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Barbeque and Bats

Keep Austin Weird.” That’s the city’s unofficial motto, and while it means different things to different people, there’s plenty to do in Austin to fill a weekend besides the football game.


This isn’t weird, but while on campus check out the LBJ Presidential Library and visit the UT Tower. Observation deck tours are available by reservation only through the Texas Union Information Center.

After visiting campus, head south on Congress Avenue and check out the Texas State Capitol Building (1100 Congress Ave.) and the Governor’s Mansion (1010 Colorado St.). The mansion had a big fire in the summer of 2008, but it’s worth a look. Also during the day, you’ll want to check out Zilker Park, where there are hiking and biking trails around Ladybird Lake. If it’s hot outside you’ll definitely want to take a dip in Barton Springs (at Zilker Park), a natural spring fed swimming pool home to such exotic species as the Barton Springs Salamander.

Austin is famous for its nightlife, particularly the downtown area and 6th Street, and for it's live music venues. If you aren’t the partier, then you may want to catch a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse, a cinema that has full restaurant service during the movie. Also, the Esther’s Follies comedy show is hilarious.


For live music the place to go is Stubb’s. To order tickets for a show and for a complete schedule go here. Bars and clubs line popular Sixth Street in Austin between Colorado and Red River streets. The street is closed off to vehicular traffic at night on weekends and it turns into party central. Some bars to check out are Pete’s Piano Bar (421 E 6th), where for the right price you can get your school song played, and The Dizzy Rooster (306 E 6th), famous for being the site of the MTV show Real World Austin. The Aquarium (403 E 6th) is a relatively new bar.


For good eats in the area, hit El Chile for Tex-Mex, or local favorite Hyde Park Bar and Grill just north of campus. For a quick and cheap bite to eat near campus, Dirty Martin’s Hamburgers is a safe bet. A little farther afield but worth the trip is The Salt Lick BBQ out in Driftwood. It’s home to succulent, mouthwatering barbecue and is also a local favorite. If you’re dining around sunset, drive out to Lake Travis and go to the Oasis. Chuy’s is a Tex-Mex restaurant on Barton Springs Road, one of the weirdest streets in the weird city (it’s also where Jenna Bush got busted!).


See the Bats - For some unexplained reason, it’s popular to watch the bats fly at sunset from the Congress Avenue Bridge (100 Congress Ave.) over Town Lake in spring and summer months. The end of August is the best time to watch for it. Flights normally occur around 8 to 8:30 pm but could be earlier or later. For a more accurate time, call the Bat Hotline at 416-5700 ext. 3636.


David Henry