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.

Music Venues in South Austin

Known for being an expansive district of oak tree-scattered neighborhoods, green spaces, and the quintessential weirdness that, well, keeps Austin weird, South Austin is filled with a ton of hidden gems that locals like to keep secret. A secret no more, here are some of the best live music spots you…

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Austin's Best Murals

Austin's buildings and walls may be canvases, but they're anything but blank. Explore any of the city's neighborhoods and you’re bound to stumble on an ever-changing gallery of murals and street art. Grab your camera and take yourself on a sightseeing tour through a wealth of colorful, approachable…

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Austin’s Most LGBTQ+-Friendly Neighborhoods

Austin, known for its eclectic culture and vibrant music scene, also shines as a beacon of inclusivity, boasting a variety of gay-friendly neighborhoods and LGBTQ+-owned businesses. Let's explore the diverse offerings of these neighborhoods, showcasing the unique charm that makes each lively gay…

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The Most Walkable Neighborhoods in Austin

Austin's reputation for vibrant culture is showcased by its abundance of walkable neighborhoods, each packed with unique attractions and amenities. Here are some of the best walkable neighborhoods in Austin. Downtown's 2nd Street District. Courtesy of 2nd Street District. Downtown Austin Downtown…

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Top Things To Do & See in Downtown Austin

Arts and culture, craft cocktails and draft beer, food trucks and fine fare, live music and dance clubs — there’s never a dull moment in Downtown Austin. Learn more about things to do, where to go and what to see downtown, from the Warehouse District and 2ND Street District to Congress Avenue…

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Best East Austin Restaurants

East Austin is a mixture of longstanding history, brand-spanking-new development, and hip haunts. It’s also home to some of Austin’s best and buzziest restaurants. From acclaimed and influential Texas barbecue to fresh takes on traditional Mexican cooking techniques, East Austin is a vibrant and…

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Black Austin Tours

Every city has a unique story to tell, and Austin is no different. And with its rich history, diverse culture and vibrant communities, Austin's story is bound to leave you with something memorable. Black Austin Tours is dedicated to ensuring that Black histories, experiences and contributions are…

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Where to Day Drink in Austin

When you're on vacation you don't want to have to wait until the evening hours for a great beverage. Explore the map below to check out our list of some of the best spots in Austin that start early in the day. Start At Brunch Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden Perhaps the mother of all brunch…

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Where to Shop Vintage Around Town in Austin

A well-kept secret is that Austin is one of the nation's meccas for vintage enthusiasts. From clothing and accessories to home good and furniture, Austin is home to at least 30 vintage shops catered for lovers of the past. Looking for a little nostalgia? These areas of Austin are home to many of our…

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