City Living: Austin, TX

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With a motto like “Keep Austin Weird,” it’s no wonder this city attracts crowds year round. Whether just moving in or a long-time local, residents of our Greystar apartments in Austin, TX will find plenty of new ways to spend their days while surrounded by legendary live music, eclectic shopping, stylish eateries and refreshing watering holes. 

Something to sip and savor

When it comes to tantalizing taste buds, Texas’ Capital City does it big. From the famous brisket at Franklin Barbecue to the Mediterranean tapas at FINO Restaurant Patio & Bar to the spicy fried calamari and freshly shucked oysters at Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, Austin is sure to satisfy your cravings.

Foodies looking for a more adventurous way to indulge can check out one of the weekly Austin Eats Food Tours for a little taste of everything, or fuel the fun at one of the city’s famous food trucks, featuring everything from spicy Tex-Mex to savory crepes.

Staying hydrated in the heat is always a must. And like every Austinite knows, drinking just tastes better on a patio. Have a cosmopolitan on Lanai’s rooftop lounge overlooking the city, or opt for a more laid-back lifestyle at Cuatro’s, enticing sunbathers and sports fans with 16 outdoor TVs. Beer lover? Tour local breweries and discover why Austin’s ranked number eight for America’s Best Beer Cities by Travel + Leisure.

Live Music Capital of the World

There’s a reason colorful guitars line the airport and many of the streets in Austin. This city is dedicated to busting a beat and is home to some of the most popular festivals in the country, enticing music lovers from every genre and country. From big-name festivals like Austin City Limits and South by Southwest to more local-known gems like the Urban Music Festival, Chaos in Tejas and Pachanga Latino Musical Festival, there’s something for everybody for sure! No matter what your music style is, you’ll find your scene here.

Make a splash

Escape the heat of the concrete jungle with a visit to one of the city’s popular watering holes — and we don’t mean bars this time. With an average year-round temperature of 68 to 70 degrees and summers in the mid- to upper 90s, Barton Springs Pool is the perfect place to take the plunge. For a more active outing, kayak, canoe, stand-up paddle board or rent a boat along Lady Bird Lake, a reservoir on the Colorado River offering unrivaled views of downtown.

When the sun goes down

Every night of late spring through early fall at dusk, hundreds gather at the Congress Avenue Bridge to see thousands of pregnant bats flutter out in smoke-like clouds as they migrate North to give birth. But for Austinites 21 and up, the sun setting is just the start to their adventures. Austin after dark offers an exciting experience for every crowd.

Stroll down 6th Street, often referred to as the Bourbon Street of Austin, and check out the historical buildings housing dance clubs, piano bars, pubs, music venues and restaurants. The scene attracts tourists and locals alike for a night they’ll never forget. For a more relaxed evening out, check out all of the hidden treasures on Rainey Street, where good food and great drinks reside in unique, historic homes embodying Austin’s eclectic style.

Let the games begin

Sports lovers find plenty to cheer about all year round. Home of the University of Texas, Bat City gives residents easy access to a variety of exciting sporting events including football, basketball, baseball, rowing and more. In addition to college sports, this active city houses the Circuit of The Americas, the premier venue for world-class motorsports and entertainment in the United States, hosting Formula 1, the ESPN’s X Games, MotoGP and more.

Baseball lovers will also enjoy quick access to Round Rock Express games at the Dell Diamond.

Y’all come visit!

No matter what you’re interested in, Austin has something for everyone. Check out our Greystar apartments in Austin now and discover the Southern hospitality you’ve been searching for.