[FoRK] must-see in Austin TX?
Thu Dec 22 08:23:15 PST 2005
I'd be happy to have dinner w/ you, if you're not still pissed
off. ;-) :-)
As for must-see attractions, here's a few suggestions:
- Am a big fan of gardens, critters, botanical parks, natural beauty
* botanical gardens in Zilker Park
* Umlauf Sculpture Gardens (near / by Zilker)
* Lake Travis, if you can make it out there; Oasis for ritas and
view, if they've reopened
* and / or Enchanted Rock, if you can make it out there
- Railfan! Know about www.austinsteamtrain.org, any others local too?
* I rode the steam train once; it was an all-day affair, and
frankly not that exciting. But YMMV.
- Fond of historical preservation stuff in general...
* not my gig, don't know much about it
- I (heart) good BBQ (and who doesn't?!)
* Salt Lick if you're up for a drive, Iron Works downtown if not
- Not much on country music, else I'd stay for SXSW Music Fest.
* SXSW Music Fest isn't really country-oriented; it's much more
rock / blues, lots of good stuff
* even if you don't go, try to catch somebody live somewhere while
* Bob Schneider, Ian Moore, and Jane Bond are always fun
* Elephant Room downtown is the place to go if you're into jazz
* Continental Club on SoCo is an Austin standby, world-famous
* dinner / movie at the Alamo Draft House - voted Best Movie
Theater in the World by Entertainment mag.
* must spend one night prowling 6th Street and Warehouse District
* spend some time down in funky SoCo; south of the river on
Congress, very cool
* Tex-Mex Mile has a variety of inexpensive dining options, not all
of which are nuclear hot
* Tex-Mex Mile is S. 1st street from the river to Oltort, parallel
to S. Congress, 2 blocks west
* Best Dive Bar in the World: G&S Lounge, S. 1st just south of
Oltorf. Runner up: Ego's, Riverside and S. Congress
* also must-visit bar: Casino El Camino, south side of 6th.
Burgers are outrageously good
* if you happen to be looking for T&A, Expose on S. Congress is my
favorite place like that in the world
* spend some time around the campus. the area's not as hip / funky
as it used to be, but still cool
* fave coffee shop: The Green Muse, S. 1st and Oltorf. wi-fi,
coffee, weird tunes, snacks, nice patio
I'm not sure where you're staying / what your price range is, etc.,
or if it's already booked, but if you can swing it Hotel San Jose is
a world-class cool place to stay. It's an old, old, dingy 40s-style
"motor-hotel" that was bought, renovated, and made WAY swank a few
years ago. Favorite place to stay for visiting celebs, etc. S.
Congress north of Annie.
There's a lot more but it seems like you've excluded one thing I
could rant about for hours, the high-end foodie options. ;-) If
you're into sushi, though, you *must* go to Uchi, over on S. Lamar
near Zilker. More robata than strictly sushi, very good. Pricey,
though. A lower-cost option w/o quite the foodie sex appeal is
Mimosa on Barton Springs, right by Zilker Park.
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