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“Austin, where nobody’s too good and everyone’s good enough.”
-Roy Spence, Austin Resident

Welcome to Austin, where the spirit of the Wild West finds the warm welcome of Texan hospitality. At Tecovas, we’re proud to call Austin home and we invite you to explore some of our city’s iconic hangouts and discover hidden gems. From our very own Tecovas Austinites, here are but a few of our favorite spots.

Favorite Lunch or Dinner Spot: Terry Black’s BBQ

Originally hailing from just outside of Austin, in Lockhart, TX, the Blacks hold a spot on the Mt. Rushmore of Texas barbecue families, and that generational knowledge is the cornerstone of their flagship restaurant, located in the heart of Austin’s southern shore. We love this spot for both lunch and dinner because it embodies the essence of authentic Texas barbecue. Their smoked brisket flavorful and tender, and their classic sides such as sweet corn and good ol’ mac-n-cheese are heavenly. Plus, the lively atmosphere and friendly staff create an unforgettable dining experience.

Tip: If there’s a line, don’t worry — it moves pretty quickly.

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Favorite Western Bar: Broken Spoke

Founded by James and Annetta White in 1964, this iconic honky-tonk exudes the timeless charm of a Western dance hall. And while the surrounding neighborhood on South Lamar Blvd has changed greatly, The Spoke remains authentically the same. With its rustic decor and live country music, it’s a haven for two-stepping enthusiasts and music lovers alike.

Tip: They are known for their “no line dancing” rule and Mrs. White had been known to enforce it.

Great Late-Night Spot: Armadillo Den

This is a newer but beloved spot known for its relaxed outdoor atmosphere and ‘murderers’ row’ of food trucks. Nestled in the up-and-coming South Austin neighborhood and bar strip locally known as Manslaughter — named after the intersection of Menchaca and Slaughter roads — it offers a perfect blend of Texas charm and modern vibes. Enjoy nightly live music, craft cocktails, and mouth-watering food while soaking in the vibrant hum of the local scene.

Something No Other City Has: Barton Springs

A natural spring at the heart of Zilker Park, Barton Springs offers a refreshing escape from the city’s heat. Naturally fed, the water stays at a consistently cool 68 degrees year-round and is open through our mild Texas winters. Lush surroundings and its sloped lawns make it a popular spot for swimming, picnicking, and sunbathing in any season.

Tip: Don’t be alarmed by topless sunbathers. It’s totally legal in Austin.

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Favorite place to show off your boots: Concert Venues — all of ‘em!

There’s no better place to step out in boots than the Live Music Capital of the World. Whatever genre gets your feet tapping, our boots will make a statement anywhere you take them.

Tip: Looking for live music? Head to Red River Street between 6th and 11th, which includes iconic venues Stubb’s and The Mohawk. Walk till you hear something good, then buy a ticket at the door.

Speaking of Venues, Favorite Place to Listen to Live Music: The Continental Club

This iconic Blues and Country Music club in the heart of SoCo first opened its doors in 1955. To step inside is to step into a time machine. Many iconic acts have graced its stage including Stevie Ray Vaughn and Joe Ely, and it remains a great place to discover local up-and-coming and veteran artists alike.

Favorite Day Off Activities: Going Out for a Hike

Boasting trails both downtown and through its more verdant outskirts, Austin is best taken in on foot. From the rugged terrain of the Barton Creek Greenbelt to the tranquil paths along the Barton Springs, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country while enjoying breathtaking views of the city’s skyline.

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Additional Places You Love That are Unique to Your City: Rainey Street

This vibrant and eclectic neighborhood is known for its unique blend of historic bungalows turned into lively bars and eateries. Laid back during the day with more of a party atmosphere at night, it has become a focal point of Austin nightlife. Whether you’re savoring gourmet food truck fare, enjoying live music, or simply people-watching in the crowd — if you’re looking for fun on a Saturday night, few hot spots come close to Rainey Street.

Other Austin Spots to Check Out:

  1. Sagebrush
  2. Lady Bird Lake
  3. The White Horse
  4. C-Boys Heart and Soul
  5. Sam’s Town Point
  6. Cisco’s
  7. Micklethwait BBQ
  8. Bullock Museum
  9. The Domain
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A Day Out in ATX:

  1. Start with coffee at Jo’s on South Congress Ave (SoCo), an iconic spot and home to our famous “I Love You So Much” mural.
  2. Head down to Lady Bird Lake and enjoy a leisurely stroll where nature meets our ever-growing skyline.
  3. SoCo for brunch at Magnolia Cafe. If you recognize the booths and queso it’s because they were featured in the movie Boyhood.

Make your way down to Tecovas Flagship Store after brunch for a cold beverage and new boots!

  1. Shop around some of the other great stores on South Congress.
  2. Stop in for dinner at Perla’s for seafood or Aba if you’re in the mood for Mediterranean.
  3. Finish off the day with ice cream at Amy’s to fix that sweet tooth! They make a mean root beer float.