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.

Patio Bars in Austin to Visit

Austin has become synonymous with breakfast tacos, watering holes (for drinking or swimming) and our obsession with patios. Triple-digit temperatures may slow us down, but never stop us from rounding up human and furry troops for ice-cold local craft beers, juicy burgers and ooey-gooey queso and the…

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Best Hotels in Austin

Austin has so many beautiful, cool, funky hotels that it can be difficult to choose favorites, but we’ve done the *wipes brow* hard work to bubble up the best. From contemporary to classic, there are a plethora of options to choose from. Here are just a few of the many top-rated hotels in Austin…

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10 Local Artists to Watch at SXSW 2021

This year, SXSW Conference and Festivals is taking the live music experience online from March 16-19, 2021. While we still can’t meet in person, SXSW Music Festival is aiming to bring attendees the same kind of immersive experience they have come to expect with a new online platform that will come…

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Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Austin

2021 is quickly approaching, and Austin knows how to celebrate in style. From live music and exclusive dinners to virtual celebrations, ATX has a range of events so you and your loved ones can ring in the New Year the right way. Check out some of the events we’ve highlighted so you can start…

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Best Seat in the House: ATX Cocina

Welcome to the Best Seat in the House, a digital series from Visit Austin, bringing together some of the best personalities in Austin's service industry sharing some ways to experience a taste of Austin from home. In this episode, bartender Caitlin Smith shares her simple, “at home” Desert Rose…

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Best Italian Restaurants in Austin

Sure, Austin is more often associated with BBQ and tacos than it is with Italian food. However, the city is home to a unique cross-section of Italian eateries from mom-and-pop, red sauce goodness to bowls of toothy, handmade pasta and Northern Italian fine-dining made with local Texas ingredients…

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Austin Bars & Restaurants With Patios

Austin is an ideal place to spend time with friends and family while surrounded by great food and fabulous music (we've kind of mastered the whole patio scene). What better way to celebrate the season than a fresh-air feast with your favorite people? Here are just a few of our favorite Austin…

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Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Austin

Texas may be renowned for its barbecue, but Austin’s culinary scene doesn’t stop there; the city is also brimming with meat-free fare and these restaurants are some of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Austin. Be prepared to be delighted and amazed. Courtesy of Arlo's. 1. Arlo’s Known…

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Texas Book Festival 2020

The annual Texas Book Festival (TBF) takes place October 31-November 15, 2020, in an all new virtual format. Free and open to the public, the 25 th annual festival will feature more than 125 authors participating in virtual sessions, including programming for adults, young adults, middle-grade…

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