Out of Towner’s Guide to Austin.

This guide’s purpose is to help you design your stay in Austin, whether it is for a forum retreat, a business meeting, or a vacation.  You’ll find ideas for where to stay, where to eat, and what to do.

Places to Stay.

After all that queso, brisket, and Tito’s, you might need to rest your head.  We suggest you try one of these fine establishments for a good recharge.


South Congress Hotel – 1603 South Congress Ave.

Hotel Eleven –  1123 E. 11th Street

Hotel San Jose – 1316 South Congress Ave.

The Guild (multiple locations)

Hotel Saint Cecilia – 112 Academy Drive

Luxury Hostels

Native Hostels – 807 E 4th Street

Firehouse Hostel – 605 Brazos Street


JW Marriott – 110 E 2nd Street

The W – 200 Lavaca Street

The Westin Downtown – 310 East 5th Street

Aloft Austin – 109 E 7th Street

Forum Retreat Accomodations

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Places to Eat.

Austin considers itself not just the music capitol of the world, but also the food truck capitol.  While you may have to wait in a line or two, we are pretty sure you will enjoy the wait.


La Barbecue – 2027 E. Cesar Chavez

Chilantro BBQ – (multiple locations)

Terry Black’s – 1003 Barton Springs Road

Franklin Barbecue – 900 E 11th Street

Torchy’s Tacos – (multiple locations)

Chuy’s Tex-Mex – 1728 Barton Springs Road

El Chilito –  (multiple locations)


Elizabeth Street Café – 1501 S. 1st Street

Counter Café – (multiple locations)

Jacoby’s Mercantile – 3235 E Cesar Chavez

School House Pub – 2207 Manor Road

Torchy’s Tacos – (multiple locations)

Holy Roller – 509 Rio Grande St

Irene’s – 506 West Avenue


Wu Chow – 500 W. 5th Street

June’s All Day – 1722 South Congress

Justine’s Brasserie – 4710 E 5th Street

Elizabeth Street Café –1501 S. 1st Street

Launderette – 2115 Holly Street

Dai Due – 2406 Manor Road

Emmer & Rye – 51 Rainey Street

Late, Late Night

24 Diner – 600 N. Lamar

Magnolia Café – (multiple locations)

Food Delivery

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While 6th street is legendary (if you are also a fan of Bourbon Street), you might enjoy a more seasoned crowd on Rainey Street or one of our many live music venues. Cause, Rock n’ Roll y’all.

Live Music

Elephant Room – 315 Congress Ave

The Skylark Lounge – 2039 Airport Blvd

Rainey Street – Most bars have live music

The Blackheart – 86 Rainey Street

Live Music/Country

The Broken Spoke – (for country dancing)  3201 South Lamar

The White Horse Saloon – 500 Comal Street


Whisler’s – 1816 E 6th Street

Garage Bar – 503 Colorado St

The Little Darlin’ – 6507 Circle S. Road, (no website)

HandleBar – 121 E 5th Street

Firehouse Lounge – 605 Brazos Street

The Dogwood – 715 W. 6th Street


Clark’s Oyster Bar – 1200 W 6th Street

South Congress Hotel lobby bar – 1603 S. Congress

Midnight Cowboy – 313 E 6th Street

Péché – 208 W 4th Street

Places to Drink Beer

Hops & Grain – 507 Calles Street

Austin Beerworks – 3001 Industrial Terrace

Things to Do.

Austin is very much a lifestyle city.  We enjoy getting out and working out.  (We have a lot of food to work off.)  So enjoy your time walking, paddle boarding, or riding around our beautiful city.


Bats at the Congress Ave bridge (March – October)

The Texas Capital – 1100 Congress Ave

Texas Cemetery – 909 Navasota

LBJ Presidential Library – 2313 Red River Street


Austin Eats Food Tour

Chicken Shit Bingo at The Little Longhorn Saloon (Sundays only)

Whole Foods (original flagship location) – 525 N. Lamar


Swim year-round in Barton Springs Swimming Hole

Your Biker Gang – Rent fat-tired electric minibikes

Surf at NLand Surf Park

Rent a kayak or canoe on Lady Bird Lake

Bike around Lady Bird Lake


South Congress Ave

2ndStreet District

By George (multiple locations)

Allen’s Boots – 1522 S. Congress Ave


Violet Crown Movie Theater – 434 W. Second Street

The Contemporary Austin – 700 Congress Ave

Blanton Museum of Art – 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Alamo Drafthouse – (multiple locations)

Art/Get a Tattoo

Southside Tattoo – 1313 S Congress Ave

Triple Crown Tattoo – 1157 Chicon St

Golden Age – 2008 Fortview Rd

Dovetail Tattoo – 310 W 17th St