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The Gnome Guide to Rambling Austin

The Roaming Gnome just returned from a week gallivanting around Austin, Texas with awesome hosts Do512. While there, Do512 showed him how locals partake in rambling — hopping between the cities’ plentiful BBQ joints, mixology bars, live music venues, quirky local shops and outdoor wonders. One could ramble for eons. But since most of us don’t have eons on hand, the Roaming Gnome kindly made a guide of his favorite Austin stops in his Gnome  Guide to Rambling Austin:

1. Fill your belly with brisket at Franklin BBQ

“When Do512 said that people stand in line here for three hours, I thought it sounded like cuckoo talk. And cuckoo talk is exactly what I was doing after I passed out from deliciousness. I’m drooling all over my beard just thinking about it. -RG”
“When Do512 said that people stand in line here for three hours, I thought it sounded like cuckoo talk. And cuckoo talk is exactly what I was doing after I passed out from deliciousness. I’m drooling all over my beard just thinking about it. -RG”

2. See a sunset at Mt. Bonnell

 “If you happen to be a garden ornament like moi, get a nice lass to carry you up the 100 stairs. Promise her cuddles at the top. It’s very romantic, and frankly it’s the polite thing to do. ” - RG
“If you happen to be a garden ornament like moi, get a nice lass to carry you up the 100 stairs. Promise her cuddles at the top. It’s very romantic, and frankly it’s the polite thing to do. ” – RG

3.  Catch a flight (of beer) at Austin Beer Garden Brewery

“I don’t normally like to spend time sitting in gardens anymore, but this one has it’s very own beer AND pizza AND music. Oh and did I mention they had beer? I got a little distracted thinking about the pizza…” ― RG
“I don’t normally like to spend time sitting in gardens anymore, but this one has it’s very own beer AND pizza AND music. Oh and did I mention they had beer? I got a little distracted thinking about the pizza…” ― RG

4. See a show at Mohawk 

“I learned how to properly rock out, as they say, watching bands from their giant outdoor rooftop. They also have a giant stuffed bear. You know, for giant bear hugs.”  — RG
“I learned how to properly rock out, as they say, watching bands from their giant outdoor rooftop. They also have a giant stuffed bear. You know, for giant bear hugs.” — RG

5. Two-step your tootsies off at Continental Club

“Apparently people have been cutting rugs at this legendary club since 1957. I didn’t see any of the rugs here, but there was A LOT of dancing. And it looked like quite good fun. ” — RG
“Apparently people have been cutting rugs at this legendary club since 1957. I didn’t see any of the rugs here, but there was A LOT of dancing. And it looked like quite good fun. ” — RG

6. Take in some tunes at weekend 2 of ACL Festival

“Get there early to stake out a spot close to the stage. i managed to get right next to the amps. what’s that? no i don’t hear yelling. can’t hear a jot.” — RG
“Get there early to stake out a spot close to the stage. i managed to get right next to the amps. what’s that? no i don’t hear yelling. can’t hear a jot.” — RG

7. Meet royalty at the Cathedral of Junk

“Sigh...I could’ve gotten lost in here forever.  Fortunately the Junk King himself is always there and he knows every inch of stuff. He kindly fished me out.” – RG
“Sigh…I could’ve gotten lost in here forever. Fortunately the Junk King himself is always there and he knows every inch of stuff. He kindly fished me out.” – RG

8. Go nuts with donuts at Gourdough’s

“I was FINALLY able to cross ‘eat a donut the size of my head’ off my bucket list here. I scarfed down the Fat Elvis, which I thought was a peculiar name for a pastry, but it had peanut butter and bacon on it, so I did not ask questions.”  — RG
“I was FINALLY able to cross ‘eat a donut the size of my head’ off my bucket list here. I scarfed down the Fat Elvis, which I thought was a peculiar name for a pastry, but it had peanut butter and bacon on it, so I did not ask questions.” — RG

9. Shop for some necessities on South Congress

“Ahh...I have never seen such wonders. There were boots, funny baubles, and very dapper duds all over the place. I shopped ‘til I passed out and conked my noggin. Fortunately I had picked up this lovely helmet at Lucy In Disguise first. ” — RG
“Ahh…I have never seen such wonders. There were boots, funny baubles, and very dapper duds all over the place. I shopped ‘til I passed out and conked my noggin. Fortunately I had picked up this lovely helmet at Lucy In Disguise first. ” — RG

10. Wave to the Bats at Congress Avenue Bridge

"Whooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa... That’s the noise I made when I saw 750,000 bats come whooshing out from under the bridge. If YOU want to make that noise you just have to show up at dusk and keep your peepers peeled.” — RG
“Whooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa… That’s the noise I made when I saw 750,000 bats come whooshing out from under the bridge. If YOU want to make that noise you just have to show up at dusk and keep your peepers peeled.” — RG

To see more of the Roaming Gnome’s ramble follow him on Instagram and Twitter. To follow in his footsteps, head to Travelocity to book your own epic trip and be sure to look up his friends at Do512 while you’re there.

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