TABLE OF music p.3 food
CONTENTS history p.17 culture p.21
The music scene in Austin has evolved greatly since
the days of Willie Nelson. Musicians play all over the city including groceries stores and city council meetings. Music festivals are a huge part of the Austin music life, from well known Austin City Limits and South by Southwest to lesser known Urban Music Festival and Fun, Fun, Fun Fest. With more than 250 live music venues including clubs, bars, coffeehouses, auditoriums and concert halls, you can find music in every corner of the city.There is a reason that Austin is the â€œLive Music Capital of the Worldâ€?.
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Neon Trees Stubbs BBQ- Outdoor Stage TBD
California Guitar Trio One World Theatre 6:00 pm
Toadies Stubbs BBQ- Outdoor Stage 7:00 pm
Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks One World Theatre 7:00 pm
Tim Robbins Paramount Theatre 8:00 pm
Jim Jefferies Paramount Theatre 8:00 pm
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Eddie Izzard Long Center for the Performing Arts 8:00 pm
Jimmie Vaughan Antones 8:00 pm
Paper Route Stubbs BBQ- Outdoor Stage 10:00 pm
Break Science & Prophet Massive Windy Point Park 11:00 pm
Willie Nelson The Backyard at Bee Cave 12:30 pm
Lionel Richie & CeeLo Green Austin 360 Amphitheater 7:30 pm
Tedeschi Trucks Band ACL Live at Moody Theater 8:00 pm
Lindsey Stirling Stubbs BBQ- Outdoor Stage TBD
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Summerland Tour 2013 ACL Live 10:30 pm Belle and Sebastian ACL Live 11:00 pm
10,000 Maniacs One World Theatre 7:00 pm
The Psychedelic Furs Antones 9:00 pm
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Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds ACL Live at the Moody Theatre 8:00 pm
Nico Vega Stubbs BBQ- Outdoor Stage 3:30 pm
Gary Louris Cactus Cafe 7:00 pm
Fuel Crown Center 3:30 pm
Lee Brice Stubbs BBQ- Outdoor Stage 8:00 pm
Iron & Wine Paramount Theatre 7:30 pm
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Living Colour Emo’s East 8:00 pm
Iron & Wine Paramount Theatre 8:00 pm
Carolyn Wonderland Antones 10:00 pm
Tori Amos Long Center for the Performing Arts TBD
“Music Under the Stars” Bob Bullock Museum
Fourth of July Fireworks & Symphony Auditorium Shores- Lady Bird Lake
Every Friday night in July
Multiple winners from Top Chef and Iron Chef are from
Austin, and thatâ€™s just the beginning of all the great food Austin has to offer. There are restaurants on the lake, in the park, in the middle of the busy city and in the middle of nowhere. You can find the best BBQ, Tex-Mex, New American, French, Vietnamese, Greek and Texas style food. Each dish is viewed as a piece of art and great care and detail are put into each unique recipe. Every restaurant is worth trying, especially the food trucks and hole in the walls. There are so many great restaurants it is almost hard to know where to start. This list of great places to eat all types of food is hardly thorough, but it is a start.
Amy’s Ice Cream $ Locations all over Austin,most popular is on 6th Street. Hours vary by location. http://www.amysicecreams.com
Handcrafted artisan ice-creams, dairy-free fruit ices and frozen yogurt. This Austin staple had been around for 27 years and has over 350 flavors in rotation. The most popular flavor they offer is the Mexican Vanilla.
Bess Bistro on Pecan $$ Location: 500 W 6th St Hours: Sun. - Thur. 4:30 - 10, Fri. &Sat.4:30 – 11 http://www.bessbistro.com
Owned by Sandra Bullock this authentic bistro is a blend of new American, French and Southern styled dishes. Located on Austin’s Old Pecan Street, the atmosphere of Bess cannot be compared to. Fried Green Tomatoes are highly recommended as an appetizer and the Croque Monsieur is a favorite entree.
Café Medici $$ Locations: Congress Ave., Guadalupe St. and Lynn St. Hours vary by location http://caffemedici.com
This great coffeehouse is the perfect place to get away. Enjoy the handcrafted coffee and specially blended espresso. You will most likely catch a live musician while you enjoy free wifi, highly recommended breakfast tacos and locally grown coffee. Great place to enjoy coffee and get some work done.
