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Editors’ Note Contributors Staff Carry-On Essentials “Best Of TV” Plane Playlist Do: Umlauf Sculpture Garden Do: Outdoor Activities Do: Cedar Street Do: Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon Do: Midnight Cowboy

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Do: Abel’s on the Lake Do: The Broken Spoke Eat: The Salt Lick Eat: The Tex-Mex Debate Eat: Uchi Eat: South Congress Cafe Kyle Killen’s Best Night Out ATX Television Festival: Friday Night Lights Community Event

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ATX Television Festival: Saturday Morning Cartoons Stay: Hotel St. Cecilia Stay: Hotel San Jose Stay: Stephen F. Austin Shop: South Congress Shop: 2nd Street District Caitlin’s Austin Favorites Emily’s Austin Picks

How To Use this Guide 1. Peruse the pretty pages to find things you like 2. Scroll over the item name & click the link 3. Buy it! Disclaimer: We make a conserted effort to assure nearly every item in this guide is available to purchase at the time the guide is released. We do not have control over items that become discontinued, out of stock or are not in the particular size you need.


Cover art inspired by: Vicki Shuck Fine Art

Editor’s Note About GirlAT & ATX Festival Howdy, Y’all! We are exited to head back to Austin for the 2nd year of the ATX Television Festival. So excited, in fact, that we’ve made this season’s shopping guide into a “Best Of Austin” city guide. Austin is a city dear to us, since we both attended the University of Texas at Austin. (And didn’t even know each other then!) Between its famous tagline, “Live Music Capital of the World” and the ever popular call to “Keep Austin Weird,” the Texas state capital defies presumptions about what it should be and prefers to keep evolving… into whatever it damn well feels like. Which is why visitors fall in love with Austin so easily, and yet have a difficult time packing for ‘Austin chic’. With that in mind, we created a guide filled with our favorites for where to go and what to do, as well as what to wear around this fun town. 3

And why are so many visitors getting together here? For the ATX Television Festival, of course! In its second year, the ATX Television Festival has already achieved a prestigious position within television industry insiders. And more important, this incredibly successful and fun festival was created by two friends, Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson, and we are so happy to be there to support them again this year. See you around Austin!

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Our Contributors ATX Television Festival co-founders Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson have spent the better part of a decade in a variety of roles within the entertainment industry — from film & television production to working in the network & studio systems; as well as being on the ground level of both the festival and filmmaker sides of Sundance, Tribeca and Doha Tribeca. Combining their knowledge, along with an Advisory Board filled with prominent industry professionals, they’ve introduced a one-of-a-kind festival experience. Caitlin McFarland & Emily Gipson, Co-Founders, ATX Festival

As a music supervisor, Lindsay has set the tone for hit TV shows like One Tree Hill, Ghost Whisperer, The Sing Off, The Client List and many more as the owner of Lone Wolf Music Supervision. Follow @LoneWolfLindsay for her new music picks. Lindsay Wolfington


Photos: The EA Photography Studio

Our Staff

Girl Around Town Co-Founders, Leigh Evans & Mary Cunningham

Diana Horwich Diller Editor, Los Angeles

Karina Schroeder Editor, NY Arts & Culture

Julie Bortnick Editor, Style

Lauren Mills Editor, Houston

Jessica Shia Resident Stylist

Lyndsey Zorich Editor, Style

Leigh & Mary outside Austin’s iconic Threadgill’s during South by Southwest this March

Graphic Design by Molly Watman Photo credits: All photos not credited are from the featured company’s official website or Facebook page.


Emily Welsh Resident Chef


“Best of TV” Airplane Playlist

Carry-On Essentials

By Lindsay Wolfington

TV Soundtrack Orchestra • Sex And The City Theme (Sex and the City, theme) Phantom Planet • California - Tchad Blake Mix (The OC, theme) ZZ Ward • Put the Gun Down (The Client List) Ellie Goulding • Anything Could Happen (New Girl) The Fray • How To Save A Life - Single Mix (Grey’s Anatomy) Nashville Cast • If I Didn’t Know Better (Nashville) Aloe Blacc • I Need A Dollar (How to Make it

By Julie Bortnick My carry-on is pretty much everything to me. It’s easy to get restless on airplanes, so I make sure the bag under my seat is stocked with everything I could want or need. From snacks to headphones to reading material, I don’t leave home without the following travel essentials:

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Glee Cast feat. Gwyneth Paltrow • Forget You (Glee) Sia • Breathe Me (Six Feet Under) Mikky Ekko • We Must Be Killers (Teen Wold) Angus & Julia Stone • For You (Revenge) The Mynabirds • Body of Work (Gossip Girl) The Hives • Hate To Say I Told You So (Alias) Florence + The Machine • Never Let Me Go (Vampire Diaries, One Tree Hill) Coldplay • Us Against the World (One Tree

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Joe Cocker • With A Little Help From My Friends (The Wonder Years, theme) RJD2 • A Beautiful Mine (Mad Men, theme)

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DO Umlauf Sculpture Garden This stunning sculpture garden is a non-traditional museum and an oasis tucked away in South Austin. Dedicated to the work of 20th century American sculptor Charles Umlauf, this is the largest “touchable� outdoor art collection in Texas. Beautiful bronze sculptures are coated with wax so you can get up close and personal with the works of art while strolling the grounds.

