In the last few years, the Second Street District has exploded, transforming from an underused strip of downtown to an urban mecca. These days, Austinites can get everything they need within a few tree-lined blocks. From world-class hotels and high-rise residential buildings to fine dining and incredible live music, see why the Second Street District has become a sought-after neighborhood in the heart of the city.
Waking up in Second Street has its perks. From the amenity-laced W Hotel and two Amli residential buildings, there’s no shortage of comfort and luxury here. Grab an espresso and a fresh Easy Tiger baguette from Royal Blue Grocery, or an iced turbo from Jo’s and head out for some of the best shopping in town.
Stores like Swatch, Eliza Page, and Bonobos are steps away if you’re looking to update your wardrobe. Doing some home decorating? The district features a plethora of home goods stores. For a funky new rug, check out Flor. Hacienda is the spot for custom kitchenware. And that Eames chair you’ve coveted for years is waiting at Design Within Reach. After all that shopping— and a little disco nap—hit milk + honey for a rejuvenating massage or a blowout and you’ll be ready for an epic night.
For happy hour, drop in at La Condesa for a classic margarita and some ceviche, or head over to Lamberts for an ice-cold Modelo and half-priced bar food. Both spots are worthy dinner locales, but if you’re really hungry, you can attempt to put down the 32 oz. tomahawk ribeye at III Forks.
Or, combine dinner and a movie into one date at Violet Crown Cinema, where you can watch everything from classic foreign films to Oscar-nominated blockbusters while kicking back with a mescal cocktail and a plate of chicken pesto pizza. Insider tip: Book a pair of seats in the first row for extra comfortable lounge chairs and unlimited legroom.
If you’re in the mood for a much bigger night, check out a concert at ACL Live, where the stage will be graced by artists like Widespread Panic, Iggy Pop, and Bonnie Raitt in the next month alone. And before you finally call it a day, don’t forget to pay your respects to the living, patron saint of Austin: Willie Nelson.
For more information on Downtown Austin real estate contact Greg Walling of Moreland Properties