A peculiar melange of hippies and homeboys alike, Texas capital isnt just a destination for cowboys and college students. With down-home southern cooking abound, cheap beer, and a live music scene rivaling that of L.A. and New York (festivities like Austin City Limits and South by Southwest help inordinately), Austin is still somewhat of a gem preserved in the heart of the Hill Country.
At any given time, theres something happening thats altogether strange and wonderful. You might strike up a conversation with Britt Daniel spontaneously on your way to a co-op party, or indulge in some of the finest people-watching youve ever dreamed of on dirty Sixth Street.
Here weve put together a guide to Austins exceptional dives, from where to find the best late-night bacon-covered doughnut to the citys finest spicy tacos, and everything in between. Sure, youve heard that everythings bigger in Texas — that includes the lust for life, leisure, and live music.