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Let’s be honest, Texas summers are H-O-T. If you can’t escape the heat, enjoy it with awesome water activities. Try your hand (and core and quads) at paddleboarding on Lady Bird Lake. On the edge of downtown, the city skyline is the perfect backdrop to the trendiest core

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workout around. Want to just chill? Head to Barton Springs for a cool dip. Nestled within Zilker Park, the pool is fed from underground springs that keep it at a chilly 68° yearround. Psst, rumor has it this is where Robert Redford learned to swim as a boy.

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Cedar Street Serving up live music seven nights a week, you can catch the best from Austin locals, nationally known acts and groovy cover bands. The interior is sleek, but its large outdoor courtyard is where you’ll spend your time at this truly rockin’ joint. 01 7 8 69 7 t, .96 S th 495 4 . . W 512 8


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Friday Night Lights star and musician, Jessie Plemmons performs at ATX 2012 in some classic Rockabilly flair.


There aren’t many places in the world where you can sip an ice cold Lone Star for $2, listen to live music and learn to two-step while playing chickenshit bingo, but Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon is one of these treasures. Don’t worry about hipsters filling up this honky-tonk, instead you’ll find the rockabilly scene alive and thriving within these cinder block walls.

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Midnight Cowboy Shhh...This classic prohibition era speakeasy is located in the heart of 6th Street, but a nondescript door and buzzer is the only indication that you’re at the right spot. In a town known for icehouse longnecks, mixology is heralded at this swanky cocktail hideaway. Some of the delectable drinks are even concocted tableside for a peek at the mixing magic in action. Make a reservation {online}; this bar likes its rules and one is Thou Shalt Be On The List. Oh, and cell phones–for, you know, talking – are a big no-no.

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Abel’s on the Lake What started as a sorority and fraternity favorite in the heart of West Campus has moved on up to the big time with a second, lakeside location overlooking Lake Austin. Absorb the best of the Austin lifestyle by relaxing with a burger and beer on the expansive two-story patio whilie watching water skiers and wakeboarders zoom by in their swanky speedboats.

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Dancing at Broken Spoke First swinging its doors open in 1964 this is the dancehall for a night of kicking your heels up to some real-deal Texas-style country music. Famed musicians have played their hearts out here for years, including local favorites like Gary P. Nunn and Chris Wall but out-of-towners might be more impressed by the big names like George Strait, Jerry Jeff Walker and Willie Nelson who’ve strummed guitars at the Spoke as well. Don’t miss the memorabilia room, and oh, by the way keep an eye out, as Mr. Nelson’s been known to stop in for chicken fried steak.


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Austin does not lack for barbeque joints, so to pick one to recommend could be hard, yet former Austin residents Leigh and Mary both agree; Salt Lick is the Girl Around Town fave. Boasting BBQ recipes dating back to the mid-1800’s this is one of the best spots for ribs, brisket and sausage the Hill Country. Hitch a ride to Driftwood, TX, {a wee drive from Austin} and enjoy some time in the country. The grounds of the restaurant are as beautiful as the smokehouse is amazing. , 826 1 0 FM TX 59 0 9 3 4 , . 18 d woo 12.857 t f i r 5 D 9 1 786

Girl Around Town Favorite: Salt Lick

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Meats are seared and slowcooked over rocks, like they did way back when, making it some of the best Texas fare you’ll ever sink your teeth into.

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Caption can take up two lines Can’t make it to The Salt Lick? Order a bottle of their famous sauce.


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EAT Güero’s or Maudie’s

Tex-Mex must-haves? Crisp chips, fresh salsa, tequila (obvi), and a laid back atmosphere. But what makes a Tex-Mex spot great? Leigh & Mary have different opinions, yet you can’t go wrong with either. Mary champions the fajitas at Güero’s, while Leigh swears that Maudie’s cheese enchiladas are the

best when it comes to curbing Tex-Mex cravings. And the Tex-Mex debate rages on. Deciding on a restaurant is hard but the outfit is easy; rock a perfect look in cute shorts, sandals and a blouse. Phew. Now, who’s up for another tequila shot?

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EAT Uchi

If you assume that Austin isn’t winning any awards for sushi, let us introduce you to James Beard Award-winning chef Tyson Cole. His raw seafood creations are a tastebud treat, crafting traditional Japanese recipes with unexpected flavors. Think sea bass in orange oil with garlic and black pepper. Yum.

