100 Reasons You Call Yourself An Austinite

Austin Bucket List, Things To Do In Austin | 9 Apr 2013

Today is the 100th Day of the Year so naturally that called for some fun. Here are 100 reasons why we call ourselves Austinites.

1. You’ve ordered from the “secret menu” at Torchy’s.

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2. High-Fiving Juan  at Juan in a Million is part of your weekend routine. 



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3. You ate at East Side Kings before Paul Qui achieved Top Chef greatness. 

Photo Credit - Rebecca Fondren

Photo Credit – Rebecca Fondren

4. You will be able to say you attended ACL when it was only one weekend. 


5. Burnt Orange is part of your Longhorn Football game day wardrobe even though you didn’t go to Texas. 


6. Your heart broke when you heard Fran’s closed its doors. 


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7. Breeder pet? No way, you adopted. 


8.  There was a day when Broken Spoke was surrounded by local business and not apartments, you remember it. 


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9. You call the part of Guadalupe west of campus “The Drag.”


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10. Alamo Drafthouse is the only place you will even consider going to a movie. 


11. You proudly own a “Welcome To Austin, Please Don’t Move Here” shirt, even though you probably moved here.

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12. Seeing someone sunbathing topless at Barton Springs doesn’t make you look twice.

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13. Blue Bell? Nope, it’s Amy’s all the way in Austin. 

Amy's Ice Cream

14. It does not have to be Halloween for you to appreciate bats. 


15. You have seen the highs and lows of Lake Travis. 

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16. “Mopac”is the same as “Loop 1″ and “360″ is the same as “Capital of Texas Highway”  are just facts of driving in Austin and you’re used to it.


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17. You’ve Been To An “Austin City Limits” Taping. 


18. Spinning under the Zilker Christmas Tree is part of your holiday ritual. 


19. The sometimes 2 hour wait at Franklin BBQ is completely worth it and you know it. 

Franklin BBQ Photo Credit: Franklin BBQ Website

Photo Credit: Franklin BBQ Website

20. You wear Yoga pants because you actually go to Yoga. 


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21.  You eat breakfast tacos from a different place everyday of the week. 

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22. Looking out your office window in the middle of the afternoon and seeing a lake full of kayakers is just another day. 


23. You know “paper or plastic” is no longer a choice at the grocery store. 


24. You remember when the Mueller Airport Tower used to actually look over airplanes and not houses. 



25. The city celebrating Eeyore’s birthday doesn’t phase you in the least bit. 


26. First Thursday means strolling SoCo. 


27. You’ve played Chicken Sh*t BINGO. 


28. Lady Bird Lake, that’s circa 2007, to some longtime residents it will always be Town Lake. 

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29. You’ve had “date night” at Whole Foods. 

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30.  Maybe you haven’t tried it but you’ve heard of the Trudy’s Trifecta. 


31. You’ve eaten Kerbey Queso at 4 in the morning. 

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32. News North Korea had “plans” for a missile strike on Austin  made you laugh, haters gonna hate.



33. If you’re drinking vodka its either Deep Eddy or Titos. 


34. What other people call graffiti, you call street art. 


35. The Greenbelt is a summer must (when it has water)! 


36. Saturday mornings involve a Farmer’s Market. 

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37. You complain about the traffic even though you know it’s going to only get worse. 


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38. Hours can pass while sipping on some coffee at Mozart’s and you have no idea where the time went. 


39. You were an extra on Friday Night Lights.  


40. At least one Halloween costumes has come from Lucy In Disguise. 



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41.  Oh to think back on the days when parking downtown after 5 and on weekends was free.


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42. You know someone, who knows someone who is friends with Mack Brown. 


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43. Fredricksburg is one of your favorite day trips.  


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44. Esther’s Follies comedy show doesn’t offend you.  


45. A pedi-cab has once been used as a form of transportation in your travels. 


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46. You know Top Notch’s onion rings are indeed Top Notch. 

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47. Somehow throughout your time in Austin you have acquired allergies. 

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48.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert have all come from a trailer in one day.

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49. You’ve cooled off at Hamiliton Pool. 


50. You remember where you were on January 4th, 2006. 



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51. Lance Armstrong, well let’s not go there.


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52. If it’s not a GoodPop, it’s not a popsicle. 

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53. You’ve decorated a Cedar Tree along 360 during December.

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54. The Salt Lick is one of your “go-tos” with out of town visitors. 



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55. KGSR’s Blues on the Green is a summer must. 

