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.

The Best Tex-Mex Restaurants in Austin, TX

Austin is home to many global cuisines, but Tex-Mex takes the crown as the local favorite. This blend of Mexican and Texas-style comfort food can be found on just about any street, often in family-run restaurants that have operated for years. Here are just some of the many Tex-Mex restaurants worth…

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25 Places for a Margarita in Austin

Nothing says Austin like an icy margarita enjoyed on an outdoor patio. The city offers countless great places that mix amazing margaritas. But how do you pick just one (or two, or three!)? To help you navigate, we’ve compiled a list of the top 25 margaritas in Austin. Now get to sipping! Jump to Map…

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Top Things to Do & See on East Cesar Chavez

Home to tons of local history and deeply-rooted culture, Austin's East Cesar Chavez neighborhood is where old Austin meets new. The area surrounding East Cesar Chavez Street, named for the Latino-American labor and civil rights advocate, sits just east of IH 35 from Downtown, and is a great place to…

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11 Austin Wine Bars Worth Visiting

Is “rosé all day” your personal mantra? At Austin’s many wine bars, you’ll find plenty of reds, whites, rosés, and more—enough to keep even the most enthusiastic oenophiles happy. Visit one of these Austin favorites to find the best bottles in town. Aviary. Courtesy of Resplendent Hospitality…

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Austin's Secret Speakeasies

What makes a good speakeasy? A feeling of discovery? A strong sense of place? Great drinks? Yes, yes, and yes. Inside a great speakeasy, the outside world seems to stop. Windowless and timeless, there’s just you and the few people with whom you get to share the experience. Get in on the secret at…

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Top Things To Do & See in Mueller

Mueller looks a little different from most neighborhoods in Austin, partly because it’s a lot newer, built with a vision in mind—sustainability, walkability and greenery everywhere. There’s always something happening in Mueller, both at the restaurants and bars, but also in the massive park that…

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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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Visiting Austin's ColdTowne Theatre

Austin is hilarious. Whether a visitor or a local, you don't have to be a comedic genius to get a kick out of the funny stuff going on around town. In addition to festivals such as the Moontower Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, Austin boasts many locations where you can catch comedy year-round. A…

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Austin’s Best Live Music Brunches

In the Live Music Capital of the World®, live music always adds to the full brunch experience. Here in Austin, there are tons of options for live music brunches, so here are just a few we’ve selected that you should try out this season. Courtesy of Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden. Banger’s…

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Historic Austin: Old East Austin

Old East Austin is a historic district located to the south of East Seventh Street, to the west of Interstate 35, and to the north of Martin Luther King Boulevard. Rooted in a vibrant history of blues and jazz, East Austin represents the cultural richness and history of the city’s thriving African…

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