Downtown

Whether you’re looking to shop, dine, dance, or jam, Downtown Austin hits all the right notes.

Although it maintains a laid-back vibe, Downtown Austin doesn’t slow down. By day, well-dressed business folk walk with a purpose between its capitol building, towering condominium complexes, and sophisticated banks. As the sun sets, new energy emanates from Downtown’s countless bars, clubs, and music venues as live bands turn up their amps along 6th Street. Galleries, boutiques, and record stores round out this neighborhood’s harmonious repertoire. The only perk missing in Downtown? Available parking spaces.

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On the Map

Downtown is bordered by Rainey Street, Clarksville, West Campus, Old Enfield, Old West Austin, Travis Heights, Zilker, Bouldin Creek, South Lamar, University of Texas, and East Downtown

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Downtown: Nearly there now
Bergstrom International Airport: 21 minutes by cab
Zilker Park: 7 minutes by car

Texas' Capitol and America's Live Music Capital

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Maybe everything really is bigger in Texas.

USA Austin Downtown NM

Having burned down in the 1800s, Texas' state capitol was rebuilt larger than before. Austin's prominent landmark now outsizes the U.S. State Capitol.

USA Austin Downtown NM
USA Austin Downtown NM

Downtown might be big on style, sound, and spirit, but it lacks a big ego.

USA Austin Downtown NM

Instead, Austin's downtown might just be the most laid-back metropolitan city center you've ever met.

USA Austin Downtown NM

When traveling to and from Texas' state capitol, you're even free to choose a four-legged mode of transportation.

USA Austin Downtown NM
USA Austin Downtown NM

Despite its uncommonly cool demeanor, the steps of Austin's City Hall often welcome demonstrators, activists, and picketers.

USA Austin Downtown NM

Yet its benches often welcome long afternoons and sanguine conversation.

USA Austin Downtown NM
USA Austin Downtown NM

Downtown is perhaps best known for its evening entertainment options, but its museums and exhibitions promise diverse opportunities for daytime recreation.

USA Austin Downtown NM

As Downtown Austin continues to attract admirers, new high-rises dot the city's skyline. Look closely and you'll notice something.

USA Austin Downtown NM

No matter how many towers congregate in the city's center, you'll always be able to see the Capitol.

Down-to-Earth Dining In Downtown

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Like everything else in Austin, Downtown's dining scene is laid-back.

USA Austin Downtown NM
USA Austin Downtown NM

Its informality doesn't mean its cuisine is ordinary.

USA Austin Downtown NM

Downtown's food connoisseurs pay attention to detail. Here, food is an art.

USA Austin Downtown NM

Here, BBQ is a religion.

USA Austin Downtown NM

Here, the ambiance is all part of the mystique. Downtown follows a simple recipe.

USA Austin Downtown NM
USA Austin Downtown NM

Eat, drink, and make merry.

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The burgeoning Downtown scene crackles with energy, yet retains the genteel, almost timeless feel of Old Austin. Within a short stroll lies a vast array of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues, and more. Enjoy Austin fixtures such as Sweetish Hill Bakery, Amy's Ice Cream, Hut's Hamburgers, and of course, Whole Foods."

Nightlife on 6th Street: Keeping Austin Weird

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Affectionately deemed The Live Music Capital of the World, Downtown's 6th Street reverberates with bass and black keys every night of the week.

USA Austin Downtown NM
USA Austin Downtown NM

6th Street's sonic ambiance remains unparalleled.

USA Austin Downtown NM

Indoors or in the streets, treble clefts and heavy rhythms pervade Downtown's most famous strip of asphalt.

USA Austin Downtown NM

The scene never ceases to surprise.

USA Austin Downtown NM
USA Austin Downtown NM
USA Austin Downtown NM

Grab your camera.

USA Austin Downtown NM

Grab a slice.

USA Austin Downtown NM

Take a seat.

USA Austin Downtown NM
USA Austin Downtown NM
USA Austin Downtown NM

Feel the noise.

USA Austin Downtown NM

On 6th Street, revelry never goes out of style.

USA Austin Downtown NM
USA Austin Downtown NM

Just please play nicely.

Photography

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I'm a photographer & designer living in Chicago, IL. I'm passionate about cultivating a culture of well-lived life through authentic community. When I'm not creating, you can find me: exploring new cities, drinking massive amounts of coffee, digging through vintage shops, enjoying the latest restaurants, and spending time with loved ones.

Nathan Michael

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