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56. Polvo’s Salsa Bar has set the bar for any salsa bar. 


57. You own a pair of Cowboy boots from Allen’s Boots. 



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58. Moonshine ‘s Gospel Brunch is something you’ve experienced. 



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59. You’ve seen the sunset from the top of Mount Bonnell. 


60. You’ve cheered at a Texas Rollergirls Bout. 

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61. The fact that Deep Eddy Pool used to have a massive slide is no surprise to you. 

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62. You have played frisbee on the Capitol lawn. 


63. Disc Golf is a regular pastime. 


64. You’ve watched the sun crash into the horizon at The Oasis. 


65. You remember when Castle Hill was called “The Foundation.” 


66. SnoBeach SnoCones are among your summer snacks. 


67. You know The Veloway offers some of the best bicycle and rollerblading pavement in Texas. 

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68. You’ve enjoyed a steak dinner at ALC Steaks. 

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69. The Driskill Grill, you know it’s worth every penny. 

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70. Home Slice with your homies is the perfect evening. 

Home Slice Pizza Photo Credit: Home Slice Pizza Facebook Page

Photo Credit: Home Slice Pizza Facebook Page

71. Live music at the airport, you expect nothing less – we are the “Live Music Capital of The World.”


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72.  Someone you know has had a “start up.”


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73. During summer you complain that it’s too hot but than winter comes and it’s too “cold.” 


74. You know that being from Austin is so different than being from Texas.  


75. The “Keep Austin Weird” fun run is the only way you put “fun” and “run” in the same sentence. 


76. If it’s not a local beer, you don’t drink it. 


77. Another one of your friends is now eating “Gluten Free.” 


78. You’ve spent Friday night at Austin’s own Mini-Urban Drive-In Movie Theater. 


79. You keep meaning to go on a tour of the Capitol. 


80.  Buffalo Exchange rejected most of your closet clean out. 


81. Hopdoddy’s out the door line does not deter you at all. 


82. Peter Pan Mini-Golf never gets old, actually neither does Butler Pitch and Putt. 

World's Largest Peter Pan at Peter Pan Mini-Golf in Austin, Texas.

83. You’ve said, “SX has gotten too big.”  


84.  You know the difference between a hipster and the homeless. 


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85You mourned the passing of Leslie. 


86. Leaving home without your reusable bags only sometimes happens. 


87. Perrier? No Thanks, you’ll have a Topo. 


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88. You listened to The Bobby Bones Show when they were also Austinites. 


89. You’ve changed your Facebook profile picture to include the 360 Bridge in the background.

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90. There was a day when North Austin was considered the Arboretum, you remember it. 


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91.  You’ve snuck into a concert at Nutty Brown by jumping the fence. 

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92. You’ve had Chuy’s famous jalapeno ranch dip at their original Barton Springs location. 


93. The idea of biking to work has crossed your mind. 


94. You’ve pulled over on the side of the highway to take a picture in the bluebonnets. 


95. You discovered Ghostland long before they were “discovered.”


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96. After the recent drought conditions rain in Austin makes you as happy as a Friday happy hour. 

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97. You purposely drive down W. 5th to read the daily words of wisdom from El Arroyo. 

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98. You either participated in, drove by, or made fun of Occupy Austin. 


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99. Despite all the changes you still love this town. 


100. The only place you’ll leave Austin, Texas for is Heaven. 

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Kristy Owen



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  • snobeach? no way! casey’s all the way.

  • carrie

    #101. you instantly know that the taco in #21 is not technically a breakfast taco, but a trailer park trashy from torchy’s. just sayin’. (although a perfectly acceptable and well-balanced-ish breakfast.)

  • jt

    please don’t move here..

  • #101- You’ve gone to one of the 12 leash free dog parks within the city.

  • Locals do not call it SoCo. Sorry.

  • David

    You read The Daily Texan everyday.

  • #99. we left in 2001 and have regretted it ever since. and we left b/c Earl Campbell had husband working in san antonio and we thought it was long term and so we moved, and bought a house in SA and have regretted it ever since. now… thinking about moving back to atx….spent last weekend there….and you know – i don’t think so. it’s not the same as it was during it’s prime: pre-1999.

  • Lindsey

    How about because you were born and raised here ….does that count anymore…?

  • Lindsey

    Does being born and raised here not count as being an Ausinite anymore?

  • My sister and brother-in-law own Homeslice. Awesome that’s it’s become a true part of Austin.

