For us, Austin was the best at night. Seems like the city got switched on starting around 5/6 pm.
For music, we could not believe how many fantastic bands/venues there are to check out. One highlight for us was seeing the Cinematic Underground play at Momo’s. The band was fantastic and the venue is outstanding (great patio). We were flabberghasted by the 6th street area and it’s endless variety of music. Quite special. Unlike other cities with lots of live music, we did not encounter any pressure to buy drinks by venue staff and did not see any drunk and disorderly conduct. People are very respectful and we were surprised by how many people sit during a performance.
One of our fave places for eats was Chuy’s Hula Hut. Fantastic location on the water and good food with huge portions. Would recommend it to anyone. It’s probably a tourist trap but we liked it. We ate lots of Tex Mex and most of it was outstanding.
There is an endless variety of places to sit back, relax and have a local beer. We wished we had more time to check them all out. We enjoyed lounging at Doc’s on South Congress.
For coffee we heard a lot of buzz about Jo’s but frankly we felt the place wasn’t all that fabulous. The muffins are good but the coffee is so so and there are just too many bees buzzing around for our liking. The sitting area is average when compared to many others that are available in Austin.
Driving and parking are a bear. We took the Hit the Road driving tour (offered on CD at the Visitor’s Center) and loved it. Not only did we see lots of stuff we would have probably missed otherwise but also it gave us a sense of the area and helped us navigate the city afterward.
One last thought…We were pleasantly surprised by the weather as it changed from hotter than humanly bearable in the day to pleasant and cool in the evening.