French fare made with the freshest ingredients.
You'll need a reservation and a secret password to get in here. A formal brothel in the heart of downtown, cocktails are made table side and are phenomenal.
King Bee Lounge
Nobody does tequila and mezcal better than King Bee. Pair that with their in house pizza and some great live music and this place is truly hard to beat.
The Cloak Room
This place is a bit of a diamond in the rough. Litteral feet away from the capitol, Texas politicians have been coming here after work for years to wet their whistle and discuss the future of Texas politics. the walls are adorned with pictures of famous Texans like the Bush family, LBJ and other stately figures.
The Skylark Lounge
It may look like you are parking at a junkyard, and it's true you are. But inside the doors of the Skylark are some great (and well priced) drinks as well as some of the best Texas blues music you are able to hear. Anywhere. Usually a small cover that goes to the band but, there is free popcorn too!
Southern Heights Brewery
A newer brewery on east side, that specializes in IPA's but has a great variety. An awesome atmosphere with rotating food trucks and lots of space for groups. All around great beer and experience.
One of Austin's most famous brewery's, Jester King is on a beautiful property south west of austin that has a great eatery on site too. They specialize in sour beers but have lots to drinks from lots of places including wine and cider.
Vodka and whiskey about 25 minutes north east of town that offers a great tour and tasting for $20.
Treaty Oak Distilling Ranch
Another amazing property with food on site south west of town. you could spend all day here trying their vodka, whiskey and gin. Lots of open space a great place to spend the day in nice weather.
Desert Door Distillery
North America's only producer of Sotol, a spirit similar to mezcal or tequila that is more regenerative than the rest. . Also west of Austin. They provide great educational tours and tasting for free. The tasting room is beautiful and the people are very friendly.
Central Machine Works
This is closer to downtown on the east side. Huge beautiful space with great food and they serve their beer, other beers and have a full bar too. Another great place to spend an afternoon.
WHAT TO SEE IN THE CITY
The Texas State Capitol is the largest capitol building in the US, standing 14 feet taller than the US Capitol building. The Texas Capitol offers free 30-minute tours of the building where visitors can learn more about its history. Walk the gorgeous grounds and get a closer look at the ornate architecture that makes up this iconic Texas destination.
The true cultural heart of Texas, Austin showcases an exciting array of museums. Walk through history at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, spend an afternoon browsing the many galleries of the Blanton Museum of Art, or discover contemporary works by Latino artists at the Mexic-Arte Museum.
If you’ve visited Austin in the last few years, you’ve likely noticed a big change in the local dining scene. Today, the local food culture revolves around food trucks. Stop by one of the many food truck lots and you’ll never have to compromise when deciding where to eat. Some of the city’s most popular food truck hotspots include the East Riverside Food Trucks, the East 11th Food Trucks, the Rainey Street Food Trucks, and the Midway Food Park.
University of Texas at Austin
Found near Central Austin, the University of Texas at Austin is one of the city’s biggest attractions. Drawing thousands of students, parents, and faculty to the city each year, UT Austin offers lots of opportunity for fun and excitement. On campus, find popular destinations including the Blanton Museum of Art, Cactus Cafe, the Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, and the LBJ Presidential Library.
Rainey Street Historic District
One of the city’s most popular destinations, Rainey Street is filled with the best dining, arts, and nightlife attractions in Austin. The bustling street features bars with outdoor space — perfect for dogs — as well as live music venues, delicious local dining, and cultural sites including the Mexican American Cultural Center.
Congress Avenue Bridge
Standing over Lady Bird Lake, the Congress Avenue Bridge is an iconic Austin landmark. A lesser known fact about this famous bridge is that it is home 1.5 million bats! A truly unique urban attraction, the “bat bridge” brings in hundreds of tourists every summer night to watch as the bat colony emerges from underneath the bridge.
In addition to being a quickly growing urban city, Austin also offers endless outdoor fun. Splash into the blue waters of Barton Springs Pool. Measuring three acres in size, this Austin outdoor destination is perfect for a summer afternoon spent swimming. The springs can be found in Zilker Metropolitan Park. The 358 acre park is one of the largest parks in the city and features disc golf, volleyball, botanical gardens, and more.
Go to Visit Austin for more information on things to see and do while in Austin.