The County Line $$ Location: Ranch Road 2222 & Bee Cave Road Hours vary by location http://www.countyline.com
Some of the best BBQ you will find in Austin! Founded in 1973 this restaurant is filled with history and the kind of perfect only time can create. The best location is on Lake Austin (Ranch Road 2222) it has the added view of the lake and the same great tasting BBQ. The most popular items on the menu include the loaf of homemade bread, beef ribs, brisket, potato salad and cole slaw. The County Line offers great service and proper “Austin BBQ”.
East Side Showroom $$ Location: 1100 E. 6th Street Hours: 5pm - 2am http://eastsideshowroom.com
Family owned restaurant and bar with an obvious love for art and a bohemian spirit. This pre-WWII style restaurant has lovely hand-crafted furniture that accents the brick lined patio and the silent film projector. Chef Fermin Nunez creates dishes drawing from European and Latin American influences. Weekends are filled with live music from jazz to swing to blues. The cheese plate is a favorite appetizer followed by the lamb and goat burger.
Easy Tiger $$ Location: 709 E. 6th Street Hours: Bake Shop 7am-2am; Beer Garden 11am-2am http://www.easytigeraustin.com
This new American and German bakery prides itself on their handcrafted beer. With occasional live music and ping pong tables outside on nice days, this is a great place to catch up with friends. The beer cheese and salami baguette sandwich is a popular favorite, as well as their soft pretzels with home-made cheese sauce. The atmosphere is wonderful for a sunny day, the beer garden is on the edge of a canal with picnic tables and numerous strands of lights.
Elizabeth Street Café $$ Location: 1501 S. 1st Street Hours: 8am-10:30pm http://elizabethstreetcafe.com
Opened in 2011 by Larry McGuire and Tommy Moorman - the team from Lambert’s and the team from Perlas. The beautiful garden patio offers a kid and dog friendly environment. The menu ranges from French specialties to handcrafted coffee to pho dishes. The spring rolls, pork belly buns, chicken pho and chocolate chili tart are all raved about in reviews. While the menu is a little unusual for Austin, the desserts are highly recommended.
Gueros $$ Location: 1412 S. Congress Hours: 11am-10pm http://www.guerostacobar.com
A renovated seed and feed store from the late 1800’s, Gueros is filled with history and a wonderful Tex-Mex selection. Opening in 1995 as a taqueria, this taco bar has an expansive bar as well as homemade corn tortillas, many specialty dishes and a salsa bar. The outdoor patio is shaded by the oak garden and covered with twinkling lights. The most popular items on the menu are the taco’s al pastor and the margaritas. Great place to stop by for lunch downtown.
Hillside Farmacy $$ Location: 1209 E. 11th Street Hours: 9am-10pm http://hillsidefarmacy.com
Offering Lunch and Dinner menus and a wonderful Saturday Brunch, there are many options to order from. The oyster bar is rated one of the best in Austin as well as the house punch. Highly recommended items on the menu include biscuits and gravy, fried egg sandwich and the thank you sandwich.
Hula Hut $$ Location: 3825 Lake Austin Blvd. Hours: 11am- 10pm http://www.hulahut.com
Over looking Lake Austin, The Hula Hut is much more about the atmosphere and experience. The food is traditional Tex-Mex with a little Polynesian twist. With wonderful chips in salsa while you wait and highly recommended chicken tubular tacos and Hawaiian fajitas, you are sure to find something you like on the menu. The best time to go is for dinner and a chance to watch the sunset over Lake Austin, might want to make reservations or call ahead.
Iguana Grill $$ Location: 2900 Ranch Road 620 N Hours: 11am-10pm http://www.iguanagrillaustin.com
A personal favorite of Taylor Thompson, this Tex-Mex restaurant and bar has a wonderful view of Lake Travis. The perfect escape from the busy city, Iguana Grill offers quality Tex-Mex for an incredible price. If you go there for dinner, be sure to sit on the patio and watch the sunset over the expansive Lake Travis and enjoy the live music every weekend. You cannot go wrong with anything on the menu.
Joâ€™s $ Location: 242 W. 2nd Street & 1300 S. Congress Hours vary by location http://joscoffee.com
Great place to get coffee when you are in a hurry or sit on the patio with friends. Their motto is â€œhot coffee, good food, cold beer and free wi-fi and they certainly live up to it. The grilled cheese, iced turbo and the mushroom burger are all highly recommended items on the menu. If you tell them you work downtown during lunch you will receive 10% off!
