Archer's Favorite Things To Do In Austin and The Domain
. Josephine House
A cozy upscale bungalow serving up the best breakfast burger in Austin? You bet. The focus on local, seasonal ingredients means it's not available year-round but when it is -- it's worth the reservation.
. La Barbecue
A challenger to the juggernaut that is Aaron Franklin and his barbecue. There still may be a line, but there are several great neighborhood bars where you can take turns grabbing a drink. Pulled Pork and the 1.5 pound Beef Ribs are the stars of this show - bring a napkin.
. Blue Dahlia Bistro
This quaint bistro is perfect for the culinary adventurer or your everyday vegetarian/vegan. Sandwichers are served open faced on slate boards and use locally sourced organic ingredients. Sure to please every pallet.
Frequently cited as one of the best restaurants in Austin, if you’re craving sushi Uchi is the place you want to be. Expertly prepared sushi and Asian staples are served up in a hip Zen atmosphere.
Discover prohibition era cocktails and modern mixology on a spirituous journey through this beloved cocktail lounge. If you aren't a fan of the hard stuff, they've got you covered with a generous selection of craft beers and house wines.
. By George
A high-end boutique featuring curated finds for both men and women. You'll be shopping holding a shirt by a burgeoning local designer only to fall in love with a vintage timepiece minutes later.
Unexpected and eclectic is the name of the game here. A go-to for a thoughtful gift for those who have everything. A great shop for that objet d’art to finally tie that room together.
Living in Austin, if you have not been here, you are doing it wrong. Staff picks help you find new authors or sort out the classics that you don’t really need to read.
. Congress Avenue Bats
Experience an unforgettable evening on the Congress Avenue Bridge. From Spring to early fall, witness over 1.4 Million Mexican free tail bats who call the Congress Bridge home. Watch from the bridge itself, or take an adventure straight from the water on a boat tour. It’s an encounter you will share for the ages.
. Raven & Lily
Fair trade wages, and alleviating poverty among women are the selfless goals this global artisan jewelry maker was founded on. Offering international flair that’s not only a design decision in their unique earrings, rings and bags. They employ women from Guatemala, Ethiopia, and India among others. Step in for a chic find with a sentimental story.
Blowouts are practically a women's rite of passage and nowhere are they more perfected then drybar. Don’t expect a cut or color, blowouts only—and that’s a good thing. With a playful menu of cocktail inspired names like the Mai Tai (effortless hair) and the Dirty Martini (tousled and textured) their specialization shows. You'll leave looking every bit as exquisite as you feel.
. Joie Boutique
Understatedly chic, Joie pulls its inspiration from Southern California's lifestyle and its understated sophistication. Appealing to both modern and timeless tastes—Joie is beautifully fashionable, endlessly wearable, and addictively shoppable. Joie didn’t become a cult favorite by accident, prepare to join.
. Governor's Mansion
The official residence of Texas governors and their families, this local landmark was targeted by an arsonist in 2008 and no longer does interior tours to the public—but it's definitely still worth the drive by.
. The Driskill Hotel
It gets hot in Austin. That's why the Driskill was built with an open rotunda and 4-story domed skylight, but it isn’t purely aesthetic. The shape and size support airflow. Go for the view, stay for the storied bar serving not-to-be missed Bloody Mary's.
. Austin City Hall
Designed to reflect Austin’s culture, the unique architecture introduces a nouveau look for a government building. With mixes of Texas limestone and copper, the landmark aspires for an iconic status similar to the Capitol in DC. Swing by and decide for yourself.
. Bredmond Block
A little piece of England far from home. The Victorian era homes and a bevy of Widows Walks- lighthouse-esque platforms originally designed for women to look out for the return of their see-fearing husbands, make this a neighborhood unlike any in the United States.
. Hope Outdoor Gallery
If you think there’s nothing good about graffiti, then you need to visit Hope Outdoor Gallery. Using the remains of an abandoned construction project, famed street artist Shepard Fairey kicked things off with several large pieces – followed by muralists and street artists who have painted every inch of the three-story lot. The beauty is in the evolution, new art is being layered over the old in an ever changing, ever evolving, art instillation. Add your mark for a fee.
. Blanton Museum of Art
"You Belong Here" is the tagline for the museums reimagined permanent exhibits, and we couldn't agree more-- you belong here. Housing a wide array of art from renaissance to modern, be sure to walk through the Atrium’s Stacked Waters, a 3,100 sq. ft. wall art instillation that wows the senses by playing with space, light and perception it's worth the trip in and of itself.
. Juan in a Million
Named after the enthusiastic and eccentric owner known for meeting his customers at the door with a hearty handshake or a hug. They serve a wide variety of breakfast staples, but locals opt for the Don Juan breakfast taco.
