It’s hard to believe that as recently as 2005, there were only three licensed distilleries in the state of Texas. Now, there are dozens ranging from vodka to whiskey, rum to rare liqueurs that you may never have even heard of. We’ve got a wealth of great Austin distilleries. In just a short drive, you…

What makes a great craft brewery? Well to start, the beer has to be the best. Then add a sweet taproom, and since this is Texas, maybe a beer garden. A healthy dose of community activism doesn’t hurt either. With nearly 40 breweries in the city of Austin, we’re spoiled for choice. From lagers to…

What’s south of South Austin? South of Ben White — even south of Stassney? It’s Way South Austin. (or as Moontower Saloon calls it, Way South Awesome.) Mostly residential, this working-class part of Austin is home to lots of families, retirees, and young folks just starting out. It’s been going through a renaissance over the…

Here is our list of the Best Austin Festivals. The annual ATX festival schedule is a wonder to behold. It is befitting a town as festival crazy at Austin. From music, to food, to art, racing, sports, beer, ice cream and bats, Austin has it all for the fest fan. Check out our more complete…

The breeze in your hair. The smell of overturned earth. Warm sunshine on your face. There’s nothing quite like a day on the farm. While we have plenty of urban farms within the city limits, their limited real estate makes them more functional and less fun. But with a short drive out of town, you…

Creativity and the arts are part of Austin’s beating heart and the city is home to world-class producers, designers, painters, sculptors, writers, photographers, filmmakers, dancers and musicians. Austin is rich in performing arts and equally so in its performance arts venues. From majestic 3000 seat nationally recognized performance venues to intimate ensemble theatres, Austin’s fully…

Barton Springs Road runs east/west just south of Town Lake and features some of Austin’s most storied entertainment venues. Favorably situated as the connection between Auditorium Shores and Zilker Park, Barton Springs experiences plenty of foot traffic during festivals. The boulevard section between South Congress and the Barton Creek Bridge is a great place to…

The Texas Hill Country is home to some of Texas’ most legendary swimming holes. Most are in or within a short driving distance from Austin. Once sleepy private utopias frequented by knowledgeable locals, many of these watering holes now have big crowds. Here are our Best Austin Swimming Holes…… Barton Springs Pool One of Austin’s…

The Drive-In Movie debuted in Austin on September 19, 1947 when Claude Ezell opened the The Chief Drive-In at 5600 N. Lamar Boulevard. The opening movie was Joel McRea in “The Virginian”. The Chief was big, it packed in 814 cars. It closed on July 24, 1973 with a Charlton Heston double feature in “Soylent…

Here are our Best Rainey Street bars. Born from a small neighborhood of pre 1934 bungalows, Rainey Street maintains a unique historic character. Once a sleepy residential street, albeit nestled right next to downtown, Rainey was rezoned as part of Austin’s central business district in 2004. The original Rainey developers made use of the “neighborhood”…