Josephine House $$$ Location: 1601 Waterston Ave Hours: 11am-3pm; bar 3pm-10pm http://josephineofaustin.com
The sleek and well-designed farm to table hot spot is perfect for brunch or lunch. You can sit inside with marble counters and fresh flowers or enjoy the wicker furniture on the lush green lawn. The innovative menu changes with the seasons to insure fresh and the best quality food. Do not be afraid to sit on the lovely lawn in the Texas heat, they have misters outside to make your experience pleasant. Be sure to call ahead or get there early. Josephine House will get busy and crowded.
Kerbey Lane $ Locations: Kerbey, Guadalupe, Lamar, William Cannon and 183 Hours: 6:30am-11pm; open 24 hrs Thurs. 6am-Sun.11pm http://www.kerbeylanecafe.com
The best breakfast for an even better price. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner there are so many options to try on the menu. The pancakes, queso and migas tacos are all popular menu choices. If you are going to give Kerbey Lane a try, I would highly recommend going to the original location on Kerbey lane. Street parking is available and arrive early on weekends because there will be a crowd.
La Condesa $$$ Location: 400 W. 2nd Street Hours: 11am-10pm https://lacondesa.com/austin
This chic Mexican resultant has an atmosphere and bar that no one can resist. Every dish is prepared like a work of art that so nicely complements the wooden table or cozy patio. The brunch has received outstanding reviews as well as the seafood selection and the tacos. Everything on the menu sounds wonderful and has received great reviews. They will validate garage parking between 9am and 6pm as well as valet parking after 5pm.
Lambertâ€™s $$$ Location: 401 W. 2nd Street Hours: 11am-10pm http://www.lambertsaustin.com
Located in the restored Historic Schneider Brothers building, the atmosphere is comfortable and casual. Serving modern Texas cooking and inventive BBQ, everything on the menu is wonderful. The mac and cheese, wild boar ribs and brisket are all highly recommended. Parking is available at City Hall and the AMLI building as well as valet on 2nd street.
Lick $ Location: 2032 S. Lamar Hours: 12:30pm-10pm (11:30 pm Fri. & Sat.) http://ilikelick.com
A delicious variety of “honest” ice creams, meaning they are made with the purest whole ingredients. All of the dairy is local and they never use artificial colors or flavors or high fructose corn syrup. Some of the favorite bold flavors include pumpkin pie, cilantro lime, goat cheesethyme-honey and caramel salt lick. All the flavors are wonderful and unique, you cannot go wrong.
Mozarts $$ Location: 3825 Lake Austin Blvd Hours: M-R 7am-12am; F/S 7am-1am; S 8am-12am http://www.mozartscoffee.com
The menu is full of sweet desserts and coffees from all around the world. With complimentary wi-fi, this European style coffee shop has a great patio and a wonderful view of Lake Austin. Live music is available every Thursday through Sunday on the outdoor deck. Amy’s ice cream is also available to enjoy with the coffee.
Scholz Beer Garten $$ Location: 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. Hours: 11amhttp://www.scholzgarten.net
This German restaurant is everything you could imagine of a German beer garden. A favorite spot for Dirk, the authentic German food and expansive beer menu are worth any wait. Some popular dishes include the potato salad, peach cobbler and corn on the cob. Located in one of the oldest buildings in Austin, Scholz Garten, the garden outside is beautiful and it is the perfect place to watch a game.
South Congress Café $$ Location: 1600 S Congress Ave Hours: brunch 10am-4pm; dinner 5pm-10pm http://www.southcongresscafe.com
The perfect spot for brunch on the colorful South Congress Avenue, the Café has a cheery atmosphere. A personal favorite of Taylor Thompson are the crab cakes and goat cheese salad. Some other popular items on the menu include eggs benedict, carrot cake French toast and the migas. Everything on the menu is wonderful and perfect for a weekend brunch. Next door is a store called Uncommon Objects worth checking out when you finish your meal.
Sugar Mamas $ Location: 1905 S. 1st Street Hours: 10am-8pm; closed Mondays http://www.sugarmamasbakeshop.com/Default.aspx
This quaint family owned bakery is the best place to get a cupcake in Austin. All the recipes are made from scratch from the finest local and fair trade ingredients. The cream cheese frosting is top notch and some of the most popular cupcakes include the hummingbird cupcake, the southern belle and carrot cake. Some other favorites include the jelly filled cupcakes and the peanut butter frosting.