  • Too many of these have those nauseating “back in my day” and “I liked ‘em before they were cool” tones.

  • Andy

    If you remember Austin before Hipsters invaded.

  • McBoots


    *at Dry Creek Cafe & Boat Dock

  • Bob Martinelli

    Really Kristy, ever think of talking to someone over 40 before you made this…. your youth is showing.

  • Pravin

    Pravin Boteju was here

  • Pravin


  • nada

    Austin is just another city. I live here and enjoy it, but leave it be. It is no big deal.

  • Austin Aggie

    Not everyone from Austin is obsessed with UT.

  • S. Clouse

    #102 You’ve had one DWI at the very least.

    • Michele

      I’m an actual born and raised Austinite, went to college here and I have proudly never had a DWI. Drunk driving is nothing to brag about and definitely not something anyone needs to associate with Austin. Especially not when you can take a pedicab home.

  • Gumbo

    Armadillo World Headquarters??

  • shout out to ALC Steaks!! everyone go there :)

  • dick fart

    re number 65: remember when it was called the slab and you snuck through the hole in the fence to sit on ratty couches and get drunk with punks in the middle of the night?

  • Amanda

    I’ve lived here my entire life (born and raised) and a huge amount of these things sound very touristy and things that transplants would do/say. Lame. Don’t move here

    • Allison

      Thankfully Im not the only one, born and raised here and all I could think was, “well I guess Im not am Austinite”

  • Melora

    If you aren’t happy with gentrification, then get out. There will always be someone bigger, and better that will come along. It’s called CAPITALISM. Stop complaining.

  • RUFKM?

    Everybody thinks they’re special in Austin, Texas. And yes, I was born and raised here.

  • #10. There are now places in Austin that are acceptable movie viewing that the increasingly uptight Alamo Drafthouse. Violet Crown and the Bob Bullock IMAX come to mind :)

  • Daniel Mora

    #19 is strictly a tourist thing. Who the hell waits in a line for BBQ apart from tourists. Make a day trip to Lockhart instead like a real local.

    #23 paper or plastic? really? That’s a definition of Austinite?

    #26 Austintes do not and should not call South Congress, SoCo.

    #28 It’s Town Lake. If you call it anything else you’re a tourist.

    #32 ok this is just stupid.

    #48 Again, trailers in Austin are a fairly new thing and not unique to being an “Austinite”.

    #58 before Moonshine’s gospel brunch there was Stubb’s Gospel brunch.

    #67 Veloway is a new thing. Cycling in Austin only became popular due to the Armstrong wannabes.

    #71 live music at the air port?? The new airport you mean and not the original… Tourist…

    #73 Sounds like tourists complaining about the weather. Being an Austinite means you know the weather in TX is a bi-polar coaster.

    #77 Gluten free? Really? Again, this is only a new fad.

    #79 This irked me the most. Real Austinites actually took a tour of the capitol AND were able to up on to the dome before all the homeland security and lawsuit happy BS.

    #81 Hopdoddy’s?? Again, f’ing tourists… Austinites know burgers mean Wednesdays at Hut’s for 2 for 1.

    #84 Austinites know that the original hipsters were called Drag Rats. UT students whose parents paid for their tuition all while the kids bummed cigarettes on the drag while ditching class.

    #86 resuable bags are only a new “thing”.

    #87 Perrier? Topo Chico? God damn hipster tourists, Austinites drink Lone Star.

    #88 Austinites listen to KUT. GTFO with your “Suzie home maker” popular top 40 garbage radio.

    #98, 99, 100 now you’re just looking for anything to add to the list.

  • Basco J

    You can call yourself an Austinite if you remember when there was only one Alamo Drafthouse downtown. And it wasn’t the one on 6th Street.

    What about if you used to see movies at the Dobie when it was also one theater. When you bought your music at Sound Exchange, before the Daniel Johnston frog went up.

    What about if you lived here before 26th was called Dean Keaton, before the second side of the stadium had an upper level, when the Backyard was at the original location, when Antone’s used to be on Guadalupe, when I Luv Video was in that shopping center on Airport (before it moved down the road). When you remember the abandoned Ice factory across from Club Deville, when Stubb’s wasn’t even around, or Bookpeople, or The Mohawk. When you used to rent videos at Waterloo Video.

    Who care’s about Franklin’s? Only recent transplants. Ain’t no way I’d ever wait for BBQ when I could hop in the car and go to Lockhart.