. The Omelettry
Recently relocated, this eggscelent (pun intended) classic diner is focused on one thing. You have to crack a few eggs to make an omelette, and this old-school Austin eatery knows what they are doing.
. Apanas Coffee Bar
Sustainably sourced espresso and artisan coffee drinks nestle up beside local wine and craft beer to make the perfect break from a hard day shopping at Domain NORTHSIDE morning, noon, or night.
. The Oasis
"Create Without Reservation" The oasis is quaintly Austin-- queso, live music, and outdoor eating. A venue in itself, the nearly 2,500 seat restaurant offers views unavailable anywhere else in Texas.
. Salt Traders Coastal Cooking
You can almost smell the sea breeze as you eat your way through ceviche, oysters, and fresh fish. The friendly atmosphere and location make it great for a family dinner or catching up with friends.
. Mia's Tapas Bar
Weather you choose beats and goat cheese, pork belly and salsa verde, or a salmon fillet, experience all the flavors of Italy with none of the guilt of the traditionally large portions.
. Antonelli's Cheese Shop
Remember that amazing charcuterie board that you had at the restaurant last night? Chances are they bought their cheese from Antonelli’s. Texas, as well as international varietals, represent everyone’s favorite food here.
. Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Known for delicious-smelling bath bombs and bubble bars, this cosmetics company is keeping it real with hand-made, 100% vegetarian products in naked packaging and a mission to buy ethically and fight animal testing. It only makes sense that a company that specializes in head-to-toe beauty would do the same for the planet.
This undeniably luxurious, French-American restaurant is a happy hour hot spot. Enjoy well-crafted discounted cocktails from 4:30-6:30 and while you’re there try the truffled eggs, you won't regret it.
This Austin favorite mixes good old southern hospitality with farm-to-table ingredients. Try their biscuits, they aren’t always on the menu, so be sure to ask!
. Boiler Nine Bar + Grill
Weekend brunch at this three-story downtown restaurant includes riffs on eggs benedict, using coffee-braised ham and fried pimento cheese to elevate this brunch basic. If hollandaise isn’t your thing they also serve a morning burger topped with a fried egg, and shrimp and grits so good you know you’re in the south. Their eclectic menu ensures you’ve got something to satisfy every craving.
. The Cloak Room
The ominously dark Cloak Room is a no-frills historic drinking den infamous for its under-the-table political dealings in the late 80’s. Since then it’s become a favorite for its eclectic atmosphere and array of patrons from college students to politicians.
. Craft Pride
A favorite for beer lover’s and locals alike. With over 50 beers on tap and even more in bottles, the super friendly staff makes sure that everyone has a drink in their hand.
. Culinary Dropout
Free-spirited and undefinable, this Domain NORTHSIDE eatery offers one of the premier patio experience in Austin. Sip an expertly made cocktail while playing yard games or knock back a few cold ones and cheer on your favorite team—Culinary Dropout is a great example of why Austenite’s love patios.
An ideal backdrop for lively conversation, this two-story bar offers craft forward fare and an inventive, seasonal cocktail menu. Their three categories of drinks: Upbeat, Downbeat, and Offbeat assure that everyone from the cocktail connoisseur to the pickiest pallet has something to enjoy.
. The Red Room Lounge
A non-conspicuous glowing red light leads the way to this speakeasy-esque wine cellar. Offering an extensive and upscale wine list in a cozy and intimate environment, most wines come by the bottle, so bring a friend.
. Midnight Cowboy Modeling
Housed in a building with an interesting and colorful (to say the least) history. Try classic cocktails that aren’t done better anywhere else. Typically, by reservation only, passers-by are only allowed into the bar if they know the Secret Password. Archer is great at keeping secrets, but not this one.
Indulge your inner foodie with authentic Thai food and modern culinary fusion at this ultra-modern bistro. If you aren't familiar with Thai food—we recommend the Pad Thai (a safe option if you aren’t familiar with Thai food).
. Cipollina Bistro
Sit back with a bottle of wine and let the world pass you by. This intimate cafe offers some of the best pizzas and hot sandwiches in the city, all in an approachable atmosphere.
. Elephant Room
A soulful riff on the classic piano bar, this underground jazz club plays music seven days a week. Old-fashioned ambiance and the music of a forgotten era allows you to slip away from your daily obligations and lose yourself, at least until two.
. The Continental Club
Open since 1955, this rockin’ music hall is one of the longest running in all of Austin. With icons like Stevie Ray Vaughan gracing the stage it's not hard to see why. The wide array of musicians that come through make it a venue for any music lover, regardless of taste.
