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When Austinites want to get all gussied up for a night on the town, they usually head for downtown where countless high end restaurants and other entertainment options abound. The well-dressed daters can find places where their fancy duds are the fashion standard despite Austin’s overall casual vibe.

Fine dining is not all there is to downtown Austin for a hot date. Coffee shops, cafes, museums and water sports are more options for lovebirds. Get out there and take advantage of Austin’s vibrant downtown.

10.) Party with the Sixth Street revelers

Photo: Flickr user Sean Loyless, creative commons licensed.

Photo: Flickr user Sean Loyless, creative commons licensed.

Austin is known for Sixth Street. Whether tourists are stopping in for SXSW, ACL, ROT Rally, a Formula 1 race or just a random convention, Sixth Street is a must for most visitors. This is where Austin shows itself as the Live Music Capitol of the World. Take part in all the craziness this entertainment district has to offer, but be safe and designate a driver. Austin cops take drunk driving seriously.

9.) Meander around the Bob Bullock Museum

Photo: Flickr user Jordan Hatcher, creative commons licensed.

Photo: Flickr user Jordan Hatcher, creative commons licensed.

Do you have Texas Pride rivaling that of the folks at Texas Humor? If you don’t, you will after spending an afternoon at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. From the first settlers brought by Stephen F. Austin to the latest technology NASA is using to explore the final frontier, this museum walks visitors through the expansive history, geography and icons that made Texas what it is today.

8.) Grab a light bite at Zocalo Cafe

Photo: Courtesy, Zocalo Cafe on Facebook.

Photo: Courtesy, Zocalo Cafe on Facebook.

From the people who brought you Galaxy Cafe, Zocalo provides a lighter option for diners craving modern Mexican food. Situated in the quaint Clarksville neighborhood just west of downtown, they serve up right-sized portions of your favorite south-of-the-border dishes … and killer sangria, too.

7.) Watch Master Pancake skewer a mock-worthy movie 

You probably wouldn’t pay good money to see 2008’s teen vampire flick Twilight today. But when Alamo Drafthouse’s snarky comedians take aim at the cheesy, shimmering vampires, suddenly you have a sellout crowd. But that’s just one of many movies they’ve taken down to size.

Sit back and relax as these two and their funny friends break Alamo’s rule of talking during the movie. You won’t mind because their dialog will be much better than the original.

6.) Catch a live performance at one of Austin’s theaters

Flickr user JD Hancock, creative commons licensed.

Photo: Flickr user JD Hancock, creative commons licensed.

Austin has its share of big venues for live performances by touring musicians, comedians and theater companies. Check the calendars at the Paramount, Bass Concert Hall and Long Center for something intriguing. Put a little culture in your life.

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