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25 Things To Do This In Austin This Spring

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Here's a checklist of things to do in Austin this Spring! 

  • #1 – Austin Food & Wine Festival

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    The lineup gets more impressive each year. This year is no different and features renowned local and national chefs.

  • #2 – Lone Star Round Up

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    This event for car enthusiasts is one of the best the city offers. The show started over ten years ago as a small gathering on a football field, and has grown into a huge event with cars from all over the country. Some have even gone as far as to call it the best car show in America!

  • Movies In The Park at Republic Square Park

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    Throughout Spring & Summer Austin Parks partners with organizations to host FREE movies in the park! See website for a full schedule. 

  • Yoga In The Park

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    Free yoga classes are held every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in April, May, and September. 

  • Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival

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    The Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival brings together some of the country's most renowned comedians and a ton of local talent for days of non-stop laughs. The comedians do everything from stand-up and sketch to improv.   

  • UMLAUF Garden Party

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    The UMLAUF Garden Party is a chance to spend an evening at the Sculpture Gardens in a one of a kind setting. They’ll have wine, bites from the city’s most iconic restaurants, and both live and silent auctions. 

  • Untapped Festival

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    Austin is a city that loves its beer. Forthe first time ever, the Untapped Indie Music and Beer Festival is coming toAustin. They’ll have 65 breweries and 200 beers at Carson Creek Ranchfor a day of boozing and listening to music. I think this festival is going tofit right into the Austin scene.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

  • KGSR's Unplugged at The Grove

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    The longest running free concert series in Austin is back for its 22nd Season! They have $3.50 Ziegenbock drafts, good food and great music! It's always fun and a great way to spend Thursday evenings throughout the summer. This event is an Austin staple! 

  • The NIGHTOWLS Vinyl Release Show

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    Austin’s favorite soul band is releasing its debut vinyl, “Good As Gold,” and they’re having a party to celebrate!  

  • Buda Weiner Dog Races

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    This is exactly what the title suggests, wiener dog racing. It’s entertaining and the money goes to a good cause. 

  • Eeyore's Birthday Party

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    Keeping Austin Weird doesn't fully describe this festival. The crowd is, well, eccentric. Picture hundreds of people in costume, dancing, sitting in drum circles, and running around Maypoles to celebrate the birthday of a fictional donkey. 

  • Pecan Street Festival

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    It’sthe season for one of Austin’s oldest and longest running festivals. If you’ve never been, it’s a gigantic street fair with music, art, kids activities, jewelry, giant turkey legs and all kinds of other cool stuff. It’s actually the largest art festival in Central Texas, attracting over 300,000 people!

  • 3rd Annual Texas Olive Festival

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    The Texas Olive Festival focuses on way more than just olives! They have cooking classes and demos, food and wine tastings from local restaurants, orchard tours, activities for the entire family, movie nights, live music and more fun! 

  • Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam

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    Nothing says spring like spending some time at the ballpark. Celebrities, musicians and professional athletes play nine innings and after the game fans are invited out on the field for a family friendly concert.  

  • O. Henry Pun-Off

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    We just had the annual adult spelling bee, and now it’s time for the O.Henry Pun-Off. This hilariously creative event has become an Austin staple, and it never disappoints. 

  • Derby In the City Music Festival

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    Leave it to Austin to turn “the most exciting 2 minutes in sports” into a music festival. Derby In The City will air the Kentucky Derby on their jumbotron while artists play throughout the day. Come dressed in your Derby best. 

  • Ballet Under The Stars

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    Each spring, the Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble does BalletUnder The Stars and it’s a favorite every year! It’s not that often you get to watch ballet under the moonlight,so get out there and enjoy what is a pretty unique opportunity. 

  • Music In The Park at Mueller

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    Music in the Park is a FREE event in Mueller's Lake Park Amphitheater. Rich Restaino and the Obits will be performing from 6-8pm. Bring a blanket and picnic and enjoy the music. 

  • UT Orange-White Scrimmage

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    This is the closest you’ll be able to get to Longhorn Football this Spring. 

