Dawson

Good mornings, good afternoons, and good evenings are common in this low-key neighborhood.

Dawson exudes a quiet sort of cool. While its northern neighbor (SoCo) throws all-night parties, Dawson knows that its mellow dive bars and laid-back lounges will always attract admirers. This charismatic residential neighborhood is peppered with friendly local businesses buoyed by a tight-knit community. Across the lake from Downtown, St. Edwards University borders Dawson and contributes a youthful glow to this already charming neighborhood.

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On the Map

Dawson is bordered by South First, South Congress, Galindo, Travis Heights, St. Edwards, Bouldin Creek, South Manchaca, East Congress, and West Congress

  • Public transit is Difficult
  • Having a car is Easy

Bergstrom International Airport: 17 minutes by cab
Downtown: 5-7 minutes by car
Zilker Park: 5-7 minutes by car

SoCo's Supremely Laid-Back Neighbor

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Residents feel right-at-home in Dawson.

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They feel right-at-home on porches.

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On motorcycles.

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In parking lots.

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On stage.

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Dawson's modest residences reflect the laid-back attitudes of its populace.

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The neighborhood is so effortlessly cool, people can't help but be drawn to Dawson.

Homegrown and Handmade In Dawson

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Dawson exhibits the same passion for jubilant eclecticism as its well-known neighbor, South Congress.

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In Dawson, color saturates every surface and patio seating comes standard.

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Dawson nurtures its homegrown attitudes through its various local businesses.

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The neighborhood has its own garden center.

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A barber shop where you're addressed by name.

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Tattoo artists who transform skin into canvases.

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The neighborhood also boasts its own boutiques.

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Most delectably of all, Torchy's Taco's makes its home in Dawson.

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Torchy's Tacos are an Austin delicacy.

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They demand a taste test.

Dawson's Nightlife: An Alternative to the Alternative

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Tired from the thrill of 6th Street and SoCo?

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Gather around the pool table to chill in Dawson.

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The neighborhood's nightlife scene is recognized for its exceptionally easygoing atmosphere.

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Take a rest and have a drink.

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The next round's on us.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Austin native Mandy Harris started framing picturesque settings when she was just nine. Though she’s enjoyed photographing the Colorado Rocky Mountains and beaches of Mexico, she’s found her greatest joy capturing interior and exterior design. She divides her time between Airbnb and AL Collective, an Austin-based wedding and portrait studio. Thanks to the Neighborhoods Project, Mandy explored her hometown in a new light.

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