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Best Yoga Studios in Austin

Yoga combines exercise with spiritual practice and has evolved into multiple types. You can opt for spiritual, more meditative yoga to clear your mind and become more aware of oneself; hot yoga, which helps you detox and get that perfect glow; and even Bootcamp-style yoga classes in heated spaces, with infrared, weights and more Pilates built in. 

Below you’ll find some of our favorite studios in Austin.

Wanderlust Domain


 Wanderlust is more than just a yoga studio, it’s our favorite yoga studio. They have retreats, workshops, teacher training, and more. With two locations, Downtown and the Domain, they offer multiple styles of yoga including Vinyasa, Power Yoga, Meditation, Yoga Technique, classes with live music, and our pick: YoStrong.

YoStrong is a heated yoga class (between 90-98 degrees) that integrates weight training and athletic conditioning. Another good one is the Candlelight Vinyasa. This is the perfect end to a long day—release toxins in a 84-89 degree room, and surrender into some extra relaxation. Inside the Wanderlust space you will find two studios, a retail boutique. and Blenders and Bowls, an organic cafe with acai bowls and smoothies.

Locations: Downtown at 4th and Brazos (same building as Brazos Hall), and the Domain next to American Eagle

Favorite Instructors: Gustavo (He also teaches at SoulCycle just a block away. His YoStrong and Power classes are so uplifting, and always have amazing music!), Lizzie B (Great for YoStrong, mainly at the Domain), Kaley (also an Ayurvedic wellness coach), Diana (She’s doing a Greece Yoga retreat in August!)

Cost: $28/class (includes mat and towel), $48 for 40 days for new clients (only in the month of January), otherwise $48 for first month


Downtown – Metered Parking on the street (Mon/Tues free after 6 p.m., free before 8 a.m. every day, free until 11 a.m. Saturday, free all day Sunday; complimentary valet behind building off San Jacinto (Mon -Fri 4-10 p.m., Sat and Sun ALL DAY)

Domain – Free Garages – 1. Next to iPic 2. Behind shops in front of the studio

Be sure to book ahead of time on their website or the Mind Body app—the classes are super popular and book up!

Wanderlust Austin

Black Swan

This is a local Austin treasure that is donations based and has four locations throughout the metroplex. All locations are easy for parking and have a welcoming staff and four class offerings:  You can book online but typically you can always walk in and make it into the class.

Locations: Four

Downtown at 5th and Orchard (behind Better Half)

South across Westgate from Central Market

East on Cesar Chavez, one block east from Cenote

North on Anderson Lane across street from Baby Greens

Favorite Instructors: JJ Pepper (hilarious, take for Hot Onnit) and Edwardo (great mix of reggae and hip hop music)

CostDonation Based – $10-15/class suggested, or $88/month unlimited classes

Parking: Downtown – Free street parking, South – Free in parking lot, East – Free street parking, North – Free in parking lot

On ClassPass for 3-6 credits


We love Corepower Sculpt here, which is hot yoga with weights in a bootcamp style. They also have Level 1 and 2, as well as Hot Power Fusion. For this one, you don’t book online, it’s just walk ins, so be sure to get there early!

Locations: Downtown at the Monarch, the Triangle next to Snap Kitchen, and the Domain Northside on Rock Rose across from Mad Greens

Favorite InstructorsTaylor Hughes (awesome music), Joel (HARD), Kennedy (great music and super energetic class)

Cost: $20/class


Downtown – In Parking Garage at the Monarch (fills up fast, get there early)

Triangle – In parking lot or garage (not usually spots outside, park in garage but get there early to walk over and grab a spot before it fills up)

Domain – Free parking in garages

On ClassPass for 5-9 credits


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Best Spin Studios in Austin

If you haven’t been to a spin class yet, you are missing out. Try going to one that is more rhythm based—you ride to the beat of the music and it really makes for a much more fun and interactive experience. Spin classes are heavy cardio where you can burn 500-800 calories a class!

This is perfect for someone that wants to integrate more cardio into their exercise routine but doesn’t like running. It’s a  great way to drop a few lbs. and get that sweaty glow.

Favorite Studios:


The OG spin studio of Austin. With three locations now, they probably have the largest following in ATX. Always known for excellent music, this place just feels like family, especially if you’re a part of their signature #ridetribe.

Locations: Downtown at 2nd and Lavaca next to 3 Forks, Westlake at Walsh Tarlton & Bee Caves Road, next to Cava, and Bee Caves in the Hill Country Galleria near Whole Foods and Barnes and Noble

Favorite Instructors: Allie (has taught in Houston and Austin Ride Studios for five years!), Tara (the best music and dance moves), Tasha (her body is insane!), and Mark (try his Mark after Dark classes)

Cost: $23/class (First class is free!)

Parking: Downtown – Amli or City Hall Garages, they validate (bring your parking pass in with you), Westlake – free parking in lot, Bee Caves – free parking in lot

On ClassPass for 7-9 credits!


Soul has studios all over the nation and instructors have to travel to NYC for a 10-week training. They have great music, and the classes really push you!

Locations: Downtown in the Frost Tower (5th and Congress) and Domain Northside (the corner across from WeWork and Perry’s)

Favorite Instructors: Gustavo (also teaches at Wanderlust), Christy (hit up her Wake & Drake Class Tuesdays @ 7 a.m. Downtown), Chris Chandler (try a Soul Survivor class with him –  one hour long and has some bootcamp/weight elements)

Cost: $30/class (not on ClassPass), or $60 for a 3 Class Pack Special for new riders

Parking: They validate parking in the Frost Parking garage for Downtown Studio, and for the Domain – free parking in garages (or in the lot behind Capitol One Bank)

Love Cycling:

Love is sleek and clean. Started by David Garza, a former spin instructor at Ride in Austin, this gym focuses on great music and choreography. They also have 60-minute classes on lunch breaks, and music video spin classes.

