Last month I took a trip to Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest (SXSW) film, technology and music event that started in 1987.
Being more of an electronic dance music kind of girl, I have wanted to broaden my horizons and where better to learn about some new bands in the Live Music Capital of the World!
I was also curious to see Austin, my Mum and I had a trip planned back in 1996 to see my sister Polly who was at university there for a term. Unfortunately, we had to cancel the trip at the last minute as our Grandpa was unwell.
This city has a magnetic charm. I loved the wooden architectures built during the Victorian times. The warm climate lends itself to outdoor seating on the veranda that us Brits associate with scenes from old school American movies.
Sadly many of the old style buildings are being demolished and replaced by modern high rise apartment buildings. Austin is the US’s fastest growing city, and its a young city, the average age is 32 years old.
We ventured into The Broken Spoke which opened in 1964 and survived demolition. It still stands proudly despite being somewhat dwarfed by the surrounding architecture. This is a must see if you ever visit Austin!
Listening to music fills the soul as does great food and there is no shortage of that in Austin. I tried my first Texan BBQ at Rudy’s which is a meat feast served in crates, you make your own picnic style table and eat off the plastic table sheets. Its a glutonous fun and delicious experience!
I came home, exhausted, a few pounds heavier and hoping to return again someday.
The Chic Seeker Recommends:
Staying in East Austin in the most adorable Mexican inspired AirBnb
Eat delicious Mexican at Licha’s Cantina
The Continental Club for live music, they’ve been rocking since 1955
Live music and friendly staff at Stay Gold
Shangri-La great outdoor patio and fun party atmosphere
Go native and buy some cowboy boots at Allens Boots
Buy something extraordinary at Uncommon Objects
Historic Landmark, Guero’s Taco Bar