Downtown Austin is a small neighborhood located from 15th Street at the northern border to Lady Bird Lake at the southern. Once upon a time, Downtown Austin was thought to be desolate after the workday was finished, but the area was revitalized in the ‘70s and even more recently urbanized when several condos and apartment buildings shot up. Now it’s more bustling than ever before with performing arts, art galleries, museums, live music, restaurants, bars, and the famous hike-and-bike trail. It’s also a perfect locale for those who want to live near and frequent several coworking stations, such as Common Desk and Industrious without having to get in a car.
Here, you can go on a glam date night with cocktails and dinner, or catch a concert at ACL Live. If you want to relive your college days, go bar hopping on “Dirty Sixth” or on Rainey Street. In the summer, the historic Paramount Theatre is the perfect place to cool off during its classic movie series, which plays iconic films like Casablanca and Lawrence of Arabia. Another fun day out would involve visiting Contemporary Art Austin, an art museum decorated on the outside with a funky mural that pays tribute to Daniel Johnston, the artist behind Austin’s iconic “Hi, How Are You?” mural located in Central Austin.
This native Austinite has written for local publications like Tribeza and Austin Monthly. When she's not at her computer, you'll find her at a movie theater, practicing her crow pose, or snuggling with her cat.
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