Locations: Downtown – 5th and Pressler (West of Lamar)

Favorite Instructors: David Garza (the owner, be ready for a dance party!), Megan Knight (be ready to sweat and stay on beat!)

Cost: $23/class ($50, 3 Class Pack Special for new members)

Parking: Free Parking Garage connected to building

On ClassPass for 5-9 credits!

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Best Barre Studios in Austin

Barre focuses on small, pulsing movements that are incorporated from ballet. The exercise is typically in a room where ballet barres line the walls and the class uses resistance bands, yoga straps, exercise balls, and hand weights. Yoga and Pilates moves are also in the mix.

Most studios require you to wear grip socks—buy some before you go, they can be $15-20/pair in the studios.

Below are our favorite Barre studios in Austin.

MOD Fitness

Locations: North Burnet near 45th and Medical Pkwy, and S. Lamar (Opening Spring 2020)

Favorite Instructors: Aly (so hard!!), and Brittany Shimansky (head of training, former professional ballerina, teaches at Equinox also – her classes are always full and/or waitlisted)

Cost: $23/class or for First Month $89 Unlimited Classes

Parking: North Burnet – free street parking (minimal behind the studio in lot), S. Lamar – free parking lot

Offers childcare!

Classes are 5 credits on ClassPass.

MOD Barre


Define actually offers spin, yoga, and barre. Try one of their 30/30 Classes – 30 mins of spin followed by 30 mins of barre!

Locations: South Lamar in the Hanover Apartment Building

Favorite InstructorsKristen Franke (barre or spin), Becca Flores (spin), Leigh Anne Spencer (take her Bounce class!)

Cost$22/class, $125/month unlimited for first month ($150 after that)

Parking: Free in Hanover Apartment Parking garage, take elevator up to 1st floor where studio is

Classes are 5 credits on ClassPass.

Define – Bounce

Pure Barre

Try an Empower or Reform class – Empower has more Cardio circuits and reform does a lot more weights and bands.

Locations: Westlake, Arboretum, Lakeway, Round Rock, Cedar Park, San Marcos

Favorite Instructors: Jasmin (Empower class at Westlake and Arboretum), Maggie (Reform class at Westlake and Arboretum), Sabrina and Anna for Classic (Westlake and Arboretum), and Jennifer (Lakeway)

Cost: $23/class

Parking: Free parking in parking lot at all locations (Go Pure Barre!)

Classes are 5-6 credits/class on ClassPass.

Pure Barre

Bar Method

This place is super technical with their form. They will correct you a lot when you first start going but you will get a killer workout and be super sore (and toned).

Locations: Downtown in the building where Sushi Zushi is

Favorite Instructors: Lindsey (The Owner), Jess (has some great class times!) and Courtney

Cost$27/class or $99 for first month (if new client)

Parking: Free in Parking Garage

Classes are 5 credits on ClassPass.

Bar Method


This is a very popular, nationwide studio. Barre3 is very much an aerobic class, with swift movements, upbeat music, and non-stop movement leading to an extremely tiring workout! They also offer childcare in their Play Lounge.

Classes are 2-7 credits on ClassPass. 


Downtown (Lamar and Cesar Chavez in Gables Apartments)

Mueller (Town Center on Aldrich Street, just below Alamo Drafthouse)

Circle C (Parkside Village shopping center between Beckett and Mopac)

Galleria (Near the outdoor amphitheater)

Four Points (Trails at 620 Shopping Center on North FM 620 between Wilson Parke Avenue and Concordia University Drive. The studio is in Phase 2, Building M, Suite 200)

Cedar Park (Coming Soon – Presidio retail complex on Parmer Lane and Ranch Trails Road)

Favorite Instructors: Kelsie (Downtown, super cute and great music!), Maddie S. (the hardest instructor, her classes are super intense with almost zero downtime, and her workouts are always perfectly synced with her music), Chris P. (her classes are so well thought out, very precise poses and she is extremely positive), Jessica K. (one of the original Barre3 instructors at the Downtown location, a Barre3 veteran and it shows, always keeps things fresh and challenging), Lee Lee (she is always sure to tell you what muscles you are working, a very sweaty class!)

Cost: $23/class, or $99 for first month for new clients


Downtown – Free Parking in Gables Garage

Mueller – Free two-hour self-parking with validation in the District Garage, located directly behind the studio on McBee Street

Circle C – Free Parking in lot behind the building

Galleria – Free parking in the streets around the Galleria as well as in the parking lots behind barre3

Four Points – Free parking in lot in front of the studio

Cedar Park – Free Parking in lot in front of the studio

Barre3 Downtown

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Best Pilates Studios in Austin

Pilates reformer machines are so dang hard. They utilize springs to add weight and create more resistance in your workout. Like Barre, Pilates is extremely toning and creates long, lean muscles. Your heart rate is definitely up and most studios have body weight cardio bursts integrated throughout the class.

Club Pilates

This one has a bunch of locations and class options and we especially love the Cardio Sculpt class! Club Pilates is a Reformer-based Pilates studio that offers small-group classes in a variety of formats and for all levels. Discover the many benefits of this low-impact, full-body routine.


