Austin April 19, 2018
9 Retro Places In Austin That Will Take You Back In Time
Take a walk down memory lane and reminisce on days gone by. Even though Austin keeps pushing forward, there’s still plenty of places that celebrate the past. Dine at a ’50s diner and watch a classic movie at a drive-in theater. These nine retro places in Austin will take you back in time.
1. Sawyer & Co.
This retro New Orleans-style eatery is a local favorite. Dine at the sleek, pastel-colored bar and sink your teeth into a scrumptious seafood po-boy. Antique TVs play episodes of your favorite nostalgic sitcoms, and the atmosphere feels as cheery as an episode of
I Dream of Jeannie
. Visit Sawyer & Co. at 4827 E Cesar Chavez St. To learn more, read our feature article
2. The Austin Roller Rink
Put on some oldies and let the good times roll. The Austin Roller Rink will take you back to a happier time when the clothes were shiny and the music was poppin'. Reminisce in the good 'ole days at 11600 Manchaca Road.
3. Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In
Recline the passenger's seat and sit back with a big, buttery bowl of popcorn. At Blue Starlite Drive-In, you can watch new and retro movies in a nostalgic environment. You can even rent them out for a private party! Blue Starlite Drive-In is located at 2103 E M. Franklin Ave.
4. Star Seeds Cafe
This funky diner serves scrumptious comfort food 24 hours a day. The bright atmosphere and 1950's theme will completely charm you. Pour some sweet maple syrup over their fluffy pancakes and crunch on some salty, smoky bacon. You can never go wrong at 3101 N Interstate 35.
5. Nau's Enfield Drug
This local staple has been satisfying Austinites' sugar cravings since 1951. Their old-fashioned soda fountain serves the best root beer float in the city. In addition to their indulgent desserts and tasty burgers, Nau's is a drug store and pharmacy. Visit this little retro gem at 1115 W Lynn St.
6. Sugar Mama's Bakeshop
Sweet confections are served with a smile at Sugar Mama's bakeshop. The welcoming interior and checkered tile floor will make you feel like you're dining in grandma's kitchen. You'll keep dreaming about their decadent red velvet cupcakes. Visit them at 1905 S 1st Street or 2406 Manor Road Suite B. To learn more, read our feature article
7. Hut's Hamburgers
For over 77 years, Hut's Hamburgers has whipped up mouthwatering comfort food. This iconic Austin eatery began its days in 1939, and you really can't beat the classic burger and shake combination. Visit Hut's Hamburgers at 807 W 6th St.
8. Roadhouse Relics
You probably know about the iconic "Greetings From Austin" mural, but do you know about the shop inside? Artist Todd Sanders specializes in flashy neon signs, and they look like they're strait from the '50s and '60s! Sanders recently opened up a gift shop inside his gallery, so you can browse his work and pick up a souvenir or two. Roadhouse Relics can be found at 1720 S 1st St.
9. Top Notch
This famous drive-in burger joint was featured in the movie
Dazed and Confused
, and their burgers make Austinites say "alright, alright, alriiiiight." With delicious chicken fried steak and incredible onion rings, Top Notch remains true to its name. If you really want a throwback, come by during one of their hot rod nights and gape at the classic cars. To learn more about this retro Austin restaurant, read our feature article
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