Rainey Street District

The Rainey Street Historic District is one of Austin’s top destinations for nightlife. The area was originally full of bungalows built in the early 20th century to house railroad workers. Today, many of the historic homes have been converted into trendy bars, lounges, and restaurants. Groups can walk the charming pedestrian-only street while popping into spots like Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, Container Bar built from shipping containers, Blackheart, and Lucille. Don’t miss out on live music at venues like Lustre Pearl.

South Congress – “SoCo”

South Congress Avenue, affectionately called “SoCo,” epitomizes Austin’s “Keep Austin Weird” vibe. Shop for locally made art and goods at places like Uncommon Objects and Tesoros Trading Co. Get your vinyl fix at End of an Ear record shop. Chill out with a cocktail at the iconic Hotel San José or the outdoor patio at Jo’s Coffee. And don’t miss the famous “I Love You So Much” mural – the perfect Insta op!

East Sixth Street

Stretching from I-35 to Downtown Austin, East Sixth Street is famous for its lively nightlife scene. Bars like Antone’s blues club, Maggie Mae’s, The Blind Pig Pub, and more pump up the volume after dark. By day, East Sixth has great brunch spots, cafes, and hip boutiques. Grab breakfast tacos at Veracruz All Natural before exploring the neighborhood’s street art.

Guadalupe Street / West Campus

The neighborhoods surrounding the UT campus encompass West Campus and the Drag (Guadalupe Street). It’s a hot spot for UT students and visitors alike with shops like the University Co-op, cafes, fast food joints, and laidback bars. Catch a show at the Paramount or State Theaters and chow down on cheap, delicious food along “The Drag.”

Zilker Park / Barton Springs

Home of the ACL music festival, Zilker Park offers green space, hiking trails, a nature center, botanical garden, and access to Barton Springs Pool. The massive spring-fed pool stays a brisk 68 degrees year-round and is perfect for cooling down on a hot Austin day. Don’t miss the Austin skyline views from the Lou Neff Point lookout in Zilker Park.

Old West Austin

For a taste of Old Austin, head to historic Old West Austin. The charming Tarrytown neighborhood offers unique architecture and the picturesque Pennybacker Bridge overlook. Be sure to cruise down scenic Mt. Bonnell Road, then stop for a meal at iconic Threadgill’s on North Lamar.

South Lamar District

The South Lamar Boulevard area provides an eclectic mix of retail shops, restaurants, music venues, and arts hubs. Browse vintage goods at Uncommon Objects, catch a show at the Saxon Pub, or dig into creative fare at Olive & June restaurant. Don’t miss checking out the mural-adorned HOPE Outdoor Gallery, which offers a free community art space.

East Austin

East Austin offers an artsy, hipster vibe with murals, art galleries, and craft cocktail bars. The area was historically African-American and Hispanic, so you can dive into Austin’s diverse culture here. Highlights include blues at King Bee Lounge, chicken & waffles at Hoover’s Cooking, and shopping on the East Side Bazaar.

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