The City: Neighborhood by Neighborhood

Explore Austin by Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods are like people, they each have their own unique personality and vibe. There is something to love about every neighborhood in the city but when you are planning a night out with your friends, moving to town or visiting from out of town, you want to find the place that fits you best.

Start here and the rest is up to you.

Neighborhood “dating profiles” for each major neighborhood including Dirty 6th, West 6th, East 6th, Red River, Rainey, S Congress, Burnet Rd, S 1st, Cesar Chavez and Barton Springs Rd.

Dirty 6th St

Dirty 6th: Downtown. I-35 to Congress. Famous bar area where the streets close every Thurs.-Sun.

Don’t Miss: Just walk around and follow the sounds of live music coming from various bars, Midnight Cowboy, Driskill Hotel , Firehouse Saloon, comedy at Vulcan Gas Company, Burgers at Casino El Camino, VooDoo Doughnuts, ride the bull at Buck Wild

Superlative: Most likely to get married in Vegas

What to expect: Stiff drinks, loud music, crowds and debauchery

Vibe: Party Party Party

Places to visit: Casino El Camino, Esther’s Follie, Vulcan Gas Company, Blind Pig Pub, The Library Bar, Shakespeares, Firehouse Hostel Lounge

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East 6th Street

Neighborhood/District: Main entertainment area in East Austin. East of I 35 to Chicon. More quirky cousin to Dirty 6th. There are three sections of activity on 6th Street. Dirty 6th is downtown where the streets are blocked off, E 6th St runs from I 35 to Chicon St on the East Side and West 6th St Guadalupe St to S Lamar on the West side of Downtown.

Don’t Miss: Il Brutto, Hotel Vegas and Volstead, Buenos Aires, Tacos Juanita, White Horse, Whistlers and The Liberty

Superlative: Most likely to have a tattoo

Blurb of what to expect: This is the place to come if you are cool, think you are cool or want to be cool, very vibey if you know where to go, adventure around every corner, alley and back entrance

Vibe: Dark N’Stormy

Places to Visit: The Liberty (East Side Kings), Shangri La, Latchkey, Licha’s, Whistlers, White Horse, Volstead, Hotel Vegas, Lazarus, Fukumoto

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West 6th Street

Neighborhood/District in West Downtown Austin: Third main entertainment areas on 6th Street. There are three sections of activity on 6th Street. Dirty 6th is downtown where the streets are blocked off, E 6th St runs from I 35 to Chicon St on the East Side and West 6th St Guadalupe St to S Lamar on the West side of Downtown.

Don’t Miss: Football games at Little Woodrows, Rustic Tap,  Parlor and Yard, Qi, Sammie’s, Dirty Bill’s and Ten Ten

Superlative: Best Looking

Blurb about what to expect: Best place in the city for watching sports, places to gather with friends, it’s a bit of a more homogenous crowd but if you were in a fraternity or sorority or liked to attend their parties, this is the place for you

Vibe: Yuppy

Places to visit: Rustic Tap, Bufords, Little Woodrows, Dirty Bills, Dogwood, Greenlight Social, Bull and Bowl, Parlor and Yard

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Far West 6th Street

Neighborhood/ District West Austin:  West 6th from Lamar Blvd and West 5th St from Lamar Blvd to W Lynn St. Just across S Lamar. More upscale and calmer section of W 6th St

Don’t Miss: Better Half, Clark’s Oyster Bar, Waterloo Records, Bar Peached, Night Cap, Love Cycling, Black Swan Yoga, Swedish Hill and Lins Asian Bar and Dim Sum

Superlative: Most likely to be a cool aunt

What to expect: Cocktails, garden tables, happy hour, dim sum, yoga, arty Galleries 

Vibe: Casual Friday all day every day

Places to Visit: Waterloo Records, Clark’s Oyster Bar, Swedish Hill Bakery, Peached Tortilla, Night Cap, Lin’s Noodle Bar, Love Cycling, Workman Gallery, West Chelsea Contemporary, Outdoor Voices

