Downtown Austin

Home to the South by Southwest festivals, a thriving tech industry and art galleries galore, free-spirited Downtown Austin offers music and culture in spades.

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Austin’s reputation as the “live music capital of the world” was cemented with festivals like South by Southwest and Austin City Limits, but it stems back to one neighborhood’s love affair with beer gardens. The distinctly German downtown area lit up the craze in the 1800s with open-air restaurants welcoming social clubs and sing-alongs, as musicians armed with instruments flooded in looking for stages under this wide-open Texas sky.

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Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown University
Downtown AustinFood & Drink
December 22, 2016

Two Days in Austin: A Chef Discovers Downtown

Large but laid-back, creative but outdoorsy, Austin lends itself to many glowing descriptions — but this may be the first time we’ve heard “very glowy” as one of them.
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Austin Live Music
Downtown AustinMusic
April 16, 2016

4 Places That Prove Austin Is the Live Music Capital of the World

Nashville may be the seat of the country music industry. And yes, Detroit might be known as the birthplace of rock. But don’t overlook Austin.

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Austin Craft Beer
Downtown AustinFood & Drink
April 15, 2016

Taste Austin’s Craft Brewery and Distillery Boom

Austin has all the elements that give the city its well-earned reputation for delivering a laid-back good time: food trucks, live music, epic BBQ.

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6th Street Austin
Downtown AustinFood & Drink
April 2, 2016

A Local’s Guide to Austin’s Favorite Haunts

Austin's unadulterated growth over the past decade has pushed the city from sleepy, slacker icon to one of the nation's most desirable relocation spots.
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