Peche: Leave the college bars to the frat boys....Prohibition-style cocktail bars aren't that common in Austin, but they do exist and Peche, Austin's first absinthe bar, makes the best whiskey drinks, including a tasty sazerac.
Welcome to The Driskill Hotel. Built in 1886 as the showplace of a cattle baron, The Driskill remains a landmark of legendary Texas hospitality. Located on Sixth Street in the heart of downtown Austin, The Driskill sets the standard for elegance in Austin, Texas. The magnificent columned lobby with its marble floors and stained-glass dome are a sight to see, especially at Christmas time when an ornate tree takes center stage in the Hotel Lobby.
If you're looking for a light meal and drinks, Easy Tiger's the perfect place to throw back an IPA with some freshly baked bread and house cured meats and cheeses. It's got a downstairs beer garden too and—best of all—a prime location on Austin's 6th Street
Polvo's: Cheery, but not overly so, and free of all the downtown networkers, this Tex-Mex gem, slacker filled, South Austin joint is deceptively fastidious, excellent coffee, fresh produce, and home made tortillas... but the real ringer is the fresh salsa. You have to try this spot.
If you want to go real baller status, rent out the Cattle Baron Suite at The Driskill, a historic landmark hotel in the center of downtown built by a cattle baron in the 1880s. It's basically what you would imagine a "baron" to live in (huge and awesome and full of dark wood), and you can get it for about a tenth of what a room like this in Vegas would cost
The Warehouse District - Austin is famous for the night life scene down on 6th street. If you want to have to listen to frat boys squander their chances with college girls all night then have at it. But if you want to impress your girl, or your mom, head to the warehouse district. Loosely held together by Congress avenue, 6th street, Cesar Chavez and West Avenue this section of downtown Austin has many high end restaurants, bars and establishments for those with more discriminating tastes
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin tells the “Story of Texas” with three floors of interactive exhibits & shows. A 35-foot-tall bronze Lone Star sculpture greets visitors in front of the Museum, and a colorful terrazzo floor in the Museum’s rotunda features a campfire scene with enduring themes from Texas’ past. The Museum also has a Cafe with indoor and outdoor seating and a Museum Store with something for the Texan in everyone.