After a month of non-stop travel, I am finally able to write about my trips over the past few weeks. Whew! Starting with my weekend in Austin, Texas with my great friend and fellow travel foodie/writer Bridget Stangland. Do yourself a favor and follow her mouth-watering instagram account, Sips & Snacks chronicling food & drinks in San Francisco & beyond.
Austin is a city many friends and family members have disclosed as boisterous and without a doubt the most fun to visit any time of year. Our pre plans consisted mainly of binge drinking, eating BBQ & dancing until we absolutely had to purchase a pizza. Bridget and I were able to meet at the Austin airport (landing at 11pm!) and immediately sought out the boozy streets of downtown to see what the nightlife in Austin had to offer. Spoiler alert: it was vodka shots that tasted like gasoline. Miraculous, I know.
You realize you really have a passion for something when you cannot seem to flush away that happy tingle of the airplane gradually lifting into the air and taking off somewhere new. I've done this 9 times in the last 3 weeks and could do it every weekend until the end of the year. When myself and Bridget landed in Austin, the airport terminal was small and it was easy to access a taxi. Fore warning, Uber is non existent in Austin, so make sure to download the ever so helpful app Fasten before landing as it emulates every task that Uber will offer.
So we made some friends and who supplied many drinks. Bridget and I opted to not book a hotel in advance as we were arriving incredibly late. I recommend using the app Hotel Tonight for last minute hotel rooms and extreme deals! The Hyatt in downtown Austin was a great last minute choice and extremely close to 6th street and lots of local restaurants. The bags were quickly dropped in the room and we briskly headed to East 6th street.
For those of you who are approaching their mid 20's like myself, you'll find yourself in this exact situation where you head to an appropriately deemed "college" area of town and really say to yourself "wow, I am too old for this shit." Enter East 6th Street.
If you do venture to East 6th Street, The Blind Pig was a great choice for rooftop drinks and college boys aggressively asking you what your major is, even as a 24 year old (high praise). Other options? Jackalope, Iron Cactus, Pete's Dueling Piano Bar, & Midnight Cowboy.
Normally this would be a photo snapped candidly of myself while driving in Bay Area traffic, but a few shots in Austin will do the trick. After much (little) deliberation our rag tag team headed to Rainey Street, which I would recommend more for post graduate, mid to late 20's goers. With all the debauchery of dirty 6th street nestled into a classy string of spacious & enjoyable bars, Rainey was much more enjoyable.
I recommend visiting the Bungalow for late night drinks, the lovely sign displayed above, and some corn hole. Can I also say that the art of corn hole is not appreciated nearly as much in California?
The Container Bar is pretty literal to it's name, as the second story is entirely made of containers which we found entertaining, The Blackheart was a more mellow atmosphere with some great live music, & Bar 96 for similar vibes to Bungalow, but more of a sports bar atmosphere.
One advantage I find with living in California is our time change is always a few hours backward, so when going out on a Friday night I am alert. The drawback? Waking up. Travel hack: set an alarm when you are in the airport or on the plane for the next day. It's an easy way to ensure you are ready for the next day of exploring with no time wasted! As for me, I set 3 alarms minimum because I sleep like I've been injected with a horse tranquilizer.
Luckily we only slept until 9am, which is a miracle. After slowly getting ready and packing up our stuff for our next hotel (woof), we were off to explore Austin.
Are you really in Austin if you don't start your day with tacos? With several friends who have visited, explored and lived in Austin, Bridget and I had a fair share of ground to cover to accomplish everything on our eating bucket list. We opted for Taco Deli, with several locations around the Austin area including food trucks. We made it just in time as there was a torrential downpour as we sat to eat our tacos. Other tex mex options? Juan in a Million (name is the personal best), Paco's Tacos, or Veracruz Taco Truck.