Backbeat Discover the city’s most exciting new destinations, from foodie havens to fashion outposts. Emmer & Rye THE DISH: HOT DINING DESTINATIONS Austin’s dining scene has always been blazing hot, and it’s not cooling off any time soon. Nosh on delectable “snacky bits,” or fill up on wood grilled meats, inventive vegetable dishes and gourmet interpretations of classic desserts at Launderette, which earned two James Beard nominations in 2016: Best New Restaurant and Outstanding Pastry Chef. Meanwhile, Bryce Gilmore, nominated as James Beard’s Best Chef: Southwest, moved his acclaimed Barley Swine to a new location, adding more restaurant space and an inventive cocktail program. Enjoy other notable newcomers, including Irene’s, where gourmet food comes in the form of cast-iron steak and whiskey and other Blue Plate specials. Cool off with a scoop of small-batch alcoholic ice cream (yes, you read that right) at Prohibition Creamery, sink your teeth into pit-smoked meats at the downtown location of Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, or delight at the artful presentations of farm-to-table dishes bursting with seasonal flavors by James Beard nominee Chef Kevin Fink at Emmer & Rye. Prohibition Creamery Feeling thirsty? Sit on the rooftop patio while sipping specialty cocktails at South Lamar hotspot Backbeat, or head over to Oskar Blues Brewery for a pint of craft beer. R&R REDUX: NEW HOTELS The 10-story, dual branded property on Ninth and Red River streets is home to both Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown – University and Holiday Inn Express – Downtown/University Medical, offering visitors two distinct lodging options in the heart of Downtown. Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown-University In 2017, Starwood Aloft and Element Hotels will open a 32-story upscale hotel, and luxury boutique brand Hotel ZaZa, which has other locations in Dallas and Houston, will add an Austin outpost to its property list. Austin Proper will house a unique mix of both residences and hotel rooms. Fairmont Austin will debut its 37-story environmentally friendly hotel overlooking Lady Bird Lake and the State Capitol. FRESH AIR FUN:GET OUTDOORS Austin’s first and only cable wake park, Next Level Ride, opened in 2015. Hit this action sports destination for a day of wakeboarding or wake-skating. Golf fans will want to check out the PGA World Golf Championships- Dell Match Play, returning to the Austin Country Club in March 2017. RETAIL RENDEZVOUS: SHOP Colorful, beachy style abounds at Cove, a women’s clothing boutique on South Congress, while Esby Apparel touts a laid back, minimalist aesthetic at its new flagship store. For handmade jewelry from indie designers, be sure to shop Aro. Aro
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