https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE2b3ihRPRQ Arts and culture, craft cocktails and draft beer, food trucks and fine fare, live music and dance clubs—there’s never a dull moment in downtown Austin. AROUND TOWN SECOND BAR & KITCHEN: Seasonal ingredients star in this new American restaurant with a huge patio and excellent people watching. secondbarkitchen.com ROOSEVELT ROOM: Drink your way through the decades at this craft cocktail bar that offers the most popular beverages from the past. therooseveltroomatx.com ACL LIVE AT THE MOODY THEATER: Make sure to pose with the Willie Nelson statue before taking in a show at one of Austin’s best and biggest music venues. acl-live.com FRANK: Hot dogs and cold beer is the motto at this downtown sausage purveyor. hotdogscoldbeer.com THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN: Explore the exhibitions, educational programs and special events that highlight contemporary art in this gorgeous building. thecontemporaryaustin.org Speakin’ Easy Everyone loves a secret spot, and here are the ones you need to know. Spiral up the staircase to SMALL VICTORY (smallvictory.bar), slip into SECRET BAR at the W Austin Hotel (waustinlivingroom.com/secret-bar), hide away in GARAGE, which is actually located in a parking garage (garagetx.com), and ask someone in the know for the code to FLOPPY DISK REPAIR, aka RED HEADED STEPCHILD (floppydiskrepairco.com). ANTONE’S: The home of Austin’s blues scene is still rocking with music every night. antonesnightclub.com ANN AND ROY BUTLER HIKE-AND-BIKE TRAIL: Join your fellow joggers and bikers enjoying the 10+ miles of natural trails running through the heart of the city. austintexas.gov PARAMOUNT THEATRE: This historic theater plays host to a wide range of events, including a summer film series and all manner of live theatrical, comedic and dramatic performances. austintheatre.org SFC FARMERS’ MARKET AT REPUBLIC SQUARE PARK: Food trucks and snack stands make this lively market much more than a downtown grocery stop. sustainablefoodcenter.org FOURTH STREET: Dance the night away at Rainbow Row. Oilcan Harry’s (oilcanharrys.com) and Rain (rainon4th.com) are two of the best places to shake it in Austin. SECOND STREET DISTRICT: A row of upscale boutiques are sure to please the pickiest shopper, including the first Modcloth brick-and-mortar. 2ndstreetdistrict.com ESCAPE GAME: Put your brain to the test in this high-tech interactive mystery game. theescapegameaustin.com MEXIC-ARTE MUSEUM: Get your culture on with ever-changing exhibitions, collections and special events surrounding Mexican and Latin American art. mexic-artemuseum.org CEDAR STREET COURTYARD: Giant trees shadow this cobbled courtyard venue with live music each night. Don’t miss the Thursday night boy band cover band, PDA. cedarstreetaustin.com ELEPHANT ROOM: No city is complete without a basement jazz bar, and this one delivers it nightly. elephantroom.com LAVACA STREET & SURF N TURF: Stop in for a packed seafood po’boy, cheap drinks and bar games, along with free popcorn and sports on TV. lavacastreet.com
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