I was in Austin for a bachelorette last weekend and had an absolute blast, even though we happened to be there the hottest weekend of the entire summer (105 degrees is no joke). Below is everything we ate, drank and saw!
Kemuri Tatsu-Ya: I found this fusion restaurant on a must-eat in Austin list (I think Thrillist) and it was very good. It is Asian crossed with BBQ and the flavors are insane. 10/10 recommend.
La Barbecue: I did quite a few searches looking for the “Best BBQ in Austin” and La Barbecue was consistently on the list. Plus, it is owned by a woman (rare in BBQ) so I had to try it. We made a giant order for pickup (must be done 5 days in advance) and ate it as leftovers for days. However, if you feel like eating there, they have a free keg of beer for anyone waiting in line.
Trace, W Hotel: $1 mimosas. Excellent food. Inside the W Hotel. Need I say more?
Torchy’s Tacos: If you haven’t heard, you HAVE to eat queso while in Austin (it’s a thing). This place not only has great queso, but excellent tacos. Plus, it is a chain, so there are many places to try.
Pho Please: Hungover pho is the go-to for my group of friends. We live in California where there are copious choices, so we consider ourselves somewhat connoisseurs. This place did the trick!
I separated out the bars we tried by neighborhood, most were recommended by friends in town or who had recently visited.
Dirty 6th: This refers to the street. I honestly don’t remember much, because they close the streets here and the bars honestly are all very similar. I can say for sure we went to Cheers Shot Bar, then walked from there (they have a photobooth!).
Shopping on South Congress: There are a ton of shops on South Congress, with a mix of vintage and contemporary. All are super cute and fun to window shop (or shop!) in. We went into Maya (cute and fun), Uncommon Objects (insanely cool antiques), By George (very fancy), Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds (vintage and every costume you can think of), Little Barrel and Brown (we actually had brunch here), Allen’s Boots (hundreds of leather boots!), Flowers on the Fly (mini succulents sold outside of Guero’s Taco Bar).
Barton Springs: This is a an outdoor pool filled with natural spring water from nearby, for a small entry fee. It’s the perfect place to relax and cool off on a hot Texas day.
Where we stayed: We found a house on E 8th St. using Homeaway, which is similar to Airbnb. The house was great. One of our friends also stayed an extra day at the Driskill Hotel, which is a historic hotel and was absolutely gorgeous.