Walton’s Fancy and Staple $$ Location: 609 W. 6th Street Hours: 7am-7pm; Sun. 8am-4pm http://www.waltonsfancyandstaple.com
Sandra Bullock’s second restaurant is a more casual bakery and florist wrapped into one. The antique décor takes you back in time as you enter the doors from busy 6th street. Every item is made with obvious care. Some favorites include the golden egg, lemon tart, cream puff, and honey bee cake. Excellent spot for brunch or a quick get away.
Burro Cheese Kitchen (food truck) Location: South Congress Hours Vary http://www.burrocheesekitchen.com
Not technically a truck but a renovated shipping container. What to order: whatever you want, but our favorite so far was the Redneck Cheddar on beer bread (made fresh from Easy Tiger), with balsamic apricot fig spread. When to go: lunch.
Dock & Roll (food truck) Location: South 1st and Elizabeth Hours vary http://dockandrolldiner.com
Seafood, specialty is the lobster roll. What to order: the “Maine” Event. When to go: lunch.
East Side King (food truck) Location: 1700 E. 6th & 1617 E. 6th Hours vary http://www.eskaustin.com
Owned by Paul Oui as one of his many Asian food trucks. Popular items on the menu include the beet fries, brussel sprout salad and thai chicken karaage. What to order: anything, you can’t really go wrong. When to go: late night, but not too late, they sometimes run out of food .
Gourdoughs (food truck) Location: 503 S. 1st Street Hours: 10am to Midnight http://www.gourdoughs.com
Airstream trailer serving big, fat donuts. Each donut is handmade to order and topped with a variety of different things.
Kebabalicious (food truck) Location: check website, they move often Hours vary http://elizabethstreetcafe.com
Greek food. What to order: the Falafel. When to go: late night, or in the afternoon.
Lucky’s Puccias (food truck) Location: 5th and Lamar (across from Whole Foods) Hours vary
Italian flatbread sandwiches. Bread baked in woodfire grill. What to order: get the Puccia Vegetariana which is made with avocado, fontina and artichoke pesto. When to go: lunch or dinner, check hours before you go.
The Peached Tortilla (food truck) Location: check website, moves often Hours vary http://thepeachedtortilla.com
Everything on the menu is good, be sure to check the website for location and hours.
As the capital of Texas, Austin has deep roots in state
politics. In the late 19th century, the establishment of the University of Texas made Austin the center of higher education. Originally named Waterloo, Austin was later named after the â€œfather of Texasâ€?, Stephen F. Austin. The original name is honored throughout the city by local businesses such as Waterloo Records, Waterloo Ice House and Waterloo Park downtown. With the Bob Bullock Museum right in the heart of Austin, it is easy to learn about everything from the Alamo to the battle of San Jacinto. Austin is full of Texas history and worth learning about.
Congress Avenue Bridge/ Austin Bats
Location: 100 S. Congress Ave. (Ann W. Richards Congress Ave Bridge) http://austin.about.com/od/ austinattractions/p/Bats_in_Austin.htm
This bridge is home to some 750,000 to 1.5 million bats during the spring and
summer. Each evening around sunset in the summer, the bats emerge from under the bridge in a large black cloud. It takes somewhere around 45 minutes for all the bats to emerge from the bridge, starting around 8 or 8:30pm. To receive the best estimate of timing call the Bat Conservation International at (512)327-9721.
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum Location: 1800 Congress Ave. Hours: 9am-6pm; Sun. noon-6pm http://www.thestoryoftexas.com
Opened in 2001, The Bullock Museum prides itself of sharing the “Story of Texas”. Three floors of exhibits and Austin’s premier IMAX theatre tell the history of Texas while trying to capture the largest possible audience. The first floor tells the story of the land of Texas, the second floor tells the story of identity and the third floor tells the story of opportunity. Exhibits available to view during June and July include The McDonald Observatory: 75 years of stargazing (ending June 29), 1968 Austin- The Music Scene (opens July 10) and The 1968 Exhibit (opens June 7).
