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.

Queer Austin: 2 Day Itinerary

Austin is one of the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in the country, with a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index. But you won’t find just one “gayborhood” here. The community is integrated throughout this inclusive town, which means that LGBTQ visitors will find a…

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Top Things To Do & See on Sixth Street

Sixth Street is a party steeped in history. A destination for locals and tourists alike, the rollicking bars, live music venues and fabulous restaurants have seen a lot over the years, and they all have a story to tell. Courtesy of Parkside. DINING It may be a party district, but Sixth Street is…

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Top Things To Do & See in South Austin

South Austin is what locals like to call a "taste of old Austin." Quaint houses, old-school boutiques, iconic restaurants and new eateries by some of the city's top up-and-coming chefs populate this lively nook. Head here to get away from the crowds and decompress in Austin's largest city park…

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Live Music Venues in Downtown Austin

There’s only one official way to experience Downtown Austin, and that’s to see some live music at one (or a few) of the many established music venues. Here are five of the top venues we think you should hit while you're exploring Austin's vibrant downtown. The Suffers at Antone's. Courtesy of Hot…

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Cabaret, Variety and Drag Shows in Austin

If you’re a fan of jaw-dropping performances, Austin is the place for you. At the nightclubs, coffee shops, dance halls, and all sorts of venues, extravagant lights and makeup create unforgettable experiences. Austin’s drag, burlesque, and variety shows all bring out magic, confidence, and freedom…

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Top Things To Do & See on Red River

Red River crackles with feverish energy and a bone-deep appreciation for live music. Discover local artists or catch a touring band on the verge of breaking through. There's a little something for everyone in the Red River Cultural District - from vegan-friendly spots to tasty barbecue joints, and…

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Explore Austin's Moody Center

The newest jewel in Austin’s live music crown is the Moody Center. Recently opened in April 2022, the ambitious arena is located on the University of Texas campus and plays host to music and sporting events. Complete with outdoor space, several bars, and state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, it…

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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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Austin Date Ideas: 8 Romantic Things to Do in Austin

Couples looking for a romantic getaway will find plenty of fun things to do in Austin, from intimate dining to active adventures. Get some tips for your next date with these great ideas. Courtesy of Lakeway Resort & Spa 1. Get pampered at a spa Shake off stress and focus on relaxation during an…

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