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Get your yum on, y’all.
Austin’s creative, entrepreneurial spirit comes alive in its cuisine and spirits.
This is where a trailer vendor turned Top Chef and a humble brisket became America’s choicest cut. Downtown is our culinary epicenter for everything from Tex-Mex to tapas, kimchi to kebabs. Pull up to a patio for an icy margarita after your meal, or tuck into a cozy speakeasy for a classic cocktail revival. Bon appétit!
Downtown Dining & Entertainment Districts
East 6th Street
With a collection of music venues, restaurants, the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater, the Austin Visitor Center and an eclectic array of stores that include local favorites Wild About Music and the Hatbox, E. 6th Street is literally open day and night. Most of Austin’s musical history points to E. 6th Street, so be sure to take note of this 7-block National Register Historic District’s array of 19th century, 2-story architectural buildings – some of the best in the state.
The eclectic area of Red River spanning from 6th Street to 10th Street boasts some of the best indie live music in Austin – and in the world. On any given night you can see more than 20 bands in a 3-block area. Some are home grown groups and others are polished national acts, but Red River still brandishes the tough exterior and raw vibe from its roots in the late 1980s indie punk movement.
Once home to railroad warehouse buildings, this area bordered by Congress Avenue, Guadalupe Street, 3rd Street, and 5th Street has flourished over the years as one of Austin’s premier entertainment districts. Today the area has numerous clubs, bars and restaurants and is home to famous live music venue Antones.
This National Register Historic District, located just south of Cesar Chavez between Red River Street and I-35, has gone through an extreme transformation over the past several years. Entrepreneurs have turned many of this neighborhood’s turn-of-the century bungalows into thriving bars, cocktail lounges and gastro-pubs featuring ample backyards and porches. This district is also home to the Mexican American Culture Center.
“Where Texas Warmth Meets Austin Cool,” the 2nd Street District is home to Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, many dining establishments and wine bars, as well as numerous shops and boutiques.