East Austin – In Plaza Saltillo, near Wholefoods and Hopdoddy on E 5th Street

Domain/North Burnet – On North Burnet, next to Chilanto and Summermoon Coffee

Round Rock – At the intersection of highways 45 and 35 in the old Garden Ridge spot, now called Crossing Point Shopping Center

Cedar Park – In the Parke Shopping Center next to Bath and Body Shop and Maurices, in the same center as Wholefoods 365 and Costco

Georgetown (Coming Soon) – at 35 and University, next to the HEB

Favorite Instructors: Banks Cooney (also teaches at Equinox), Erin Finney (used to be at Redbird, so cute and great music!), Ann Tan (so warm and welcoming, great at making sure your form is correct), Charlie Qureshi (over 16 years of Pilates teaching experience!)

Cost: $29/class for a drop-in, but it’s more of a membership studio $89-199/month, student discounts

Parking: East Side – Validated parking in garage, or street parking; All Other Studios offer free parking in a lot.

*Currently not on ClassPass. 

Club Pilates


Solidcore is tough and their classes are faster moving than the others we’ve tried. They really focus on one muscle and one movement until the muscle is completely exhausted. The studio is darker and they play more hip hop type music—so basically the SoulCycle of Pilates Reformer! No socks required.

Locations: Downtown (2nd and Colorado) and the Triangle

Favorite Instructors: Liv Cortes (She really pushes you with weight and keeping a very quick pace, also great music!), Bre Bradford (Studio Manager of the Triangle location but teaches at both—she is great at making sure you are hitting the correct form)

Cost$30/Class, or for “Off Peak” $25/class, New Client Special – 2 Pack for $19/class

Parking: Downtown – Park in Amli Garage and bring your ticket in with you for validation, Triangle – Free Parking in lot and garages

Classes are 9-12 credits on ClassPass.


Pure Pilates

Pure studios are light, bright, airy, and clean. We love that they have so many locations, too! Sticky socks required.

Locations: South Lamar (in the Amli Apartments), West Campus, The Domain

Favorite InstructorsChelsea K. (tough and very particular about your form), Missy (lead trainer, positive and uplifting, also plays great music!)

Cost$30/class, A lot of student deals – 15% off for students, New Client (Student) $25/two classes; New Client (non-student) $30/two classes

Parking: South Lamar – Free parking in Amli Garage; West Campus – Validated parking in the Quarters Garage; Domain – Free parking in garage and in front of studio

Urban Lagree

This is Pilates on Lagree machines that have ramps to let the instructor move the machines to be at more of an incline, leaving you shaking and sweating! Sticky socks required.

Locations: 12th and Chicon on the first floor of the Chicon Apartments

Favorite Instructors: Abbie (co-owner and head trainer, she has been teaching for a long time and it shows!), Katie (other co-owner and head trainer, super upbeat, great music and hard classes!)

Cost$30/class, New Client Special – 2 classes for $30, or $125/month unlimited

Parking: Free Parking on street or in parking lot

Classes are 5-11 credits on ClassPass. 

Lagree Studio

We love the class selection here—they even have 30 minute express classes that are perfect for busy schedules. The Arboretum and the Galleria locations also have Versa Climbers, which is a great full-body, cardio workout. Sticky socks required.

Locations: Three – Downtown, Galleria, Arboretum

Favorite Instructors: Jess Clark (used to teach at Ride and also teaches Precision Run at Equinox – great music and gives good direction on form), Adriana (funny and great music!), April (adorable, and we love her Versaclimber classes!)

Cost: $35/class, New Clients $89/two weeks unlimited

Parking: Free Parking in parking lots

Classes are 7 credits on ClassPass.

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Best Bootcamp Workouts in Austin

We love incorporating bootcamp workouts into our weekly routine. Building muscle not only allows you to burn fat, it helps you burn calories even days after a workout. Below are our favorite bootcamp-type workouts in Austin.

Legends Boxing

Legends Boxing workouts can burn up to 1,000 calories and incorporate total-body exercises like jumping rope, push-ups, squats, working the heavy bag, and so much more. You don’t need to know how to box already. Boxing Fitness classes are a fun, fresh, and motivating way to get your workout in. Every day they have a brand new, 1-hour workout, created and led by certified coaches.

Legends Boxing








Locations: Brodie Lane (South) – NOW OPEN!

CostFirst workout is free! Lower pricing for first 100 people to sign up – $100/month unlimited, no sign up fee and no long-term commitment.

To schedule your FREE workout, click here.

Parking: Parking Lot in Front of Gym

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E+E Fitness

These are bootcamps and cardio kickboxing classes in an open gym-like bootcamp facility. Your first bootcamp at E+E is $6, or your first kickboxing class is $10. Their goal is to “Elevate + Evolve” community fitness by challenging members to learn new things while also creating a fun, approachable group class.

Locations: East 6th (E&E Fitness)

Favorite Instructors: Cody Wescott (also at Equinox!), Paige Harrell (so positive!) Patrice (her classes are TOUGH), Zeik (also teaches kickboxing)

Cost: $30/class or $160/month ($80 for first month – special running right now)

E+E January Specials:
BE++ER YOU 6-Week Fitness and Nutrition Program

Parking: East 6th/E+E – Street Parking

*Classes are 4-8 Credits on ClassPass.

E+E Fitness


Stronghorn is an outdoor group fitness workout hosted in a variety of locations around Central Austin. Each location has a different schedule. See info below to figure out which ones you can attend. They have a donation based Saturday community classes at Zilker park, too!

Locations: Six – All Around Downtown

Duncan Park – West 9th Street

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday – 6:15-7 p.m.

Frost Tower – 5th and Congress

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 12-12:45 p.m.

300 West 6th – 6th and Colorado, in the building where Gloria’s is located

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday – 7:30-8:15 a.m., 11:30-12:15 p.m.