  • Louisiana Swamp Thing Festival

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    If you love everything cajun, this is the event for you. It features eight Louisiana bands, and some amazing food vendors who selling everything from Jambalaya to Alligator. Do you like crawfish? The Louisiana Swamp Thing & Crawfish Festival has 7,000 pounds of boiled Live Crawfish!  

  • Art City Austin

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    In 2015, Austin’s iconic art fair prepares for its 65th year! With an annual attendance of 20,000, this juried art fair is the biggest and best art marketplace in central Texas.

  • Becker Vineyard's Lavender Festival

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    Sip and swirl with live music, artisans and lavender fields in bloom. There will be lavender products, plants, vendors, cooking demos, guest speakers, culinary delights, concessions, wine tasting & tours, vintner luncheons, music and much more. 

  • Lonestar Jam

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    The biggest Texas Country concert in the Austin, TX area each year. The 2015 Jam will be held at The LBJ Library Lawn on campus at The University of Texas at Austin on Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd.

  • Easy Sunday at Easy Tiger

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    $1 Austin Beerworks Cans, a Ping-Pong tournament, and general "taking it easy" will ensue. Windmill Bicycles will have a pop-up shop and there will also be screen-printing by Fine Southern Gentleman. One person in attendance will win a Fairdale bike!

  • MJ&M

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    Mack Brown, Jack Ingram and Matthew McConaughey joined forces a few years ago all in the name of charity. 

Bluebonnet season is alive and well in Central Texas! There are so many places to get great photos of you, your loved on or your pet in the state flower. Here are our favorite spots, they offer great scenery and are all not far from Central Austin.


5 Best Places In Austin To See Bluebonnets 2015

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Here are the best locations around town to snap photos in the state flower of Texas! 

  • Mopac/Bee Caves Road

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    There is a church right as you exit the Mopac, Park Hills Baptist Church that I parked in. You can get great photos in Bluebonnets and if you walk up a small hill you can get a view of downtown in the background. 

  • St. Edwards University

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    There is a  hill covered with patches of bluebonnets with downtown in the distance. I would recommend going early in the evening, as the sun is best around that time.

  • 360 Bridge

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    There's great parking on the eastern shore of the lake under the 360 bridge, just follow the signs for the boat launch. You can get great views of the bridge in the background of your photos at this location. 

  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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    This is great for those who want to take it a step further and immerse themselves in a destination dedicated to wildflowers.  Guided and self-guided tours of the grounds are available, and there are endless opportunities for photos. 

  • Brushy Creek Lake Park

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    The lake in the background adds to the scenery and makes for a great photo. 

Bonus Locations:

45th/Bull Creek
Montopolis Drive
Hwy 71 towards Bastrop
Hwy 71 towards Marble Falls
There’s a small patch at Riverside/35 right next to the Norwood dog park 

Have you tilted yet? Our good friends at Tilt (formerly Crowdtilt) asked us about our favorite group activities in Austin, and we absolutely LOVE questions like that!

To encourage checking some of these off your list before summer ends, they’re also giving away a $250 credit towards a rental on AirBnB for every one of these you tilt! Read more details on how to enter on Tilt’s blog.

