The energy of collegiate culture abounds while the call of the graduated world of cuisine and culture beckons. FOREIGN & DOMESTIC: A quaint, bustling dinner space known for their $1 oyster Tuesdays and being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. fndaustin.com MUSIC SCENE: Long-standing venues like the historic Hole in the Wall and University of Texas–situated Cactus Cafe highlight the area as two of the most noteworthy chords representing the sound of Austin. BULLFIGHT: Small Spanish plates paired with Tvs on the patio for cheering on soccer games. bullfight-austin.com SPIDER HOUSE CAFE & BALLROOM: A renovated house-turnedcafe with a yard full of quirky antiques and year-round twinkle lights. The adjacent ballroom showcases everything from comedy acts to candlelit cabaret. spiderhouseaustin.com HOTEL ELLA: A picturesque historic mansion refurbished with modern design elements, an upgraded parlor bar and on-site bistro. hotelella.com THE LONG CENTER: From ballets and musicals to symphonies (austinsymphony.org) and Shakespeare, have a sophisticated visual arts moment at this sweeping venue. thelongcenter.org TAILGATE SAFE University of Texas fans can upgrade their pre-game experience here with top shelf cocktails, a pre-game broadcast and stadium shuttle service. STINSON’S AT UNIVERSITY PARK: Enjoy Wi-Fi while you caffeinate and snack on liege waffles. stinsonsbistro.com Ask for the housemade buttered coffee and chocolate mocha cake. DANCER’S SHAPE: Pop in for a 55-minute pilates-yoga-cardio combo class. dancersshape.com A LEG UP This spot is owned by University of Texas at Austin alum and former Radio City Rockette, Jennifer McCamish. CASTLE HILL GRAFFITI PARK: Headed up by the Hope Campaign, the paint park caters to the talents of muralists and street artists. hopecampaign.org FRISBEE FRENZY: Austinites love disc golf so much there’s even an annual Disc Golf Classic event every fall at Hancock Golf Course (austindiscgolf.org). FURRY FRIENDS WELCOME: If you have your favorite four-legged pal with you, the Yard Bar offers boozy sips and snacks for you while your pet has a fun day at the on-site off-leash dog park. yardbar.com ARTIST ON THE RISE: Emerging local artist and Crestview resident, Kelti Smith, is turning heads with her talent-soaked paintings and illustrations. keltismith.com FLOCK AND ROLL: Want to see a peacock take a stroll? Make a quick trip to Mayfield Park (mayfieldpark.org) to get a glimpse of these property roamers. Then hike Mount Bonnell for 785-foot views of the city (austinparks.org). CULTURAL STIMULATION Take in the history of Texas and various intellectual inspired pursuits at the Harry Ransom Center (hrc.utexas.edu), Blanton Museum of Art (blantonmuseum.org), and the Bullock Museum (thestoryoftexas.com).
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