500 West 2nd – 2nd and Guadalupe, near Google, Flowerchild, North, etc.

100 Congress – Cesar Chavez and Congress

Personal Training

111 Congress – Cesar Chavez and Congress, in the building with Fareground

Group Fitness – Coming Soon

Favorite Instructors: Jess (owner), Garret (also does personal training)

Cost: $80/month

Saturday Community Class at 9 a.m. at Zilker Park – Donation Based (bring a mat)

Parking: Zilker and Duncan park – free parking, Downtown buildings – you’ll have to find street parking, these are likely for most people who work in the downtown area and can walk over before, after, or during their work days

*Classes not on ClassPass at this time. 


Camp Gladiator

Similar to Stronghorn, this is an outdoor group fitness class held in locations all over Austin. Bring a mat, a set of weights, and water. These are TOUGH workouts but you will see results quickly, and get super toned.

Locations: Over 50 in the Austin area, check out the website to see the ones closest to you on days that work for your schedule.

Favorite Instructors: There are hundreds!!

Cost: $75/month

Parking: Dependent upon location

*Classes not on ClassPass at this time. 


Each CrossFit gym is its own franchise so they are all a bit different. The traditional Crossfit classes include a Workout of the Day (WOD) and weighted reps. The South Lamar location has some awesome bootcamp classes like HIIT and Tabata that we love. Take a class with Chad!

Locations: 41 Locations in the Austin Area

Favorite Instructors: Chad at South Lamar!! (came from Castle Hill, also does personal training and super tough bootcamp classes)

Cost: $20/class, depending on studio and how many classes, can be $75-200/month – For Kraus Fit (Chad) specifically it’s $60/month for unlimited!

Parking: Depends on Location, most have free parking in front of studio or on street

*Classes are 4-7 Credits on ClassPass.

CrossFit SOLA – Chad Kraus

Athletic Outcomes

This circuit, group-fitness facility is easily accessible from Central Austin and the East Side.

Locations: East Riverside

Favorite Instructors: Brittaney (aka Dr. B) and Kat (so warm and welcoming, but will also push you super hard, her classes are great!)

Cost: $20/class, or $170/month

Parking: Parking in lot

*Classes are 4 credits on ClassPass.

Athletic Outcomes

Orange Theory

These are circuit workouts with a strong focus on cardio intervals on the treadmill that mix in weighted workouts in between.

Locations: 26 Locations in Austin area!

Favorite Instructors: Hundreds in Austin – we like Alexa and Kate at the South Lamar location!

Cost: First Class Free – $59/month for 4 classes, $89 for 8 classes and $159 for unlimited classes

Parking: Depends on location – Downtown they validate parking and South Lamar there is a parking garage

*Classes are not on ClassPass at this time.


45 minute circuit-style HIIT workouts. They do Cardio classes M, W, F, and Resistance classes Tue, Thurs, with Hybrid classes on Saturdays & Sundays.

Locations: 10 Locations in Austin – Westlake, North Shoal Creek, Oak Hill, Domain, Parmer & 183, Four Points, Jolleyville, Lakeway, Round Rock, and Cedar Park

Favorite Classes: Roman and Panthers

Cost: First Class Free – or $34/class, or $50/week

Parking: Free Parking in Front of Studio

*Classes are not on ClassPass at this time.


Check out these 30-minute kickboxing workouts! There are different trainers every day and there are not specific class times. This makes it very easy to go in and get a quick (and tough) 30-minute workout for any schedule.

Locations: 11 in Austin – South Lamar, Airport Blvd, Far West and Mopac, Braker and 183, 620 & 2222, Lakeway (620 & 71), West Parmer, Cedar Park, Hutto, Round Rock, Leander

Cost: $89/month for unlimited

Parking: Depends on location – free parking in lots or garages

*Classes are not on ClassPass at this time.


They have 45-minute and hour-long kickboxing classes that combine boxing, body weight exercises and HIIT training intervals that work your full body. Try the Kickboxing & Killer Core class!

Locations: West 6th – Across from Clarks (Between Walsh and Pressler)

Favorite Instructors: David Garza (also owns Love Cycling)

Cost: $25/class, $165/month unlimited

Parking: Free Parking in front of studio

*Classes are 5-7 credits on ClassPass.






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So typical, right? Getting in the fitness game in January after a holiday season of poor decisions. Well, no matter what your current situation is—we are here for you!

Below we have compiled our favorite workouts in Austin by category: Spin; Barre; Pilates, Yoga; Bootcamps; Gyms; Outdoor Activities; and Diet, Health, and Wellness.

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Best Outdoor Workouts in Austin

Austin has some of the best outdoor workout activities. Between our hiking and biking trails; lakes, rivers, and greenbelts; paddleboarding, kayaking, and swimming—the options are truly endless. This is also a great budget option for workouts!

We also love the social aspect of outdoor workouts. One of our favorite companies, The Loop Running Supply, has group running workouts on Friday mornings at 6 a.m., and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. These are 3-5 mile runs that take off from their store underneath the Gables Park Plaza on the corner of Cesar Chavez and Sandra Muraida Way, in the Seaholm District. They are perfect for people who want to run with a buddy, and have a level of accountability within the group. You can also get a ton of affordable, quality brands of fitness attire in their store!

The Loop Group Run

Kayaking, Canoeing, and Paddleboarding

Kayaking and Canoeing are the perfect combination of a leisure activity and exercise. Paddleboarding is not only fun, but also a great way to build core strength. It’s perfect for warm days where you can get some sun, too.

Our favorites:

Congress Avenue Kayaks

One of the things we love about CAvK, is the multitude of offerings. See below for all of the ways you can get fit on Town Lake with Congress Avenue Kayaks! Located at Waller Beach in Town Lake Metropolitan Park (near Rainey), makes it just a short ride to the Congress Avenue Bridge.

