The morning after the PLT event in London it was straight back to work for me and I was headed to Austin, Texas for the weekend. Well, when I say weekend it was for all of about 24 hours. If you ever find yourself with a limited amount of time in Texas, here are some of my favourite things to do in the Lone star state.
My number one spot to hit in Austin is Banger’s sausage house and beer garden on Rainey Street. With over “106 beers on tap and 20 homemade sausages” it’s a real authentic Texan experience. If you’re there on the right evening you’ll be lucky enough to catch some live country music.
The Honky Tonk!
If you’re into the whole country music vibe, you need to put the “Honky Tonk” on your bucket list. I’ve linked a list of the best Honky tonk bars in Austin above. I’ve been to one in Dallas at “Cowboys, Red River” and it was so friggin cool. Like something you’d see in the movies, Daisy duke’s, Cowboy boots, line dancing and of course live country music.
Everyone has heard of the Texan BBQ and one of my favourite places in Austin is “Stubbs Bar-B-Q” . I get the three meat option and always go with pulled Pork, Brisket and the Cheese and Jalapeño sausage. Stubbs has a huge live music venue too that hosts anyone from famous DJ’s to Rock bands. Make sure to check out who’s playing when you’re visiting. Franklin BBQ is one of the most famous BBQ’s in Texas, and has featured in some Hollywood movies that were filmed in the Lone star state. I personally haven’t tried Franklins’ as people queue for hours and hours to say they’ve been. The last time I went, there was people on camp chairs drinking beer and playing beer pong while waiting in the line. We were told the wait was over 2.5 hours at least and they were always running out of food. If you have some time to spare it might be worth the visit to say you’ve been otherwise stick with Stubbs you won’t be disappointed.
No night out is complete without venturing down 6th street. It’s an experience in itself, the street is blocked off for pedestrians and music can be heard coming from every doorway. Don’t forget to try some “Moonshine” in one of the local bars on 6th street they do some cool moonshine cocktails, not sure if it’s the real deal but it’s definitely a very Texan thing to do.
If you’ve been to Austin or are planning on visiting, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
♥ bw ♥