    Most of these are super cliche and dorky as funk. This article reeks of noob status doing lame things and thinking they’re Austinites.

    Run along.

    • RmablinRoyce

      Or when ‘The Grand’ used to be Eric’s Billiards and the ‘Alamo’ on 6th used to be a great poolhall called ‘The Ritz’… Oh yeah, and when you didn’t have to wait an hour in traffic to get downtown and then pay $7 to park. And there were no Meters downtown and could park for free. And there weren’t dozens of condominiums/apartments everywhere…. and the atrocity that is the Apartment complex on barton springs next to austin Java didn’t exist…. and you could go to shows, Austin City Limits, the ACL Festival, Barton Springs, Zilker Park, and the green belt without having to fight for parking.

      I have one word… The Paradox.

      RIP Austin of yore. Hello, Austin that sucks full of shitheads, douchebags, unjustifiably wealthy self-righteous assholes from New York and California, … and an identity crisis. It’s a terrible shame.

    • Michele

      Amen! This list is ridiculous and only applies to new transplants who will never be real Austinites. I’m with you, especially on Franklins BBQ.

    • CromCrom

      Yeah, a lot of that is true, but Lockhart is overrated.

    • watchthis

      Haha, Austin sucks now.

  • I hate “keep Austin weird” It is pretentious. Austin was different because of the creativity, the openness, the acceptance, NOT posers trying too hard.

  • squonk

    #25: phase = faze; #73: than -> then. will not proof/edit all of them.

  • RamblinRoyce

    Really? “Burnt Orange is part of your Longhorn Football game day wardrobe even though you didn’t go to Texas. ”

    Thanks for moving to Austin and RUINING what was once a GREAT TOWN.

  • Brian Talley

    #16 addition – You know that MOPAC is an abbreviation, and you know what it stands for.

  • Vally Boy

    Why is everyone so superficial and always quick to pass the buck of negativity? Austin can be what one make of it! To some it is a favorite pastime, others just the same ole crap, but to me, this place is always something different. You can hang with the hipsters one night, sit with some real big timers another night, or just get ghetto and hang at Top Dawgs and get down and dirty. You really have to be creative and willing to get to know people if you really want to experience what this city really has to offer. Quit being a chump, quit complaining and get out and get to know the real people of Austin. This city is a melting pot and not one person is the same!

  • tooooot

    I’m going to move here!

  • Mike Bevil

    awesome shows at club foot and liberty lunch are some of my best memories

  • GingerMan512

    Does being a 7th generation Austinite count? My grandmother was born on Rainey St.!!

  • GingerMan512

    True Austinites have not only toured the Capitol. They did it on a field trip in elementary school!

  • js

    this is awesome!!!!

  • starlitepearl

    How could you put Blues on the Green before Unplugged at the Grove. It’s the original and still going strong after 20 years. What is it year 3 for BoG?? Come on!!

  • Chuck

    You know your one of these list Austinites if you weren’t born here…I wasn’t Cali kid raised in Houston. Most of the people I know here aren’t from here. Been here since 2001 and I gotta say…The RITZ and The Backroom were the shit. I miss Nuno’s / The Blue Moon…Ruta Maya is hippy as hell but still fun. I’ve never seen the bats and don’t care to, I don’t like UT (USC all the way), and I hadn’t heard of Franklin’s until last week and I go to HT (if you don’t know what that is you’re not a real Austinite). For all you guys bitching…I see your future, this city is becoming Houston.

  • millycakes

    I can’t believe they left The Horseshoe Lounge off the list!

  • staz

    Born and raised in South Austin, and this list seems more for either the new generation of austinites or out of towners, Eitherway, the spirit of Austin has been hijacked for profit. I see a lot of posing to fit in rather than just being themselves… There is a difference and so obvious!

  • staz

    Must be a newbie or poser! No mention of Aquafest! Or when south park meadows was a outside venue

  • aff4366

    why do so many of these revolve around shoveling factory farmed corpses into fat faces? I guess the further south you go the more moral degenerates you find.

  • MisterAustin

    The Bobby Bones Show? No, real Austinites listen to Bob Cole or Dudley and Bob. The rest are carpetbaggers.

  • Kelsey Martin

    man I can’t help but wish transplants would go home… I miss the town I grew up in, which was actually inhabitable. :(

  • queenzeal

    #101 – you remember when The Domain was IBM Austin.
    #102 – you remember when Dell HQ was cow pasture.
    #103 – you went to Camp Doublecreek

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