Tuesday, October 9, 2018

How to Get to ACL


Wondering how to get to ACL?


We’re here to help you plan your route to the ACL festival so you don’t miss a minute of your favorite bands! Pro tip: driving a car is never how to get to ACL. There’s no parking at Zilker for the festival!

Free Downtown Shuttle


Park your car downtown and take the free shuttle by Republic Square Park. The shuttle drops off on Barton Springs Road outside the Barton Springs West entrance. First shuttle leaves downtown at 10:30am and the last shuttle leaves Zilker at 11pm each day.

Uber

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Let someone else figure out how to get to ACL: take an Uber! When you’re ready to head to Zilker park, type Zilker Park or Austin City Limits Music Festival into the Uber app as your destination. That will set your drop-off point as the nearest one to the festival. When it’s time to go home, go to the corner of Barton Springs and Lamar or cross the lake on the Mopac pedestrian bridge to Veterans Drive, then request a ride in the app as normal. Tip: the further you walk away from the festival, the easier it will be for your driver to reach you!

Public Transportation

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Cap Metro has more than 12 routes that operate every 15 minutes, 7 days a week. The easiest way to get to ACL is MetroRapid Route 803. It drops you off at the corner of Barton Springs Road and Lamar and you can then walk straight into ACL. Let someone else figure out how to get to ACL! 

Bikes and Scooters

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Bikes and scooters are the best answer to the question of how to get to ACL. Bike parking is on Stratford Drive near the Mopac Pedestrian Bridge. This year, additional parking for bikes and scooters has been added to Toomey Road at Sterzing Street and on Azie Morton Road. B-Cycle will host a valet at their Barton Springs Road and Sterzing Station, so you’ll know you have a place to dock your B-cycle at the festival! 

Don’t miss all the details on how to get to ACL on the ACL website. 

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Monday, October 8, 2018

The 5 Best Breakfast Tacos in Austin



Find the best breakfast tacos in Austin with our help!


Austin Monthly rounded up the best breakfast tacos in Austin. Discover the can’t-be-missed eggs, cheese, and more goodness!

1. Veracruz All Natural

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You can’t go wrong with any of Veracruz’s amazing tacos. Started by two sisters who moved from Verazcruz, Mexico, these tacos are heaven in a tortilla. Their chips and salsa are incredible too! Don’t miss the Migas Poblanas (eggs, tortilla chips, poblano peppers, red onion, queso fresco, black beans, and avocado.) Their La Reyna is another treat with egg whites, sauteed veggies, avocado, cilantro and jack cheese.

2. La Flor


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Some of the best breakfast tacos in Austin come from taco trailers and La Flor is no exception. Located on South First Street south of Ben White in the parking lot of the Hula Hu Market, their corn tortillas are exceptional. Try the bean, egg and cheese taco for delicious simplicity.

3. El Primo

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On South First street north of Oltorf this taco truck has been serving some of the best breakfast tacos in Austin since 2004. The sausage, egg and cheese on flour with red salsa must be tasted to be believed! Pair your tacos with a to-go cup at Once Over Coffee and prepare for breakfast nirvana.

4. Tyson’s Tacos

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On Airport Blvd, Tyson’s unique tacos are out-of-this-world! Their eggs are a key reason why Tyson’s serves some of the best breakfast tacos in Austin.Try the Bond Girl, which features eggs, house-made sausage, and cheddar. 

5. Joe’s Bakery

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This East Austin staple has been making incredible some of the best breakfast tacos in Austin since 1962. Get the bacon, egg and cheese on their homemade flour tortillas. The bacon is dipped in flour and left overnight so it gets super crispy and it’s served in one piece.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

5 Ways to Have Fun in Austin While Apartment Hunting


There’s no reason you can’t have fun in Austin while apartment hunting!


An apartment locator help take a lot of the stress off your apartment search. Discover how to have fun in Austin while you look for your new home!

1. Patika Wine and Coffee

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This sweet little coffee house on South Lamar never fails to provide a quiet bit of fun in Austin. It’s a great place to stop by on the way to work for coffee and a pastry. It’s also the perfect spot to unwind after a long day with a glass of wine or craft beer and some great live jazz.

