There’s no shortage of amazing attractions in Austin. Everyone knows about Zilker Park’s expansive greenery and Lady Bird Lake’s idyllic waters, but other places remain under the radar. These are 10 hidden gems in Austin you have to see before you die.
1. Casa Neverlandia
Sprinkle some fairy dust and fly into a fairy tale. At Casa Neverlandia Art House, every inch is covered in whimsy and magic. This two bedroom home is powered by solar panels and coated in mosaic tiles.
2. The Little Longhorn Saloon
The Little Longhorn Saloon is about as Texan as you can get. This cozy drinking den serves cheap beer and good times.
3. "You're My Butter Half" mural
The United Way for Greater Austin supports local nonprofits, but that isn't the only thing that will put a smile on your face. On the side of their building located at MLK and Alamo is one of the brightest murals in Austin. "You're My Butter Half" has adorned this wall since 2012 and is now a must-see mural on the east side.
4. Strange Brew Lounge Side
Non-stop caffeine isn't the only thing this south Austin coffee shop can boast about. This coffee bar also has one of the best listening rooms in the city. Swing by for Sunday brunch, where the music is free and all donations go toward the Capital Area Food Bank.
5. Luke's Inside Out
This gourmet food trailer serves up some pretty wild dishes. Their queso is served with homemade crinkle cut chips and crispy bacon. You must try their rabbit sandwich, made with kimchi, tater tots, and "koreachup."
6. Yard Bar
This bar is all about dogs! Part park and part restaurant, Yard Bar serves up treats for both humans and canines.
SprATX devotes their time to beautifying the city with jaw-dropping street art. You can visit the gallery on Cesar Chavez Street and take in all of the colorful creations.
8. The Cloak Room
This little bar sits in the basement of a historic yellow building next to the Texas State Capital. It's rumored that politicians share a pint here and discuss policies while they're in session.
9. Secret Beach
Admittedly, this beach isn't so secret anymore. Austinites love their swimming spots, and the word got out quick. If you follow the walking trail near Roy G. Guerrero Park, you'll soon come across a lovely little oasis filled with water and sand.
10. Firehouse Lounge
This local watering hole feels more like a speakeasy than a downtown bar. Located inside a hostel, the Firehouse Lounge sits right behind a door disguised as a bookcase.