Our Global Consumer Marketing Manager, Jamie Kirby, is what we’d describe as an Austin superfan. Over the past four years she’s spent a few months of her time in Austin and she’s pulled together her list of Austin favorites – all of things you just can’t miss when you visit (for SXSW or otherwise!). The hardest part about compiling this list was narrowing it down!
Coffee – Cenote
Cenote is an ever-bustling spot for coffee, breakfast, juice, or beer. Great spot to check your email inside or out on their beautiful patio
Tacos – Vera Cruz
There’s a lot of debate about the best tacos in Austin. I’ve tried them all (or tried to anyway) and Vera Cruz is by far the favorite.
Pizza – Via 313
Detroit style pizza in Austin? Yes, please. A pizza trailer filled with a whole lot of Midwestern hospitality and delicious ‘za.
Drinks – Weather Up
I always stay within walking distance of Weather Up whenever I go to Austin. The patio is absolute magic at night and they shake up some of the city’s best cocktails. Try the homemade fireball – thank me later.
Hotel – Hotel San Jose
If you don’t know the way to San Jose – you should. This boutique hotel run by Bunkhouse is my absolute favorite hotel anywhere on the planet. Chances are you’re not going to find a room available, but do yourself a favor and sit on the patio and sip a Michelada. I’ve had some of my best ideas and best afternoons posted up on this patio.
Drinks – Kitty Cohens
You guys, this bar has a pool. If that’s not enough, they serve drinks in a punch bowl. Tiki vibes run wild here and it’s something you simply cannot miss.
BBQ – La Barbecue
This is a controversial topic in Austin. People feel pretty strongly about their BBQ preferences. My favorite meat comes from the La Barbecue truck. There’s always a line but don’t worry… they offer free beer while you wait. Brilliant!
Food – Elizabeth Street Cafe
Sunny, cheerful, and delicious Elizabeth Street Cafe fuses a French bakery and Vietnamese cuisine perfectly.
Brunch – Launderette
Tucked away in an East Austin neighborhood, this former laundromat has the best brunch around.
Drinks – Cheer Up Charlies
There isn’t a bar that is more friendly, welcoming, open and fun. All drinks feature fresh squeezed juices (this means they’re good for us, right?). This LGBTQ bar offers a cool space with outdoor and indoor stages.
Shopping – Stag Provisions
Admittedly I don’t do much shopping in Austin (too many tacos and cocktails TBH) but Stag is an awesome menswear shop worth the visit… in between tacos of course.
Swimming – Barton Springs Pool
Assuming it’s warm out, head to Barton Springs Pool to cool down with all (literally all) the locals.
Brewery – Live Oak Brewing Co
On your way back to the airport have Ride Austin drop you at Live Oak Brewing Co for one last brew.
Dancing – White Horse
If you’ve ever wanted to 2-step you bes’ head over to White Horse, Austin’s coolest honky tonk. Live music always. Great dancing always.
Of course there are some places I haven’t been yet but they’re on my radar to go to ASAP!
Food – Cafe No Se
Brunch, lunch, dinner… the reviews are all heart-eyes and thumbs up for this popular new establishment. Get your cameras ready – this place is too instagrammable.
Drinks – MOLOKO
My favorite bartender of all time moved to this rock ‘n roll dive bar and I would follow him anywhere. You should too.
Food – Ah Sing Den
Sake bar with Asian-inspired fare. See you there?