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No matter what you’re interested in, you can choose your own adventure in downtown Austin. Enjoy the sunset from a rooftop, stroll through our art museums, enjoy haute cuisine and fancy cocktails, or stop by a food truck.

Austin is the live music capital of the world, and downtown is the capital of Austin. Like all things Austin, downtown is also way better live.
From live music venues, to amazing eats, to even the happiest of hours at bars; everything is just one leg stretch away. You just have to be here, live.

We have curated some of the finest, most fun things to do in downtown Austin, so find your favorite things downtown and enjoy!


Best Downtown Happy Hours in Austin

It’s no secret that the best days end with a happy hour. Downtown Austin has many options to grab a drink with friends or colleagues after work or before a show or performance. Here are our picks for the best...

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Stay Warm and Dine Outdoors

While it may not be patio season temperatures for the average Texan, we still need safer ways to get out of the house. Dining outdoors is much more pleasant on a heated patio! So without further ado, here is where...

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Best Spots for Brunch in Austin’s Downtown

You could argue that brunch is a lifestyle. Perhaps it’s a fun outing with friends, a chance to snag a reservation at one of the newest places in downtown Austin or simply an answer for what to do if you...

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Fun and Games in Downtown Austin

There is nothing quite like a little fun and games to break up our regular routines. Some of us have agile fingers and quick reflexes with a controller, perfect for virtual play. Others prefer to exercise their gray matter and challenge...

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Vegan and Vegetarian Places Downtown

Dietary restrictions can make going out to eat challenging, especially when you’re meeting with someone who does not eat a similar diet. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, here are some places that have great plant-based options that are...

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Where to Find Unique Gifts in Austin’s Downtown

When it comes to gift giving, anniversaries, holidays, birthdays, housewarmings and other celebrations that come up on the regular may leave you feeling tapped out. The search for the perfect gift can often feel like an overwhelming task. Whether gift-giving...

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There is always something for everyone happening downtown. If you are looking for the best patios, rooftop pools, vegan meals, or even things to do on a rainy day. Browse our curated posts and lists.

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