Gourdough’s is a donut experience unlike any other in Texas. Not only are their donuts huge in size, but they’re also topped with everything from bananas to fried chicken. Try their Sin-A-Bomb donut with cream cheese, butter, and cinnamon sprinkled on top. Gourdough’s is definitely one of the weirdest and best donut shops in the city.
First opened in 1964, The Broken Spoke prides itself on being a true honky-tonk Texas dancehall, staying true to itself despite the changing world around it. Visit the dancehall if only for the low priced drinks, tasty food, and good conversations. It’s also a great way to remember Texas’s forgotten past.
The Broken Spoke, 3201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 442 6189
LaLa’s Little Nugget is your one stop for year-round Christmas decorations, funky jukebox tunes, good vibes, and fascinating people. This is a great dive bar where you can bring out-of-towners or spend the evening with friends. You’ll find all kinds of people hanging out here from the regulars to the curious newcomers.
LaLa’s Little Nugget, 2207 Justin Ln, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 487 5297
A great secret gem in Austin, Vortex Repertory Company is a non-traditional theater venue putting on live shows from plays to operas. They’ve won awards for their innovative performances and artistic productions. Enjoy their outdoor seating where you can pair cocktails with delicious Italian cuisine from the food trailer.
Vortex Repertory Company, 2307 Manor Rd, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 478 5282
In the south side suburbs of Austin sits one of the most innovative structures in the city. Vince Hannemann built the Cathedral of Junk in his backyard over time as a fun personal project. It’s now a top ‘weird’ destination in the city. You can walk through whimsical passageways where trash mimics grand treasures. Repurposed CDs, TVs, bottles, and so much more make up the large cathedral. With Hannemann’s imagination, it’s like reliving your childhood dreams of ruling your very own kingdom, complete with a throne.
Cathedral of Junk, 4422 Lareina Dr, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 299 7413
Near the Mount Bonnell overlook is Dry Creek Saloon, a bar that hasn’t changed much since it first opened in the 1950s. Once an old hangout spot for Willy Nelson, it’s hard to beat the ambiance of the crooked building, the rooftop tables with a perfect view of the stars, or the jukebox only playing oldies. It’s like stepping back in time and just hanging out at the bar down the street.
Dry Creek Saloon, 4812 Mt Bonnell Rd, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 453 9244