Hello and welcome to Austin and CTX Community Thread! This thread is for REFers that live and work in the Central Texas area or those who are visiting. Come talk, relax, and hang out. We'll try to organize meet-ups as well. If you find yourself in town, or interested in the city in general, come on over and say hi. Forgive me for shamelessly copying this thread from that other website.
Upcoming CTX-ERA Meet-ups:
Past CTX-ERA Meet-ups:
None yet, this is a new forum, after all. ;)
This is just the tip of the iceburg, Visit Austin is a pretty decent city guide.
It's generally not hard to find events. There's always something going on every weekend.
Austin.gov events calendar
General Attractions and Fun Stuff
We have lots and lots to do here. This is a small list of some of the highlights.
6th Street - Rainey Street
Texas State History Museum
Bats on Congress Bridge
Alamo Drafthouse Theaters
In addition, we've got a bunch of cool stores all over the place for all your interests.
Parks, Wildlife and Outdoors
Central Texas has some beautiful parks and outdoor areas. Here's a handful.
Lady Bird Lake
Barton Springs Pool
McKinney Falls State Park
San Marcos River
Conventions and Festivals
Austin hosts a lot of conventions and festivals every year. The list would be huge if I listed them all, but here's some of the bigger ones.
Austin City Limits
Rooster Teeth Expo
We sure do love our food here in Austin and Central Texas. We've got everything from Tex-Mex to asian fusion, and everything in between! We also have some damn good BBQ, but let's try not to start a fight with DFW-ERA.
Arguably, our most known for food. We have tacos. Lots and lots of tacos. If you're looking for something more classy, Fonda San Miguel is the way to go.
Fonda San Miguel
Tacodeli > Torchy's
CTX ain't no slouch with BBQ, even though we might not as famous as the rest of Texas. The Salt Lick and Franklin are the two best. One's got a long drive, the others got a long line. ;)
The Salt Lick
Micklewait Craft Meats
We've got a lot of great Asian restaurants, all over town!
Probably most famous in food trucks, Austin has some amazing fusion eating. Some of it sounds weird, but it's quite amazing.
East Side King
American and Pub Fare
We've obviously got a lot of bars. Here's some that actually have good food, too.
Old School Bar & Grille
Lucy's Fried Chicken
Some old-school hamburger places coupled with some more modern hip stuff.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Top Notch Hamburgers (and Fried Chicken)
Austin has no good Pizza places. Sorry.
Just kidding. Pinthouse Pizza is good.
Home Slice Pizza
Brick Oven Restaurant
East Side Pie
Dessert and Donuts
We've got our fair share of fine dining, too. Here's a few that come to mind.
Suggestions for anything are welcome! Tried a new restaurant? Got some activity or place that you think other CTX-REFers would like? Think I'm overlooking something obvious? Let me know. I'll try to keep the OP updated as best as I can.
Thanks for reading, and stay weird, ACTX-ERA!