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I'm going next month on business. I've heard nothing but good things, but have never been before. Everyone says the live music scene is supposedly great down there. I'm looking for an upscale (but hip) restaurant to treat my employees to one night. Any good bar and extracurricular recommendations?
First, it's the best live music scene in the nation, if for no other reason than scope.
Second, try anywhere. Hard to lose.
That said, you'll soon be bombarded by a ton of great suggestions.
While not directly in Austin, consider The Oasis. Food is good, view is spectacular. Its on a series of terraces facing west, overlooking Lake Travis, about 100 feet above the lake. Tables are outdoors, so weather is a consideration.
My Blood Runs Green.....
That place used to have awful food. I've heard it's better now.
Z Cavaricci has lived there for about 3 years now. I'm sure he'll chime in. JYD used to live there. He will tell you where you can get discounted BBQ while watching free Monday Night Raw.
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The Mexican restaurant where it's all Elvis themed is great. Chueys? Maybe?
Chuys is a chain... Decent Tex-Mex, NOT upscale. Lots of better options.
A. Screw you
B. upscale and hip, Jasper's in the domain would be my number one Fogo de Chao on 3rd wouldn't be a bad 2nd choice.....3 Forks, Perry's, Flemings. not exactly upscale, but darn good is Pappadeaux. Never tried Foreign and Domestic, but heard great reviews. Whatever you do, you need to make the drive to Lockhart and get some cue. Try to make it to Nobel Pig on the NW corner of Austin if you can, however they close at 3 everyday.
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JYD, you're my boy, I'm just giving you some gas. I enjoy your posts.
Shouldn't you post this on orangebloods?
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Side note...what's the story with bats??
Non harmful, just makes the areas they live in smell really fowl. They live in 2 areas, I35 and McNeil rd literally just north of the city and Downtown on the congress st. Bridge over Lady Bird 'lake'. However, at sunset, it provides a beautiful flight scene.
What area are you staying at. 1 mistake visitors do is not eat where the locals mainly eat when they visit. There are a lot of mom and pop eateries that you really can't find anyplace else that you can eat at and be very satisfied with, just have to know where.
IE, Gotta grab a meal from one of the trailers. No ifs ands or buts about it.
The best Mexican restaurant is La Marguita on I35 just south of Old Setters in Round Rock. As good as their Fish Enchiladas are, I strongly recommend breakfast...especially the Migas con Queso. You can thank me later.
BTW, stop by Rudy's for breakfast one day and grab a Chopped BBQ and Potato breakfast taco. So yummy.
If you want upscale and impressive check out UCHI. One of the best restaurants in the state.
Applebee's on N I-35 Service Rd. is out of this world.
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Austin chain? Never said it was upscale. Just said it was good. I'm talking papas brothers for a great steak.
If you don't like the bourbon street steak, fuck you.
Texas chain. Not sure if they've expanded in other states.
If you can catch a show at Stubb's, it's a cool venue. The BBQ is average though. Magnolia's is a good breakfast spot.
la condessa - upscale mexican food downtown. spendy but very good. so trendy right now, almost impossible to get in.
drink 512 IPA - only available on draft - very good.
Music will take some more research - you can just wander around 6th street, but the music will likely be so so. You need to be more targeted. Let me know dates and I'll do some research on bands and venues.
you'll love austin - one of the best party towns in the US
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Here is the thing you need to know about Franklin. if you are not in line by 930 at the latest, don't even bother going. Food generally runs out during the noon hour.
There is an area of old crack houses which were turned into bars and restaurants. It is located right off downtown. Cool area now and there is a bar there that has over 100 taps and some fantastic food.
I also advocate for Franklin BBQ. I went in with sky high expectations and they were blown away. We were given a sample of the moist brisket in line and I started laughing it was so damn good.
I waited 3 hours, I'd easily wait 6 for it.
I also ate at Uchiko, Paul Quis restraunt. Amazing Japanese food. From sushi to pork belly to waygu. We let the waitress choose our entire meal and walked out stuffed and satisfied. Not as expensive as I thought it would be.
Rainey Street I assume? If so I concur. Go on a night when the weather is nice, mostly outdoor seating that has a house party feel.
6th street has a touristy and younger crowd feel but it should be experienced. You can't beat all the rooftop bars with live music.
Go walk down South Congress and check out some restaurants, stores and food trucks.
The warehouse district which is west 4th-6th streets draws a more mature crowd.
I recommend Moonshine Bar and Grill.. great food, good atmosphere, busy, but you should be ok if you just make a reservation.
pm me for any other advice
"If you're worried about Wolverine fans, just move to Pasadena. You'll never have to deal with 'em."
Guero's Margaritas are awesome.
Dock and Roll food truck for lobster rolls.
Continental Club for live music.
The Driskill hotel bar for a single malt and some rock and roll history.
Oh yeah,Franklin BBQ,in case no one else mentions it.
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