Enjoy an offbeat bachelorette weekend in the hip southern city of Austin, Texas
The Live Music Capital of the World, Austin is known for its legendary festivals and beloved “weird” vibe. Although the city is its most crowded during famous events like South by Southwest and Austin City Limits, Austin is full of fun things to do year-round, and the amazing sunny Texas weather isn’t too shabby either.
The city’s top-notch restaurants, outstanding live music venues, and tons of options for enjoying the beautiful outdoors make it an unexpectedly awesome bachelorette getaway spot.
There truly is so much to do here—even if your crew is large and full of lots of different strong opinions, Austin has something for everyone to enjoy, and of course, plenty to keep your bride bestie feeling special and having fun.
Below, we’ve pulled together a list of the best and boldest Austin has to offer, from accommodation and food to day- and nighttime activities. Check them out for some inspiration as you start planning an unforgettable weekend for your best gal pal.
Enjoy a cocktail in the cozy Living Room lounge at W Austin
W Austin – The W Austin Hotel is a super chic spot situated in the heart of downtown right next door to The Moody Theater, where Austin City Limits performances are held. All the rooms here have cozy, modern décor, and many offer great views of the city skyline. The sleek rooftop WET pool transforms into a sophisticated day club each afternoon, and every single dining venue here (pool bar included!) offers weeknight happy hours.
JW Marriott Austin – For a more classically luxurious feel, head to the JW Marriott Austin, another high-end accommodation option along popular Second Street. The Marriott has a fabulous rooftop pool and poolside bar, a 24-hour fitness center, and three onsite restaurants. You can stop by the brand-new JW Spa for all-day or express treatments, or hit up the in-hotel Starbucks on your way out for a day of bopping around downtown.
Hotel Van Zandt – The Van Zandt, a boutique hotel, is perfect for the trendy bride. The hotel’s style is clean and crisp, with a little touch of rustic charm. It has the most suites of any hotel in the entire city, and guests enjoy little extras like yoga mats in every room, a social hour, morning coffee and tea service, and a rooftop area where brunch and lunch are served. Hotel Van Zandt’s restaurant, Geraldine’s, is so much more than a boring hotel bar and grill—its elegant twists on classic Texas cuisine, signature cocktails, and regular happy hours and live music performances are definitely worth checking out.
Four Seasons Austin – Located right on the edge of Lady Bird Lake, the Four Seasons Hotel seems like a remote natural oasis, despite also being positioned squarely downtown. Little touches like a saltwater outdoor pool and private garden make a stay at the Four Seasons feel particularly high end, and the calm atmosphere here will allow you to complement a jam-packed bachelorette schedule with some relaxing downtime. Perks like a fine-dining restaurant on site and a “spa happy hour” with discounted treatments add to the tucked-away atmosphere.
Mouth watering, world famous Barbeque at Franklins
Franklin BBQ - One of Austin's most famous spots, Franklin's is famous world wide for it's incredible barbecue dishes. Don't let the casual exterior fool you, people travel from around the world to try out this spot. If you're planning on eating at Franklin's, be ready to wait in line for a few hours (bring along chairs and drinks!). If you don't have time to wait, we recommend checking out LA BBQ nearby, which was opened by Franklin's previous smokemaster and has similar quality food with a much shorter wait.
parkside – A meal at parkside lets you jump right into Austin’s downtown bar scene even before sunset falls, as this bistro is located right in the thick of it. Don’t let the low-key brick interior fool you—fine cuisine reigns supreme even in this casual setting. parkside gets creative with traditional Texas comfort food, and the menu has something for both adventurous eaters (think: raw bar) and those who prefer their staples. The desserts and the cocktails are not to be skipped here.
Alcomar – A trip to Austin is not complete without indulging in some Mexican food. While a taco truck might satisfy the craving, we recommend checking out Alcomar, which specializes in finely crafted seafood dishes from south of the border. Nearly every dish incorporates oh-so-fresh fish and shellfish, which are paired with other crisp ingredients to create delicious Latin American classics.
Roaring Fork – The Downtown Austin location of Southwestern-style restaurant Roaring Fork is the place to see and be seen, especially during happy hour. This eatery has a homestyle menu in a classy setting, and offerings like short ribs, pork shoulder carnitas, and queso con puerco will bring your taste buds straight to the Texas heartland. Private dining areas and takeout are available, so your gang can enjoy the food in the atmosphere of your choice.
Asti Trattoria – You can’t go wrong with Italian food, especially when it comes from a place like Asti Trattoria. This Hyde Park bistro serves up light, flavorful pizzas and pastas, plus the Italian desserts we all know and love. This spot is perfect for a cozier dinner with just the girls.
Speakeasy – Speakeasy is a multilevel cocktail bar where you can do much more than just enjoy a drink. The hardwood décor gives a serious 1920s vibe, and different areas of Speakeasy are scattered with activities like bowling, dancing, and live music. This is the perfect venue for groups with varying preferences, as everyone can find her niche here.
The Townsend – The Townsend is another hybrid venue, this time in a hyper-chic location that oozes sophisticated charm. A menu of signature cocktails and small plates complements the polished, worldly atmosphere of the place, and the live music stage makes The Townsend come alive after dark.
Barcelona – Barcelona takes Austin nightlife in a totally different direction. This almost-hidden underground club in an unassuming building downtown is a prime location for dancing the night away. Barcelona is completely laidback, the ideal destination for the casual bride who likes to get her groove on.
The Goodnight – Another example of a lounge that serves up more than just drinks, The Goodnight includes space for everything from bowling to billiards to shuffleboard and table tennis. If you thought that wasn’t enough, this location has a full kitchen and dining area, so you can even enjoy dinner here before transitioning to a night out. If your girl loves being active and can do with more than just sipping drinks and dancing, take her here for all-night entertainment.
Broken Spoke – Rounding out our list is Broken Spoke, a downhome Texas honkytonk where your group can have a blast learning line dances like the Western Swing and the Cotton-Eyed Joe. This dancehall is a legendary country music venue in Texas, and if you really want a taste of the local flavor, this is the place to go.
Bike and drink at the same time on this multi-person bike tour with Hipside Peddler
The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party Company – At The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party Company, you and your girls can get dolled up and enjoy a full-service tea party with all the bells and whistles. This whimsical experience will make you feel like the “ladies who lunch” of yore, and the charm of the venue makes for excellent photo ops.
Barton Springs – Barton Springs is the place to be on a sunny Austin afternoon. This natural pool is fed entirely from nearby springs, and the grassy area surrounding the sparkling blue-green water is ideal for refining your pre-wedding tan.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is no ordinary movie theater; here they serve up dinner and drinks with every show and screen both new releases and classic favorites. Although talking is strictly forbidden at regular showings, at special events like Quote-Alongs and Girlie Night presentations, you can get silly and interact with the movie together with other superfans.
Hipside Peddler – What could be more fun than enjoying some sun and a drink and getting some exercise, all at the same time? On the Hipside Peddler bike, make your way through Austin on a multi-person bicycle as you enjoy a few beers and stop off at the city’s best bars and breweries. This unique experience will get you outdoors and help burn off some of the calories from the rest of the weekend.
Considered by many to be the coolest city in the United States, Austin provides the ideal setting for a bachelorette getaway weekend. The city’s laidback vibe is perfect for down-to-earth brides, but don’t let this fool you—Austin has plenty of upscale accommodations, restaurants, and bars to give your girl her glamor fix as well. So dust off those cowboy boots; Austin awaits, y’all!