Welcome to Austin!

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As a rideshare driver and a 7 year resident, I often get asked for my personal recommendations on what to do/see/eat/drink in ATX. And the answer is... well, there's a LOT of stuff I recommend. And because restaurants will often close before you've even realized they were open, there are dozens of event choices each night, and alcohol is pretty much the currency of choice here... well, googling "best of" lists can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. The lists go out of date quickly and sometimes leave off local favorites in lieu of popular newcomers. So if the perspective of a singular local is what you're after, welcome!

https://www.google.com/maps/placelists/list/1g3CgAeINe4RhbhblvRO1W0EqLrs - works best on mobile. On a computer it separates the map into multiple pages. MAKE SURE to open in google maps, not in your web browser. 

A quick and dirty guide to Austin:

1. Plan to wait. Restaurants, bars, events- they have lines. You will be all the better for taking 10 minutes to call ahead to a few restaurants to see what you're in for. If you're going to Franklin's, plan to get there at 8 AM. But honestly, people are waiting because there's (usually) something worth waiting for. There's probably a Juiceland on the way to wherever you're going. Stop and grab a fresh juice to tide you over while you wait.

2. Because we're a city that believes drinking on a Tuesday afternoon is completely normal, you'll see alcohol pretty much everywhere you go. Just remember that you can't buy liquor on Sundays, or Mon-Sat after 9 PM. Last call at the bars is 2 AM, and TABC can fuck a restaurants life up if they catch them breaking any of these rules, so be nice to your bartender when they tell you bottom's up at 1:59. 

3. There's a lot of outdoorsy stuff to do. If the weather is nice, get out and enjoy it!

4. If you don't indulge in some BBQ, a breakfast taco, and some quality Tex Mex, you're doing it all wrong.