  • Rentals: Single, Double, and Triple Seater Kayaks; Stand Up Paddleboards
  • Pricing: Single – $12/hr (+$7 additional hour), Double – $15/hr (+$7 additional hour), Triple – $25/hr (+$15 additional hour); Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) – $20/hr (+$15 additional hour),
    • Also offer half-day rental deal for kayaks at $25
  • Additional Offerings:
    • Guided Sunset Bat Tours ($50 for Double Kayak – this would be great for friends/family visiting!)
    • Guided Downtown to Barton Springs Tours ($30/person, Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m., 2 hours)
    • Yoga classes, private lessons, and a free Kids Kayak Day one Saturday a month starting in April (Facebook signup).

Check out more about Congress Avenue Kayaks here.

Congress Avenue Kayaks

Check out our other ways to enjoy the water, here!

Hidden Hiking Trails

Check out our post on all hidden hiking trails in and around the Austin area. Shop all the best running and hiking gear at our favorite spot: The Loop Running Supply.

The Loop Running Supply is our favorite one-stop shop for all of our fitness needs. They carry a ton of different brands for a perfectly curated shopping experience with affordable prices.

Check out our post on Loop, here.

The Loop Running Supply

Barton Springs Pool

Barton Springs Pool is the fourth-largest spring fed pool in Texas with a constant 68 degree water temperature making it one of the best places to swim year-round. Here’s a fun fact: Robert Redford learned to swim here. We say that bodes well for your athletic aspirations. If you want to get in shape and live your best Austin life while you do it—swimming the length of this civic treasure should be a go-to.

2131 William Barton Dr.
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 974-6300

Barton Springs Pool
Photo – Austin Chronicle

Roy and Ann Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail

The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, a lush, urban path that meanders along the water’s edge and passes by skyscrapers, neighborhoods, ball fields .and cultural attractions. It is THE Austin workout and a great way to fall in love with fitness and this fabulous city at the same time. The 10-mile trail is Austin’s most recognized and popular recreational area.

900 W Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704

Walnut Creek Greenbelt

A popular spot for both hikers and mountain bikers, Walnut Creek is an explorer’s dream. There are tons of unmarked paths, so you may get a little lost; but that’s more fun, right? With multiple winding paths and few obstacles, undertaking part of the trail is perfect for beginners. The hike offers plenty of overlooks, so don’t forget to stop and smell the roses on the way up. And of course, cool down in the beautiful creek on the way down.

2611 Park Bend Dr. 
Austin, TX 78701

Walnut Creek Greenbelt

Spicewood Valley Trail

This 1.3 mile hike is a great workout and wonderful way to get your heart rate up outside of a gym! It is also very convenient —the perfect not-too-long, not-too-short hike for an evening outing with a friend. Plan for a little over an hour to complete the hike.

The high points are definitely the man-made waterfall and the awesome stonework that you get to see.

183 South on Spicewood Springs Road
Right onto Scotland Well Drive
Right onto Middlebie Drive & look for parking
Start of Trail – Just Across the street from Mountain View Park

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Best Gyms in Austin

Castle Hill Fitness

Castle Hill has everything you would want in a gym—150+ group fitness classes, steam rooms and saunas, pools, a large gym, Pilates reformer studios, spa treatment rooms, a clean locker room with showers, childcare, acupuncture, and more. They offer all of this while still being an approachable local neighborhood gym with a welcoming staff and a no-frills attitude. When we think of Austin gyms, Castle Hill is the one that combines the perfect amount of everything.

Locations: Downtown (12th and Lamar) and Westlake

Favorite Instructors: We love Amid for Bootcamp classes and Deborah for Pilates!

Cost: $89-199/month – with 10% discounts for students, educators, military, couples, and families

Parking: In parking lot or free on street

Check out more on Castle Hill, here.

Castle Hill Fitness


Not only is Equinox a super nice gym, they are known for their classes. They take instructors from the best studios like SoulCycle, CorePower, Barre, etc. and bring them to Equinox. Complete with a eucalyptus steam room, cafe and juice bar, personal training, state-of-the-art equipment, and a perfectly central location—this is a place to be and be seen.

LocationSouth Congress (closer to Riverside)

Favorite Instructors: Miguel Romero (Bootcamp), Hans, Helen, and Eric (cycling), Rashana (heated barre), Jamie Rouso (Stacked & Whipped), Jess Clark (Precision Run)

Cost: $150-180/month (Depending on if you go with the Early Bird Special)

Parking: Free parking for two hours in the garage



Lifetime is like a spa—the South and North locations even have a pool and eucalyptus steam room! You can truly spend all day here; they have child care, basketball courts, tons of classes, etc. This place is a dream! They also have a ton of classes from yoga, spin, barre, weights, and personal training.

Locations: South (William Cannon and Mopac), Downtown (West 5th – where the old Pure used to be) , Arboretum (Quarry), and North (45 and 183)

Cost: $40/day pass

Downtown: $129/month for young adults under 29 years old, otherwise $149/month

South & North: $99/month for young adults under 26 years old, otherwise $109/month

Arboretum: $119/month for young adults under 26 years old, otherwise $129/month

Parking: Free parking in garage or lot

Lifetime Fitness – South

Golds Gym

Golds is a great budget option with over 20 locations, decent facilities, and frequent discounts.

Locations: 20!

Cost: $40/month – option for paying $20/biweekly, frequent discounts that run and a lot of employer discounts here (be sure to ask!)

Parking: Depends on location but all are in parking lots or garages for free

*Classes and open gym time on ClassPass for 1-3 Credits. 


