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SXSW Tips & Tricks (To Make You Look And Feel Like A Pro!)

By | Austin, Bars, Live music, March Madness, South by Southwest Interactive Festival, SXSW

PHOTO BY MERRICK ALES SXSW is officially here and let’s be honest, it gets CRAZY in Austin! Some of you who are newer to the area may not know exactly what this ten day craze fest is all about; the best way to explain it is as a big collaboration of music, interactive media, film, conferences, and so much more. Think of SXSW as a vast industry showcase in Austin with exclusive artists and speakers from all over the world and surprise shows at various venues all packed into two weeks. We know SXSW can be daunting and pricey! So we’re here to help you become the expert! #1 Pro Tip: Don’t bother overspending on a badge or wristband! For the most part, SXSW is first-come-first-serve, meaning if a venue or bar is at capacity you will still wait in line like everyone else. There are so many events you can RSVP to, and for FREE! Unless someone is giving you a badge or wristband for free, we def recommend taking it! Regardless of how you get in, discovering artists you’ve never seen before and having a good time is the Austin way of doing things! #2 Pro Tip: Nothing is guaranteed and everything is super spontaneous and last minute! Which is why we recommend keeping up with social media accounts. Twitter and specific Instagram accounts such as @WhereWhenWhatAustin and @SXSW to get the inside scoop on last minute shows and events. #3 Pro Tip: Wear comfortable clothing and shoes!…

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11 Things To Do 11 Days Before Christmas In Austin!

By | Austin, Bars, Decoration, Food, Holiday Season, Uncategorized

Your presents are wrapped, you’ve trimmed your tree and stuffed your stockings (and your face, oops). Now it’s time to get festive and spread that holiday cheer! We’ve asked around and collected our favorite places to spend the remaining days of December while waiting for the countdown to Christmas. Where to Watch Your Favorite Christmas Movies Image source 1. Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz Nothing brings back Christmas memories like classic Christmas movies. Lucky for us, we have the Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz! Located on 6th street, this is the perfect place for a date night or a fun time with friends. This theatre features movie parties including Christmas favorites like Elf and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. What’s a movie party you might say? Think props, contest, interactive fun, and a snowball throwing party?! Count. Us. In! Check out the times and dates that this is going on before it’s too late via the link above! 2. Holiday Films at the Paramount Catch the classic Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the historic Paramount theatre on 6th Street, December 17th on 35 mm film for that old time feeling! There are also other holiday events here such as Christmas on Congress this Friday and Bruce and Kelly’s Annual Holiday Shindig on Saturday. Bound to warm your heart and bring in that holiday cheer! Where to Drink in Christmas Spirit Image Source 3. Miracle on 5th Street at the Eleanor This magical pop-up bar is truly a gem, and we are so excited that…

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The Best Hidden Bars In Austin

By | Austin, Bars

Did you ever wish you could live in the 1920’s during the Prohibition era and walk into a Speakeasy where you could drink in secret? Well you’re about to experience what it’s like to time travel, because Austin has some of the coolest hidden bars and speakeasy’s we’ve ever seen. These places are super exclusive and intimate. Some of them require a password or a code to get into which is what makes them unique. Get away from the crowds on Sixth Street and add these hidden gems to your Austin bucket list! Floppy Disk Repair Co. Don’t let the name fool you. What looks to be a place to get computer hardware fixed, turns out is one of our favorite secret spots. This hidden bar is right beside the infamous Handlebar (bar featuring a rooftop with fun games, photobooth, and a see-saw!) on the corner of 5th and Brazos. The only catch is how to get in. This place it kept a secret because they change the code to get in every week, and you can usually only get it through a friend of a friend. Walk into an intimate setting through beaded curtains and be greeted by the doorman. There’s also a red neon sign (snap a quick picture for the gram) that says “MMM… your hair smells pretty.” The drinks are amazing, the swing seats rock, and the intimate setting is unbeatable. Garage Bar Ever want to grab a street in a parking garage? Well in this Austin favorite, you can actually make that dream…

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Best Happy Hour In Austin!!

By | Austin, Bars

Here at Smart City our favorite time of day is most def HAPPY HOUR!! Seriously, sometimes our only reason for getting out of bed is a great happy hour deal, because why not eat and drink more for less?!?! Here are some of our favorite happy hour spots to check out in Austin if you’re ballin’ on a budget! THE PEACHED TORTILLA Happy Hour: Everyday 5-7pm The Peached Tortilla is a super casual restaurant with retro flair known for their banh mi tacos and other Asian-fusion fare. During happy hour they have hella deals: $3 tacos, $5 wine, $5 cocktails, $5 beer, and a menu of $5 snacks including crispy fries with an egg (so delish), kimchi arancini balls, and charred Brussels sprouts! The best thing about this place is that their happy hour is every single day of the week and they also have a badass brunch on Sunday from 10:30am-2:30pm. If you love Bloody Marys try their Wasabi Mary because seriously, it slays. TRUDY’S Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 2-7pm plus daily drink specials An Austin original since 1977, Trudy’s is a unique Tex-Mex restaurant that serves fresh and local Tex-Mex fare. They have 4 locations in Austin so chances are, you are somewhat close to one of them! Their happy hour includes $2.50 bottle beers, $3.50 draft beers, $3.50 house margs, $6.50 house Mexican martinis, $7.50 Cazadores Silver Mexican martinis, and $4.50 Deep Eddy Flight. They also have a different drink special every day, so go ahead and get your drank…

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The 4 Best Dive Bars In Austin

By | Austin, Bars

Sometimes, it’s fun to just throw on an ugly sweatshirt and treat yourself to a drink at a bar where no one knows you. And what better place to do that at than at a dive bar. They’re dark, smoky and illuminated by a string of Christmas lights. Austin has some of the best bars in Texas so why not check out the dive bars as well? Here are our 4 favorite dive bars in Austin! G&S Lounge in South Austin This place is a serious dive. From the outside, the neighborhood bar looks like it closed down years ago. Once you’re inside, it’s a little more inviting. It’s well stocked with a great selection of liquor and an even better selection of beers, both on tap and in the bottle. This is the place to be if you want to dive head first into the dive bar scene. You’ll probably even run into some dogs who roam the area. FUN! Hard Luck Lounge in East Austin Even though the east side neighborhoods of Austin are rapidly changing, Hard Luck has still managed to remain a dive bar in the area. We love to grab a beer and enjoy the backyard been garden when they have live music. This place is seriously divey because they basically have a juke box and a pool table and that’s it. Ego’s in SoCo If you’re near downtown, stumbling over to Ego’s might be a good option on a Friday night. Ego’s is located…

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