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Beyond Shopping 5 Fun Things to Do In + Around Domain NORTHSIDE

Updated March 2022

When shopping isn't your thing

We have you covered. While The Domain and Domain NORTHSIDE with their combined 100+ boutique and brand stores are undoubtedly hallowed ground for Austin’s best shopping, sometimes a new outfit just isn’t enough. These five fabulously fun alternatives to retail therapy will leave you feeling better than a new pair of shoes ever could.


Just southeast of Domain NORTHSIDE, golf meets your favorite local hangout at TopGolf, the nation’s premier golf entertainment concept. Kids and want-to-be professionals alike can have fun playing the addictive point-based golf games. If swinging a club isn’t your thing, stay strokes above par lounging in the heated/cooled “bays” — ideal for enjoying the extensive food and beverage menu while the kids (big and small) work on their game. No need to drive; Archer offers a complimentary shuttle from the hotel.


Sandbox VR

Do you and your friends have what it takes to survive a zombie or alien attack ? Or hunt for the lost treasure of Davy Jones? Or discover a lost Starfleet ship? Give it a go at Sandbox VR, where you can raise your spirits and heartbeat at the same time. Each gameplay requires 2 – 6 players (8+ years old).

Photo courtesy of Sandbox VR

Culinary Dropout

Leave your report cards and school books at home — this ain’t your mother’s restaurant. Inked-up chefs and talented mixologists pump out creative cocktails and dishes with amped-up attitude. Don’t let the high-volume atmosphere deter you: Culinary Dropout is the perfect place to chill out, sip a craft cocktail and socialize with friends. It also features one of the premier patios in Austin, complete with a bevy of yard games to bet your next drink on.

Photo courtesy of Culinary Dropout

Viva Day Spa

Pamper away the day at Archer’s neighbor, and Austin’s favorite relaxation hub — Viva Day Spa. Enjoy massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and award-winning spa packages in its warm and welcoming Domain NORTHSIDE digs. We love the local all-female owner trio. Your mind, body and spirit are sure to agree.

Viva Day Spa

Archer's Pool Patio

Vacations should include some serious relaxation. Head to Archer’s 2nd-floor alfresco Pool Patio and choose how to let loose. Sip a craft cocktail and savor shareable bites from the bar. Lay poolside and get some vitamin D on a lounger. Check out the game on the ginormous TV, or catch up with friends by the fire. Semiprivate cabanas offer soft seating, shade and quirky pillows. All this, with a bird’s-eye view of the goings-on in Domain NORTHSIDE, make this space an outdoor oasis.

Then head up to your room at Archer Hotel Austin for even more relaxation.

What a delightful day.

The Pool Patio at Archer Hotel Austin

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