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Austin Music-Lover’s Tour

The Texas capital is home to a rollicking music scene. T+L takes a spin through its roadhouses and saloons.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Full day

Overview :  It may be the capital of the biggest, baddest, brashest state in the Union, but it also has a soothing one-horse feel. And although... more »

Tips:  Austin’s weather is best from October through April, though nights can be cold in January and February. Temperatures soar into the... more »

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Points of Interest

An Art Deco house set on 12 waterfront acres, featuring a rotating collection.

Address:
3809 W. 35th St.
Austin, Texas
United States

Phone:
(512) 458-8191

Zilker Park's three-acre pool, created from natural freshwater springs, is a favorite local hangout.

Address:
2201 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, Texas
United States

Phone:
(512) 867-3080

3. Bess Bistro

Bess translates an idealized French bistro into western terms (pewter bar; encaustic tile; distressed mirrors). Yes, it serves killer steak frites, but there are plenty of smart Lone Star touches: grilled quail, for example, is glazed in guajillo honey (an ingredient recently inducted into Slow Food USA's Ark of Taste). End your meal with a "... More

A terrific brunch spot with 1950's-inspired interiors.

Address:
4800 Burnet Rd., Ste. C300
Austin, Texas
United States

Phone:
(512) 454-7827

Catch musician and local legend Jesse Dayton on Thursday nights.

Address:
3201 S. Lamar
Austin, Texas
United States

Phone:
(512) 442-6189

Music strikes a note in Austin, known as the "Live Music Capital of the World" so dance your way to this bar for blues, country rock, and rockabilly sounds.

Address:
1315 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas
United States

Phone:
(512) 441-2444

Stop by for grilled pimento cheese sandwiches, cult-favorite Coca-Cola from Mexico, and a stellar burger topped with crumbly cheddar.

Address:
626 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas
United States

Phone:
(512) 708-8800

Order the birria>, a hearty Mexican goat stew. The light burgundy broth has an oily sheen, and should be showered with minced jalapeño, onion, cilantro, habanero chile, and lime juice. Blended together, the beautiful gamy shredded goat is made fruity and smoky with all the chiles stewed into the brew.

Address:
390 S. Congress Ave.
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Unpretentious oasis on Lady Bird Lake; public spaces are distinctly Southwestern (a hide-covered sofa and the like).

Address:
98 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, Texas
United States

Phone:
(800) 332-3442

This cramped honky-tonk isn't licensed to sell spirits but does provide the setup - the ice and juice - for only a few dollars.

Address:
5434 Burnet Rd.
Austin, Texas
United States

Phone:
(512) 458-1813

Long privately held but open to the public because its owners didn't feel right about not sharing it, Hamilton Pool is now the centerpiece of a nature preserve run by the state. This is a Hill Country oasis, especially in summer; it is a naturally collapsed grotto with a large round pool of clear, cold water into which a waterfall pours over a... More

Hotelier Liz Lambert’s newest property. Pearl Jam and Dave Matthews were recent guests.

Address:
112 Academy Dr.
Austin, Texas
United States

Phone:
(512) 852-2400

Located in the modern bohemian neighborhood of South Congress (or SoCo), the über-hip San Jose; Hotel has 40 sleek, minimalist guest rooms with earthy tones, warm woods, and simple, modern lines. A serene garden of native Texas plants has crushed granite pathways linking lobby/lounge, courtyard, and pool. Locals join guests at the lounge to... More

14. Jo's

The coffee house is adjacent to the Hotel San Jose; and is perfect for iced coffees and people watching.

Address:
1300 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas
United States

Phone:
(512) 444-3800

The postmodern barbecue joint, housed among mid-construction condo buildings in an airy, historic brick warehouse, delivers outstanding barbecued chicken, moist and with a clove-y smoke character. Chase your bbq with a hoppy Lost Gold IPA from Blanco, Texas. The brisket is textbook: super-wet and judiciously smoked.

Address:
401 W. 2nd St.
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Art from South of the Border includes several José Clemente Orozcos and Rufino Tamayos (and a number of other painters of a heroic, postrevolutionary mode), as well as a collection of gorgeous 19th-century earthenware pitchers for serving pulque, a viscous agave beer. It’s a compelling collection that highlights how much traditional and... More

Sandra Bullock owns this flower shop, bakery, and deli where the motto is Perishable, cherishable, fetishable.

Address:
609 W. 6th St.
Austin, Texas
United States

Phone:
(512) 542-3380