Austin Insider Blog

This blog, written and curated by Visit Austin staff, shares the things that visitors love and locals can't get enough of.

20 of the Best Dive Bars in Austin

Looking for the best dive bars in Austin, Texas? Head to these spots, where the drinks are stiff, the locals are friendly and the live music and jukeboxes play all night long. We’ve listed 20 down-home Austin bars to get your night started, from the best dive bars on 6th Street and around downtown…

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Queer Austin: 2 Day Itinerary

Austin is one of the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in the country, with a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index. But you won’t find just one “gayborhood” here. The community is integrated throughout this inclusive town, which means that LGBTQ visitors will find a…

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The Top 12 Places for Queso in Austin

I grew up in Austin, so queso has been a favorite food of mine for as long as I can remember. When I return to Austin after a vacation or business trip, it is the food that I must eat as soon as possible. Visitors often ask us which restaurants serve our favorite chips and queso, so here is a quick…

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Where to Find the Best Cold Brew in Austin

Austin has been called the cold brew capital of the nation. Perhaps it’s because cold brew coffee is a necessity during the summer season, or maybe it's because Austinites adopted cold brewing early in its rise to popularity. Some of the biggest names in cold brew coffee have been born in Austin…

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Where to Eat & Drink in Austin this Summer

Summer days and nights in Austin are best spent indulging in the city’s renowned dining and drinking scene. So go ahead and post up on a patio, seek out a popular food truck or pull up a bar stool and sample some of Austin’s best summer treats. Courtesy of Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden…

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Austin on a Budget: 50 Free & Cheap Things To Do

Experience the best of Austin, without putting a serious dent in your wallet, with our suggestions for 50 free and cheap things to do while you’re here. Stretch your travel dollars with everything from affordable food truck eats and outdoor adventures to free museums and tours. Texas State Capitol…

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5 Minutes with a Local: Lick Honest Ice Creams

Lick Honest Ice Creams has been making seasonal and sustainable artisan ice creams in Austin, Texas since 2011. We sat down with co-owners and local ice cream connoisseurs Anthony Sobotik and Chad Palmatier to learn more about the inspiration behind the favored, hyper-local ice cream shop. Get to…

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The Ultimate Guide to Austin Barbecue

When it comes to dining in Austin, you can’t leave town without trying some true Texas barbecue. Whether you like your ribs and brisket done old school-style or with a modern twist, you’re sure to find your new favorite among these sizzling barbecue hot spots. Franklin Barbecue, credit Eric Ellis…

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Shop Like a Local: 6 Austin Farmers Markets

There are few things as refreshing as a sunny morning in Austin, surrounded by fresh produce, colorful bouquets, hot coffee and the sound of a local musician wafting through the stalls at one of our many farmers markets. Whether you're in town for a few days or a few weeks, a visit to one of our…

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Hot Luck Live Food & Music Festival

A weekend-long festival that blends creative food tastings with live music, Hot Luck Live Food & Music Festival is any foodie’s paradise. Returning for its third year May 23-26, 2019, the annual event has already been called “the best food festival in the country” by VICE’s food channel, MUNCHIES…

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