Saturday, November 5, 2022

Austin, Texas

Austin has been so hyped up as of late and so my boyfriend and I were excited to spend a weekend there! As you'll gather from this post we basically ate & drank our way through Austin! Of course, we went to the historic Rainey Street and bar hopped a lot which was so fun and convenient. One night there was this amazing magician on the street that we made friends with and we were there to watch the World Series. Our favorite bars were Clive, Idle Hands, and Parlor Room! It reminded me of the Greek row in college. 
Scott found the cutest speakeasy that was on 6th Street - you enter through what looks like a sketchy door by pressing one of those call buttons. The drinks were delicious and it was such a cool vibe! 
We went to Jo's Coffee to see this I love you so much wall and grab breakfast, but the line was SO long so we ended up walking around in the area instead. It was super cute and very trendy!
We stumbled upon this ping pong bar and went in for a few games & drinks. We have a low-key rivalry over ping pong (even though I haven't won a game yet), so it was really fun to play in the middle of a bar! It is full of tables so I can only imagine how fun it must be when every table is playing.
Since UT Austin was so close, we walked around the campus and I actually got mistaken for a student lol. It honestly reminded me a lot of the USC campus! 
On top of the Marriott is this rooftop restaurant that seems to be pretty hard to get into! It reminded me of Elephante in LA except unlike Elephante the hosts were kind of rude to us... Don't know if that's typical for this place but thought it was overrated and probably would recommend sticking to bars on 6th Street or Rainey Street instead.
Blind Pig Pub
We frequented this bar a lot over the course of the weekend and it was mostly for the arcade games! It was such a fun, rooftop bar that had amazing live music and just overall good vibes! I actually had a lot of whiskey gingerales here which was a first for me. I can't help but smile when I think about this place though - has such a good time! 

Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que 
We really committed to eating BBQ the whole time we were in Austin and our first stop was Cooper's! I loved how casual it was and the people were extra friendly! 
Terry Black's Barbeque 
I'd say Terry Black's is the most well-known BBQ and we fortunately beat the line! It is know for always having a huge line and so we went for breakfast lol and got there right when it opened which was perfect! When we left there was a HUGE line so going at an awkward time was the call.
Ranch 616
I came across this place on IG and thought it looked super cute! I also was dying to try their 'Fire in the Hole shot' which is basically tequila with a jalapeno in it. I was disappointed by the food options because I thought there would be tacos or something basic but it was a pretty fancy menu. We had the calamari which was delicious! 
6th Street
Voodoo Donuts 
For breakfast one morning we went to the infamous Voodoo donuts which was bomb! It is on 6th Street which was super walkable from our hotel. They also had very good coffee!
Two Hands
After not wanting to wait at Jo's Coffee we walked over to this super modern shopping center where we got breakfast! This was delicious and I loved how quick & easy this place was.

Courtyard Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center
I didn't take any pictures of our room, but my mom called ahead to have these treats in the room (thanks mom)! The room was pretty modern and we just wanted to be centrally located, which made this hotel perfect for us! A plus was that there was a Starbucks in the lobby. Really recommend this hotel!

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