FD+Co Austin Faves

CITY LIVING & NIGHTLIFE

On any given night in Austin, you could be sipping martinis at a downtown speakeasy, two-stepping with regulars at a rollicking honky-tonk, schmoozing with loud tech bros at a beer garden, or (actually) keepin’ it weird with locals in a pleasantly grimy, stripped-down dive. And wherever you are, live music is almost always part of the deal. OUR FAV's: Hotel Van Zandt, Emmer & Rye, Bangers, W Hotel, Proper Hotel and The Peacock Restaurant, Driskill Hotel, Fixe restaurant, OilCan Harry’s, La Barbecue and Perla’s

ALL ABOUT THE WATER

Do you like the water. Need the water? Craaave the water? Well Austin has the water! Here in Central Texas, we’re lucky to have one of the largest networks of rivers and lakes in the state. These vast networks also happen to make for some pretty amazing water lifestyles. Fishing? We’ve got you. Swimming? Dive right in. Boating? How many lakes, rivers, and docs do you need? Work up an appetite with all that swimming and paddling? We’ve got you taken care of! OUR FAV's: Austin Duck Adventures, Lady Bird Lake Paddleboarding, Hula Hut, Mozarts Coffee, Oasis, Volente Beach Waterpark Restaurant & Resort, Hippie Hollow, Hamilton Pool Preserve & Spring, Barton Springs, Nautiside Boat Rentals, Tide Up Boat Rentals, Boat Rental Satx, Sun Fun Rental, Lake Austin Party Boat Rentals, Nautical Boat Club, Freedom Boat Club, Austin Rowing and Ladybird Lake Rental.

THE DOMAIN

Domain NORTHSIDE is the latest evolution of retail found at The Domain in North Austin. Consisting of 600,000-square-feet of diverse retailers and restaurants, including Rock Rose, Domain NORTHSIDE is intended to be an Austin neighborhood that is mindful of the unique community it resides within. Thoughtfully created by design, Domain NORTHSIDE brings together many of Austin's best homegrown names with a list of best-in-class brands and first-to-Austin experiences. Fashion, home interiors, beauty, dining, and nightlife—it is the perfect place to call home, stay the night, spend the day, enjoy the community, and cultivate the uncommon vibe that keeps Austin unique. OUR FAV's: Domain, Ice Cream Museum, Shopping,  Archer Hotel, Barkin Creek, Ravin Lily, Limbo Jewelry, Eliza Page and Kelly Wayne

KEEPING AUSTIN WEIRD

A simple question asked by a radio host and a pointed answer from Austin Community College librarian Red Wassenich created the phrase now synonymous with Austin. In 2000, Wassenich phoned into KOOP Radio's The Lounge Show to donate money. When the radio host asked why he was contributing, Wassenich replied, "I don't know. It helps keep Austin weird." With that reply, a slogan was born, and Austin's international reputation for being weird, zany, and slightly off-kilter was established. Upon reflection, Wassenich believes that Austin reached its weirdness heyday in the 1970s but admits that at that time he was in his 20s and "everyone thinks that in their early 20s."

In 2002, as Keep it Weird was becoming an ethos for many Austinites, bumper stickers began appearing reading "Keep Austin Weird" along with the tagline "Support Local Businesses." To date, there have been roughly 400,000 bumper stickers distributed by BookPeople and Waterloo Records, the originators of the bumper sticker craze. Despite the city's growth and the near-constant debate about whether Austin is truly "weird," the mantra — and shop local mentality — has remained for two plus decades and spread to other Central Texas towns. The use of bumper sticker slogans to market nearby suburbs ("Keep Round Rock Mildly Unusual" or "Pflugerville: Between a Rock and a Weird Place") can be seen on cars navigating up and down I-35. Learn More 

 OUR FAV's: South Congress Avenue, Sixth Street, The Drag” UT Campus, and This city’s gone batty

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

There's a reason Austin is often ranked one of the fittest cities in the country. From cycling and hiking, to leisurely stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking - Austin offers an abundance of outdoor activities. And with 300+ days of sunshine and an average temperature of 68 degrees, being active in Austin comes naturally. Whether it's a sunset bat cruise on Lady Bird Lake, a stroll along the Butler Hike and Bike Trail, a dip in Austin's beloved Barton Springs Pool  make sure "fun outdoors" makes it on your Austin itinerary. Explore our outdoor offerings and plan your Austin adventure today!

Austin is known for its world class live music, mouthwatering cuisine and stunning natural settings, but our golf scene is one of the city's lesser known gems. Whether you’re an experienced golfer who wants to play a premier U.S. golf course, or you're just looking to play a casual round with friends, Austin has the amenities and courses to make every golfer feel like a pro. And feel free while you’re on the course with colleagues, clients, or buddies, to act a little on the weird side. This is Austin, Y’all!

 OUR FAV's: Austin FCC Soccer, Zilker Park, Mount Bonnell, Balcones Canyonlands Reserve, Barton Creek Preserve and Nature Hike/Walk, Lake Travis Zip Lines, Miraval Wellness Spa and Resort, Austin Swimming Holes, Best Public Golfing, Barton Creek Country Club and Omni Resort, University of Texas Golf Club at Steiner Ranch, Austin Country Club and River Place Country Club

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