Austin, Texas it is for the South By Southwest 2014 indie extravaganza kicking off in the beginning of March. Austin has tons of energy, great school spirit at University of Texas, culture, restaurants, bars, and fun. Here is a short primer to get you oriented.
First stop in Austin before South by Southwest, is the big red boot on S. Congress, and the iconic Allens Boots. It is the place to gear up with new cowboy (Or, cowgirl, as the case may be) boots and a big, new cowboy hat. The selection is mind-boggling, do not be in a rush. You will need plenty of time to choose. Next stop, and a slightly Off the Beaten Path suggestion for a music festival, but don't miss the LBJ Museum. It is not a bore. Admission is free, and you will find the exhibits really interesting and well-done. Particularly special are the phone booths, where you can listen to LBJ's calls with a variety of people, like the Kennedys and Martin Luther King. There is a full reproduction of the Oval Office. Also, fascinating and somewhat odd, the large talking replica of LBJ. American kitsch.
Now that you have worked up an appetite, head over to the restored 6th Street area where in on Friday and Saturday nights car traffic is restricted. There are many stops with live music, apropos to the "Live Music Capital of the World," dinner and many bars with many drinks. A couple new recommended Austin restaurants include Jezebel's, Arro and Swifts Attic, to name a few. At Jezebel, there is no menu, and the servers talk to the diners to determine their preferences, then a meal is created based on the ingredients on hand. Jackets required, only 8 tables. Enjoy the evening! Arro, French with profiteroles, what else is there to say? The weekday happy hour is a bargain. Swifts Attic is downtown on Congress, and is a tapas restaurant with a lively atmosphere in the heart of the downtown. For late, late night, give Justine's Brasserie a try, you will like the scene. Just leave some time for South by Southwest.
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