. White Horse
This popular music venue is known for its incredible tacos and even better live country music. This honky-tonk has been featured on Conde Nast Traveler as one of Austin’s best music venues, come for the great music stay for the dancing.
. The Mohawk
Named for the Native American culture of the Northeast, not the haircut, this bar and live music venue is quaintly Austin. Driven by a tribe of Austenite’s who crave eclectic, local music-- you'll find it in spades at The Mohawk.
. Broken Spoke
Part restaurant and part music hall, the Broken Spoke is all Texas. Known as the last great honky-tonk features supper, live music, and cold beer. Bring you boots and get ready for a two-stepping good time.
. Barton Springs
A 3-acre pool entirely fed by natural underground springs, this 70-degree watering hole is ideal for year-round swimming. Once you're done, enjoy the plentiful greenspace and educational Splash! Exhibit.
. Zilker Park
Offering an amazing view of the Austin skyline, enjoy walking the trails and gardens or swimming in the natural springs. This 350-acre park is perfect for soaking up the local sun and adored by locals and visitors alike.
. Sunrise on Mount Bonnell
If you are looking for romance in Austin, look no further than Mount Bonnell. Take a moment and cruise out of the city lights to experience one of the most romantic spots in all of Texas. The view from the summit offers resplendent sunrises and serene sunsets worth sharing with that special someone in your life.
. Weathered Coalition
The goal is to look good and this online shop turned brick-and-mortar retailer strives to help you do just that. With on-trend clothes and timeless home décor, this store should be on every 21st century man's radar.
. Kelly Wynne
Austin entrepreneurship and Texas attitude helped Kelly launch her line of fashionable handbags. Artisanally crafted and exquisitely made these bags are every bit as playful, timeless, and feminine as the Texas girl who designs them.
. JM Dry Goods
A posh boutique bringing the colors, fabrics, and attitude of Oaxaca to Austin. It's hard not to fall in love with the lively greens and blues that embroider many of the blouses throughout the store.
Dedicated to producing premium US made footwear, HELM has a boot for every occasion. From your wedding day to a night on the town these artistically created boots will last you for years.
. Uncommon Objects
A self-described "emporium of transcendent junk”, they mean it in the best possible way. Possibly one of the most fun stores to walk though in all of Austin, if you have a discerning eye you might just spot your new favorite treasure.
. Orangetheory Fitness
The best one-hour workout in the country. Orange Theory's focus is on heart . If you manage to stay in "the orange" long enough your body is guaranteed to keep burning calories for up to 36 hours after the workout ends.
Fitness and fun and steps from our front door. SoulCycle is indoor cycling reinvented. Dim lights, epic spaces, and rocking music combine to create an environment where you can clear your head and get a body sculpting workout.
. CorePower Yoga
Located in the Domain NORTHSIDE, this is yoga with a twist. Focusing on traditional yoga poses and philosophy, jazzed up with cardio, free-weights, and ab exercises you'll leave more peaceful, but also toned and sweaty.
. Hill of Life Trail
The Hill of Life Trail has another name to those in the know “The Hill of Death” At one point this infamous trail rises nearly 300 feet vertically in just over a third of a mile. Not to fear, many of the other trails offer a more moderate experience.
. LBJ Presidential Library
So much more than the name gives credit for, the massive space serves as a reminder of bygone era. Worth a trip just to listen to the recording of Johnson talking to Jackie Kennedy after her husband was assassinated. If it doesn't make your cry, it'll probably give you chills.
. Texas Capitol
The largest state capitol could only be found in… Texas. A classic example of renaissance revival architecture, the building is as iconic as it massive. Free tours of the 400 room mega-structure and green space perfect for a picnic make this a family favorite.
. Bass Concert Hall
Attracting the world’s finest performers, the Bass Concert Hall ranks among the elite performance halls in the country. With massive facilities and famous productions, this is the theatre for enthusiasts.
. Zach Theatre
The longest running theatre in the state of Texas, it's anything but old fashioned. With ever-changing shows, community outreach, and classes it's worth your time to peruse the schedule of this local gem.
. Paramount Theatre
The home of SXSW, the Paramount hosts more than 200,000 visitors a year. A cultural hub of Austin, visit the theatre for screenings or curated films, live music and of course theatre productions.
. Jo’s Coffee Shop
Great food, local coffee, and some of the best people watching in Austin. All three location are great but we prefer the original on South Congress. While you’re there make sure to take a selfie in front of the iconic “I love you so much” mural
. Voodoo Doughnut
Serving wacky, creative and over the top doughnuts, this eclectic shop adds to the charm of Sixth Street. They serve more traditional doughnuts, but we always recommend springing for the extraordinary.
