Whether you’re looking for the trendy, the upscale, or the one-of-a-kind, you’ll find it in Austin’s shops. This is a live music landmark and known as Austin’s home of the blues since it’s been around for more than a quarter of a century. Don’t miss a stop at Waterloo Records (600 North Lamar), Austin’s fiercely independently music store that has given many musicians their start, and pick up compilation discs from local radio station KGSR 107.1 as gifts for music-loving friends. Not surprisingly, given Sony’s expertise with television development, they also offer relatively cheap all-in-one DVD video units. Despite suffering a devastating fire in 2005 — the result of a lightning strike — the Oasis’ multi-tiered decks are still open and offer the best view in town, no matter where you’re sitting. These itineraries offer three days worth of suggestions for relaxing in Austin. Tanger Factory Outlet Center (4015 S IH 35 South, San Marcos) has less luxury and more mainstream outlets (The Gap, Banana Republic, Nike) and is also worth a stop. 2 days: Head out early for a day at the outlet malls in San Marcos, where professional shoppers and bargain hunters hone their craft. This post was written by GSA Content Generat or DEMO .
Congratulate yourself on your many bargains at The Tap Room (129 E Hopkins; about five miles from The Tanger Center) in San Marcos, where you’ll find big burgers and 32 beers on tap. Book a room at the Mobil Three-Star InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel (701 Congress Ave), where there’s a great bar overlooking Sixth Street. 2-D bar codes can hold mountains of information, compared to their low-tech 1-D predecessors. So can we expect to see features similar to Mercedes Carwash mode on other new vehicles in the future? Head out to some quality live music at Speakeasy (412D Congress Ave), which features small wooden tables around a dance floor in a relaxed atmosphere in which young professionals grasp apple martinis listening to the sounds of jazz, blues, and ska. A makeshift dance floor in front of the DJ station is a focal point with ambient lighting from pieces of original neon and metal art hanging from the bar brick walls. End the night dancing at Agave (415 East Sixth), with its raised dance floor and, of course, specialty tequilas. Cross over to 6th Street and from there the sky’s the limit: try the ultra-cool Molotov Lounge (719 West Sixth) with its actual ice bar and premium vodkas, or grab a beer at Shakespeare’s Pub (314 East Sixth).
Try a pint of Independence Brewery’s Pale Ale or Bootlegger Brown Ale, both great local brews, while you’re there. Open 24 hours and known for great breakfasts and vegetarian specialties, it’s a great place to fuel up for the day. 1 day: If you’ve only got one night in town, Sixth Street is the place to spend it. The Oasis (6550 Comanche Trail) is an Austin institution when it comes to the place to watch the sun go down over Lake Travis. Head a bit further down FM 620 for dinner to explore your culinary intuition at Mobil Three-Star Hudson’s on the Bend (3509 Ranch Rd), known for its game, rattlesnake, and creative cuisine. In Austin, you can hear great live music while enjoying the local cuisine and maybe a beverage or two. You can order a large steak or seafood dish or some other fine traditional American cuisine and enjoy it in an elegant setting.
Settle your stomach with a matzo ball soup, a greasy cheeseburger, or large Reuben sandwich. It’s quite tasty and can almost be a meal unto itself, which is possible if you settle for an appetizer with it instead of a standard meal. Most seating can be found in the back lounge, which is a small sunken area with a minimalist feel. Just spray on a small amount, and work it into the fabric with your fingers or a soft brush. It turns out that even dead people aren’t immune from the diminished work prospects brought about by more efficient computers and the general advancement of the industry. This really only applies to people who own their home. Having someone else monitor your activity around the house or finding out whether or not you’re at home defeats the purpose of having security cameras. Wrap up a successful day on the way home with a well-deserved pint and some pub grub (the fish & chips are great) at the Dog & Duck Pub, (406 West 17th, at 17th and Guadalupe). Move on to By George (524 North Lamar; 2346 Guadalupe), an Austin institution for hip chicks and dudes of all ages. Before you head out, enjoy breakfast at Kerbey Lane (2606 Guadalupe).