WHAT TO DO IN AUSTIN - ADD TO YOUR WEDDING WEBSITE!

05/18/2022

We created this list of Austin MUSTS by compiling suggestions from local brides, vendors, and the most premium Austinites! Feel free to cut + paste directly to your wedding website so your out of town guests can experience the best of the city!

 

BARS

6TH STREETEast 6th: The rowdier side, younger crowd, a lot of live music, very tame during the day, but at night turns into the epicenter of bachelor/ette parties.

Pro-tip: Wanderlust Wine Co. sits on the edge of 6th (with a second location in East Austin now) - it's a wine-on-tap room where you can grab a glass and taste anything you want. AND they have the best hidden-gem Italian food truck out back (The Heel of The Boot) which is a must try with the wine.

West 6th: Known for having more upscale options, young professional type crowd, has great Sunday Funday options!

Pro-tip: Kung Fu Saloon is great for Sundays and Greenlight Social has boozy capri sun that is a MUST!


*NEW* East 6th: On the other side of I-35 now lives a slew of modern bars, restaurant happy hours, and breweries that have all popped up within the last few years - a great part of the street for safe walking and finding late night food trucks. Pro-tip: Whisler's has delicious cocktails, a Mezcal rooftop bar, and great outdoor tables for big groups & board games! RAINEY STREET Outdoor bars and restaurants, five minute cab ride to downtown, dining options Pro-tip: Sunday morning at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden - enjoy a MANosa and get a bottle of champagne and a splash of OJ in a glass beer mug!

THE DOMAIN

Originally just your typical outdoor-shopping mall, The Domain now contains an entire street of bars called Rock Rose. Kung Fu Saloon has another location here (with arcade games!), and a fan favorite is Wonder Bar - where you can "spin the wheel" for a surprise shot or even a free T-shirt!

 

BREWERIES NORTH AUSTINAustin BeerworksCelis BreweryCircle BrewingAdelbert’s Brewery CENTRAL AUSTINCentral District BrewingOddwork Brewing

Austin Eastciders

EAST AUSTINBlue Owl Brewing TaproomFriends and Allies Brewing CompanyLazarus Brewing CompanySouthern Heights Brewing CompanyZilker Brewing Company and Taproom

Central Machine Works

SOUTH AUSTINSt. Elmo Brewing CompanyAustin Beer Garden and Brewery (The ABGB)Independence Brewing Co.

Pinthouse Pizza

Live Oak Brewing Company WEST AUSTIN12 Fox Beer Co.Fitzhugh Brewing *partnered with PEJ Kitchens*Jester King BreweryVista BrewingOasis Texas Brewing Company

MANCHACA AREAIndian RollerMoontower Saloon *you can play volleyball here!*South Austin Beer Garden

 

SPEAKEASIES/"UNDERGROUND" COCKTAIL BARS

Click here for the best secret bars in Austin! Firehouse Lounge

Here Nor There Garage Midnight Cowboy

Floppy Disk Repair Co.

The Roosevelt Room

Tiki Tatsu-Ya *from Ramen Tatsu-Ya!*

 

WINERIES ​‣ The Austin Winery Duchman Family Winery *connected to Trattoria Lisina!* Fall Creek Vineyards Lewis WinesPedernales Cellars

Wanderlust Wine Co.

 

RESTAURANTS

BBQFranklin Barbecue; 900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702 Pro-tip: Bring a chair, a cooler of beer, and get in line three hours before opening because they serve until they run out!la Barbecue; 2027 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702 ‣ Terry Black’s; 1003 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704 ‣ The Salt Lick; 18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619 ‣ The Switch; 166 Hargraves Dr Suite G-100, Austin, TX 78737

Cooper's BBQ

SLAB BBQ *featured on Diners, Drive Ins & Dives!*COFFEEEpoch; Multiple locations available ‣ Halycon; Multiple locations available *roast marshmallows and make S'mores here!* ​‣ Mozart’s; 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703 ‣ Summer Moon; Multiple locations *an Austin classic!*

Merit Coffee; Multiple locations

Codependent Cocktails & Coffee; 301 West Ave Suite 110, Austin, TX 78701

Flat Track

TACOS ‣ ⁠Juan in a Million; 2300 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702 Breakfast or lunch, closes at 3Torchy’s Tacos; Multiple locations *must-try queso for your out-of-state guests!*Vera Cruz All Natural Tacos; Multiple locations

Taquero Mucho *perfect for a bridal brunch - everything is pink!*

Papalote

OTHERHillside Farmacy; 1209 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702 ‣ Hula Hut on Lake Austin; 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703 ‣ Le Vacher; 136 Drifting Wind Run, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 ‣ Magnolia Cafe; 1920 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 *an Austin classic!*Mattie’s; 811 W Live Oak St, Austin, TX 78704 *Victorian home offering Southern food for brunch & peacocks on property*The Oasis on Lake Travis; 6550 Comanche Trail, Austin, TX 78732 ‣ Thicket Food Park; 7800 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78745 *food truck park!*Via 313; Multiple locations available *authentic Detroit-style pizza - IT'S A MUST!*

