We all know how refreshing Barton Springs Pool can be on a hot summer day, but there’s so much more to Austin than what the guide books tell you. From speakeasy bars to contemporary art galleries, these 12 best places to go in Austin with visitors will give your guests a weekend to remember. Don’t be surprised if they end up moving here.
1. Radio Coffee and Beer
Known for hosting bluegrass music on the porch every Monday, Radio Coffee and Beer offers the finest booze and caffeine south of Lady Bird Lake.
2. Elisabet Ney Museum
Best known for her stunning sculptures of famous figureheads, Elisabet Ney kept Austin weird even in the 1800s. This museum honors her work, her lifestyle, and the creative culture she cultivated.
3. Austin Beerworks
Whether it's a light blonde ale or a dark, buzzy brew you're craving, Austin Beerworks has the beer for your palate. Go ahead and stock up your fridge with a 99-pack. Take one down, pass it around...
4. Art on Fifth
Don't be fooled by its location. Art on Fifth brings life to this South Lamar shopping center with its wide variety of contemporary art. Dr. Seuss fans will gape at their collection of his fanciful animals and illustrations.
5. Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden.
Live music, 30 house-made sausages, and 100 craft beers make this Rainey Street beer garden a must-visit. Their Sunday big band brunch will keep your toes tapping all day long.
6. Uncommon Objects
Shopping at this antique store is like walking through a museum, except this one allows you to touch everything you see. Old instruments, long lost love letters, and delightful trinkets line every square foot. You never know, you might just find something you can't live without.
7. HOPE Outdoor Gallery
Once destined to become a condo building, this city-wide canvas now serves as a playground for artists all over the city. Topical murals and endearing words are spattered all over this graffiti park, and it's never the same place twice.
8. Firehouse Hostel and Lounge
At first glance, this hostel looks just like a normal inn or hotel, but push open the bookcase and you'll see the most intimate cocktail lounge in Austin. Prepare your guest for amazement.
9. Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill
You can't say no to a flight of moonshine. Treat your guest to some upscale Southern charm.
10. Driftwood Estate Winery
Though not technically in the city limits, The Driftwood Estate Winery always dazzles out-of-towners. Take a break from the wild parties on sixth street and soak up the gorgeous views in the Hill Country.
11. The Driskill Hotel
Anyone fancy some ghost hunting? This historic hotel has its fair share of creepy tales. Even if anecdotes from the afterlife aren't your thing, The Driskill Hotel's cocktail lounge will make any guest feel pampered and refreshed.
12. The Saxon Pub
With a setting as cozy as your living room, The Saxon Pub always delights visitors. Whether it's honeyed Americana or soulful blues on the bill, this music venue never disappoints.