Friday, March 4, 2011

Amanda Ivarra's Guide to Downtown

Here are some downtown spots you won't want to miss...

Why This Place is Great: You feel right at home. Really, you do! This bar is set in an old historic house. There's both indoor and outdoor seating, but I suggest sitting outside and enjoying the Texas weather. Feel free to play in the backyard. Grab a hula hoop or play some ping pong. And if you get hungry, there's a taco truck in the backyard.
Description: Bar
Location: 97 Rainey St.

Esther's Follies
Why This Place is Great: It's like Austin's version of Saturday Night Live but without the commercial breaks. In fact, this show runs at a very fast pace. So, you'll be lucky if you catch ALL the jokes. The crew is hilarious, the skits are great and the magic is entertaining.
Description: Comedy Club
Location: 525 E. 6th St.

Why This Place is Great: This isn't your typical Tex-Mex restaurant. There's a contemporary flare to the Tex-Mex dishes. Aside from the food, have a drink too! They are known for their margaritas.
Description: Restaurant
1809 Manor Road (Eastside)

Alamo Drafthouse - Ritz
Why This Place is Great: There's a full menu at this movie theatre, but there's also more to movies here. Check out Alamo Drafthouse's signature events like girlie night, sing-alongs and Master Pancake Theatre. Master Pancake Theatre is my favorite because comedians control the movie. They can reenact scenes or adlib lines. It's a bad movie meets good comedy kind of show.
Description: Theatre
Location: 320 E. 6th St.

Hut's Hamburgers
Why This Place is Great: D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S hamburgers!
Description: Restaurant
Location: 807 W. 6th St.

Why This Place is Great: I'm a nerd, and I used to love history class!
Description: Museum
Location: 1800 N. Congress Ave.

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