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SXSW in Austin Texas

An April 2006 trip to Austin by beckilena

La Quinta Inn Photo, More Photos
Quote: SXSW on a limited budget, ideal for a college students spring break... music lovers perpare yourselfs!

La Quinta Inn

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Hotel | "La Quinta"

La Quinta Inn Photo,
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My brother found this great room on priceline for $40 a night and when we got to the hotel the clerk told us the rooms usually go for $110 a night, so for a great deal here princeline.com is the way to go. Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 7:00pm they serve free beer and wine in the lobby area and Monday through Sunday from 6:30 to 9:30am they have a free continental breakfast. You can make your own waffles, eat fresh fruit, cereal, juices, pastries, bagels, eggs, etc. This definitely came in handy when dealing with a budget. There is also a gym, a pool, a hot tub, free Internet access and room service which prices vary from $8 to $12. They are also located next to a Bennigans and upon your arrival...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

La Quinta Inn
4200 I35 SOUTH
Austin, Texas 78745
(512) 443-1774

Kerbey Lane Cafe

Restaurant | "Kirby Lane"

Kerbey Lane Cafe Photo,
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25 years ago a couple of undergrads got together to open a casual, affordable restaurant and they succeeded. Kirby Lane is a great 24-hour cafe with a couple locations in Austin. The one on Lamar is my favorite because it offers a laid back atmosphere nestled in an old house. They offer great queso and reasonably priced meals. I personally recommend the veggie and bean soft tacos, they only cost $4.50 and are filling as well as delicious. Also try the queso, it is one of a kind with what looks to be white cheddar with cilantro...but hey, I'm no chef. There are also meals with meat here and the menu prices range from $4 to $11. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and honestly I'd recommend try...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

Kerbey Lane Cafe
2700 S. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78704
(512) 445-4451

Iron Cactus

Restaurant

Iron Cactus Photo,
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The Iron Cactus was rated 6th tequila bar in the country, and they deserve it. A basic small Margarita runs you $4 and then all the rest is up from that point on. It is a three level restaurant with a roof top patio that offers excellent views of the downtown strip, a main dining area and an upstairs dining area. The food averages between $8 and $13 and it's really worth it. I recommend the queso as an appetizer for $6.95. It's overall a great place to rest your feet, kick back a Margarita and eat some chips and salsa. The waiters are laid back and fun which makes for an enjoyable atmosphere. During festival time it can get pretty packed so it is a good idea to be prepared for a wait, but while you ar...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

Iron Cactus
606 Trinity St.
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 472-9240

Buffalo Billiards

Attraction

Buffalo Billiards Photo,
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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 a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

Buffalo Billiards
201 East Sixth St
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 479-7665

Peacock

Attraction | "The Peacock"

Peacock Photo, Austin, Texas
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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 a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

Peacock
515 Pedernales St.
Austin, Texas 78702
(512) 276-8979

Emo's

Attraction | "Emos"

Emo's Photo,
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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 ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

Emo's
603 Red River St
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 477-3667