Top 5 Ice Cream Spots in Austin


Top 5 Ice Cream Spots in Austin

Need a sweet treat to beat the heat?

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, this city is brimming with unique ice cream shops that cater to every taste and craving. From classic scoops to innovative flavors, we’ve scoured Austin to bring you the top spots where you can cool off and treat yourself. So grab your spoons and get ready to explore all the ice cream destinations that Austin has to offer!

Zed’s Real Fruit Ice Cream: a Portland-based gem now nestled on East MLK, brings a unique twist to ice cream with its New Zealand-inspired blended-to-order soft serve. The process is delightfully simple: start with a base of either vanilla or a non-dairy option, then select from an array of fresh fruits. These ingredients are blended into a smooth, creamy dessert and finished with a variety of drizzles and toppings. The result is a delicious treat that feels somewhat healthy but is undeniably tasty! Try out Zed’s next time you are craving something sweet and fruity!

 Lick Honest Ice Cream: True to its name, Lick Honest ice cream prides itself on traceable ingredients and a commitment to purity and quality. While Lick Honest avoids all artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, this ice cream spot does not skip out on flavor. From family favorites like Texas Sheet Cake and Milk Chocolate to the one of a kind options like Goat Cheese, Thyme & Honey and Cilantro Lime, everyone is sure to find a flavor they love. Coupled with handcrafted sauces, freshly made cookie crumbles, and waffle cones straight off the press make Lick Honest Ice Cream a fresh, unique, and sustainable option for your sweet tooth!

The Baked Bear: What’s better than a heaping scoop of ice cream? A heaping scoop of ice cream sandwiched between two warm and gooey cookies. The Baked Bear delights with a variety of original-recipe cookies and ice cream flavors, allowing guests to mix and match cookies or brownies for their sandwich base and top it off with their favorite ice cream in the middle. Before serving, guests can opt to have their sandwich rolled in toppings or warmed up.

 Dolce Neve Gelato: in Austin, Texas, is the brainchild of Francesca, Leo, and Marco, whose love for authentic Italian gelato inspired them to share this art with the Austin community. Francesca, trained at Carpigiani Gelato University in Italy and recognized at the Sherbeth Festival as one of the top gelato chefs in the world, brings her expertise and dedication to the craft. Leo, with a passion for natural and healthy food, contributes his experience with homemade gelato made from seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Marco, inspired by innovative flavors from his time in New York, adds a creative flair to their gelato creations. Dolce Neve, meaning “Sweet Snow,” offers a variety of inventive and traditional gelato flavors, ensuring a truly unforgettable experience for every visitor.

Amy’s Ice Cream: is hailed as the original gourmet ice cream experience in Austin. Boasting a staff of servers who perform ice cream scooping tricks bold enough to match the trademarked giant scoop of melting ice cream atop of every location, when you go to Amy’s you are in for an experience. With 350+ rotating flavors, an endless list of “crush’ns”, whipped cream, hot fudge, and of course free sprinkles, Amy’s transports you back to nostalgic dreams of your perfect ice cream sundae. Stop by their original store on Guadalupe Street or head to South Congress for a scoop with a view of the skyline. You really can’t go wrong with Amy’s!

Top 5 Vintage Spots in Austin


Top 5 Vintage Spots in Austin

Feeling Nostalgic? 

Discover the vibrant vintage scene of Austin, Texas this summer! Whether you are looking for a pair of vintage sunnies for a pool party at The Independent or a funky lamp to add some flair to your apartment, Austin is home to a treasure trove of vintage spots that will make you and your space pop. We curated a list of the city’s best kept vintage shops.


Room Service: Housed in a reclaimed pharmacy and soda fountain from the 1950’s, Room Service is a 3,500 square foot vintage explosion with something for everyone. Located on the North Loop Strip, Room Service hails curated vintage from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and beyond. While Room Service features an extensive furniture collection, it also boasts an equally broad selection of lighting, jewelry, wall art, books, and relics. 


Uncommon Objects: Indulge your nostalgic cravings at Uncommon Objects, a unique emporium nestled in the heart of Austin. Established in 1991 and located in the North Loop, Uncommon Objects has evolved from a modest antique collective into a haven for transcendent junk and quirky relics of American culture. With twenty-four dedicated antique sellers under one roof, Uncommon Objects offers a genuine and sometimes eccentric glimpse into history, providing the perfect blend of sentimentality and curiosity for vintage enthusiasts. 


Prototype Vintage: If you have been on the hunt for that perfectly worn leather jacket or boot cut jeans, Prototype Vintage located on South Congress is a great spot to add unique pieces to your closet. Founded in 2005 by two best friends, Audrie San Miguel & Emily Larson as a vintage furniture store, Prototype has flourished into an essential destination within Austin’s vintage clothing landscape. Stop by Prototype the next time you are on South Congress and snap a selfie in front of their iconic green wall. 


Charm School Vintage: Charm School, a vintage haven located in East Austin, features handmade, culturally rich, and well-traveled garments. Specializing in the eclectic vibes of the 1970s and influenced by Victorian 1930s allure, Charm School boasts natural fabrics and textiles like leather, lace, velvet, and silk. Beyond fashion, Charm School showcases handmade apothecary products, independent jewelry, and ethically-sourced crystals, prioritizing sustainability and supporting local artisans and ethical practices. 


