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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Capitol Building
“The Texas State Capitol is the capitol building and seat of government of the American state of Texas. Located in downtown Austin, Texas, the structure houses the offices and chambers of the Texas Legislature and of the Governor of Texas.”
  • 443 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“This is the world's best BBQ hands down. But you will pay the price to get it since the lines are VERY long and you will need to be there by 7 am from what I hear. Pro Tip: You can order it online far in advance and pick it up without the wait. But you must order FAR in advance. ”
  • 445 locals recommend
History Museum
“If you are interested in Texas history, this is w really cool museum. It also has an IMAX theater that shows cool documentaries and feature films.”
  • 232 locals recommend
Art Museum
“In January 2015, Ellsworth Kelly gifted the Blanton a design concept for his most monumental work: the first and only building the artist designed, as well as the last project before his death in December 2015. The stained glass in this building is super cool! One of Austin’s better museums. ”
  • 228 locals recommend
Bar
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“Beer garden with ping pong tables! Chill 6th street find in the midst of dirty.”
  • 161 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Located near the corner of Baylor and 12th Street, Graffiti Park is a massive, abandoned site covered with artwork and words of all colors and textures. If you’re lucky, you’ll find artists at work, or grab a can of spray paint and have your kids join in.”
  • 101 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“This place is named for a famous former London opium den that was visited by the likes of Aldous Huxley. Decor is on point (pseudo-East/Southeast Asian style, with peacocks, bold accents, jewel/gold colors, and lots of velvet). Pros: friendly bar staff, high quality cocktails, creative menu, lively crowd, best regular house music offering in the entire city every Thursday night -- called "Secret Garden" -- for real, if you like house music and you need something to do on Thursday night, check this out. Cons: expensive.”
  • 177 locals recommend
Convention Center
“A column-free USGBC LEED Gold EB certified venue with complimentary Wi-Fi located in the heart of Austin.”
  • 106 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Great place to score national love music acts. Also has side bar with live music that’s open to public, no ticket needed. ”
  • 119 locals recommend
Cinema
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“Austin's original movie theatre with special shows, quote-a-longs, comedian narration, classics and more. Full service drinks and tasty food. ”
  • 162 locals recommend
Diner
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“One of the best, more reasonably-priced restaurants in town. Open 24 hours a day, except on Wednesday nights when they clean the kitchen. I’ve never had a bad meal here once. Their chicken and waffles are *bomb*”
  • 144 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“Good Texas BBQ and a great open-air music venue. Check their website for whose playing this week - you might be surprised who you see!”
  • 121 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“Movie and dinner experience in one of Austin's locally owned cinema. Includes a bar and cafe as well. ”
  • 145 locals recommend
Park
“Best view of the city, movies in the park Wednesday in the Summer. Great place to bring a picnic and sit out and relax. ”
  • 136 locals recommend
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Travel Agency
“The Mexican free-tailed bats that make their home under the Congress Avenue bridge create an unforgettable sight when they emerge during bat season between March and November. Sitting by the lake at sunset, you can witness the miracle of the bat swarm every night. This is one of my favorite places to take summer visitors because it’s uniquely Austin.”
  • 142 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“Jazz spot that's underground off of Congress Street. Excellent music every night. $5 cover on weekends. No reservations. Sometimes a 20 min line but usually you can just walk right in.”
  • 104 locals recommend