Austin Recommendations

Hannah & Caleb’s Austin recommendations


Outdoor activities


Head to The White Horse at 7pm on Friday or the Broken Spoke at 8pm Wed-Saturday for Texas two-step dance classes. It’s fun and a must-do for your trip to Austin. Boots and bolos optional but suggested.

Bat Watching

1.5 million bats live under the Congress St. Bridge and fly out every night exactly at sunset. You can stand on the bridge for free (get there just before sunset) or you can take a boat cruise to see them from the water (just note that you will experience bat guano from the boat option).

Brewery Hopping

The east side of Austin is full of breweries. You could spend all afternoon hopping from one to the next, and eating great food in between. Our favorites: Lazarus (great tacos), Zilker Brewing (mostly IPA’s), Friends and Allies, Austin Eastciders, Blue Owl (all sours) and Central Machine Works (the prettiest). If you know you like mead, liked Caleb’s at the ceremony, or just want to try a different version, Meridian Hive has a taproom that’s open Saturday only from 2pm and serves “draft” mead that’s lower in alcohol and drinks like beer.

South Congress Shopping and Walking

The most fun place to shop in all of Austin. You’ll find so many treasures here from cowboy boots (Allen’s) to vintage clothes. Make sure to stop in Hotel San Jose for happy hour (sake drinks take the gold) and listen to some local tunes and Continental Club. Start your day off with some brekkie at Cafe No Se or coffee at Mañana or lunch at Torchy’s. Get some ice cream at Annie’s.

Vintage Shopping

Austin has tons of vintage shops, and this is a good guide for them. We often go to the ones near the North Loop like Revival and Room Service, but the other direction has the most interesting one – Uncommon Objects.

Texas Hill Country Day

The hill country is a little bit like what New Yorkers refer to as “upstate”. A pretty vague geographic area West-ish of Austin, where city-goers can experience country life. Check out Fredericksburg to see an old German town with sausage halls and funky antique stores. Reimers Ranch park is where you can go rock climbing / mountain biking. Napa gets all the credit for wine in the US, but the West Texas Hill Country is quite beautiful and is also known for its wines. We’ve enjoyed going to places like Duchman Winery, Jester King Brewery (beers, mostly saisons and sours), Revolution Spirits (great gin), and Pieous Pizza. There are also a ton of swimming holes in Hill Country - Hamilton Pool or Jacob’s Well. Both require reservations that you’d want to get early.



Casual Restaurants

Nice Restaurants

Most of these restaurants will require a reservation in advance - we recommend that you make one now if you’re interested!


In Austin, get the brisket. Anything else is a side dish.


Ice Cream




Cocktail bars

Wine Bars