  1. Take your group to Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
  2. Go Kart in private at K1 Speed
  3. Tilt any Austin Eats food tour for you and your friends
  4. Get out on Lake Travis. 365 Things Austin loves Aquaholics for boats, barges, jetskis and more. See pricing here.
  5. Rent the Blue Starlite Drive-In TheatreFrom 2 people to 250, you can easily make it happen!
  6. Make custom t-shirts for a team or upcoming occasion.
  7. Tilt a house on the Guadalupe River for a weekend.
  8. Tilt Willie Nelson’s 80′s Tour Bus.Yes, this is for real.
  9. Ride in style (limo, party bus or van) with 3 or more to the Fredericksburg Wineries
  10. Rent out The Goodnight with your friends (and their friends…and their friends)
  11. Tilt a VIP booth at Whitewater Amphitheater
  12. Party on a bus and float the San Marcos river (Tilters love Don’s Fish Camp!)
  13. Tilt a Top Golf experience. Tailor it to your group any way you’d like.
  14. Take a Rocket Electrics Bike Ride with friends. The choice of tour is yours.
  15. Enjoy a group dining experience you’ll never forget! (365 Things Austin picks Moo Sway from Sway Thai or The Flour Room at La Condesa). Tilting a minimum group of 8 is required.
  16. Host a backyard bash of any kind. BBQs and crawfish boils totally count!
  17. Tilt bottle service anywhere in Austin.
  18. Go in on a group gift. The best way to take advantage of an upcoming bachelor/bachelorette party, engagement, wedding or back to school expense…
  19. Celebrate National S’mores Day (8/10) by tilting a chocolate-y, marshmallow filled evening. Friends can chip in on the fixings! Need inspiration? Don’t miss this list of deliciousness.
  20. Tilt an end of summer trip. You decide where, how and when. It counts as long as you tilt part of it!

Happy Tilting!

It seems like just yesterday I wandered into Lustre Pearl for the first time. It was the only bar in the neighborhood at that point, and offered an escape from downtown that was as equally refreshing as their cheap beer served in complimentary coozies.

The street has evolved tremendously since then, and while I loved it as a secret hideout from the rest of Austin, the growth has introduced a diverse offering of both food and drink.

We started the concept of this post as a ‘complete guide to Rainey Street,’ but then thought it might be more rewarding to create a scavenger hunt-style checklist of unique things to do at each of our favorite bars/restaurants on the block.

While we advise against trying to conquer all of these in one day; if you complete the checklist, post pictures (or it didn’t happen) to Instagram with the hashtag #365RaineyStreetChallenge and tag us @365ThingsAustin — we’ll send you a free copy of 100 Things To Do In Austin Before You Die, and give you a shoutout for your accomplishments.

Enjoy!

1. Bangers– Go for brunch on a Sunday and order the Manmosa- a full bottle of champagne in a giant mug with a splash of OJ or Cranberry Juice.
Banger's Manmosa
2. Craft Pride – Ask one of the incredibly knowledgeable bartenders what current craft beer offering would pair best with a pepperoni pizza, then walk out back and order The Detroiter from local pizza heroes VIA 313.
Photo courtesy of www.Austin.CityVoter.com

Photo courtesy of www.Austin.CityVoter.com

  1.  Bar 96 – Make a sports bet with a friend then watch the game here. Simply watching any UT Football game also qualifies.
  1.  Half Step – The other drinks on the menu will look amazing, but ask for the Bartender’s Choice. He or she will take a moment to discuss your likes and dislikes, then create something from scratch, right before your very eyes. Bonus points if you come up with a witty new name for your concoction.
  1.  Bungalow – Take a photo in front of the (slightly less famous than its Congress relative) “I hate you so much” wall.
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6. Clive – One of the Rainey originals, Clive still has one of the most beautiful bar interiors on the street. Order an Old Fashioned or a glass of wine; take it out to the patio- rinse and repeat.

7. Icenhauer’s – The titles on their drink menu are all girl’s names. If your name is listed, order that. If it isn’t, cover up the side of the menu that lists ingredients, and order the name that speaks to you the most.

Bonus: There’s also a delicious off-menu cocktail named The Ashley. It consists of Hatch Chile Infused Espolon Silver Tequila, Mango, Red Pepper Simple Syrup and Fresh Lime Juice. When in doubt, order this.

Icenhauer's Drinks

8. The Blackheart – Blackheart was recently named one of the top 20 bourbon/whiskey bars in the country. Ask the bartender for a recommendation and enjoy the free live music that starts at 9pm every night of the week.

