The Best Spots in Austin, According to a Cool Lady Who Lives There

Everyone you know’s been to Austin. For South By. For a bachelor party. For a pit-BBQ pilgrimage. 

They’ve all got ideas on the spots you absolutely must visit when you go. And for the most part, their ideas will get the job done. Texas’s capital is predicated on live music, exercising outdoors and delicious food; it’s hard to screw up your visit, assuming you’re willing and eager to explore. 

But with an assist from someone who actually lives there — and wasn’t just in town for a weekend two years ago — it’s possible to visit some prized local joints a bit off the well-trodden path. To that end, we tagged in Tyler Haney, CEO and founder of Outdoor Voices, an Austin-based athleisure brand that makes comfy, performance-oriented all-day wares. 

Below, Tyler dishes on everything ATX, from her ideal date night, to the best month to visit the city, to a music venue that profiles up-and-coming talent. 

Pool Burger

A favorite old Austin spot, and a favorite new spot …
A) Deep Eddy Pool and B) Pool Burger — they’re right next door to each other and happen to be next to our new shop, which is opening later this year!

The best loop for running and biking Austin … 
Lady Bird Lake Trail, a 10-mile loop that surrounds the city of Austin. 

A BBQ spot that the tourists don’t go to but you should … 
Lambert’s is yum. 

Barton Springs/Wikimedia Commons

Where to bring a book for a couple hours on a Sunday afternoon …
Barton Springs, a natural springs fed pool right in the middle of Austin. This was actually the destination that inspired me to move OV’s HQ to Austin, which we completed in 2017. It’s the fountain of youth!

An ideal date night in Austin …
Two-stepping at White Horse followed by late night drinks at Justine’s on the East Side.

El Cosmico

For a weekend trip outside the city …
El Cosmico in Marfa.

An underrated place to binge on nature for an afternoon … 
The Greenbelt

A lesser-known music venue to visit that spotlights local talent …
Continental Club.

A spot to day-drink for 4-5 hours …
Easy Tiger.

Shops run by Austin artisans worth patronizing …
Vada Jewelry. It’s all digital so DM her on Instagram and she’ll come to you. I also love Take Heart on E. 11th St.

Veracuz All Natural/Facebook

Austin’s greatest breakfast sandwich is …
Not a breakfast sandwich! Breakfast tacos only. My favorite is the migas taco at Veracruz All Natural.

The best month of the year to visit Austin is …
October. 

Main image via Outdoor Voices/Instagram