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Explore Austin

SXSW Madness

Now is the time of the year, when downtown Austin is overrun with tech lovers, film stars, musicians and the infamous hipsters! If you aren’t partaking in the festivities, you best steer clear of the downtown area. But don’t feel like you have to lock yourself away for two weeks, now is the time to explore different areas of the city – and familiarize yourself with some other Austin ‘hoods.

First neighborhood to explore: Allandale. The Allandale area is Mopac to Burnet and 45th street to Anderson Lane.  This is a very fast-growing area, and you will find a lot of thirty/forty somethings in this eclectic hood.

Allandale eats:

Jorge’s Restaurant, 2203 Hancock

  • Authentic Tex-Mex with margaritas that pack a PUNCH! Sit on the patio and enjoy the view…of the neighborhood fire house 😉

Apothecary Café, 4800 Burnet Road

  • It is no secret that the CLINKers heart Apothecary! Great wine selection, fabulous fare and great atmosphere make this place a no-brainer. They just launched a new menu, so go check it out!

Cover 3, 2700 W Anderson Lane

  • Great eats in a non-over-the-top-sports bar environment. Great for  the men and their ladies! Menu is awesome!

Allandale fun:

Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W Anderson Lane

  • Food, booze and a flick – enough said.

Go Dance, 2525 W Anderson Lane

  • Practice your moves with a professional instructor…just in case Dancing With the Stars calls!

Terra Toys, 2438 W Anderson Lane

  • This toy store is like walking into Santa’s workshop. Not just for the young, but also for the young at heart!

Allandale drinks:

Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon, 5434 Burnet Road

  • Dive bar mecca for Texas Country tunes. Don’t miss chicken shit bingo on Sunday, yes – it is exactly what it sounds like!

Lala’s, 2207 Justin Lane, 2207 Justin Lane

  • Lala’s where it is Christmas all year! Great jukebox and cheap drinks!!!

Pour House Pub, 6701 Burnet Road

  • Great local hangout, with a little bit of something for everyone!

Tomorrows neighborhood: Hyde Park!

March 20, 2012 - 5:14 pm Rachel Church - Love Allandale and all the places suggested. There is also a really great Madam Mam's in the Village Shopping center behind Cover 3 and across from the Alamo Draft House. It's amazing! For some reason it's better than the others. If you feel like Thai check it out! Oh and if you need a mani/pedi Super Star nails will not disappoint you and it's in the same shopping center. Can't wait for the next hood profile.

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