Clark's Oyster Bar
Stop by for drinks and oysters or stay for a meal
While this gorgeous spot has a pricey menu, the casual atmosphere makes it the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Come to their weekday happy hour for discounts on their oysters, martinis, and their popular burger or stop by on the weekend for happy hour where you'll find lower priced oysters and half off bottles of wine. In addition to those favorites, their ceviche, lobster rolls and crab cakes can be found on many of their tables during their bustling lunch service or at date night dinners. This spot is popular among Austinites, so reservations are highly recommended. If you enjoyed your time in this impeccably designed spot, Josephine House, June’s All Day, Pool Burger, Elizabeth St. Café, Jeffrey's, Perla’s Oyster Bar, Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, Swedish Hill, Lou's, and Joann's Fine Foods are all run by the same group.
Deep Eddy Cabaret
Neighborhood dive for cold beer and pool
This Austin institution has been serving cold pitchers of Lone Star since 1951. Stop by to hang out with this mostly local crowd of both young and old drinkers and to experience one of the city's best dives. If you get hungry, order a burger from Pool Burger next door.
Better Half Coffee & Cocktails
All day cafe with great food and cocktails
Whether you are stopping by for breakfast and a coffee while you get some work done, a quick yet delicious lunch or dinner, or happy hour and one of their delicious cocktails, this light, airy spot has got you covered. Oh, and don't forget about dessert! If you like it here, check out their sister spot Wright Bros. Brew & Brew in East Austin.
Iconic record store with huge selection
This massive record store that has been a staple in the Austin community since 1982 has a great selection of music to explore and listen to. And while it is easy to spend hours browsing their stock, you can also listen to live music without leaving the building because they host frequent, free in-store concerts.
Deep Eddy Pool
Laid back, spring fed pool
While Barton Springs has become one of Austin's top attractions, Deep Eddy Pool continues to fly under the radar, making it a favorite of locals wanting to avoid the crowds. This spring fed pool overlooking Lady Bird Lake is free in the winter and $9 for non-resident adults the rest of the year. But it doesn't matter what time of year you stop by because it has an average temperature of 74 degrees year round. See if they are hosting one of their Float-In Movies while you are in town. If you get hungry, head to the nearby Pool Burger for a bit to eat.
Texas Rowing Center
Rent a kayak and get out on the lake
While there are many places to rent kayaks and paddle boards along Lady Bird Lake, Texas Rowing Center's prime location and low prices make it the perfect place to stop by. They have kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes available for rent by the hour.