Bar hop, people watch and burn a little shoe leather on this never-a-dull-moment strip. FIREHOUSE LOUNGE & HOSTEL: Austin’s oldest standing fire station is a hostel doubling as a cocktail lounge with live music. Book a suite (complete with free Wi-Fi) and then access the bar through a hidden bookshelf in the lobby. firehousehostel.com MUSIC SCENE Dueling pianos at Pete’s, guitarists on the street and juke boxes with the best beats (Casino El Camino Bar & Grill), will have you all ears. DARUMA RAMEN: One of the smallest eateries in the city, belly up for ramen dishes and don’t overlook the cones of inventive soft-serve flavors like sweet potato and matcha gingerbread. darumaramen.com VOODOO DOUGHNUT: If your sweet tooth disregards the time of day, this 24-hour sugar haven will cater to it with zany concoctions like the cayenne and cinnamon dusted Mexican Hot Chocolate. voodoodoughnut.com Go Nuts: Order the Tex-Ass Challenge, sized to equal six regular doughnuts. If you can eat it in 80 seconds or less, you get your money back. THE DRISKILL: A historic space that dates back to 1886, visit for the old Texas grandeur and stay for the signature chocolate cake in the 1886 Cafe & Bakery. driskillhotel.com LUCKY LIZARD CURIOS AND GIFTS: From Bigfoot action figures to crazy cat lady board games, here odd reigns supreme. luckylizard.net WEIRD OF MOUTH: Don’t leave without hitting the Museum of the Weird in the back of the store to get an eye-full of shrunken heads. museumoftheweird.com THE PARISH: Follow the sound of music up the stairs to a venue with major street cred for local and national acts alike. theparishaustin.com ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE RITZ: Sing-alongs, Master Pancake Theatre and classic and current movies are all reasons to visit this Austin original, but the drinks and food served during the shows seal the deal. drafthouse.com PARKSIDE: One of the more upscale stops on the street, come by for discounted sips on martini Monday and partake in the celebrated oyster raw bar every night of the week. parkside-austin.com BATON CREOLE: You can’t miss this bright pink food trailer, serving up supremely Southern eats like gumbo, étoufée and beignets. batoncreole.com IRON CACTUS: Sample one of 75 tequilas at this 20-year-old restaurant and margarita bar. ironcactus.com Laugh Factory Take a beat from the street and hit Esther’s Follies for sketch comedy acts combined with a little magic. esthersfollies.com DON’T HEAD HOME BEFORE ... Popping into The Gibson Room and Les Paul Lounge on the second level of Maggie Mae’s (maggiemaesaustin.com). Guitars grace the walls alongside music-themed paintings from Texas artist Robert Hurst.
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