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Young couple visiting for 3 days/2 nights, new to Austin

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Young couple visiting for 3 days/2 nights, new to Austin

My boyfriend and I are visiting Austin from sat-mon this summer and we have no idea what to do or where to stay. Did some research.. like sixth street or maybe lake travis? We're up for anything.. just getting away from work for a few days. Thought about staying one night downtown and one night lake travis but not sure what to do. When staying downtown we want to be walking distance to bars and restaurants. If anyone could recommend some fun things to do, good bars/restaurants we'd really appreciate it!

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1. Re: Young couple visiting for 3 days/2 nights, new to Austin

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2. Re: Young couple visiting for 3 days/2 nights, new to Austin

I encourage you to stay downtown and take advantage of the music, restaurants, and the Austin vibe in general. You'll be able to walk to lots of food and entertainment options.

Start your night with a drink at the Driskill Hotel, then catch the 8:00 show at Esther's Follies. After that you're set to enjoy live music, maybe jazz at the Elephant Room or who knows? Start looking for who's playing where with www.austinchronicle.com.

Lake Travis is less than 40% full. This means that some of the places showing lovely lake scenes are non existent as in dry gulches right now. The other part is the danger of the lake while it's so low. Submerged trees, sand bars etc. are hazards now for the boater not extremely familiar with the lake. So definitely not a good time to rent a Sea Do or boat.

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3. Re: Young couple visiting for 3 days/2 nights, new to Austin

I recommend the Driskill like the previous poster, but know that it's one of the nicest and most expensive hotels in Austin. It's on East 6th, which many locals call "Dirty 6th." There are tons of bars and clubs there, many with live music, but it's a bit rough around the edges. West 6th also has tons of bars, but it's more of a yuppie/ex-frat boy area, if that's your thing. If you want a more modern vibe, you can stay at the Hotel San Jose, which in on South Congress. There are plenty of places to eat/drink/shop within walking distance of there. It's not budget accommodations by any means, but it's definitely hipster Austin. You'll be close to the Continental Club, which always has live music, as well as a large food truck lot. Speaking of hipster Austin, going east of I-35 is hipster paradise, with a good number of bars and restaurants. There you'll find a world of skinny pants and retro mustaches. Plenty of food trucks on East 6th (East East 6th - east of I-35) too.

Lake Travis is nice, but it's far. Like the previous poster said, the water level is way down, but it's still pretty. Have a drink at the Oasis to watch the sunset, but don't eat there - high prices for bad food. Uncle Billy's isn't the best BBQ in the world, but it's not bad, and they have a location right next door to the Oasis.

If you want to treat yourselves, have dinner at Wink on Lamar & 12th. It's hands-down the best restaurant in Austin.

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The Driskill is my favorite hotel in the U.S. I think prices have come down a bit since Hyatt bought them and I've gotten a room for $179 a night, but from what I remember prices are typically $209 or more. I like the Senate rooms for the extra stretching out and working space.

There are really too many great bars and restaurants to recommend just one or two.

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5. Re: Young couple visiting for 3 days/2 nights, new to Austin

Just to clarify a few points made above before I offer my suggestions --

Hotel San Jose would be an excellent location in South Austin, but the large food truck lot near there on South Congress is no more. It closed at the end of May to make way for a mixed-use property that will include a hotel. Some of the food trucks are still located along South Congress, but most have moved to other areas of town. If you are looking for food trucks, be aware of that. The Uncle Billy's near the Oasis is also closed as of last November. The Oasis has changed a lot in recent years, and I would no longer recommend it. We tried to take visitors out there last year and there was a three hour wait for a table. It's just not worth it.

I definitely agree with yankeetransplant's advice to stay downtown, and as Wally noted, the Driskill would be great. It's an historic property and visually stunning. Even if you don't stay, take yankeetransplant's advice and go for a drink to the get the night started. Hotel San Jose is hipper for sure. If you need something more budget friendly, the Austin Motel is in the same area and much less. It's got a very funky Austin vibe.

If you want to hit the water while you're here, go for a swim at Barton Springs pool, or rent kayaks on Lady Bird Lake. There are lots of things to do - Segway tours, museums, food tours, bar crawls, etc. Tell us what sorts of things you enjoy doing and what types of food you are into and we can offer some more specific suggestions.

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6. Re: Young couple visiting for 3 days/2 nights, new to Austin

Yes, the info given above about the lakes is correct. We are in a terrible drought and the lakes are not that scenic. Downtown Austin is on Lady Bird Lake. Look at the videos below. You can ride boats, rent water toys, go tubing, etc. right downtown. Then in evening have access to all the music downtown.

My favorite downtown area is 2nd street district which is sidewalk cafes, restaurants and shops all up and down the new beautiful treelined street 2 blocks from Lady Bird Lake.

Eceletic shops down So. Congress are in the SoCo district a few blocks South of the lake. Walk or jump on 1L bus for $1

Music downtown? Go to the link below for Austin Chronicle that comes out every Thurs and view the E Version of the entire newspaper online. Toward the rear are the bands/clubs.

http://www.2ndstreetdistrict.com

http://www.austinchronicle.com Scroll all the way to the bottom of the Home Page and to the far right is a category called ADS. Under that, click on E-Version and that will give you the entire magazine to view. Go to the back and look at the club listings.

http://www.austin360.com

http://6street.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57QFDSe6O4U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCLFNnp_FWc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmC5cwqy2eQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfYuoAa9PdU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3y69uYWKgw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCLFNnp_FWc

Here are two websites regarding cruises on Lady Bird Lake:

http://www.lonestarriverboat.com

http://www.capitalcruises.com

The Bob Bullock Texas History Museum is downtown and is beautiful. You can go inside and visit just the awesome, huge gift shop or walk upstairs and eat in a casual, order at the counter cafe and not have to pay to see the exhibits if you don't want to. Gift shop is great if you are buying souvenirs.

http://www.thestoryoftexas.com

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7. Re: Young couple visiting for 3 days/2 nights, new to Austin

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I forgot to mention the new tubing rental place on Lady Bird Lake (downtown Austin)

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9. Re: Young couple visiting for 3 days/2 nights, new to Austin

Walking around Town Lake,, visiting the Stevie Ray Vaughn statute; a swim at Barton Springs.

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10. Re: Young couple visiting for 3 days/2 nights, new to Austin

The food truck lot and Uncle Billy's at the lake are no more?? Very sad.