Austin was one of the places that we were most looking forward to, and we were not disappointed. It is driven by music and people are friendly. We were staying on west 6th street and went out in different areas: east 6th street, south congress and the university district. There are cool places everywhere and if you’re looking to enjoy western music and dance, you’re in the right spot.
We enjoyed Rainey street for drinks one night. It’s basically old houses converted into bars, some play live music and there are food trucks. The Brixton is a cool bar on east 6th. It is also very near the White Horse, a western bar with live country music every night and two-step dancing (a famous dance within that music genre).
We briefly tried the public Scooters (like Boris bikes but electric scooters) which Jade clearly did not enjoy…
On South Congress, the Continental Club seems like a nice place to see a gig, we just stopped by for an afternoon beer so didn’t get the chance. Amazing food at Elizabeth Street Café that serve delicious French/Vietnamese dishes. South congress is full of interesting shops and vintage stores so we wondered about for a few hours. We also went to see the bats at the bridge. This is quite a popular thing to do in Austin. An estimated 1.5 million bats live under the Congress bridge and they go out to search for food at dusk. The bats were feeling a bit lazy that day though, so it wasn’t impressive as we thought. Also, there was an enraged army of mosquitos.
The university district, up north, is interesting. We paid a visit to the Bullock Texas State History Museum. The permanent exhibition about Texas was huge, on three floors and very detailed. It went from early settlers and native Americans to modern days, obviously going through the Texan revolution with an anti-Mexican bias..
Still in the university district are a few bars worth mentioning. The Spider House has cheap drinks and food and a really nice outside area, wild with trees and plants as well as cool decoration. The Hole in the Wall is also a nice bar, where we ended up staying for a rockabilly gig. We saw the Haydon Hoodoo, AC and the Bad Billies and the Flametrick Subs. That last band double bassist didn’t have a left hand! But that certainly didn’t stop him, awesome performance. A great night that was!
On our last day, we returned to South Congress where we met with friends from Vancouver that were on vacation. We went to the Cboys Club for some country music and chicken shit bingo (hilarious). We also had food at Polvo’s, great Mexican kitchen on 1st street.
Jeremy spent some money record shopping in a couple of stores: Waterloo records (huge selection) and Antone’s records (good local stuff).
Overall, we absolutely loved Austin and hope we can come back some day!