Thread: Austin TX Travel Advice Sought

Brock - 8/23/2011 at 02:35 PM

I am planning a trip next year to attend the inaugural US Grand Prix. Hope to check out some of the music scene while I'm there.

Is downtown the place to stay for that? The Continental Club on Congress Ave is south of the river, so is that area better for clubs?

Any advice on what to see while there would also be appreciated, as well as another good area that might be less pricey than downtown. Thank you.





[Edited on 8/25/2011 by Brock]

[Edited on 10/10/2012 by Brock]


brofan - 8/23/2011 at 07:08 PM

SIXTH STREET!

ANY club along that awesome strip - just walk along that street and listen to whatever is coming out the door and it'll be better than about 90% of whatever you'll hear in most clubs in other cities.....check out Stubb's, where SRV and ZZ Top and countless other bands have played.....definitely go to the Saxon Pub on South Lamar and DON'T MISS Jon Dee Graham, who plays there as well as The Continental Club on South Congress, also eat at Threadgill's right off South Congress which used to be the Legendary Armadillo Headquarters back in the '70s.....ogle all the INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL Texas women and UT girls - who not only are world-class gorgeous but are actually NICE, too - what a concept....

Chow down on Tex-Mex on the East Side. on the other side of I-35, in the Latino 'hood.

Make sure to hit the Legendary Antone's, as well as La Zona Rosa, a tiny little converted garage-club where I saw Indigenous with Doyle Bramhall Sr. (who produced one of their CDs) sitting in on drums, and where I hung with my 2 new best friends - one of whom, Brian, who sold guitars in Dallas and Austin back in the early days (since the '70s) told me "The next time you come to Austin, you ain't staying in no hotel, you stay with me at my ranch, and we'll hang out and listen to music and ride horses...." What an awesome dude - wish I had been there since...

Also MAKE SURE you visit Waterloo Records on Lamar - absolutely one of THE COOLEST CD/LP stores on the planet, right up there with Amoeba in Cali....there are other used CD stores right up the street, in these huge converted warehouses with incredible selections.

The balcony bar in the Stephen F. Austin Hotel (which I've stayed at a couple of times - along with the Driskill (DELUXE) is one the nicest old school Texas Hotels in town) is outside along the second floor and overlooks Congress St., the main drag and you can see all the way up to the Capitol at night....very cool place to hang out and meet people...I met a local native named Noble up there one night who wrote me a VERY detailed list of every cool thing and place to see in Austin.....too bad I don't know where it is anymore.

And of course, the GRAND FINALE is to camp out and watch the BATS come out from under the Congress St. Bridge at sundown....the largest urban bat population in the world. It is an awesome sight and a great metaphor for "Keeping Austin Weird" which is the town motto.

Oh, and one other thing - don't miss the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial statue on the south bank of the Colorado River. It looks exactly like him and I got very emotional the first time I paid my respects....

As you can see, I LOVE Austin, Texas, B-Rock. I really envy you - it is one of the most UNIQUE cities in America and you will absolutely have the time of you life. I GUARANTEE IT!

Call me or e-mail me if you need more info....you lucky bastard!

Oh, also - if you have the time, bop on down I-35 to San Antone (about 75 miles or so) and check out the Riverwalk. There is nothing like it in any other US city....never been to Venice but I would imagine there are some similarities - and the Alamo is always worth visiting, or course.

LOVE Texas, especially that part of the state.

We want a DETAILED travelogue when you get back, Bro....


brofan - 8/23/2011 at 07:15 PM

P.S. I've also stayed at the Hilton, which is right next to the Convention Center and is very convenient to all the Sixth Street clubs - if you are a Hilton Honors member, it won't be that expensive, and depending on what time of year you're going, it still may not be too expensive. It doesn't have the charm of the Driskill ($$$$$) or the Stephen F. Austin, but then again it won't cost as much, either.

It is also a great walking city - unless, of course, you visit in July or August, as I did one year....when I was there in July of '07 I walked from the Hilton to Waterloo - maybe about 1 1/2 - 2 miles, and I was drenched when I got there.....even though you live in ATL and think you know heat, Texas heat is an entirely different ballgame....definitely the Major Leagues of HOT *laugh*


Brock - 8/23/2011 at 08:01 PM

Wow Rich, thanks so much. I was hoping for just an area to focus in on, and I got a Michelin Guide!

Keeping Austin Weird. I have a feeling Austin and I will get on real well!

The race is tentatively set for June '12, but there is talk of it being moved to November '12, which should help the heat factor enormously. Still a ways off unfortunately. Thanks again.


brofan - 8/23/2011 at 09:14 PM

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still waiting to hear back from my cousin, but I'd say you're getting pretty accurate information.

I've been on that 6th Street or 6th Avenue or whatever it is...nothing but bars and night clubs for while. It's kinda like the Bourbon Street of Austin, I guess....during the college semester, it could get a little crazy on the weekends....I'd go back.


Yes, it is....I was there for Mardi Gras back in like '01, I think and it was like nothing I'd ever seen....although I've never been to Mardi Gras in Nawlins, I have been to the French Quarter and although I love NO and the FQ, I think Austin is a lot more fun.

Two years before the year I was there there actually was a riot on 6th St. during Mardi Gras so they cancelled it the following year, so the year I was there there were cops all over the place - and I didn't see one person get busted. I did however, see many fine Texas women violate the "topless only" law....that's right, it's legal for women to walk around topless.....and even though it is against the law to go "bottomless", most of the women up on the balconies did anyway, without any interference from Johnny Law, to the delight of the drunken male hordes....

As I said, it is my kind of town.


brofan - 8/23/2011 at 10:33 PM

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still waiting to hear back from my cousin, but I'd say you're getting pretty accurate information.

I've been on that 6th Street or 6th Avenue or whatever it is...nothing but bars and night clubs for while. It's kinda like the Bourbon Street of Austin, I guess....during the college semester, it could get a little crazy on the weekends....I'd go back.


Yes, it is....I was there for Mardi Gras back in like '01, I think and it was like nothing I'd ever seen....although I've never been to Mardi Gras in Nawlins, I have been to the French Quarter and although I love NO and the FQ, I think Austin is a lot more fun.

Two years before the year I was there there actually was a riot on 6th St. during Mardi Gras so they cancelled it the following year, so the year I was there there were cops all over the place - and I didn't see one person get busted. I did however, see many fine Texas women violate the "topless only" law....that's right, it's legal for women to walk around topless.....and even though it is against the law to go "bottomless", most of the women up on the balconies did anyway, without any interference from Johnny Law, to the delight of the drunken male hordes....

As I said, it is my kind of town.


Packing my bags.


Charlie, it is also one of THE BEST places in the US for jobs....Dell is a huge employer there - and one of the best places for young, single people....


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