This is more of a CrossFit style gym with fewer machines and more weights, kettlebells, ropes, bands, and more. The group fitness classes really challenge you in a full body HIIT type workout, building lean muscle. They also have a sports recovery area,  which includes Cryotherapy machines and an infrared sauna. They offer nutritional guidance, and also have a nice cafe in the facility.

Location: South – 35 & 71 (St. Elmo & Friedrich Lane)

Favorite Instructors: Juan, great at improving your form and will always push you to the limit!

Cost: $150-200/month

Parking: Free Parking in lot

*Classes on ClassPass for 5-8 Credits. 


Another budget friendly option with multiple locations in Austin, and membership discounts for lower-income members.

Locations: Townlake, Southwest, East, North, Northwest, Cedar Park, Buda (Hayes), Dripping Springs, and Bastrop

Cost: $30-60/month depending on number of members and Income

Parking: Free parking in lot


Tons of classes! Over 65 class types and over 240 classes a week featuring Yoga, Barre, Pilates, Bootcamp, Cycle, Kettlebell, Battle Ropes, Boxing, and TRX.

Location: South Lamar near Target

Favorite Instructors: Megan and Kay (Hot Pilates), Miguel Romero (Kettle Booty)

Cost: $30 for First 30 Days (Unlimited), $50-150/month depending on how many classes you want to take per month

Parking: Free parking in lot

*Classes and on ClassPass for 5-7 Credits. 

CRUX Climbing

This place is more than just rock climbing—they have Yoga, Circuit/Bootcamp workouts, and multiple climbing classes.

Locations: South Austin – South Congress by Cosmic Coffee; and Central Austin/Highland – Opening Mid-2020

Cost: $17/day pass or $70/month

*Classes on ClassPass for 4 Credits. 

CRUX Climbing

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Austin Happy Hour Guide

People always ask us, what is your favorite thing to talk about? Two words: Happy Hour. Happy Hour is where things happen; you build relationships and have engaging conversations without the noise of a late night bar scene. You have the ability to try multiple culinary creations and inexpensive beverages—all while still being in bed at a reasonable hour. Sounds like the perfect combination to us!

Austin Happy Hours are their own food group. Not lunch, not dinner—Happy Hour. Below you’ll find our guide to the best Happy Hour scenes in three of the buzziest neighborhoods: Downtown, The East Side, and The 04 (South). Be sure to tune into our Podcasts on these three areas.

Downtown Austin

We scoured the Downtown restaurant and bar scene to find the best of the best. This is not a guide to dirty 6th street, or even West 6th or Rainey. This is a specially curated list of hidden gems and local favorites with some of the best deals in town.

The East Side

East of the glorious I-35 highway is home to some of the best restaurants and bars Austin has to offer. It has a mix of grunge, hipster, and true Austin eclectic dining, which makes it the perfect area to experience the ATX culinary scene.

South Austin & the 78704 Zip Code

The “04”, as Austinites call it, is home to the iconic streets of South Congress (SoCo), South 1st, and South Lamar. Within the 78704 zip code of South Austin, this area is just south of Downtown and the Colorado River. It is known for holding deep Austin roots of everything the funky South Side has to offer. The 04 has some of the most expensive homes in well-known Travis Heights, Bouldin Creek, Zilker, and Barton Hills neighborhoods, which has cultivated tried and true Austin staples, as well as Michelin star producing culinary dreams. All of this combined, makes it one of our favorite places to HH.

Newly of age? Check out our bucket list of Austin drinks here.

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East Side Happy Hours

For more information on the experiences at these locations, tune into our Podcast on East Side Austin Happy Hours.

Our East Austin Happy Hour research was truly an experience that we think everyone should recreate. For this post, we really wanted to give you a sense of what it’s like popping around some local east side spots. Continue reading after—we still list the rest of our favorite spots!


We started off at Bufalina, where we had the $5 wine and 50% off pizza. The Red Pie add pepperoni was for awesome—really thin and crispy Neopolitan pizza; or as our founder Kristy calls it, “Skinny Pizza”!

Genre: Pizza

Location: E. Cesar Chavez

Time: Wednesday-Sunday, 4–5:30 p.m.

Special: 50% off pizza, $5 wine by the glass, 50% off bottles under $100

Favorites: Red Pie add pepperoni, Calabrese with Salami & Serranos, Mushroom White Pizza, Burrata with Pesto, Green Risotto with Mushrooms, the Pierre-Marie Chermette Gamay on HH (normally $49, on HH $25)

Check out our favorite pizza delivery spots in Austin!


With some time to kill before our next spot opened, we decided to stop into another all-time favorite, Mongers. The owners, Julie and Shane, are always so welcoming and it truly is just like your neighborhood fish monger with fresh, seasonal dishes. We love the seasonal crudos, ceviches, and oysters! Be sure to ask for Forrest for your server.

Genre: Seafood/Raw Bar

Location: E. Cesar Chavez

Time: Tuesday-Friday, 4–6 p.m., Mondays all day – 1/2 off oysters, 1/2 off select wine bottles

Special:$5 wine glasses, $6 apps, $1 off oysters, $1 off beer, $2 off sangria carafes

Favorites: Peel & Eats, Angels on Horseback, any daily crudo, poké or ceviche, lobster roll, Fish Dip (get crackers and hot sauce on the side, too with the chips—its a game-changer!) and of course, Lobster Mac & Cheese with black truffle and cheddar

If it’s Monday and you love Oysters, this is the place. Check out Hillside Farmacy, too for discounted oysters and bubbles!

