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.

Your Guide to the Coolest Neighborhoods in Austin

Looking for the best places to explore and stay while visiting Austin? We’ve put together a hit list of the city’s most happening neighborhoods. Just pick an area of town and discover the unique districts that are home to some of the hippest restaurants, shops and live music venues in Austin. For…

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Top Downtown Austin Happy Hours

Staying in downtown Austin? Attending a conference at the Austin Convention Center? Here are some of our favorite places for Happy Hour that are within walking distance. DuMont's Down Low. Credit Mario Andrade Photography. Dumont's Down Low 214 W. Fourth St., Suite B Dumont's basement setting is…

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20 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 20 margaritas in Austin. Now get to sipping! ATX…

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Austin Black Pride 2021

Wondering where the Black LGBTQ folks go in Austin? The City is filled with so many things to do, and there’s a little something for everyone – if not, it’s the perfect place to create it! Take, for instance, Austin Black Pride. Austin is quite the queer-friendly city, with the Austin LGBT Chamber…

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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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Historic Hotels in Austin

Some of Austin’s oldest hotels give a peek into the city’s fascinating history. Stay at a luxe Waller Creek estate, a Greek Revival-style boutique hotel or a South Congress motor court turned modernist oasis that all have intriguing stories to tell. Credit Nick Simonite. Austin Motel You may…

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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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Top Things To Do & See on Sixth Street

Walk up and down the most famous street in Austin, Texas and you’ll understand why it’s called the Live Music Capital of the World®. A destination for locals and tourists alike, find rollicking bars, cheap drinks and live music alongside fabulous restaurants, dark speakeasies, world-class hotels and…

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Best Downtown Austin Restaurants

Austin is known for its mouthwatering barbecue and creative breakfast tacos, but not everyone is familiar with the city’s complete food scene, one that is just as eclectic and diverse as the Austinites who live here. To get a true taste of what the city has to offer, you must visit Downtown Austin…

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Viva la Vida Festival & Parade

Each year, Mexic-Arte Museum celebrates the tradition of Día de los Muertos in Austin. During Viva la Vida Festival & Parade, the city's largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos event, visitors will experience a street festival and a parade down the iconic Congress Avenue, bringing together a…

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