Full Circle Vintage: Full Circle Vintage is credited with keeping Texas history alive through, you guessed it, cowboy boots. Owner and professional boot-finder Joey Medina keeps stories alive through repairing, reserving, and reselling boots. If you aren’t shopping for your next pair of boots, Full Circle has also curated an extensive vintage t-shirts collection to pair with their selection of perfect broken in Levis. Just near the edge of the University of Texas Campus, Full Circle is a one stop shop for curating a quintessential Texas wardrobe.

Top Margarita Spots in Austin


Top Margarita Spots in Austin


With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, Austin’s margarita scene comes alive with a plethora of renowned establishments. From hidden gems to iconic favorites, join us as we explore the city’s top spots known for serving up exceptional margaritas.



Matt’s El Rancho: Matt’s El Rancho is a famous Tex-Mex restaurant located on South Lamar. The restaurant was founded in 1952 and is an iconic destination for both locals and tourists. The restaurant is particularly famous for their margaritas and Matt’s Knockout Martini. Given its popularity, reservations are not accepted. To savor the full experience, arrive early and grab a margarita at the bar while waiting for your table!


De Nada Cantina: Located on East Cesar Chavez St, De Nada Cantina was voted best margarita in Austin in 2023 by The Austin Chronicle.  They are known for their classic frozen margarita which comes in their signature pink cup. Their margaritas are on the stronger side, in which guests are limited to two margaritas per person. The restaurant is open from 11am until midnight and reservations can be made online.


Bacalar: Bacalar is a Yucatán inspired restaurant that is located in Austin’s Rainey Street Historic district. The restaurant was opened in 2023 and created by chef Gabe Erales and the team at Urbanspace Hospitality. The restaurant has a variety of delicious margaritas, including their famous Narangrita which is a classic margarita with an orange liqueur twist. Bacalar offers happy hour everyday from 5:00 – 6:30 pm in which guests can purchase discounted cocktails and appetizers.


El Alma: Located on Barton Springs and second location on Westgate Blvd, El Alma is a popular Mexican restaurant known for their charming rooftop patio. Order from a variety of unique margaritas, including their Flaquita, which is  a watermelon- serrano infused margarita! El Alma has happy hour everyday from 3:00 – 6:00 pm and reservations can be booked online.



Fonda San Miguel: Fonda San Miguel was founded over 40 years ago and is located in Rosedale Austin. The restaurant offers a large drink menu including a variety of cocktails and margaritas. We recommend the Numero Uno Margarita made with Tequila Reposado! Fonda San Miguel is open only for dinner, starting at 5:00 pm.


Witnessing the Rare Total Solar Eclipse in Austin


Witnessing the Rare Total Solar Eclipse in Austin


Total Eclipse of the Sun. Original public domain image from Flickr.


On Monday, April 8th, Austin will witness its first total solar eclipse since 1397, marking a historic celestial event. Such phenomena are exceptionally rare, with the next total solar eclipse not projected until 2343. Anticipation is mounting as both residents and visitors eagerly prepare to experience this remarkable event.



A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon entirely obscures the sun, casting a shadow over its entire surface. During this event, the sun’s outer atmosphere, known as the corona, becomes visible as a radiant halo encircling the dark silhouette of the moon. Total solar eclipses are only observable within a narrow path spanning several thousand miles, yet its visibility is confined to a mere few dozen miles in width.




Situated on the eastern edge of the total solar eclipse path, Austin offers an optimal vantage point to behold the eclipse in its entirety. The event will unfold across the city, with the hill country experiencing its awe-inspiring effects from approximately 1:32 pm to 1:41 pm CST.



Numerous premier locations throughout Austin have been identified as prime viewing spots for the total eclipse, including the Long Center’s free eclipse viewing party (starting at 11 am) hosted by Radiolab’s Molly Webster, featuring entertainment, engagement with astronomers, and eclipse-themed beer. The University of Texas at Austin is set to host a viewing party from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, boasting 16 designated viewing areas for attendees. Republic Square will also host a viewing event from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, with complimentary solar eclipse glasses provided to the first 200 guests. Additionally, the Austin Public Library will host viewing parties at each of its nine locations. Several restaurants will also be hosting watch parties, including Salt Lick BBQ, offering a viewing experience from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with tickets priced at $25 per vehicle.



Preparation for observing a total solar eclipse in Austin demands meticulous planning to ensure a safe and fulfilling experience. If traveling from outside the city, it is advisable to depart early and anticipate potential traffic congestion. Ensure the acquisition of proper viewing equipment, such as eclipse glasses or solar viewing filters compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard.


South by Southwest 2024


South by Southwest 2024



Every March, Austin transforms into a hub of creativity, innovation, and cultural exchange as thousands flock to the city for the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. SXSW is a conglomerate of festivals and conferences that take place over ten days in March. This year,  South by Southwest 2024 begins on March 8th and runs through March 16th. The event features sessions, music and comedy showcases, film and television screenings, world-class exhibitions, professional development and networking opportunities, tech competitions, awards ceremonies, and much more. SXSW has become a must-attend event for anyone interested in the intersection of technology, entertainment, and culture.