Our favorite places to get oysters in Austin is here, and for our full post on Mongers, read here

Mongers Market + Kitchen

Pitchfork Pretty

Next, we went on to try Pitchfork Pretty for the first time. Boy were we missing out! The vibe was amazing and they had great service, plenty of parking, an excellent covered patio area, inventive cocktails, and innovative dishes. We have decided to become regulars of this place! Our favorite was the crudo served over a seasonal sorbet. Sounds weird, but the sorbet made it so icy cold and delicious!

Genre: New American/Southern

Location: E. Cesar Chavez

Time: Monday-Friday, 5–6 p.m.

Special: $3 off cocktails and beer, $12 off bottles of wine, 1/2 off snacks and appetizers

Favorites: Snapper served over seasonal sorbet with habenero oil, Pimento & Cheese with Crab Crackers (kind of like pork rinds), and the Money Moves —a gin drink with averna (herby liquor), cardamom, and orange

On Wednesdays, you can pop over during HH to Sour Ducks Farmers Market from 4-7 PM!


We finally ended our night at JuniperAs if we weren’t stuffed enough yet, we ordered the Cacio de Pepe which we learned is Italian for cheese and pepper. It was so creamy and delicious. We walked right in on a Friday night and the service was exquisite. The hostess went out of her way to make sure we found a seat at the bar right away, and the bartenders even gave us complimentary gelato! We earned ourselves a Gustavo spin class after this night of feasting.

Genre: Italian

Location: E. Cesar Chavez

Time: Monday, all night

Special: Amore Monday – $10 meat and cheese board with $12 entrees of Spaghetti, Chicken Confit, Bucatini, or Pesto Genovese, with $6 Spritzes

Favorites: Cacio de Pepe

Pop over to Whisler’s reverse happy hour after!

East Side Favorites

Mexican Favorites:


Sit on the patio and get the queso (more like fundito in a skillet served with tortillas), and the Vampiro (tequila with grapefruit soda, jalapeno, and a spicy rim)! Pop over to Native Hostel to continue your HH.

Genre: Mexican

Location: E. 6th

Time: Tuesday-Friday, 4–6 p.m.

Special: $5 Happy Hour – $5 margaritas, palomas, mezcal mules, etc., $5 quesadillas and sopecitos (thick corn tostadas), $5 Huaraches (corn masa base and topping), $5 corn or sweet potato verduras

Favorites: All of the margaritas! Choriqueso or Champiqueso, Melted Queso Asadero in a Skillet served with Tortillas; Ceviche with Coconut Cream and Mango Pico; all of the tacos are great—Veggie, Pastor with Pineapple, Chimichurri Flank Steak and Lengua with Guajillo-Peanut salsa.

For our post on best margaritas in Austin, click here.

Lichas Queso


Go right when they open and order all of the HH snackcidents and the taco of the day, share as a group! Their menu is always changing and seasonal. They also have parking in the parking garage!

Genre: Mexican

Location: E. 6th

Time: Every Day, 5–6 p.m., Mezcal Mondays for half-priced mezcal drinks

Special: $5 Snackcidents, $5 Taco of the Day, $6 cocktails, 25% off wine bottles, $3 draft beer

Favorites: Crispy Elotes—dip with chips; Ceviche with Chile oil & Miso broth; Aguachile with Habanero Broth; Beef Tartare Sopes with Chile Chilhuacle (kind of like mole)

Check out our list of 50+ places to drink Margaritas in Austin.


Go early on Tuesdays and get the $5 Grizz Mizz (Pink Margarita), the $3 Ceviche Tostada and $7 Tacos of the Day (2). There is a ton of parking on Tillery Street.

Genre: Mexican

Location: E. Cesar Chavez

Time: Tuesday-Friday, 5–7 p.m., Wednesday all night, Tuesday $5 Grizz Mizz (Pink Margaritas), Thursday $20 Chicken Fajitas

Special: $7 margaritas and cocktails, $3–8 appetizers, $2 off wine by the glass

Favorites: Their drinks are super cool—the Queen Bey, Bad Girl Ri Ri, and the Ride or Die; The $3 Ceviche Tostada, $7 Daily Tacos (2) & the Beer Battered Fish Taco with Charred Corn + Avocado, Mole Enchiladas, Queso Fundito, Street Corn Salad

Every third Monday, go Tango at Tillery right across the street from Grizzeldas. Or check out Jacobeys!

Asian Favorite:

Old Thousand

Join them for “Happy Time” and have a mini dim sum with hip hop music playing and inventive cocktails flowing. Get the Rangoons, Chili Wontons, and Mala Fried Chicken. We also love their daily dumplings that are seasonal and always changing.

Walk over to King Bee on 12th after for a Frozen Bee’s Knees—gin, lemon, honey, plus pizza.

Genre: Chinese Asian Fusion

Location: E. 11th

Time: Monday-Friday, 5–6:30 p.m.

Special: 50% off all bubbles bottles, $7 cocktails, $7 wine, $7 snacks, $5–6 Beer

Favorites: Smoked Trout Rangoons with Pineapple Sweet Chili, Daily House Dumplings, Mala Fried Chicken with Szechuan Salt & Chili Oil, Kung Pao Cauliflower with Shishitos & Peanuts, Brisket Fried Rice

Old Thousand

Fancier Favorite:


Go early, sit on the patio, order the Burrata (always changing, fantastic during every season), anything with their house-made bread (Mussels, Grilled Octopus, Salmon Tartare Toast), and 100% order a dessert.

Genre: New American

Location: E. Holly

Time: Monday-Friday, 5–6 p.m.

Special: 1/2 off Drinks, $5 Snacks, Mondays Wine Bottles 1/2 off All Day

Favorites: Crudo, Pierogies with Ricotta & Romesco, Burrata (Seasonal – Now it is with Tomato Jam, Blackerry, Pistachio and their House-made Grilled Focaccia), Beet Hummus with Everything Crackers, Mussels with Pancetta & Green Chile Butter and House-made Grilled Sourdough), any dessert

Check out our favorite dog-friendly patios in Austin, here.

