Despite the endless amount of culture, beer, and art in Austin, it’s easy to fall into a predictable routine. Shake up your weekend by checking out some of the best kept secrets in Austin! Whether you’re craving a delightful cocktail or a new view of the city, there’s still plenty to be discovered.
1. 'Til Death Do Us Part mural
This romantically macabre street art is located at East 7th and Waller.
2. Midnight Cowboy
From the outside, this sign looks like an ordinary advertisement. Open its doors, however, and you'll find a lavish speakeasy only Gatsby could dream of. This sixth street cocktail bar usually requires reservations, so it's best to plan ahead.
3. Radisson Hotel, the best bar to view the bats
You don't have to spend hours sweating on the Ann Richards Bridge in order to get a good view of the bats. Head across the street and watch the little winged creatures from the comfort of the Radisson Hotel bar.
4. Donn's Depot
This unassuming dive bar on West Fifth is always a raucous good time.
5. Bar Illegal
This little cocktail lounge is tucked away on Rainey Street just behind Clive Bar.
6. The view from the top of HOPE Gallery
This is, hands down, the best date spot. If you take your significant other to see this view of the city, sparks will fly.
7. Austin Art Garage
Tucked away on South Lamar, Austin Art Garage showcases some of the best local art in the city.
8. Firehouse Hostel
This little speakeasy looks like an ordinary hostel from the outside, but the bar behind bookshelf in the lobby will surprise you!
9. Continental Club Gallery
Just north of the iconic Continental Club's entrance is the lesser-known Continental Club Gallery. Escape to the cozy upstairs bar and hear some toe-tapping music.
10. Garage Cocktail Bar
Yes, this bar is located in a parking garage, but it's as swanky as the hippest cocktail lounge on Rainey. Located at 503 Colorado, Garage Bar always impresses.