The Little Longhorn Saloon
Classic dive with Chicken Shit Bingo on Sundays
This Austin icon is great any night of the week (except Monday when they are closed) for cold, cheap beer and some of the best country music in the city. But Sunday's are really the day to come because that is when they host Chicken Shit Bingo. The game, which costs $2 a ticket, functions exactly like you'd expect, with multiple rounds played between 4 and 8pm. This is an incredibly fun, unique Austin experience that you have to see to believe. Bring your cash if you want to play bingo.
Cathedral of Junk
Whimsical structure made of junk in a suburban backyard
Vince Hannemann started building this feat of engineering in his backyard in 1988 and has been adding to it ever since. He estimates that the tower, spiral staircase, and many rooms add up to over 60 tons of junk. Visits to this whimsical wonderland are by appointment only, so give Vince a call to set up a time to stop by. He requests a $5 donation per adult.
I Luv Video
Independent video store to rent and buy
This massive video store has two floors of DVD, Blu-ray, and VHS titles. In addition to new releases, they offer large collections of TV shows, foreign videos, and rare videos as well. Essentially they have anything and everything you could be looking for. If you are around on Tuesday, they have free beer after 6:00.
I Luv Video
Hippie Hollow Park
Nude beach on Lake Travis
Hippie Hollow is the only clothing-optional public park in the state of Texas. Once you are out of the parking lot and on the walking trail, you are free to let it all hang out, which most visitors do. It is a bit rocky so you will want shoes to walk down and a towel to lay on. You have to be over 18 and pay $8 per person at the gate and then you are set for the day!
7000 Comanche Trail, Austin, TX
Lucy in Disguise
Incredible labyrinth of costumes and props galore
This costume menagerie has practically every costume and accessory you can imagine. In fact, Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds is so extensive that there are separate rooms for each type of item you are looking for, from jackets and shoes to hats and jewelry. If you are looking for a specific costume piece, there is no better place to go, but even if you aren't this place is a blast to explore.
Massive streetlights that only exist in Austin
These tall structures were a popular type of streetlight in American and European cities in the late 1800's, but these bulky constructions soon became obsolete in favor of more compact options. Austin is the only city in the world where they still remain, so these distinctly Austonian structures have become a bit of a point of pride, especially since this one was featured in Dazed and Confused, the movie that gave Matthew McConaughey his breakout role.