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It’s no surprise that Austin Texas ranks high on many lists – fastest growing cities, best cities, and even hipster cities. From breakfast tacos to the bat-bridge to iconic graffiti – Austin, Texas is full of weird, yet cool vibes. Commonly described as the number one town for college graduates, how exactly does a city that is seemingly full of hippies and techies keep its allure alive? This city is balanced and friendly – balanced in a way that it has just the right amount of southern charm, local quirkiness and industry opportunity. Austin is laid back, but full of successful and smart people who aren’t okay with being slaves to the grind. It is truly an incubator of creativity where virtually anything goes. Here are some of the best (and weird) things we love about Austin, TX.
Breakfast tacos and BBQ are only a few of the popular food items that Austin has to offer. Food trailers line the street at any given corner and offer up everything from Asian fusion street food to old school Italian pasta. Austin is also very dog friendly – so dog friendly there is a food trailer called Bow Wow Bones dedicated to them! If you are looking for something that doesn’t involve retrofitted airstream cuisine, check out one of the great breakfast taco meccas of Austin: Tacodeli or Torchy’s Tacos. Feeling more like southern BBQ? We love Iron Works for its laid back, casual vibe and authentic BBQ food. It’s no wonder Southern Living named it “Best Little Barbecue Place in Texas”.
Austin is known for its variety of live music acts with hundreds of local venues. The Broken Spoke, known for the best Honky Tonk music in Texas, where you can watch live music or take country dancing lessons with the locals. This is just one of the countless live music venues littering Austin. Not only is Austin home to world-renowned music events like SXSW and the Austin City Limits Music Festival, but it also offers free outdoor concerts like Blues on the Green (a summertime concert series hosted by KGSR Austin Radio). Regardless of what type of music you like, you are sure to find it in Austin.
Rainey Street is another gem buried in Austin that is not to be missed. Rainey Street is made up of older, historic homes that have been renovated and turned into bars and eateries with outdoor seating in the “backyard.” Live music is always bumping, and some even have food trailers right in the backyard! Craft beer flows all night along with the good times and eclectic crowds.
Barton Springs pool is a unique hot spot in Austin and great for those triple-digit summer days. It boasts a three-acre natural pool fed from underground springs where Austinites can be seen year-round swimming in the 70 degree water and hanging out under the shade on the grassy hills that surround it.
When the sun sets, head down to the Congress Avenue Bridge and watch the “bat-set.” Every summer night, the world’s largest urban bat colony, comprised of 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats, emerge from their crevices underneath the bridge and swarm the orange and pink skies for a breathtaking sight.
Whether you are looking for a laid back town or a place to start your career, Austin has a lot to offer. The business climate is friendly, industry flourishes yet it does not remain a one-industry town, and with its relative affordability and quality of life, young people and families alike are flocking towards the weird and fun town. Needless to say, Austin is throwing a party and it’s not to be missed!