9. Lucille – Come here thirsty, then ‘like’ Lucille on Facebook for 20% off your total tab (weekdays only).

Lucille Austin
10. Geraldine The Rainey Street Guinea Fowl – Snap a photo of Geraldine, one of Rainey Street‘s most famous residents. She’s usually roaming around near the south end of Rainey. Please be respectful though, her once quaint neighborhood has been turned into 6th street‘s aggressive little brother.
Photo courtesy of Geraldine's Facebook Page

Photo courtesy of Geraldine’s Facebook Page

Have an idea that you think should be on this list? Jot it down in the comments section below.

La Condesa:  My personal favorite, and according to this poll on Eater Austin, I’m not alone. They’re unfortunately also on the higher end of pricing for this list, so I’d recommend trying them at happy hour (select cocktails and appetizers are massively discounted) to make sure you’re committed to spending 10+ bucks on the best margarita in Austin. There, I said it.   –JN   

Polvos: They were the first place I ever experienced margaritas by the pitcher, so naturally I have fond memories and a soft spot for this place. If you want to venture off the traditional path, I’d recommend the mango margarita. -KO

Polvos

Polvos

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Fonda San Miguel: Often praised as ‘the best Mexican food in Austin,’ the ambience alone makes FSM worth the trip. When you have good bartenders who make real margaritas, they just taste better than the run-of-the-mill drinks you’ll find at more Americanized Tex-Mex joints.   –JN

South Congress Café: I love everything South Congress Café does so it’s no surprise that they have to be included on my margarita list. While I like their specialty ones, the Pomegranate  Margarita is awesome. My favorite thing to do is go with the house margarita and ask for the chili salt on the glass. -KO

South Congress Cafe

South Congress Cafe

 

Vivo: Apparently I have expensive taste, because these ones are also a bit pricey comparatively. The happy hour suggestion applies here as well. They have about twenty different options for margaritas; I’m not huge on fruity additions, but I hear the prickly pear is well worth the extra 75 cents if you’re into that sort of thing. They also have a really great patio (when the weather is nice), and the décor inside is equally rewarding.   –JN

Tacos & Tequila, TNT: This place is like my kryptonite. It’s not a place that you can go and have just one drink. As you can imagine, a place that has ‘tequila’ in the name definitely knows how to make a margarita. If you are a margarita drinker there will be more than one on the menu that will perk your interest. This place knows margaritas so spring for one of the specialty ones instead of the house! -KO

Baby A’s: No list of Austin Margaritas would be complete without a nod to the Purple from Baby Acapulco’s. I’ll warn you ahead of time, if you’re a fan of traditional fresh lime margaritas, you will not enjoy this. Legend has it that they’re made with grain alcohol rather than tequila, and at one point they were served on a two-per-customer limit. Meaning that if you ordered two of them back to back, you’d be cut off immediately.    –JN

Curra’s: They are home to the famous avocado margarita! You are probably thinking that avocados belong in guacamole, well yes. However, don’t bash something until you’ve tried it. It’s has an oddly refreshing, yet creamy taste. It will definitely be one of those margaritas that you instantly wonder where it has been your entire life or it just won’t be your thing. –KO

El Naranjo: Yet another pricey suggestion, but they make really great, simple fresh-lime margaritas. They also have a HUGE selection of both tequila and mezcal. My advice, choose a reasonably priced (anything 100% agave will do) tequila for your ‘rita, then sip on a shot of something finer if you’re feeling adventurous.   -JN

Trudy’s: You can’t make a margarita list in Austin and not include Trudy’s. There’s not much to say except they consistently make a solid drink. Sometimes you don’t want all that fancy stuff and you just want a basic margarita, this is your place. -KO

Takoba: I actually prefer the lesser-known Cantina El Milamores, which is located in the backspace of the restaurant. Their ‘House Margarita’ consists of El Jimador, Patron Citronge, fresh lime and orange juices, and house-made simple syrup. These are all good things.   –JN

 

Today is ‘National Drink Wine Day’ and if there’s one holiday that I’ve earned the right to celebrate it’s today’s. I like everything about wine. I like it cheap, I like it expensive, I like tasting, pairing, and learning about it; I like playing games focused on it, I like hanging out with my friends while drinking it, and as long as wine is involved, you can count me in for just about any activity. As a matter of fact, I’m actually having a glass whilst writing this post.

