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Here's some of my favorite things to do in Austin, TX.   Casual fun stuff:
  • Buffalo Billiards for pool & shuffle board and watching sports.
  • Tuesday night adult skate night at Playland Skating Center
  • Get a scooter and ride around the Long Center then use 3rd and 4th St bike path to cruise to the East Side.
  • Going to Gold's Gym Downtown.
  • Javelina on Rainey St Monday night Trivia Night.
  • BuzzSaw on Riverside for s'mores and pancakes.
  • Halcyon downtown for S'mores and sometimes live music. Amazing place to chill & read & coffee.
  • Cafe Crepe downtown for yum crepes and nice atmosphere.
  • Handlebar on 5th St always a solid and not-to-crowded bar to hang on weekdays.
  • Wanderlust Yoga has cool classes and a solid fruit/smoothie bar inside.
  • Drive in movies on the Eastside (sporadic showings).
  • Chicken Bingo.
  • Bingo places on Riverside make for an interesting night.
  • Elephant Room has live jazz in a downstairs New-York-Like bar every night of the week. Solid place to chill.
  • Red Room Wine Lounge, secret wine lounge underground.
  • Aviary Wine and Furniture Store on Lamar. Weird combo that somehow works.
  • Backspace pizza on 6th St. Small and solid restaurant, has space for about 20.
  • Tarbouch Lebanse Grill and Hookah on Rainey St.
  • Waller Creek Boathouse behind Four Seasons.
  • Alta's Cafe on the trail by the water....has paddleboard and kayak rentals, also a great coffee/wine stop, great view of water.
  • Mt. Bonnel, easy hike up 250 steps for a great view of the hills/houses/water, especially at sunset.
  • Rocket Electrics has electric bikes so you can cruise all of Austin without breaking a sweat.
  • Whole Foods World Headquarters on Lamar. Grab a beer or wine bottle to drink with food.
  • Free Thursday Night Swim at Barton Springs during summer months.
  • ABGB Brewery - Good music and food.
  • Dolce Neve - Ice Cream.
  • Amy's Ice Cream by campus and by Lamar.
  • First Thursdays on South Congress. Walk up and down SC, tons of shops and interesting booths.
  • Zilker Park. Bring a frisbee, blanket, and some sunscreen.
  • Capital Picnic. Go to the capital 24 hours a day, super safe, super clean, bring picnic and chill.
  • Independence Brewery - Cheap, live music, good beer.
  • Phara's on 51st St, mediterranean food and hookah and belly dancing.
  • Club Bench: Bring a flask, get food truck food, find a bench downtown, make that your home.
  Cool Movie Theaters:
  • DOWNTOWN: Violet Crown movie theater (get the 1st row seats, they're the best)!
  • DOWNTOWN: Alamo Drafthouse Ritz on 6th St. Has tons of weird and cool movie "events."
  • DOMAIN: iPic theater, get the $30/person upgraded seats. Amazing, like watching a movie in a fine dining restaurant.
  Fun Activities (several hours):
  • Go to The Domain outdoor mall and explore.  Lots of fun bars like Punch Bowl Social Club to hangout.
  • Go to Hula Hut on the water to eat, then stop by Mozart's next door for coffee or ice cream.
  • Go to The Oasis to watch the sunset over the waters of Lake Travis.
  • Rent a Boat on Lake Austin for 2 hours.  Or jet ski. Easy boating, can't get lost, beautiful home views. Can wakeboard and tube.
  • Zip lining.
  • Austin Boldering Project - Largest indoor rock climbing gym ever.
  • Artificial wake boarding by the airport.
  • Blazer Tag on 71 by the big Gold's Gym.
  • Comedy Show on 6th St called Esther's Folleys.  Can catch a late show then walk around 6th St.
  Hype / Dance Places:
  • Salsa Dancing on weekends at Gloria's.
  • Barbarella: Has dancing, on 6th st.
  • The W Lounge is always chill/vibe.
  • West 6th St always has packed bars/clubs.
  • Kingdom is grungy underground club that goes till 4am on weekends.
  • White Horse on the East Side has a variety of country and dancing.
  • Vulcan Gas Company on 6th St for electronic music.
  Food Places:
  • Coopers BBQ downtown, my fav.
  • Franklins BBQ, best BBQ in country, but has 3 hour wait.
  • Wu Chow for nicer Chinese food.
  • Bar Chi - Great price, great sushi and food, safe bet for everyday eating.
  • Salty Sow on the Eastside, good food, good price.
  • Blue Dhalia on East Side.
  • Uchi - Classic nice sushi place.
  Enjoy! -Neville
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