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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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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July Top Events & Festivals

Welcome to summer in Austin where the sun is bright, the weekends are long and the music is rocking. Whether you're here for a night or for a week there are almost infinite ways to keep busy and stay cool. Here are some of our favorite events around town this July: Willie Nelson's 4th of July…

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6 Instagram-Worthy Stops in Austin

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Austin has a lot to say. The city is full of “Insta-worthy” views that would make anyone with a camera phone and a social media account go crazy. Feel free to snap and share any of the great moments you have in Austin, but here is a list of essential…

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Your Complete Austin Summer Bucket List

Summertime is a great time to visit Austin. Outdoor activities are the name of the game, from kayaking Lady Bird Lake to cooling off in a spring-fed swimming hole and catching a concert in a scenic park. Here are 35 fun ideas to help build your Austin summer bucket list. Rowing Dock kayaks at the…

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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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Visiting the Neill-Cochran House Museum

Immerse yourself in Greek Revival architecture and life during Austin’s 19th century. Located near the campus of The University of Texas , the Neill-Cochran House Museum is one of few Antebellum buildings open to the public in Austin. The museum showcases the city's cultural, economic and…

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Discover Austin with local musician Dr. JOE

Let musician and Austinite, Dr. JOE , take you on a tour of his hometown that celebrates music, art, food trucks and everything else that makes the Texas capital wonderfully weird. Explore Austin and discover what makes the Live Music Capital of the World® so special, from honky-tonks and dance halls…

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15 Unforgettable Date Ideas in Austin

Couples looking for a romantic getaway will find plenty of fun things to do in Austin, from foodie favorites to active adventures. Get some tips for your next date with these 15 ideas. Credit Geoff Duncan. 1. Get pampered with a luxurious spa treatment. Enjoy a soothing massage alongside your…

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Austin's Top Tacos

You’re not eating right if you’re not eating tacos while visiting Austin. From taquerias to taco trucks, there’s no shortage of spots to indulge in one of Austin’s favorite foods. And you can dine on them all day, from breakfast to late night. Here’s a roundup of some of our town’s top tacos…

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