Love it or hate it, SXSW is right around the corner. The annual festival makes Austin the top destination for tech, music and film, bringing thousands of visitors––and even more traffic––to the city. While we love the tourism for our economy, every year we locals find ourselves having to fight through the crowds to get to our favorite neighborhood hangouts. As old pros at this, Red Fan has created our daytime guide to getting the most out of your South-by experience with our must-hit, can’t-miss spots for refueling, relaxing and experiencing the city in a way only a true Austinite can.
Stop 1: Fuel your day with some #bronch at Suerte
With a full day ahead of you, you’ll need to set yourself up for success from a breakfast standpoint. Suerte’s newest addition to their already critically-acclaimed menu is every Austinite’s favorite meal - brunch. With their Mexican pastries, micheladas, duck mole flautas and all the huevos you can get your hands on, there’s about 0 percent chance you’ll leave unsatisfied. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Pro tip: Get your table reserved, like, yesterday. Suerte’s national recognition is sure to make this spot even more popular come March.
Stop 2: Take a literal walk in the park at the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum
SXSW perfectly coincides with the UMLAUF’s March exhibition, James Surls: With Out, With In. The exhibition opens on March 5, 2019, and will be Surls’ first-ever solo exhibition of sculptures in Austin. The exhibition, featuring more than 30 major sculptures dating from one of America’s longtime preeminent sculptors, will run until Aug. 18. When looking for the go-to arts destination in Austin, the UMLAUF has you covered and is a must-see stop for South-by.
Stop 3: Regain your “Pizza” mind away from the crowds
While we love Home Slice and all of its warm cheesiness, it is a madhouse during South-by. Pinthouse Pizza has multiple locations away from South Congress where you can get a delicious traditional or meat lovers pizza with half the wait. Plus, the draft beer selection is impressive.
Stop 4: Bring your SXSW experience to new heights at Crux
Because so much of South-by is centered around food, it can’t hurt to incorporate a little exercise into the weekend. Why not try out a uniquely-Austin way to get your heart rate up? Crux Climbing Center offers day passes with on-site training, so you can get harnessed up and in the air in no time!
Stop 5: Watch the sunset roll in at Rosewood
After a day full of adventure, you’re sure to be hungry, so it’s a serious decision when dinner time comes around. Rosewood’s “house on a hill” vibe, designed by Mark Odom Studio, combined with their locally sourced food provides the perfect journey through Texas, with the most incredible sunset views, if timed just right. Pro tip: Order the Chef’s menu––it won’t disappoint.
Stop 6: Cap off the night with an evening of authentic jazz at Parker Jazz Club
At the end of the evening, take some time to relax and unwind at one of Austin’s premier entertainment spots serving up authentic jazz, Parker Jazz Club. From the moment you step out of the elevator that leads to the basement lounge, you’ll be transported into a timeless atmosphere with the sounds of live jazz circling throughout the room from center stage. With upscale service and drinks, there's something for everyone to enjoy––no matter your musical tastes.