Are you planning a weekend getaway with your gal pals but can’t decide where to fête? Look no further than funky, festive and soul-filled Austin, Texas. The weather is almost always nice and the plethora of bustling bars and live music make it a great spot for a weekend of cocktailing and catching up. The food scene in Austin is booming right now, so whether your preference is gooey queso or BBQ-drenched brisket, there’s sure to be some amazing food to dazzle your taste buds. It’s a beautiful, walkable city offering everything from busy exploration to total relaxation. Ya’ll will come for a weekend and have your next trip back booked before you leave, so gather your gals and follow our guide for a perfect girl’s getaway to Austin!
Where to Stay
The Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, located near Lady Bird Lake and steps from historic Rainey Street, is the ideal home base for a weekend away. The chic, design-forward property boasts an incredibly welcoming vibe. The Van Zandt’s fun lobby music alone will put you in a great mood from the moment you step through the door. The restaurant, Geraldine’s, serves up some delicious small plates, perfect for sharing with friends before you hit the town, and awesome live music 365 days a year. Sunny day? Take a dip in the rooftop pool while soaking in the Austin city skyline. The complimentary happy hour is a huge bonus!
What to Do
Tour the murals: A city of artists, Austin is peppered with brilliant murals. The colorful, creative artwork is brilliant to admire and makes the perfect backdrop for a group selfie.
Get inked: Austin has some of the finest tattoo parlors, many of which welcome walk-in visitors. Do it while you have your ladies there for support!
See the bats: From March to October, millions of Mexican free-tailed bats congregate under the Congress Avenue Bridge. They come out in swarms around sunset to feed, and they put on quite a show for onlookers.
Relax at Viva Day Spa: With a few locations around town, this spa lets you sip white wine with the girls while you unwind, then enjoy one of the best massages of your life!
Where to Drink
Midnight Cowboy: You’ll need a reservation and a keen eye to spot the entrance (look for the red lamp light!) at this beloved speakeasy. The cocktails are weird, like Austin, and totally delicious!
Container Bar: Built out of stacked shipping containers, this rowdy bar on Rainey Street is a fun place to enjoy a margarita while showing off your best dance moves.
Where to Eat
Güeros Taco Bar: Authentic, fresh, and just the right amount of greasy, Güero’s has some of the best low-key Tex-Mex in town. The salsa bar, fresh margaritas and creatives tacos are guaranteed to bring a smile across all faces.
Bird Bird Biscuit: Swing by this East Austin joint for breakfast before you start the day. Specializing in fluffy, buttery southern biscuits, it’s both a cute and delicious spot for some morning fuel.
Bar Peached: One words: Ahh-mazing. From the wings and pork belly buns to the shrimp fried rice and brisket tacos, the menu is just as creative and eclectic as Austin. Book this new spot in the Clarksville neighborhood and enjoy sharing the “snacky plates” that have a “Texas meets Asia” flare!
Le Politique: Let’s face it, a French brunch is the best kind of brunch and luckily Austin’s Le Politique lives up to that motto! The bright and airy bistro setting is the best way to spend your Sunday send-off, reminiscing over all the weekend fun.
Salt Lick: You can’t come to Austin and not get BBQ. Located about 20 minutes outside Austin’s city limits, Salt Lick serves some of the most famous BBQ in the state, and their BYOB policy means you can bring the rosé with you! But if you don’t have time to head out that far, you girls can grab a bite at their airport location on the way out of town!
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