On my latest adventure, I went to Austin, Texas for three days with some of my best friends for an extended girls weekend. I have never imagined myself going to Texas for a vacation, I ended up loving every second of the weird atmosphere in Austin. Austin is known for its eclectic live-music scene, it’s lively night life, and its BBQ. It is also home to many parks and lakes that create an outdoorsy environment; popular for hiking, biking, swimming and boating.
We arrived in Texas around noon and immediately checked into our hostel located downtown on 6th street. As far as accommodations go, The Firehouse Hostel was a unique place to stay right in the center of downtown. With it’s own hide-away speakeasy in the back and a bar crawl to meet new friends, this hostel is always crowded with interesting people from around the globe. Our first day in Austin, we got the chance to walk around 6th street as well as visit the Texas State Capital Building. Everything was in pretty close proximity (only a few blocks) but each region had its own unique neighborhood with different quirks and themes. On our first day, we decided to download the Lime app and ride scooters around to our varying destinations. Food wise, we had to get Texas BBQ as our first meal. We chose Ironworks BBQ as recommended by our hostel tour guide and it did not disappoint. Homemade BBQ sauce, patio seating, and no wait in line made for a great food combination.
Austin is known for its lively night life and has several “main” streets to enjoy for their bar scene. On our first night out, we joined our hostel bar crawl to several notable bars on 6th street and Rainey street. Some bars on 6th I recommend would be- Shakespear’s Bar, The Blind Pig Pub, Handlebar, and the Chuggin’ Monkey. All these bars were located across the street from one another and had great crowds, pretty cheap drinks, and bar games to play in each location. In contrast, Rainey street is a newer addition in Austin made of beautiful historic homes that have been renovated into bars and restaurants. Due to its new, unique atmosphere, this area was a little more expensive and very busy. Each time we went to Rainey street, we only had the opportunity to get into bars during the day due to the long lines at night. If you’re interested in going to this historic district, I recommend coming during the day and enjoying a drink or two with friends on a patio outside!
On our second day in Austin, we decided to go visit South Congress to get a glimpse of the local vintage scene and some artwork. We walked around some of the vintage shops and boutique stores of Austin, but I was slightly unimpressed by the number of antique and vintage stores. This area is still a must see- as the artwork and murals in South Congress did not disappoint. For lunch, we stopped at one of the MANY taco trucks in Austin, Texas (the food truck scene is huge here). My recommendation is Mezllizoz Tacos. They had hands down, some the best tacos I’ve ever tasted in my life. During the end of the day (around dusk) we made our way to the famous Bat Bridge on Congress to await the famous swarm of bats. If you’ve never heard about the Austin Bats, read more about their infamous bats here. It is an interesting phenomenon where up to 1.5 million bats emerge from the Congress bridge at once. Although we waited for two hours, we only saw a few bats at a time, and not a huge swarm. We finally gave up around 9pm when we were getting eaten alive on the bridge by mosquito’s, but the experience of a few bats along with the sunset on the river made it well worth it.
On our last half day in Austin, we went to Rainey street and had a few drinks at Banger’s Beer Garden and Unbarlievable, two bars we had previously went to on our first day in town. After a few drinks, we spent our last day at Zilker Park, walking along the river and getting amazing views of the city in the Texas sunshine.
Austin, Texas was one of the most unique cities I ever had the chance to experience. Austin had great food, a lively bar scene, lots of history, and varying neighborhoods that never had a lack of things to do. Three days in this city gave me a great taste of Austin and left me wanting to go back for more.