An April 2006 trip
to Austin by beckilena
Quote: SXSW on a limited budget, ideal for a college students spring break... music lovers perpare yourselfs!
Hotel | "La Quinta"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2006
La Quinta Inn
4200 I35 SOUTH
Austin, Texas 78745
Restaurant | "Kirby Lane"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2006
Kerbey Lane Cafe
2700 S. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78704
606 Trinity St.
Austin, Texas 78701
The building which houses Buffalo Billiards was built in 1861 and was used as Austin's first boarding house and still maintains the same Wild West feel of women in frilly skirts yelling at the gun toting male patrons. As you enter this massive establishment you see the large cut out above your head exposing the second level which on most nights live music pours from.
Buffalo Billiards is a great place to go hang out and knock back a couple of beers, play some pool or see a show upstairs in their concert hall. They serve typical bar food such as hot wings and cheese sticks, but you can also get a burger or a nice wrap. Prices are reasonable with meals, between $7 and $10. Beers are priced at $3.50 for Shiner and $3 for domestics which remain comparable with most bars on the 6th street strip, but on Mondays you can get a $1 PBR or Miller High Life...what a deal!
From 4:00-6:00 Monday through Friday pool is free, which finding a table should not be an issue with 20 plus pool tables. There are three bars total (one on the main level and two upstairs) and a large balcony with a great view of the strip. The orbit lounge upstairs brings a pretty chill atmosphere with circular vinyl sofas and awesome lighting separating itself from the at times rowdy feel of the lower level. If pools are not your thing (like me) try out some foose ball or maybe some darts. This is an excellent bar to go with a large group because you'll have no problem finding seating and there is more than enough visual stimulation here to keep your eyes wandering all night. And might I suggest an excellent Bloody Mary for not too much cash at around $3.
201 East Sixth St
Austin, Texas 78701
Attraction | "The Peacock"
The Peacock melds a hip urban vibe is aristocratic English design. This is a charming little venue located a bit away from the main strip of 6th street, but if you catch one of the free armadillo buses that run the street you save your self some time and energy. The green walls with white trim evoke an English countryside feel and the small venue makes for an intimate setting for a night out.
It's a fusion of classy meets urban with a ceiling flooded with chandeliers, comfortable white vinyl sofas and chairs, and overall a great configuration of spaces. Mixed drinks run around $4 and beers around $2. They have a beautiful porch off to the side with great white rod iron benches and tables adding even more to the English country feel. This is a hang out generally overrun by hipsters and young urban professional types, so it's a great mixture of people and the chances of anyone blending in are pretty good. Choose from one of their specialty cocktails, like the Tailfeather with green tea vodka, sake, and brewed green tea, or choose from one of 13 beers served.
Their hours are Saturday through Thursday 6pm to 2am and Friday 5pm to 2am. It's a trek from the main strip but well worth it!
515 Pedernales St.
Austin, Texas 78702
Attraction | "Emos"
Back in the early nineties, a guy named Emos opened Emos (which breaks the perception most people have of the name representing the "emotional" emo type of music now popular with most teens). Emos began hosting some really ground breaking musicians from the start. In 1994 the "man in black" Johnny Cash performed here and the stool he sat on now hangs above your head as you sling back some drinks and take in some great live music.
Emos supplies music lovers with three stages (one partially outdoors), three bars, amazing music, and some pretty cheap brews. Stumbling into this venue on any night is a great idea. If you don't like what's going on on one stage why not check out another one, or you can even cross the street to Emo's annex during SXSW which hosts amazing acts under a tent to shield you from the blazing sun. There is ample floor space for standing but also bleachers all about for seating.
There is an awesome beer garden separating the outdoor stage from the indoor stage which is a great place to relax at a picnic table with some friends between sets. All of the shows are all ages unless noted otherwise, so if your under 21 there is rarely a problem. Overall you will probably see some of the best shows of your life here, and discover some amazing talent. Ladies look out for the bathrooms, maybe have a tissue or two on hand and fellas from what I hear you are used to a pretty dirty bathroom so having to pee into a communal toilet probably doesn't shock many of you at this point.
Visit their website www.emosaustin.com for a calendar of upcoming performances.
603 Red River St
Austin, Texas 78701