The Driskill Hotel
Location: 604 Brazos Street http://www.driskillhotel.com
Built in 1886, this historic hotel of America offers 189 guest rooms and sets the
standard of elegance in Austin. It offers two fine dining experiences, 1886 Café & Bakery and The Driskill Grill. 1886 Café & Bakery is rated by Zagat as Austin’s best New American cuisine and is known as “Austin’s Original Socializing Parlor”. With menus offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, 1886 Café & Bakery is a great place for brunch. The Driskill Grill is a ten-time recipient of the AAA Four-Diamond award. The menu is innovative featuring the best of Texas produce and game. Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird had their first date at the Driskill Grill.
Texas Governor’s Mansion Location: 1010 Colorado Street http://www.txfgm.org
Built in 1856, the Governor’s mansion is the oldest continuously occupied
executive residence west of the Mississippi. Stephen F. Austin’s writing desk is one of the many historic pieces of furniture available to view. Free guided tours are available with reservations made a week in advance. To make reservations call (512)305-8524.
LBJ Presidential Library Location: 2313 Red River Street http://www.lbjlibrary.org
Learn about the Vietnam Conflict, Civil Rights, Social Justice and what the White
House was like while LBJ was in office. One of the current exhibits is the Surgeon General’s Report about the use of tobacco products. Whether you agree or not with LBJ’s policies, the library is filled with history and an interesting look through the eyes of Lady Bird.
Location: 5300 N. Capital of Texas Hwy http://www.yelp.com/biz/pennybacker-bridge-austin
Also known as the 360 bridge, the Pennybacker Bridge was completed in 1982 and named after Percy Pennybacker who designed many bridges in Texas. The drive across this bridge and down N. Capital of Texas Highway is considered one of the most scenic urban drives in central Texas. It is a little bit of hike up to the bridge, but once you make it to the top, it is one of the best views of Austin.
Texas State Capitol
Location: 1100 Congress Ave. Hours: 7am-10pm http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/tspb.htm
Widely recognized as one of the nationâ€™s most distinguished state capitols, the
current Texas State Capitol (1888) is the fourth building to house the Texas government. It is largest in gross square footage of all state capitols and second in total size only to the National Capitol in Washington D.C. but is almost 15 feet taller than the National Capitol. The Capitol building was dedicated to Temple Houston, son of Sam Houston on San Jacinto Day in 1888 in honor of Sam Houstonâ€™s service to the state of Texas. The 22 acres surrounding the Capitol house 19 monuments that represent moments in Texas history. Try to go on a day where you can sit in on state legislature.
CULTURE The culture of Austin is far more unique than any other
city. With the citywide support to “Keep Austin Weird”, the idea of “normal” is unheard of. The food, music, buildings, fashions, the people themselves are so creative and full of life. Murals line the city streets and beautiful lakes, rivers and pools surround the city. An escape is always available, whether you need to escape the city or escape the vast outdoors. The city of Austin is so multifaceted; you can always find exactly what you are looking for. Find the weird and unique things, look for the unordinary. I promise it is easy to find in a city like Austin.
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Lady Bird Lake/ Town Lake http://austintexas.gov/page/lady-bird-lake
Barton Springs Pool http://austintexas.gov/department/ barton-springs-pool
12th Annual Keep Austin Weird Fest www.keepaustinweirdfest.com
JUST DOWN THE BLOCK Big Bite http://bigbiterestaurant.com Boomerangs http://boomerangspies.com Burrito Factory http://www.yelp.com/biz/burrito-factory-austin Cream Wiskers http://www.creamwhiskers.com Freddie’s Place http://www.freddiesplaceaustin.com Mellow Mushroom http://mellowmushroom.com/store/austin Pluker’s Wing Bar http://www.pluckers.com Sushi Niichi http://www.yelp.com/biz/sushi-niichi-austin Taco Joint http://www.austintacojoint.com Tiff’s Treats http://www.cookiedelivery.com Torchy’s Tacos http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/lamar Trudy’s http://www.trudys.com Wheatsville Food Coop http://wheatsville.coop Whole Foods http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/lamar
Austin Books & Comics http://www.austinbooks.com BookPeople https://www.bookpeople.com Brave New Books http://bravenewbookstore.com
Stubb’s BBQ http://stubbsaustin.com Continental Club http://www.continentalclub.com The Parish http://www.theparishaustin.com ACL Live at the Moody http://acl-live.com Lucky Lounge http://theluckylounge.com The Mohawk http://mohawkaustin.com Cactus Café http://www.cactuscafe.org