Il Brutto; East 6th *Happy hour even on Saturdays - with half priced bottles of wine!*

Suerte; East 6th

Ramen Tatsu-Ya; Multiple locations

Home Slice Pizza; Multiple locations *an Austin classic!*

Aba; South Congress (Music Lane)

 

SCENIC ACTIVITIES

‣ 360/Pennybacker Bridge Park on the side of the Hwy 360, hike your way through the trail and semi-rocky terrain to get to the top of the cliff that overlooks the lake and the city Pro-tip: Buy a pizza from Home Slice and take it to the 360 bridge to eat as the sun sets over Lake Austin! ‣ ⁠Austin Bat Tours Watch them on the land or on a BYOB boat! ‣ ⁠Ladybird Lake + The Butler Hike and Bike Trail Zilker Park Boat Rentals/Rowing Dock: Rent kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards ‣ ⁠Mount Bonnell/Covert Park Ascend 106 stone stairs to get to the summit where you can see panoramic views of Austin ⁠Take a self-guided mural tour around town ‣ ⁠Texas State Capitol ‣ ⁠Wildflower Center The Botanic Garden of Texas - Become a member or visit as a non-members; reservation only right now ‣ ⁠Zilker Park & Botanical Gardens The most loved park in Austin! Play disc golf, ride the miniature Zephyr train, fly a kite, play sand volleyball, access the Greenbelt, and take a dip in Barton Springs Pool!

 

SHOPPING

‣ 2nd Street District Downtown ⁠shopping & dining options ​‣ ⁠Barton Creek Square South Austin ‣ ⁠South Congress Experience what it's like to have to back your car into a diagonal parking spot and walk the shops on both sides of the street and enjoy the amazing restaurants! Pro-tip: Grab some Amy’s Ice Creams, get a picture at the I love you so much sign, and enjoy the shops, find some free live music, and then grab a drink at the South Congress Hotel Lobby Bar! ‣ ⁠The Arboretum North Austin ‣ ⁠The Domain in North Austin Bars, shopping, indoor/outdoor dining, 24/7 cupcake ATM

 

WATER ACTIVITIES

‣ ⁠Barton Springs & Deep Eddy Pools Outdoor pool with water fed from the nearby natural springs ‣ ⁠Big Stacy Pool Small & shallow outdoor community pool with water fed from the nearby natural springs, covered by giant oak trees - great for families with kids! ​‣ ⁠Blue Hole Regional Park ‣ ⁠Capital Cruises Boat tour agency - personal boat rides, take a sunset ride, sightseeing tours, or book a larger boat for your rehearsal dinner! ‣ ⁠Float On Lake Travis & Lake Austin boat rentals ‣ ⁠Hamilton Pool Preserve - temporarily closed A scenic natural swimming pool in a canyon below a 50-ft waterfall, surrounded by a grotto ‣ ⁠Jacob’s Well A perennial karstic spring in the Texas Hill Country flowing from the bed of Cypress Creek ‣ ⁠Zip line Lake Travis

 

NIGHT LIFE & OTHER ADVENTURES

Austin Panic Room ‣ ⁠Broken Spoke *featured on Queer Eye!* Two-stepping here is a MUST! *featured on Queer Eye!* The Continental Club The grand-daddy of local and live music since 1955 ‣ ⁠Esther's Follies Catch a comedy show.Movie at Alamo Drafthouse Enjoy a cocktail or a boozy milkshake and catch a flick. Check their schedule ahead of time to find older movies replay or sing-a-longs. The Escape Game Austin Join an existing reservation or bring a crowd to work together to escape a themed room! Top Golf Unchartered Adventures Used to be 512 Rage Room, make reservations to BREAK anything safely from technology to glass! Urban Axes The new trend... axe throwing! Book in advance.


Cidercade

$10 admission to play all of the arcade games your inner-child heart desires, while sipping on cider


Stubb's

There's a concert here almost every night!


Ink Empire

Home of the mini-Monday - bring your most fun guests here after your wedding weekend (or go with your new spouse for matching tats!) and get $35 mini tattoos!

 

NEARBY DAY TRIP SUGGESTIONS

‣ ⁠Driftwood/Dripping Springs The Hill Country is home to most of Austin's scenic wedding venues, but there are so many shops and restaurants you can explore! ‣ ⁠Fredericksburg Known for wineries - take a wine shuttle or bus to enjoy everything it has to offer! ‣ ⁠Gruene Just south of Austin, offering shopping, dining, and a historic dance hall ‣ Wimberley Jacob’s Well & Blue Hole are here, on top of a lot of local shops and boutiques ‣ Waco Home of Magnolia Market at the Silos