A peculiar melange of hippies and homeboys alike, Texas’ capital isn’t 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, there’s something happening that’s 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 you’ve ever dreamed of on dirty Sixth Street.
Here we’ve put together a guide to Austin’s exceptional dives, from where to find the best late-night bacon-covered doughnut to the city’s finest spicy tacos, and everything in between. Sure, you’ve heard that everything’s bigger in Texas — that includes the lust for life, leisure, and live music.