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If you don’t want to wait for a table at the popular hotspot, make a reservation or plan to get there early. Oh, by the way, Uchi’s happy hour is a great way to taste the divine creations without breaking the bank.

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Truly great brunch? Look no further than South Congress Cafe. Housed in an 1940’s drug store, this charming spot boasts a menu that includes Jalapeno Venison Meatloaf and Carrot Cake French Toast, as well as brunch standards like migas, eggs benedict and burgers. This is another place you can expect to wait, but a delicious cappuccino from their bar will fill the time!

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Kyle Killen’s Best Night Out We might expect someone who’s written a few hit TV shows and a movie starring Mel Gibson to be very West Coast. Not the case with Austin local Kyle Killen. Which is why we asked the Austin connoisseur and writer extraordinaire, “Where do you go for a night on the town in Austin?”

Kyle Killen, Austinphile

Dinner Home Slice I like to feel hipster inadequate with my pizza. Cocktail Easy Tiger I like pretzels the size of car doors with my drinks.

Photo: The EA Photography Studio

The Parish 214 E. 6th St, 78701


Theater Alamo Drafthouse Please let me know who answers this question differently and I will celebrate their independence.

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Easy Tiger 709 E. 6th St., 78701 512.614.4972

Live music The Parish My memory is that this has something to do with the color purple, but it’s hazy. Late night meal Tortas Food Truck I don’t even know what they make. It had a hot dog in it and it’s karaoke adjacent. Alamo Drafthouse at “The Ritz” 320 E. 6th St., 78701 512.476.1320

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Parents, bring your children in their pajamas (you can wear yours, too!) to the Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel for this family-friendly, free event. Breakfast will be served as we all gather to watch My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop and Transformers: Rescue Bots. And maybe there will be surprise visit by a voice actor of one of their favorite characters! Hasbro Studios will provide giveaways to attending children.   This event is free, but please RSVP here with your child(ren)’s age so we can work to accommodate everyone.

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Hotel St. Cecelia The Hotel St. Cecilia is secluded in Austin’s SoCo District. {Think: Hip & funky.} This hidden gem is named in honor of the patron saint of music and poetry and is a true escape from our loud and crazy world.

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Hotel San Jose If St. Cecilia is about getting away, San Jose is about getting involved. Cecilia’s sister property, the Hotel San Jose, is another quaint haunt on South Congress, though there is nothing hidden about this gem. Whether it’s drinks on the patio at their outdoor bar or watching a flick in a lawn chair in the parking lot, San Jose is all about bringing the Austin community 4 0 7 8 together. e, 7 322 v A ress .444.7 g n Co 12 . 5 S 6 131 Flight 001 - Utility Charge Tool


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Texan friendliness exudes from every person greeting you on your way into this well-appointed hotel. A part of the Intercontinental family, the Stephen F. Austin goes beyond basics and provides decor and with a Texas twang, like a gigantic longhorn head mounted above the whiskey collection in the Stephen F. bar. Our favorite? The wrap around balcony, which provides the perfect place for sippin’ a cocktail, partaking in some queso 1 7870 and checking out the downtown scene. , e v ss A 7.8800 e r g n 2.45 rth Co 1 o 5 N 701

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Blackmail Boutique (women’s wear) 1202 S. Congress, 512.326.7670


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Caitlin’s Austin Favorites Activity: Early morning weekend walk around Town Lake (interchangeably called Lady Bird Lake) with my pup...

...Followed by coffee and breakfast tacos outside from Taco Deli or the breakfast bar at Whole Foods on Lamar. It’s a lovely way to get outside, beat the crowds and relax with good food and caffeine. Taco Deli 1500 Spyglass, 78746 512.732.0303

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Meal : Ordering the Magnolia Omelet with a side of pancakes at Magnolia Cafe on Lake Austin. (Preferably after 10pm, but good anytime of the day:) 32

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Bar/Happy Hour: Parkside has an amazing Happy Hour from 5-6:30pm with 1/2 off bar food and Parkside certain beverages. Total steal!

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Emily’s Austin Picks Coffee : Mozart’s. I love being able to sit outside and work, write or meet friends to catch-up. It’s on the water, so it feels peaceful outside the chaos of the city.  Plus–not only do they have excellent coffee–they also serve gelato and Amy’s Ice Cream.  

Activity: In-stores at Waterloo Records. There’s nothing like listening to one of your favorite bands play an intimate set surrounded by so many great vinyls.

Mozart’s 3825 Lake Austin Blvd., 78703 512.477.2900

Venue : The North Door. It’s this really cool venue off of East 5th Street.They have an array of events from screenings to music to comedy shows and everything in between. When you’re there, it feels like you’re part of a secret club (this might be due to the barely marked door).   The North Door 501 N. 1-35, 78702 512.485.3011


Waterloo Records 600 N. Lamar Blvd., 78703 512.474.2500

But even on days that don’t have in-stores, I could spend hours perusing records at Waterloo. It’s like minivacation in the craziness of the week.


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