That being said, I’m very excited about a day dedicated to one of my favorite beverages. Here’s a list of my favorite places to get a glass (or bottle) in Austin.

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1.     Vino Vino–  I go to Vino Vino for the extensive wine selection and the atmosphere. There’s literally a wall of wine, so the selections are seemingly endless. Their food menu is also well executed. It’s a place I find myself when I’m not running out to happy hour in workout clothes, as the atmosphere is a little more sophisticated.

2.     Apothecary– I like this place because everything here is consistently solid. Their happy hour is great- on Sundays and Mondays they offer $10 off all bottles, and on Saturdays, it’s half off all bottles of sparking wine. They have an excellent cheese plate, and many of their menu items are perfect for sharing. They also have a quaint little patio that’s perfect when the weather is nice.

3.     Trio– Their happy hour is also fantastic, its daily from 5-7pm, and they offer $5 off appetizers from the bar menu and half-off glasses of wine. You really can’t beat it. And of course, as you would expect from the Four Seasons, the service is always five stars.

4.     Botticelli’s– Their back patio feels like a hidden gem. You could easily be at a wine bar in Italy, it’s that welcoming and cozy. It’s a great place to go for hanging out, drinking wine and snacking. They have happy hour Daily from 5-7pm, and all night on Sunday and Monday.

6.     ArroTheir French inspired wine list offers something for everyone, from easy drinking, to the more bold. It’s a place that I find myself going for dinner and drinks, or just to stop by the bar for a good glass of wine. 

7.     Antonelli’s Cheese Class – This stop takes planning as you need to sign up for the class in advance. However, out of all the things I’ve done in Austin, it’s one of my favorites. You can choose to purchase the wine that they suggest for the cheese pairing, or for a $4 corking fee you can bring your own selections. One of these classes is a must do for any cheese (and wine) lover!

9.     Barley Swine – To be fair, Barley Swine is also one of my favorite restaurants in Austin. I love going here and ordering a bunch of small plates and enjoying their menu over bottles of wine and good company.

10.  Opa! – The extensive outdoor seating and the causal atmosphere keeps me coming back. They are family owned, and I always feel as if I’m hanging out of my Italian aunt’s patio (if I had an Italian aunt) while I ‘m there. 

Here are other places around town that are also great for grabbing a glass.

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I’m not totally sure who the authority is on proclaiming food holidays (pizza actually has about ten ‘national’ days each year), but according to Google, February 9th is National Pizza Pie Day.

In honor of this celebration, and the improvements in Austin’s pizza landscape in the last few years, I decided to compile list of my ten favorite places to get a pie in Austin.

Here it is, in no particular order:

1. East Side Pies – If there was an award for the thinnest crust in Austin, these guys might take the cake- err pie? They offer several different options on sauce that are seriously worth exploring; try the Fast Pie with spinach curry sauce, sausage & feta, or The Nacho with black bean ‘sauce,’ chicken, red onions, cherry tomatoes & jalapenos. I know it’s hard to go this far off the beaten path with a pizza, but trust me on these suggestions.

Their traditional red sauce is also delicious; top it with their oversized pepperonis and your other typical favorites. You won’t be disappointed.

Photo Courtesy: East Side Pie's Facebook Page

Photo Courtesy: East Side Pie’s Facebook Page

 

2. Home Slice Pizza – Definitely the most famous pizza joint in Austin, and for good reason. This is definitely my top recommendation for out-of-towners; the pizza is fantastic, and the location on South Congress is something anyone who visits Austin should experience. They also opened More Home Slice next door, so you don’t have to wait for hours to get a slice (or whole pie) on busy nights anymore.

Photo Courtesy: Kristy Owen

Photo Courtesy: Kristy Owen

 

 

3. Via 313  – I’m not traditionally a fan of deep-dish, but these guys have created something special. For around twelve bucks you get a super thick rectangle pizza that’s about two-inches thick. The sauce is possibly my favorite in town, and they pour a healthy amount of it over the top of the pizza after it’s cooked.