. Cow Tipping Creamery
From a food truck to two separate brick and mortar locations, Cow Tipping Creamery is quickly redefining soft-serve. With ever changing menu items, they focus on perfect soft-serve with gourmet toppings and mixes.
. Amy’s Ice Cream
An Austin institution, Amy's has been scooping up happiness since 1984. Made famous for their Mexican vanilla flavor, there is no better way to cool off on a hot Texas day than with Amy's.
This ultra-luxe chic boutique specializes in urban, bohemian women's apparel-- a must visit for anyone wanting to channel an authentically Austin vibe.
Offering carefully edited home accent and décor pieces. The objects you’ll find are beautiful but functional, all at a reasonable price.
. Outdoor Voices
Bringing the attention and care of high fashion to active wear. The quality and fit of Outdoor Voices is perfect for athletileisure, grueling workouts, or just binge watching Netflix.
. Austin Zoo
The Austin Zoo isn't your typical gallery of exotic creatures. Rescue and rehabilitation is at top of mind at this animal saving sanctuary. All animals are either being nursed back to health, or were rescued from terrible situations. Of special note, the zoo features plaques that tell the animal's often harrowing stories. While you won't find the diversity common at many larger zoo's, many visitors find the connection to the animals ultimately more rewarding.
. The Thinkery
Traveling with children? The Thinkery provides a fun, educational environment for younger kids to experience and explore. With 10 galleries including 3D printers and soldering irons, who knows? Maybe you'll just learn something to.
Headlining as a gourmet candy boutique, think candy store for grown-ups. Rose gummy roses are the treat you didn’t know you needed. Offering a massive variety of gummies, chocolates, and cordials not all their treats are booze laden—only the best ones.
Golf meets your favorite local hangout in the nation’s premier golf entertainment complex. Kids to want-to-be professionals can have fun playing one of the several addictive point-based golf games. If swinging a club isn’t your thing, stay strokes above par lounging in the heated/cooled “bays” perfect for enjoying the extensive food and beverage menu while the kids (big and small) work on their game.
. Austin Rock Gym
An adventurous way to burn some energy. Expect arm shaking, heart pounding fun that'll put a smile on anyone’s face. The only rock climbing gym in Austin, knowledgeable instructors will get you to the summit. Exhilarating if you’re an advanced climber or a first-timer.
. Tiff's Treats
An ode to the American dream, Tiff's Treats started with two people, an apartment, and an idea-- to give people great cookies whenever they needed them. You can taste their humble roots in every warm and chewy cookie they bake. The best part? They've developed a delivery service that'll not only ship cookies to your door, they'll ship warm cookies to your door. Go ahead and sell your oven, Tiff's got your baking covered.
With rugged appeal and storied tradition, Filson offers something that can be difficult to find—quality. Since 1897 they've been offering touch, comfortable outdoor clothing to hunters, anglers, and mariners. In all that time, their philosophy has never changed. Comfort, protection and durability will never go out of style. One trip to this store and you'll find yourself planning your next adventure.
. Kick Pleat
Austin has a reputation as a casual town, this Downtown adjacent shop assures that any woman will be equipped for tonight, tomorrow, and that big event next week.
. RH Austin, The Gallery at the Domain
RH is a curator of design, and The Gallery at the Domain brings their vision to life on an epic scale. Commanding four levels and over 60,000 square feet, this innovative retail space feels as much like a grand home as it does a furnishings destination. With spotlighted collections from RH Interiors and RH Modern, an interactive Design Atelier – offering guidance from professional interior designers – as well as a lush Rooftop Park & Conservatory with heritage olive trees, this is a store worth visiting for pure inspiration.
. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Founded with the ambitious goal of making the world a more comfortable (and stylish) place, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams have done just that. Focusing heavily on the comforts of travel it's quite possible you've experience their work and not known it. Their enviable style can spruce up any space, a fun walkthrough for inspiration and a must visit for those looking to redecorate.
. Sprinkles Cupcakes
Sprinkles takes the ever-popular cupcake and pushes them to innovative new heights. With an ever-rotating selection, be sure to check the website for this week’s offerings. All delicious, but we suggest Cuban coffee and triple cinnamon—sweet with the perfect balance of spice. When your late-night craving hits, swing by and make a withdraw from their famed cupcake ATM. Slide your credit card, make your cupcake selection, and out pops fresh individually packed cupcakes; 24/7.
. Movies in the Park
Movies in the park is celebrating its 25th year with a throwback… This summer return to the long hair and baggy clothes of the 90’s. Aladdin, A League of Their Own, and The Mighty Ducks are a few of the features you can expect in this year's movie series. This family-friendly event put on by the Austin Parks Foundation takes place in a different park each week so make sure and check their website for the full schedule.