Austin for Couples
Collected by Calliope Gianpoulos , AFAR Local Expert
Austin is, without question, one of the coolest cities in the Southwest, with a grass roots foodie culture, a beautiful natural setting offering ample chances to enjoy the great outdoors, and a music scene that's the envy of Texas.
2103 E M. Franklin Ave, Austin, TX 78723, USA
You might associate the old-fashioned drive-in movie theater with warm summer nights, but this is Texas, where the summer heat wilts you even after the sun goes down. The Blue Starlite doesn't even start the season until after Labor Day, and it...
3401 Esperanza Crossing #104, Austin, TX 78758, USA
Cupcakes have had their day in the sun—the cake ball is the latest handheld dessert. Liberally coated with frosting, bite-sized, and almost too pretty to eat, you can order up a range of flavors: from seasonal pumpkin spice or gingerbread and...
2700 W Anderson Ln #101, Austin, TX 78757, USA
Home to eight vintage bowling lanes, and an 80-person dining room, The Goodnight also offers two semi-private lounges, four custom billiards tables, two table-tennis courts, and shuffleboard. A medley of DJs and bands introduce a scene, here, that...
200 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
4515 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78745, USA
This live music venue, in the self-proclaimed capital of exactly that, is a great way to finish an evening in the South Congress area of Austin. I recommend staying across the street at the modern, cozy and cool Hotel San Jose so that you can...
1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Browse folk art at Yard Dog gallery. Along with its focus on work from the Deep South, the gallery also exhibits pieces by musicians, such as local singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston. During SXSW, check out performances in the intimate backyard. My...
3201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
This Texas Dancehall will have you two stepping the night away, in the the spirit of the musical history that dates back to Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys. There's traditional country music played by true country musicians and autographed photos...
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Uchi takes Japanese cuisine and dials it up a notch. Hama Chili, thinly sliced fresh tuna with chili, soy and grapefruit—who would have thought of such a combination? It's a party in your mouth, truly creative fresh Japanese dining. I'll be going...
1505 Town Creek Dr, Austin, TX 78741, USA
Where else can you get real Texas pit BBQ, flapjacks, Hamm's Beer, and hot coffee all in one joint? Right here baby! Throw in the full bar and live music and you've got yourself a real Austin original. It's open 24 hours, and there is always a...
1950 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
I think that the Whip In is my favorite place in all of Austin. Anyone who knows me can probably guess this. I am biased, as our house is only a few blocks away (and I often joke that the main reason we bought the house was its proximity to the...
1508 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Men, I will warn you. Your girlfriend, wife, or significant other can spend hours (and hundreds of dollars!) in this hip, women's boutique called Maya Star! To be honest, I also like going in there. Their merchandise is incredible, and includes...
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