With our Membersy HQ located in the heart of Downtown Austin, it only made sense to round up a list of all of our employees’ favorite spots around town. Whether you’re visiting for the weekend or live here year-round, these recommendations are sure to show you a little piece of what Austin has to offer.
Austin is known as The Live Music Capital of the World, but that’s just the beginning. Home to unique attractions, world-class museums, and the motto “Keep Austin Weird”, Texas’ capital city is a must-visit. Whether you’re looking for beautiful sunset views of the skyline or a margarita downtown, we’ve got you covered with a comprehensive list of some of our Austin favorites.
While Austin may be most famous for its live music, its love of food runs deep. The food scene in Austin has exploded in the last decade, becoming one of the trendiest destinations in the culinary world.
No matter what your brunch vibe is, Austin has got you covered.
Counter Cafe, a unique 21st-century American diner, is focused on serving the finest of fresh, local and organic food in a familiar diner setting.
“Go Texan and try the quail and eggs!”-Laura Granfortuna, Front-End developer
For a boozy mimosa brunch downtown, check out Caroline (where you can also get drinks at their rooftop bar– Upstairs at Caroline!) or for a more relaxed, laid-back feel, check out Buzz Mill, a community-driven brand that also serves coffee and beer and has a great outdoor seating area.
If a family-friendly, full-service restaurant and bar with “something for everyone” is what you’re looking for, head over to Waterloo Ice House– it’s been an Austin staple since 1976!
You may get overwhelmed with Austin’s endless restaurant scene, but not to worry, the team at Membersy has narrowed down our top spots to grab a bite after a long day walking the city or before going out to a show.
When asked his favorites, Tracy Swanson, our VP of Partner Success, narrowed it down to:
“Polvos Enchiladas, Wu Chow Soup Dumplings, and Home Slice Pizza”
Polvos is famous for its salsa bar and authentic Mexican food, while Wu Chow brings you a taste of authentic, farm-fresh, yet modern Chinese food (with dim sum service on Sundays). Home Slice Pizza, located on South Congress, is an independent neighborhood pizza joint that serves authentic NY-style pizza by the pie or the slice and judging by the lunchtime crowds, it’s definitely a crowd favorite. Also on South Congress, Lucky Robot is a neighborhood Japanese kitchen with an incredible aesthetic, outdoor patio, and even better food.
For a taste of old Italy, Sammie’s Italian is your place and their lasagne is a Membersy favorite!
If an all-day Mediterranean buffet is calling your name, Dimassi’s Mediterranean Buffet offers vegan and gluten-free options with 17 locations across town.
And with two locations in Austin, you’ll definitely want to check out Fresa’s. They’ve got wood-grilled Mexican food, cocktails, and more in a colorful space with a patio and takeaway window.
“The power bowl is to die for”
-Ashton Parkey, Sr. Graphic Designer
Casa Colombia is a popular and colorful Colombian eatery with a patio offering traditional meat & fish in a laid-back setting. And last but not least, at 888 Pan Asian Restaurant, you’ll find all things Asian from pho to pad thai, plus a buffet.
You’re in Austin, which means you can’t leave without trying out one of our favorite taco spots. Everyone’s preferences are different, so you’ll have to find your personal favorite, but here are some of our favorites:
Drinks & Nightlife
Were you even in Austin if you didn’t grab a spicy marg from Matt’s El Rancho or a beer downtown on Rainey St.? The nightlife downtown is unmatched, with something for everyone.
Our favorites here at Membersy include:
- Kinda Tropical
- Lavaca Street Bar
- Cheer Up Charlie’s
- Hotel Vegas
- The Tipsy Alchemist
- Mean Eyed Cat
- Little Woodrow’s
- Armadillo Den
We are The Live Music Capital of the World, after all.
Antone’s and Stubbs BBQ Amphitheater are a couple of the more well-known venues, but Austin’s music scene has so much to offer. C-Boy’s Heart & Soul is a good spot for blues, soul and funk, while Hotel Vegas offers a mix of local bands. Sahara Lounge is a top pick for Latin and African music and Emo’s Austin got its start as a punk club in 1992 but is now home to up-and-coming alternative bands with two stages joined by a beer garden.
Austin is a very active, outdoorsy city which means the options for outdoor activities are endless. Mount Bonnell is one of the most popular overlooks in Austin, with beautiful views and just a short walk up to the top. Or, you can visit the Oasis at Lake Travis if you’d like dinner or drinks with your view.
If a casual stroll or jog around town is what you’re looking for, the Ann and Roy Butler Trail is the place to start. You’ll get amazing views of the Austin skyline while being immersed in nature– it’ll be hard to believe you’re in the heart of a big city. You can also check out Zilker Park’s 360 acres of publicly owned land, complete with picnic facilities, bike and canoe rentals, a disc golf course, playgrounds, and the Barton Springs Pool. On Sundays from 10-2, the Mueller Park Farmer’s Market is open and it’s a great place to enjoy local eats and spend some time outdoors.
The bats at Congress Bridge attract thousands of visitors each year. Starting in late March and continuing through early fall, nearly 1.5 million bats emerge from underneath the bridge after the sun sets.
Pennybacker Bridge is also worth checking out while you’re here– park on the street right below and take an incredibly short trail up to a beautiful view of the Colorado River and the Austin 360 Bridge.
Can’t fit all of this into one trip? You’ll have to come back again soon!