Explore Downtown Austin
Music, restaurants, bars, shopping and parks— downtown is way better live
There is always something happening in downtown Austin. Whether you are looking for the best patio to watch the sunset from, rooftop pools to lounge by, somewhere to get a good vegan dinner, find a sweet happy hour deal or your next brunch spot, there is a place for you here. Browse our curated posts and lists to find your new favorite place in Austin.
Best Spots for Brunch in Austin’s Downtown
Originally written in July 2021, updated July 2023 Brunch is a lifestyle. It’s a fun outing with friends, a chance to snag a reservation at one of the newest places in downtown Austin or the solution for missing breakfast. Head...Learn More⟶
The Mexican American Heritage Corridor
In August 2011, the City of Austin created Resolution No. 20110825-067, announcing the official recognition of 5th Street between Republic Square and the Saltillo Plaza as the Mexican-American Heritage Corridor. Signs lining the corridor mark its historical significance, but many...Learn More⟶
Spooky Austin: Haunted Downtown
Downtown Austin embraces the spooky season all year long. You can find haunted tours year-round that are happy to tell you the spine-chilling tales of the ghosts, ghouls and mysteries of Austin. Buckle in and brace yourself for some creepy...Learn More⟶
Must See Spots Downtown
Visiting Austin? Check out some of these cool spots while you’re in town. Art Scene Mexic-Arte: A lovely art museum celebrating Mexican-American heritage, history and culture Blanton Muesem of Art: A must-see for stained glass fans with seasonally rotating exhibits...Learn More⟶
Best Downtown Happy Hours in Austin
Originally published in May 2021, updated June 2023. It’s no secret that the best days end with a happy hour. Downtown Austin has many options to grab a drink with colleagues after work or friends before a show or performance....Learn More⟶
Cozy Coffee Shops
Whether rushing to grab coffee before work, sipping a tea while reading a good book, catching up with a friend over a cup of joe or cramming late at night for an exam, coffee shops are there for us no...Learn More⟶
Top Lunch Spots in DTATX
There are so many great options to choose from when it comes to grabbing a bite in the middle of the day downtown. Here are a few of our favorite places to retreat to for lunch. If you’re in a...Learn More⟶
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...Learn More⟶
Fun Things To Do During Lunch
Lunch breaks don’t always feel like a break, unfortunately, but we have some fun ways to change that. Let’s leave the office for a while and do something fun to reset our brains in the middle of the day! Hunt...Learn More⟶
Live Music Venues
Austin is known as The Live Music Capital of the World. Our city has more live music venues per capita than anywhere else. Let’s recognize the wonderful places that helped Austin get that name, the live music venues. Here is...Learn More⟶
The Dog Blog: Pet Friendly Places
We want to spend as much time with our furry best friends as possible, but it isn’t always easy when you want to venture somewhere other than a dog park. Downtown is full of great places to spend time with...Learn More⟶
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...Learn More⟶
No matter how you enjoy spending your time, you can choose your own adventure downtown. Watch the sunset from a rooftop while sipping on fancy cocktails. Stroll through beautiful art museums and then create a work of your own at a workshop. Enjoy exquisite cuisine or stop by a favorite food truck. Find local talent and nationally-known musicians performing in venues right next to each other.
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 around the block. You just have to be here, live.
Explore our curated lists and blogs covering some of the finest, most fun things to do in downtown Austin. Explore Austin, find your favorite things downtown and enjoy!