An interesting fact about this place; while there are vast differences in opinion on what constitutes a ‘good’ pizza, I’ve never taken anyone here that wasn’t absolutely blown away by it. Try the location behind Craft Pride on Rainey Street and grab a good local beer to help wash it down.

Photo Courtesy: Via 313 Facebook Page

Photo Courtesy: Via 313 Facebook Page

 

4. Bufalina Pizza – This place just opened last year and due to that fact, and their limited hours of operation, this isn’t a place to go if you’re in a hurry. But damn, do they make some delicious pizza.

They imported a wood-fire oven from Italy to create some of the best Neapolitan-style pizza in town. Flour, olive oil and other key ingredients are also imported from the region, and that extra attention to detail really shines through, both in the sauce and the perfectly airy, chewy (and somehow crispy at the same time) crust.

Photo Courtsey: Amy Kundrat http://www.flickr.com/photos/motoamy/8532110607/sizes/l/

Photo Courtsey: Amy Kundrat http://www.flickr.com/photos/motoamy/8532110607/sizes/l/

 

5. Cajun Pizza Place – When I was kid, I absolutely loved thin-crust pizza from Pizza Hut. Possibly due to the lack of a developed palate, but I also think it’s safe to say that Pizza Hut has continued to cheapen their product over the years into the slop that it is today. Cajun Pizza Place offers something similar in concept to that pizza I enjoyed as a child, but of MUCH higher quality.

I originally tried this pizza on a road trip at a place called Pizza Village in Lafayette, LA. The story goes that one of the long-time workers from Pizza Village moved to Austin and started this new venture in 2009.  Trust me when I say that it’s just as good as the original.

Cajun Pizza Place

Photo Courtesy: Cajun Pizza Place

 

6. Backspace – I suppose I should include a disclaimer that I was a huge fan of Chef Shawn Cirkiel’s adjoining restaurant Parkside before this place even opened its doors. Like Bufalina, they too offer Neapolitan pizzas from a wood-burning oven, with a huge focus on locally sourced ingredients.

I definitely recommend making reservations, and whatever pizza you decide on, be sure to “put an egg on it.”

Photo Courtesy: Backspace

Photo Courtesy: Backspace

 

7. Hoboken Pie – What sets Hoboken apart for me is the sheer variety of toppings they offer. The ‘Jersey–style’ pizza was at one point my personal favorite. I also once ran into French pop star, Yelle there after I fell in love with her at a FFF Fest performance in Waterloo Park. It will always have a special place in my heart.

I highly recommend the Torres, a white pie with bacon, spinach, Anjou pear, sundried tomato & gorgonzola. Oh, and for those of you who think Roppolo’s should be on this list? It’s just because you’ve only eaten there after pounding drinks on Sixth Street- wander around the corner and give Hoboken a try.

Photo Courtes: Hoboken Pie

Photo Courtes: Hoboken Pie

 

8. Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. – Austin Beer Garden and Brewing Co. FINALLY opened their doors last year after months of local anticipation. Better known for their homemade craft brews and laid-back atmosphere, the pizza is also spectacular.

The only pizza I’ve tried is a basic cheese and pepperoni (if we’re being honest, it was actually an extra slice from the couple sitting next to me), but paired with their Superliner IPA, you won’t find a better pizza/beer combo in the city.

Photo Courtesy: Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

Photo Courtesy: Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

 

9. Little Deli – No bells and whistles here, just good ol’ fashion New York style pizza. Finding the place is half the battle; it sits in a small shopping area tucked into a neighborhood in North Austin.

The sandwiches here are just as good as the pizza. Go hungry and try half a sandwich and a slice to experience all they have to offer in one trip.

Photo Courtesy: Kristy Owen

Photo Courtesy: Kristy Owen

 

10. Second Bar + Kitchen: This place made the list on the strength of just one of their pizza offerings, The Black and Bleu. It’s a small pizza with black truffle oil, bleu cheese, pork belly, medjool dates & red onion. It is the truth. Try it with the pepperoni soup (you read that right), and one of their craft cocktails. 

