There’s a reason Austin regularly tops the list for bachelor/bachelorette party destinations. With a multitude of options for lakes, bars, breweries, live music, barbecue and food trucks, you really can’t go wrong. Below we’ve broken down some of the best places to stay, where to eat and, most importantly, where to drink while you celebrate you or your friend's last fling in Austin.
Native Hostel. Credit Rachel Holtin, Austin Foodstagram.
Where to Stay
The romper room at East Austin's Native was made for giant slumber parties of this kind. With four bunks and a California King sized bed, a group of up to 10 guys or gals can comfortably sleep here. In true hostel fashion, mixing and mingling is highly encouraged. Find a mix of tourists and locals at the bar.
W Austin Hotel
Known for having the best rooftop pool deck in the city, the W Hotel is one of the most luxurious options for hotels. Brunch at Trace downstairs and check out the ‘secret bar’ and library room for drinks.
Hotel Van Zandt
This hotel is located in the midst of the Rainey Street Historic District, a popular drinking destination for young adults. It also offers a rooftop pool deck and fine dining option, Geraldine’s.
South Congress Hotel
If the quirky South Congress vibe is more your style, you can embrace the city’s ‘Keep Austin Weird’ philosophy and stay at the South Congress Hotel. Just a few blocks south of downtown, with an intimate pool area, three restaurants, a coffee shop, boutiques and a nail salon - there's a little something for everyone here.
Loro. Credit Rachel Holtin, Austin Foodstagram.
Where to Eat
A newcomer to the Austin dining scene, hailed by two of the most famous chefs in the city: Aaron Franklin of Franklin barbecue and Tyson Cole of Uchi and Uchiko. Loro offers a large space of both indoor and outdoor seating with order-at-the-bar service and an array of everything from barbecue to popcorn to fresh fish.
The original Chuy’s opened in 1982 on Barton Springs Road and it is an obvious choice for parties looking to dine on Tex-Mex. Indulge in queso, an unlimited chips and salsa bar and strong margaritas in their eclectic space.
Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
Brunch at Banger's is an experience in itself. Their lively patio on Rainey Street is filled with music from live bands each week, the ‘manmosas’ are filled with an entire bottle of champagne and an array of breakfast sausage options are on the menu.
The Salt Lick
If your group is willing to drive just outside of the city limits into Driftwood, you’ll find some pretty amazing barbecue at The Salt Lick. Located in the Texas wine country, there are plenty of beautiful vineyards nearby to visit.
June’s All Day
Ladies will love this cute cafe with old school diner-inspired decor on South Congress. With one of the best wine selections and top sommeliers in the city, you can't go wrong. Brunch is a must on the weekends.
Whole Foods Market
Visit the original Whole Foods on North Lamar to load up on your weekend essentials. There are also plenty of hot bar items for quick grab-and-go lunches.
Kitty Cohen's. Credit Rachel Holtin, Austin Foodstagram.
Where to Drink
This retro-inspired pool bar serves tropical tiki drinks on their patio. Don’t miss the flamingo wallpaper in the bathroom.
This German beer garden and bakeshop has been a staple in Austin for many years. It is located one block away from the Historic Sixth Street entertainment district.
This bar is located inside of a downtown Austin parking garage, and they are mixing up some of the best craft cocktails in the city. Order the Indian Paintbrush.
Hailing from NYC, this late night ping pong bar just opened in Austin this Summer. Get competitive and challenge your group to a doubles tournament - the loser can pick up the tab.
A revered downtown speakeasy housed in a former brothel on Historic Sixth Street. Table reservations for this cocktail bar are required before visiting.
The White Horse
Head over to this east side joint for a classic Texas honky-tonk, with live country bands every weekend and a late night taco truck.