Austin Insider Guide - 2016/2017
In need of a little retail therapy? It’s in abundance in this section of the city, as are plenty of activities like high-tech driving ranges and Southern-inspired culinary concepts. MUSIC SCENE: For a sound sampling from homegrown heroes and Austin bands, hit smaller venues around these parts like The Little Longhorn Saloon (thelittlelonghornsaloon.com) or the Carousel Lounge (carousellounge.net). BARLEY SWINE: Partake in nitrogen-infused draft cocktails and a la carte Gulf seafood dishes. barleyswine.com BUFALINA DUE: The petite eastside location is so popular a second spot for these Neopolitan pies was a necessity. bufalinapizza.com SZECHUAN HOUSE: Sichuan stir-fry in a low-key setting. austinszechuanhouse.com SPRUCE UPHOLSTERY: Custom fabrics and DIY projects reign supreme at this repurpose boutique. spruceaustin.com A PRO WHO KNOWS: Learn the tricks of the trade with the recently released DIY guide and DVD from owner Amanda Brown. NOBLE SANDWICH CO.: The duck pastrami sammie will make you want to move to Austin permanently. noblesandwiches.com IFLY: Austin’s only indoor skydiving facility allows you to feel the adrenaline rush of flying in a fun, safe environment. iflyworld.com/austin THE GOODNIGHT: Let the good times roll with bowling, billiards and beer. thegoodnightaustin.com EASY TIGER: The second coming of this carb-friendly bar (Spring 2017) features housemade pretzels, a drive-thru coffee bar and a dog park. easytigeraustin.com TOP NOTCH BURGERS: A staple since 1971, and a location in the film Dazed and Confused, swing in for Hot Rod drive-in movie nights and a charcoal burger. topnotchaustin.com DESTINATION LOCATION One of the most exciting newly developed areas is the Rock Rose District located within Phase III of The Domain. Make the rounds and grab a cup of joe at Apanas Coffee & Beer (apanascoffee.com), catch lunch and a sports fix at Jack & Ginger’s pub (jackandgingers.pub), haircuts for the whole family at Birds Barbershop (birdsbarbershop.com) and a proper cocktail on the patio at St. Genevieve (stgen.co) all just steps from one another. Hair Chair Bonus: Erin Portman, spokesperson for Birds Barbershop - which has eight locations in Austin - gives the swivel chair scoop: If you’re 21 years old, you get a Shiner beer with your service. FASHIONABLY SPEAKING: Associate Editor at Texas Monthly, Lauren Smith Ford offers three favorite local spots to shop at The Domain: Raven & Lily (ravenandlily.com) Luxe Apothetique (shopluxe.com) Kendra Scott (kendrascott.com) Raven & Lily
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