Photo Courtesy: LAURA SKELDING / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Photo Courtesy: LAURA SKELDING / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

 

Two notable places that aren’t on this list purely because they aren’t technically in Austin:

Pieous (in Dripping Springs)

Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza (located at Jester King Brewery)

Honorable Mentions:

Conan’s Pizza

Salvation Pizza

House Pizzeria

 

1. You are guilty of taking a picture of the temperature gauge in your car and sharing it on social media.

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2. Wednesdays are spent orchestrating how your crew will find each other at Blues on the Green

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3.  The countdown to Texas Football has officially begun. 

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4.  90 degrees equals a “cool” day.

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5. You have the hours of Barton Springs memorized. 

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6. Floating the river. 

photo credit: tuberous.com

photo credit: tuberous.com

7. You literally can fry an egg on the sidewalk. Thanks GoodPop for this demonstration.

8. Speaking of GoodPop, instead of cocktails you are now drinking poptails. poptail

9. Trail workouts are now reserved for dawn or dusk. 

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10. Even though it is “touristy” you’ve stopped to watch the bats fly. 

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11. You hope the heat deters people from moving here, even though you probably moved here yourself. 

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12. Qui Opened. 

photo credit - Qui Facebook Page

photo credit – Qui Facebook Page

13. You have seen a “Movie Under The Stars” at someplace or another. 

photo credit: Austin Parks Blog

photo credit: Austin Parks Blog

14. It’s the season for Zilker’s Summer Musical in the Park

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15. It’s time for Fido’s summer shave. 

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16.  You’ve finally taken the time to make that day trip to Fredericksburg. 

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17. Waiting outside in line at Hopdoddy makes you feel like you are waiting outside the fiery gates of hell. 

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18. Oh the sweet paradise you find at Hamilton Pool

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19. Keeping up with the free summer concert series becomes a full time job. Unplugged at the Grove anyone? 

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20. SnoBeach is part of your weekly routine. 

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21. You drink frozen margaritas like water. 

22.  Suddenly you become best friends with your friend that has a boat. 

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23. It wasn’t a “flash” mob you participated in, it was a “splash” mob. 

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24.  When you are out paddle boarding in the middle of the day on a Tuesday you find yourself wondering, do people actually work in Austin? 

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25. You’ve purchased your ACL tickets meanwhile complaining about the fact that it is two weekends again this year.  

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26. The 300 days of sunshine a year make you welcome the rare rainy day. 

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27. The Greenbelt. 

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28. It’s officially the summer of Deep Eddy Ruby Red vodka and you can’t get enough. 

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29. If sweating were a sport you’d be a champion. 

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30. Despite the heat you still enjoy a good outdoor patio. 

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31. Those summer sunsets. 

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32. Even the Dell Diamond has a swimming pool to make baseball games “cooler.”

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33. You don’t need to a Bikram studio to do a 105 degree yoga session, just go outside. 

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34. It is Pecan Street Festival season. 

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35.  Beer tastes better during Austin summers. 

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36. You are enjoying the “lighter” traffic with less UT students around. 

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37.  Calories don’t count if it is in the name of “cooling off.” 

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38. Schiltterbahn Season.

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39. Hula Hut is always a good idea. 

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40. Leaving home without your sunnies can be downright blinding. 

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41.  You’ve considered checking out Rio, Austin’s rooftop pool bar despite the fact it sounds so Dallas. 

photo-credit: Rio Rooftop Pool Facebook Page

photo-credit: Rio Rooftop Pool Facebook Page

 

42. The only thing hotter than the heat are the girls. 

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photo-credit: thisainthell.us

43. That feeling when you step on hot pavement. 

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44. The ice cream almost melts faster than you can eat it at the Austin Ice Cream festival. 

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45. You’ve ended the weekend at the Long Center’s free Concert in the Park. 

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46. It’s prime season to play Superhero. 