2. Zilker Park

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Zilker Park is one of the most well-known places to have fun in Austin. The open fields at Zilker Park are the best for throwing around the frisbee or relaxing with some yoga. Sometimes we lace up our sneakers and hit up one of the biking and running trails. What’s not to love?!

3. The Magnolia Cafe - South

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After that run, you’re ready for one of the best ways to have fun in Austin: queso! We're partial to Magnolia Cafe on South Congress. That’s because it’s a ‘hop skip and a jump’ from our office and their queso is fantastic! Our favorite is the Mag Mud Queso with black beans, avocado, and pico de gallo. Delish!

4. Spun Ice Cream

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Spun Ice Cream uses only fresh ingredients and all of their flavors are made on in-house using liquid nitrogen. We keep going back for the vanilla bean with shortbread crumble toppings in a homemade waffle cone. Spun is the most delicious way to have fun in Austin!

5. Rainey Street

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This street just south of downtown is full of cute bars in converted bungalows. All are in walking distance from each other and serve an impressive selection of beers and creative cocktails. We've been smitten with the ambiance of every spot we’ve tried!

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Austin Bands at ACL


There is an incredible line-up of Austin bands at ACL.


Of course you know the headliners, but did you know you can also catch your local favorites at ACL? Discover the Austin bands that are playing Zilker park for the next two weekends. 

Sweet Spirit

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Photo courtesy of Sweet Spirit on Facebook

Saturday 10/6 3:30pm BMI Stage
Sabrina Ellis does rock and roll like no other. She was originally the electrifying front woman for garage punk Austin band, A Giant Dog. Sweet Spirit allows her to explore her country, soul and pop influences at length, backed by a 9-piece band. 

Molly Burch

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Saturday 10/6 12pm Barton Springs Stage
This is music to slow dance with your honey to. Molly’s husky voice and 60’s-influenced guitar will transport you to another time. Her second album, First Flower, drops the day before her ACL performance. 

Jackie Venson

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Saturday 10/6 12:40pm Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage
Jackie and her Austin band combine blues, rock, R&B and soul into an incredible package. Her live performance is blisteringly good.

Golden Dawn Arkestra

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Friday 10/5 3:45pm & Friday 10/12 3:45pm Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage
This Austin band says they are originally from Saturn. Even if that might be a slight exaggeration, you’ll find their performance out of this world. A performance that can’t be described, only experienced. Prepare to have a big old psychedelic freak out, man!

SaulPaul

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Saturday 10/16 4:30pm & Sunday 10/14 4:30pm Austin Kiddie Limits
SaulPaul is a one-man Austin band who uses his voice, guitar and loop pedal to create a unique live performance. He’s an artist with a message that will inspire you at ACL.

Shakey Graves

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Saturday 10/6 7pm & Sunday 10/14 7pm Barton Springs Stage
You can’t throw a rock without hitting a local venue where Shakey and his Austin band are performing. Don’t miss his unique blend of blues, folk, and rock and roll at ACL. 

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

South Congress Construction News



South Congress is undergoing a transformation.


Hotels, stores, apartments and restaurants are all under construction on South Congress. The Austin American Statesman reports on what's new on Austin’s hottest stretch of road. 

Music Lane

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Music Lane is a $55 million mixed-use project located around Academy Lane on South Congress. The space is projected to be ready for its first tenants next Fall. It will have retail, office and restaurant space spread over three buildings. There will also be 500 parking spaces under the building. Tenants will include Soho House, a club that requires membership, and Gelateria Gemelli. Gelateria Gemelli is a gelato and coffee shop that also has a storefront on East 6th Street.


The Muse at SoCo

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Located at 1007 South Congress, The Muse will be completed by next Spring and should open next Fall. The four-story project will have ground floor retail with office space on top. 


The Magdalena

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Liz Lambert strikes again with the Magdalena at Music Lane and Academy Drive. The successful hotelier behind Hotel San José, The Austin Motel, Hotel Cecilia and more is building her biggest project yet. The 86 room hotel is on track to open next Fall.