Random Favorite:


Another MMH spot. They have 1/2 off bottles of grab-and-go wine on Tuesdays. If you live on the East Side, this would be a great deal to go stock up on wine for your place. This is also the only retail spot (outside of new Swedish Hill) in Austin where you can buy the June’s Rosé!

For a guide to a full day of MMH restaurants—read our post here.

More North East Area Favorites:

(Mueller, Cherrywood, Manor, Airport Blvd.)

Salty Sow

Go early and sit at a tall table in the bar area by the window, get the Truffled Deviled Eggs, Honey Rosemary Dipped Fried Chicken with a Homeade Biscuit, Duck Fat Fries with a 110 Minute Egg & Aioli, and the Crispy Brussel Sprout Leaves with Golden Raisins. Drink it all down with a Curly Tail (spicy marg) or Flying Pig (play on a French 75). They have a huge food selection on the HH menu and they’re all shareable small plates. Great for a group and they have parking! Check out our full post on Salty Sow, here.

Genre: Gastropub/Pork (Sow = Pig)

Location: Manor Rd.

Time: Every Day, 4:30–6:30 p.m.

On Sunday head over to Austin Eastsiders Tasting Room first for HH from 2-3, then head to Salty Sow!

Special: $2 off cocktails, $5 wine, $4 beer, $5 tacos, $5 snacks

Favorites: Truffled Deviled Eggs with Bacon from their farm, Chicken Liver Mousse, Honey Rosemary Fried Chicken + Biscuit, Duck Fat Fries, Brussel Sprout Leaves (Super crispy), Eggplant Fries, The Curly Tail & Flying Pig cocktails.


If the weather is nice, sit on the patio (the inside is fairly small and gets packed), bring your dog, get the Charred Avocado Dip with Jalapenos, Chicken Wings with Alabama White Sauce, Seasonal Pickled Vegetables, and wash it down with a $6 Frozen Painkiller or Frozen Margarita.

Genre: Farm to Table

Location: Manor & Airport Rd. (and the Fareground Location Downtown). More info on the Fareground here.

Time: Monday-Thursday, 5–6:30 p.m.

Special: 1/2 off – bar snacks, beer, wine, cocktails

Favorites: $3 for 6 wings, $4 Boudin Balls with Maple Tamari Sauce, $2 Pickled Seasonal Vegetables, $7 Pigs in a Blanket, $3.50 Ox Tongue Slider, Crispy Green Beans with Sambal Aioli, the Burger on Challah Bun, Frozen Margarita

Contigo is also featured on our favorite patios in Austin. Check out that guide here!


Go on a Tuesday with friends, sit in the bright, beautiful bar area, order a 1/2 off bottle of wine (cheapest would be the Rosé from Burgundy $14/bottle) and get the Parker House Rolls, Baked Ricotta, and Smoked Salmon Board. This is one of the earlier starting HHs in town, so we like doing a 3 p.m. Friday situation, too! Plenty of parking.

Genre: New American

Location: Mueller

Time: Every Day, 3–6:30 p.m., Monday all day 1/2 off burgers, Tuesdays 1/2 off bottles of wine ($28–66)

Special: $5 Frozen & Tap Cocktails, $5 Wine, $3 off Apps ($5-12 after discount), $1 off Beer

Favorites: $8 Parker House Rolls with Pulled Pork (basically a kolache), Baked Ricotta with Pesto & Baguette, Smoked Salmon Board, $6.50 for the Veggie Burger with Feta on Mondays, $5 Frosé, and the 1/2 off Rosé from Burgundy on Tuesdays

Go over to the Goodnight afterward for bowling and more HH.

Our Random Favorites:

Last Straw

“Vacation by the Hour” – Go here before going out on E. 6th, bring a friend from out of town, get some Miami Vices or Pisco Punches, order the Spicy Garlic Noods, Crispy Orange Cauliflower and the Steak or Fish Tacos.

Genre: Tiki Bar

Location: E. 6th

Time: Sunday-Thursday, 5–7 p.m.

Special: $7 cocktails, apps $5-12, $4 beer and a shot

Favorites: $4 High Life Pony + Shot of Bourbon, $8 Miami Vice (Pina Colada + Strawberry Daiquari), Beach House Burger with Pineapple & Funyons (try it with an Impossible Patty), Crispy Orange Cauliflower, $5 Spicy Garlic Noods – Vermicelli Noodles (add the fried egg)

Salt & Time

Go for an early dinner date night on Wednesdays, get a 1/2 off bottle of wine, get a cheese board with a warm baguette and add whipped lardo, liver mouse. or pork rillettes. Share the Butchers Bolognese with Sonoran Wheat Pappardelle or the Farro Risotto with Dry Aged Beef Fat and Confit Chanterelle Mushrooms.

If you’re solo, get the Butchers Burger; it is their daily steak trimmings ground, with sour pickles on a brioche bun, served with beef fat french fries.

Genre: Butcher Shop

Location: E. 7th

Time: Everyday, 3:30–6 p.m., Wednesday 1/2 off wine bottles, Sunday all night

Special: $2 off Wine Glass, $5 Spritz & Sangria, $10 Charcuterie, $6 Pickle Board, $8 Baguette with Liver Mouse, Lardo + Pork Rillettes

Favorites: Cheese Board add Whipped Lardo, Liver Mousse or Pork Rillettes; Bolognese, Butchers Burger, Beef Fat French Fries, Steak Tartare

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