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East Cesar Chavez Street

Neighborhood/District in East Austin, Related to Holly Neighborhood, Govalle Neighborhood.  East. Cesar Chavez is a main thoroughfare that runs across most of East Austin and through Downtown. For the purposes of this description, the parameters are I-35 east to Shady Lane just before the 183 entrance ramp. E Cesar Chavez feeds neighborhoods such as Holly and Govalle and runs parallel with the entertainment center E 6th St. Walking Distance to Lady Bird Lake and Butler Hike and Bike trail.

Don’t Miss: Juan in a Million, Lou’s, Central Machine Works, Justine’s, De Nada, Las Trancas and Long Play

Superlative: Most likely to own your own business

Blurb of what to expect: New bars and restaurants are popping up, definitely some fun bars and brunch spots, but it’s really all about the people, come see some of Austin’s remaining Authentic neighborhoods

Vibe: Old School Meets New School

Places to visit: Las Trancas, Something Cool Studios, Buckets, La Barbeque, Cycleast, Flat Track, Lou’s, Drinks, Long Play, High Noon, Black Swan Yoga, Central Machine Works, Sawyer and Co, Jacoby’s, Blue Owl

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Red River Cultural District

Neighborhood/District in Downtown Austin: Music and entertainment District. Related to Waller Creek park district, Waterloo Park. Perpendicular to Dirty 6th

Don’t Miss: Moody Amphitheater, Waterloo Park, Mohawk’s, Barberella’s, Empire Control Room and Stubb’s Amphitheatre.

Superlative: Most likely to be featured on VH1’s where are they now

Blurb of what to expect: The cultural capital of Austin as they say, a variety of live music venues and dive bars, this is the place to come if you want to let your freak flag fly

Vibe: A little bit Rock N’Roll

Places to Visit: Cheer Up Charlies, Barberellas, Empire Control Room, Mohawk, Stubbs Amphitheatre, Swan Dive, Valhallas, Side Bar

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Rainey Street

Superlative: Most Mischievous

Blurb about what to expect: Day parties, lots of dancing, upbeat music and bar hopping, definitely options for both the young at heart and wild n’crazy, something for everyone who wants to feel the good vibes

Vibe: Live your Best Life

Places to Visit: idle Hands, Bangers, Icenhauers, Lustre Pearl, Emmer and Rye, Bangers

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2nd Street District

Neighborhood/District:Downtown Austin, restaurants and shopping,  North to South 3rd Street to Cesar Chavez St and East to West Colorado Street to Nueces

Don’t Miss: Violet Crown Cinema, ACL Live, Lamberts and Ride Fitness

Superlative: Most likely to be a food blogger

Blurb of what to expect: Great street scene at night and beautiful during the day, stocked full of sidewalk patios, cool restaurants, shops and anchored by the Moody Theater (ACL Live), don’t forget to get your picture taken with the Willie statue

Vibe: Good energy, great for people watching and low key all at the same time

Places to visit: Violet Crown Cinema, ACL Live, Lamberts, The Well, La Condesa, North Italia, Bar, Eliza Page, Hemline and Jo’s Coffee

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South Congress Avenue

Neighborhood/District in South Austin:  Runs North to South beginning Downtown and across he Congress Street Bridge (Famous for Capitol Building views and bats). Main section of activity from the lake north to Oltorf.

