POSTCARDS FROM AUSTIN, TX


About a month ago, I was in Austin, Texas ya'll! I've never been to Texas before so I was SUPER excited to celebrate my best friends birthday in a new city. It was kind of a spur of the moment trip - Margot had been planning it for a while but I didn't think I could make it work and then one night, after a couple of glasses of rose, I said why the eff not and purchased the plane ticket. I was so happy I went - this was one of the best weekends I've had all year!
A little disclaimer: By no means is this a guide to Austin. This is more of a play by play of our drunken shenanigans.

FRIDAY
We checked into our AirBNB - got settled, unpacked, got ready! This AirBNB was so damn cute. I think this person solely has this duplex to rent it out year round but it did the trick for all of us. Rent the space HERE!
Dinner at Ranch 616! I think this may have been my favorite spot we ate the whole weekend - I love all the weirdness. I would describe this as an eclectic and funky Mexican joint. We sat inside but it had the cutest outdoor patio. Water (and some drinks) are served in those $1 Jesus candles you find at Jewel which I thought was the greatest thing ever. They also give great birthday desserts... two scoops of ice cream with a banana in the middle in phallic looking form, if ya know what I'm sayin. 
After dinner we headed out to 'Dirty 6th' Street. As we were all walking down the street, a guy who worked at one of the bars said if we would come in the bar he would give us bottles of champagne and a table. You know that is an offer we could not refuse. This bar was called.... wait for it.... The Lit Lounge. LOL. The name in itself should answer any questions you may have. After about 5 bottles of champagne we said our farewells to Lit Lounge and continued down the Dirty 6th.
Afterwards, we headed to our original destination: Shakespeare's Pub, where we stayed the rest of the night. This bar is massive - it's 2 floors with several Dj's, dancing, and a fun rooftop area. They serve liquor pitcher specials, which I am normally so here for, except the deal of the night was $Long Island Iced Tea... which RIP to me. I do not recommend. I felt like a 19 year old at Brother's Mug Club in Iowa City - lolz.
SATURDAY
Waking up was a bit of a struggle but you know what the secret to avoiding a hangover? Keep drinking. We popped some champagne (since we bought approx. 17 bottles for the weekend), and headed to Brunch at Torchy's Tacos - a popular Austin joint serving Tex-Mex, Breakfast & Brunch, and Mexican. The tacos were truly incredible - I wish I could remember which ones I got but you honestly can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

Next up was a brewery tour at Blue Owl Brewery I'm a big fan of brewery tours because they make me feel smart and you get beer, duh. This brewery was very small but our tour guide was awesome and it felt like a really intimate learning environment. All the beers are sour, which I didn't think I would like so much but they were actually very tasty! They also give you like 4 large glasses of beer (of your choosing) so you are most definitely feeling good by the end of the tour. 
After getting the most of our free beers, we stumbled our way over to Hops & Grain Brewery and Bar. Hops & Grains is a sustainable microbrewery offering tours, a taproom with handcrafted ales. We didn't make it in time for any tours but we had a few beers and hung out for a bit in the main area. This place has a really cool set up of picnic bench-like tables everywhere with so many board games/games to chose from that you can bring back to your table and play. Not to toot my own horn but I did in fact win about 80% of the rounds of Cards Against Humanity we played 🙋
SUNDAY
We did Sunday morning brunch at Snooze - you might remember this from my Denver Travel Guide! I knew Snooze would not disappoint. The wait time was like 2 hours but it was well worth it because the food and drinks are amazing. While we waited to be seated we played bags outside and had some  boozy breakfast cocktails.  I recommend the MM MM Mimosa! As for food, I  got an Eggs Benedict trio - so tasty and a great serving size! I also tried some of Margot's gluten free pancakes that were BOMB. 
Next stop: Graffiti Park. The name explains exactly what this is. This giant park is literally just full of graffiti work on every single inch of the wall. There were spray paint cans laying around everywhere so you can mess around and make a mess - I mean art - on the walls. There were also a couple artists who were at the park with backpacks full of spray paint and creating their masterpieces on the walls. It was cool to watch! The shots for instagram weren't too shabby either 😉
Afterwards, we did some #adult sightseeing and went to the Texas State Capitol Building. We got to see where the House of Representatives was and where bills are made.... or something like that. Although our knowledge was as extensive as the How A Bill Is Made episode from Schoolhouse Rock back in 3rd grade, it was still pretty cool to see such an important building.
Because one brunch was just not enough we made our next stop Bangers Sausage House & Beer Garden, home of the famous Manmosa: a mimosa served in a stein glass with one full bottle of champagne. Yes, I said one full bottle. The menu centers all of their dishes around German sausage so if you're a vegetarian, this prob isn't the place is not for you. I had the Southern Fried Chicken Sausage 
MONDAY
This was a rundown of how Monday morning went: Wake up. Pat down pockets and purses to make sure all phones, credit cards, and ID's are not lost. Shove everything in our suitcases, and pick up around the AirBNB. To kill some time before we have to head to the airport, we head out to get some real Texas BBQ at Terry Black's Barbecue. It was good, but honestly I think my tastebuds were paralyzed from my hangover that I couldn't fully enjoy it. I also think Kansas City bbq may be better, but I'm a little biased 😉 I did like the set up of Terry Black's that you can pick and serve your own sides as well as pick the meat and size/weight of how much meat you want.

Overall thoughts: A lot of food, a lot of fun, and a lot of laughs. I like you, Austin! I will definitely be back.

Hear more about this crazy weekend on Episode 5 of the Single in Chi Podcast!

41 comments

  1. It looks like you had a lot of fun there. I love all the photos you took.
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  2. This looks like so much fun!! I really want to go to Austin!!

    Jennifer
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    1. Thanks girl! You totally should - I highly recommend!!

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  3. Love these pics, looks so fun hun!!

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    1. Thanks, Jessi!! Hope you have so much fun at Coachella! xo

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  4. I love the friday´s mustard top!! And your sunday look is amazing!

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  5. That blush jacket is too cute! And this looks like such a fun adventure! :)
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  6. Amazing trip :) I dream about visiting Texas, especially Dallas, but my first stop in the USA will be Chicago.
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    1. That's where I live!! Hope you get to visit one day :)

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  7. It looks that you had a lot of fun! Amazing pictures!

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  8. Wow what a great weekend you had. The way to go girl. Love all the places here. xoxo Cris
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  9. The airBnb you checked in looks wonderful!!
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  10. The food makes my hungry *_*

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  11. Looks like you had such a fun time! Love all the photos!
    ~Samantha
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    1. Thanks so much Samantha! It was a blast :)

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  12. I've always wanted to visit Austin! Hope you had a great time!

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  13. Looksl ike you had so much fun in Austin dear, really fun photos you have here.

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  14. This trip looks like so much fun! Glad you had a great time with your girlfriends in a new city. Also, digging that Airbnb - definitely looked like IKEA came in and vomited all over the place xD

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  15. Looks like you had a great time.
    I love all the fun photos

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