Joann’s

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The new restaurant will replace the former Snack Bar space in the Austin Motel. The joint venture between Bunkhouse, Liz Lambert’s company, and McGuire Moorman Hospitality is inspired by California Diners and Tex Mex. This South Congress restaurant will serve tacos, sandwiches and salads as well as daily juices with liquor add-ins.


Saint Vincent

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This three-story mixed-use project at 1327 South Congress will open in the Spring. MadeWell is already operating on the site in the former St. Vincent Thrift Store space.




Maufrais

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Photo courtesy of The Austin American Statesman

The family that owns Allens Boots on South Congress will take over the old Uncommon Objects building. They plan to turn it in into a retail and event space.


Kendra Scott Flagship Store

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Photo courtesy of The Austin American Statesman 

Kendra Scott has taken over the old Hill Country Weavers building at 1701 South Congress Avenue. The plan is transform the space into a retail space. There will be jewelry collections, home decor and a Color Bar where customers can make their own custom pieces. 


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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Koenig Apartments: New Apartments On Track to Replace Old Honda Dealership



383 new Koenig Apartments are closer to reality.


The Austin Business Journal reports that the apartments are to be built on the site of an old Honda dealership. The Koenig apartments have been in jeopardy over concerns that they are in the floodplain.

However, the Austin City Council passed a new ordinance allowing apartment and parking construction in a floodplain. That means these Koenig apartments could be built.

The land has been empty for 5 years and encompasses about 5.4 acres. The Koenig apartments would be 338,000 square feet according to city records.

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The Pearl

The developer for the Koenig apartments is Ledcor Group from British Columbia. They are planning to spend $48 million on the four-story project. It will be called The Pearl and local architect Brett Rhode will also work on the project. Rhode’s other local projects include The Independent, The Catherine, Gibson Flats and many more.

Floodplain Concerns

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Parts of the land are in the 25 and 100 year floodplains of a tributary of Shoal Creek. While the Koenig apartments will not be in a floodplain, a 100-year flood event could flood around the building. That has the potential to strand residents.

To mitigate flood risks, the developer is building the Koenig apartments two feet above the 100 year flood plain and almost two feet above the 500 year flood plain. They are also putting in place a comprehensive flood plan for residents. It will advise residents to shelter in place in event of a flood. It will also include a flood risk notification, signs about flooding and a building management emergency response plan. However, as Austin Monitor reports, Ledcor will also create an elevated pedestrian bridge that residents can use to get to safety in case of an emergency. 

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Austin Festivals: Fall is Festival Season, Ya'll!


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Austin festivals are the best!


Fall is festival season and Austin festivals have something for everyone! Find a festival that fits your interests and party on, dude!


Wizard World

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Wizard World takes place at the Austin Convention Center September 21st through 23rd. This is your chance to get your photo taken with your favorite Dr. Who or The Incredible Hulk himself, Lou Ferrigno. Don’t miss this chance to meet your Sci-Fi/Fantasy hero at this most magical of the Austin festivals!


Fantastic Fest

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This is the largest film festival in the country dedicated to horror, sci-fi, and action movies from across the globe. This year it takes place September 20th through 27th at venues around town. Sponsored by Alamo Drafthouse, Fantastic Fest will introduce you to movies you won’t see anywhere else!


Pecan Street Festival

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September 22nd and 23rd, head to Sixth Street for this biannual festival. Enjoy local musicians performing on three stages, food and arts and crafts from local vendors. Best of all, there’s no entry fee!


Texas Craft Brewers Festival

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This celebration of all things Texas Beer takes place at Fiesta Gardens September 29th. Over 75 breweries from around the state will be handing out samples of their hard work. A can’t-miss Austin festival for anyone who loves local beer!


Austin City Limits Music Festival

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Of course, no list of Austin festivals would be complete without ACL Fest. ACL takes over gorgeous Zilker Park in the heart of the city October 5-7 and 12-14. 450,000 people come to see more than 130 performances on seven stages. 


Austin Film Festival

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The Austin Film Festival was founded to focus on screenwriter’s contributions to film. It is recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country. It takes place at the Paramount Theater, the State Theater, the Alamo Drafthouse and more around Austin. This Austin festival takes place October 25th through November 1st.

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