Don’t Miss: Continental Club, Amy’s Ice Cream, Allen’s Boots, Perla’s, Music Lane Shopping, Home Slice Pizza and C Boys

Superlative: Most Popular

Blurb about what to expect: Some old school gems, high end shopping, tchotchkes, trendy, leans a bit more touristy but still popular with the locals, most authentic Austin music venues (Continental Club and C Boys)

Vibe: A little bit Boujee

Places to Visit: South Congress Hotel, Perla’s, San Jose Hotel, Two Hands, Guero’s, Neighborhood Sushi, Continental Club, C Boys, Allan’s Boots, Meteor Cafe

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South Lamar Boulevard

Neighborhood/District South Austin: North South started at Lady Bird Lake. Most activity happens between Barton Springs Rd and Ben White. One main center is Lamar Union and the immediate surrounding area. South Lamar connects to both South Congress and South 1st Street via W Mary St and Oltorf St

Don’t Miss:  Matt’s El Rancho, Cedar Tavern and Eberly, Gibson Street, Alamo Drafthouse, Soto, Merit Coffee, Summer Moon, Uchi and Odd Duck

Superlative: Most Likely to run for president

What to expect: High traffic thoroughfare, boutique movie theater, fine dining, sushi, cocktails, brunch and live music

Vibe: Upbeat, a little more sophisticated, fun and practical

Places to visit: Gibson Street Bar, Alamo Drafthouse, Merit Coffee, Bouldin Acres, Golden Goose, Opa, Black Sheep Lodge, Cedar Tavern, Eberly, Odd Duck, Uchi, Ramen Tatsuya, Loro, Patika, East Side Kings, Broken Spoke, Saxon Pub and Tiki Tatsuya

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What: Neighborhood/District in South Austin: Runs North and South. Parallel to Lamar and S Congress. Main activity areas between Oltorf and Riverside. Surrounded by Bouldin Creek neighborhood. Monroe, Mary and Annie are direct Conduits to S Congress. Mary will take you directly to a main activity hub on S Lamar as well. 

Don’t Miss: Greetings from Austin Mural, El Primo, Polvo’s and Bouldin Creek Cafe

Superlative: Most LIkely to have an instagram for your dog

Blur what to expect: Probably one of Austin’s quintessential streets, mix of mexican bakeries, popular restaurants, art galleries and shops, perfect for getting a little walking in and see what adventures you can find

Vibe: Laid Back

Places to visit: G’s Deli, Soup Peddler, Juiceland, Once Over, Bouldin Creek Cafe, Frond Plant Shop, Practice Yoga Church, Phoebe’s Diner, Polvos, Summer Moon, El Primo

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Burnet Road

Burnet Rd: Central, North. Runs through several different neighborhoods, Rosedale, Brentwood, Allandale and Crestview. Runs North and South, beginning at 45th st on the west side of Austin

Don’t Miss:  Top Notch, Citizen Eatery, Bufalina Due,  McGuire’s Clock, Magic Caravan, Top Drawer Thrift,  Little Longhorn Saloon, LaLa’s Little Nugget, Pinthouse Pizza and T loc Sonora hot Dogs

Superlative: Most likely to have a pinterest

Blurb of what to expect: Take a few hours and wander from unique specialty shops for design, clothing and more, plenty of places to eat and drink in between

Vibe: Strive to be different

Places to Visit: Pinthouse Pizza, Citizen Eatery, A Town, Pacha, Upper Crust Bakery, Old Thousand II, Picnik, Top Drawer Thrift, T Loc’s Sonora, Mcguires Clocks, Magic Caravan, Austin Camera and Imaging, Austin Stereo

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Barton Springs Road

Neighborhood/District: South Austin, Runs East West from S 1st street to Mopac; a good blend of outdoor activity and entertainment as parks, restaurants and bars highlight the area

Don’t Miss: Lous, Chuy’s, Barton Springs Saloon, Peter Pan Mini Golf, Zilker Park, Barton Springs, Terry Blacks Barbeque

Superlative: Most likely to own a frisbee

Blurb of what to expect: Many outdoor oriented restaurants and bars, the road to Zilker Park, plenty of places to pre-game for the variety of activities throughout the year including ACL, but also a fun place to grab a drink on a sunny day

Vibe: Do it for the gram

Places to Visit: Lou’s, Food Trucks, Juiceland, Zilker Park, Barton Springs Saloon, Austin Eastciders, Chuy’s

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