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47. The “Shady” in Shady Grove has new meaning. 

photo credit: Shady Grove Facebook Page

photo credit: Shady Grove Facebook Page

48. You did indeed set off fireworks this year on the Fourth of July as there was no ban in effect this year. 

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49. Every out-of-town visitor wants to eat at the Oasis

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50. Despite this Texas heat, your car feeling like a sauna, and almost endless sun, you know it’s all worth it because you live in the greatest city on Earth.  

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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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Photo Credit: TheTastingBuds.com

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. 

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

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

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7. Breeder pet? No way, you adopted. 

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

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                                  Photo Source: virturaltourist.com

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

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Photo Source: shopacrosstexas.com

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

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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. 

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

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

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  Photo Source: LCRA.org

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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Photo Source: TexasFreeways.com

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

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

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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. 

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

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

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

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26. First Thursday means strolling SoCo. 

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

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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. 

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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.

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

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

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

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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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Photo Credit: utexas.edu

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

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39. You were an extra on Friday Night Lights.  

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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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                                     Photo Source: regentpg.com

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.  

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

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Photo Source: pedicab.com

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. 

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

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Photo Credit: bloguin.com

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

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                                           Photo Source: wordonfire.org

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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Photo Source: The Salt Lick Facebook Page

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. 

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

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Photo Source: Sean Greenberg

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

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Photo Source: spokesbuzz.wordpress.com

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

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

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                          Photo Source: texasrollergirls.org

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

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Photo Source: austinpostcard.org

62. You have played frisbee on the Capitol lawn. 

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63. Disc Golf is a regular pastime. 

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

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

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66. SnoBeach SnoCones are among your summer snacks. 

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

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Photo Source: activeatx.com

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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Photo Source: Austintexas.gov

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

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                                   Photo Source: tech.co

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.”  

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

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                              Photo Source: createawards.com

85You mourned the passing of Leslie. 

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

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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. 

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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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                                         Photo Source: Nutty Brown Cafe Facebook Page

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

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

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

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

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                          Photo Source: inlander.com

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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                                           Photo Source: Texas Tribune

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

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

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Kristy Owen

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That probably has something to do with the success of instagram. Below are a list of 25 Austin stops that you most likely have instagrammed or if your travels take you there, you will. Use this guide as a way to play tourist in your own town. Tag me in your pictures so that I can see them (remember I can only see your picture if you have a public profile)!

Don’t forget to join the adventure and follow us at instagram/365thingsaustin.

1. Mount Bonnell 

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2. Selfie Looking Cute In The Donn’s Depot Bathroom

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3. Sunset at The Oasis

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4. Food Is Love Sign at The Pizza Bistro 

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5. Cruising Over Congress at Sunset 

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6. The UT Tower – day, night, after a win or just on a random day, Hook ‘Em!

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7. The First Time You See Bluebonnets In The Spring

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8. Being Cute With Your “Butter Half”

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9. Your SnoBeach on a Hot Summer Day

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10. Anything Mustache Related 

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11. The 360 Bridge 

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12. The Frost Bank Building on a Clear Day

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13. Welcome To Austin Postcard

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14. Circuit of the Americas Tower 

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15. Your Pet At The Dog Park 

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16. When You Discover The Baylor Street Art Wall 

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17. The Time You Finally Go On A Tour of The Capitol 

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18. When You Are About To Take The Plunge At Barton Springs

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19. Your “Welcome To Austin, Please Don’t Move Here” T-Shirt 

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20. Watching The Bats Fly 

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21. The Afternoon You Spent Kayaking 

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22. Indulging Yourself At Gourdough’s 

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23. The First Time See You Live Music At The Airport 

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24. Your Hey Cupcake Box of Goodness

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25. Just About Any Austin, Texas Sunset 

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Here are some bonus items that should be included but I have yet to instragram them so I don’t have an example.

  • The long line at Franklin BBQ
  • The one time you met Mack Brown
  • “Art” Cars

Lastly for a few laughs, check out this instagram parody.