The Texas State capitol also doubles as a pretty perfect bachelorette weekend destination. Southern specialties, incredible live music and endless places to both party and relax make Austin an ideal locale for your last fling before the ring. Check out our favorite recommendations for a bachelorette weekend spent in the River City. Just remember to “Keep Austin Weird.”
Where to stay: Austin is a big city, with a long list of options for lodging. If you want a different spin on a hotel experience, try the Hotel Saint Cecilia. It’s not cheap, but the experience is excellent with suites that include wraparound porches. The 50-foot pool allows you to get some sun and spend some time relaxing, too. Located in the South Congress District, you won’t have to go far to enjoy some of Austin’s best food and drink. Depending on the type of vibe you’re looking for, Austin’s many neighborhoods offer plentiful options for renting a house or apartment, too. East Downtown, South Congress and South Lamar are among the many 'hoods that provide an authentic Austin experience.
Where to eat: For brunch, the South Congress Café offers one of Austin’s best bloody marys and a number of unique dishes, like specialty eggs benedict (choose between crab cakes or steak) and carrot cake french toast. One of our favorite lunch spots in the city is the Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill. Grab a tasty cocktail — Southern specialties like a sazerac or a good old fashioned — out on the patio of this historic former home (they also have a great Sunday brunch). For diner, Second Bar + Kitchen will have you trying some creative comfort food, like wood-fired pizzas with pork belly or buffalo chicken and exciting shareables like veal meatballs arrabbiata. They’ve also got some great dessert and a stunning selection of cocktails and spirits.
What to do: If your group is up for a little bit of activity, Austin has many bike and walking tours that can double as a way to burn some cals from the days and nights of drinking and eating and learning a bit about the Austin’s culture and history. For some time on the water, consider booking a boat rental for a cruise around Lake Travis. And as long as the weather allows, why not eschew a sit-down lunch and plan a picnic near Barton Springs Pool?
Where to party: Austin’s party scene has something for absolutely every taste. Looking for a good dive bar? Barfly’s in North Loop offers good cheap beer, while the nearby Carousel Lounge is a circus-themed haunt with live music. If dancing and cocktails is more your scene, Red Fez in the Warehouse District has you covered. And Austin is certainly known for its live music scene, as they don’t refer to it as the “Live Musical Capital of the World” for nothing. The open-air Cedar Street Courtyard is a great laid-back option, while Antone’s or Emo’s are sure to get you rocking.