Perhaps the best representation of Austin’s classic weird factor, south Austin is a multi-generational melting pot of hipsters and hippies (yes, they’re different), yuppies, nerds, and more. Driving down South Congress and Slaughter Lane, you will see unconventional house and car art, quirky shops and restaurants, and even the occasional cedar tree decked out in Christmas garland.
As Austin grows, it’s becoming more and more difficult to define where central Austin ends and south Austin begins, so we’re (unofficially) calling it. We consider south Austin to begin at U.S. 290/Hwy. 71. Sorry, south of the river: You’re cool but that’s still midtown.
There are a great many treasures littered around south Austin, but who is going to read a 500-item list of anything? So, we picked 15 weird and wonderful things to do when you’re hanging out near Austin’s southern border. All of them are worth your time.
Grab drinks and a movie at Alamo Drafthouse
When in the mood for a movie, Alamo Drafthouse is a no-brainer for many Austinites. The beers are locally brewed, the feature films range from old classics to present-day blockbusters, and the workers have mad spy skills, no lie. You might be able to get away with texting during a movie in any other theater, but at the Drafthouse, you’ll be caught and ousted before you can type the “K” that once seemed so important. Plus, check out the “Ninja Turtles” mural they put up recently at the Slaughter Lane location (pictured). That’s totally radical!
5701 W Slaughter Ln. 512-861-7060. Showtimes vary. General admission after 6 p.m. $10.50 ($13.50 for 3D), matinees $7.75 ($11.25 3D) with discounts for children 11 and under, seniors, college students, military personnel, Austin Film Society and Austin Film Festival members. Website.