SXSW Interactive

Kicking off the festival, SXSW Interactive focuses on emerging technology and digital innovation. It features keynote speakers, panels, workshops, and exhibitions covering topics such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, blockchain, and entrepreneurship. Tech enthusiasts, startups, and industry leaders converge to explore the latest trends and exchange ideas.




SXSW Film showcases an eclectic mix of independent films, documentaries, and shorts, providing a platform for emerging filmmakers to shine. With premieres, Q&A sessions, and screenings aplenty, cinephiles are in for a treat as they discover the next wave of cinematic talent.



SXSW Music

Renowned for its vibrant music scene, Austin comes alive during SXSW Music as thousands of bands and artists perform at venues across the city. From indie rock to hip-hop, the festival features a wide range of musical genres, attracting music lovers and industry insiders alike. In addition to live performances, SXSW Music hosts networking events, workshops, and showcases, offering aspiring musicians opportunities to showcase their talent and connect with industry professionals.



SXSW Comedy

Comedians from near and far take the stage to entertain audiences with their wit and humor. With stand-up sets, improv performances, and podcast recordings, comedy aficionados are in for a night of hilarious entertainment.




SXSW Edu brings together educators, innovators, and policymakers to explore the future of education. With engaging keynotes, workshops, and panels, the festival fosters dialogue on topics such as inclusive learning environments, educational equity, and the role of technology in education.


Top 5 Date Night Spots in Austin


Top 5 Date Night Spots in Austin!


Embark on a culinary journey through Austin, Texas, where hidden gems and iconic restaurants promise an unforgettable date night out. Uncover treasures like Bacalar, offering Yucatan flavors, or Peacock on 2nd Street, where modern sophistication intertwines with timeless romance.  Whether it’s a memorable first date or an anniversary celebration, discover our top picks for where to bring your significant other downtown!



Bacalar (44 East Ave #100): Discover the magic of the Yucatan at Bacalar, a hidden treasure near Rainey Street. Step into a world adorned with vibrant decor inspired by Mexico’s Bacalar Lagoon and treat yourself to expertly crafted cocktails. Savor the blend of Mexican and Lebanese flavors expertly curated by award-winning Top Chef, Gabe Erales. Bacalar offers a haven for food lovers and anyone seeking a break from Austin’s casual dining scene. Whether it’s a romantic date night or any special occasion, Bacalar’s versatile venue is the perfect choice.



The Peacock Mediterranean Grill (600 W 2nd St.): Located along the vibrant 2nd Street in Austin, The Peacock is a captivating space that transcends the ordinary dining experience. Here, modern sophistication seamlessly intertwines with timeless romance. Soft lighting and plush furnishings create an intimate setting, inviting couples to relax and connect. Whether indulging in the food on the menu or basking in the enchanting atmosphere, The Peacock promises an unforgettable experience where every detail contributes to a perfect night out.



Uchiba (601 W 2nd St.): Uchiba emerges as a captivating destination for an unforgettable date night experience. Led by Chef Tyson Cole, the culinary team at Uchiba is committed to pushing the boundaries of creativity. The fusion of Japanese techniques with global influences results in dishes that not only please the palate but also showcase the artistry and innovation inherent in the culinary craft. Each piece is a work of art that reflects the commitment to excellence and creativity that defines Uchiba’s culinary philosophy.



Sammie’s (807 W 6th St.): Sammie’s Italian offers a charming taste of Old Italy right in the heart of the city. This gem features a diverse menu showcasing classic Italian fare, from delicious pasta to savory pizzas and irresistible desserts. Sammies Italian prides itself on using high-quality ingredients to craft dishes that transport diners to the heart of Italy. The warm and inviting ambiance complements the delicious cuisine, making it a go-to spot for a romantic dinner.



Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (320 E 2nd St.): Renowned for its elegant atmosphere and impeccable service, Fleming’s steakhouse in downtown Austin offers a memorable date night experience with prime steaks, decadent sides, and an extensive wine list. The upscale ambiance, stylish decor, and expertly crafted dishes create a romantic setting that seamlessly blends modern luxury with classic steakhouse charm. Whether celebrating a special occasion or enjoying each other’s company, Fleming’s promises an unforgettable culinary journey for couples seeking perfection in every detail.

Workouts in Downtown Austin to Kickstart the New Year!


Workouts in Downtown Austin to Kickstart the New Year!


As the confetti settles and the echoes of New Year’s celebrations fade away, many of us are inspired to embark on a journey of self-improvement. Whether it’s the scenic trails along Lady Bird Lake or the energetic classes at Barry’s, downtown Austin offers a multitude of options to help kickstart your New Year’s resolutions! Here are our favorite ways to stay active downtown.



Roy Butler Trail: The Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail is a scenic recreational pathway encircling Lady Bird Lake.The trail spans approximately 10 miles, offering a picturesque route for walking, running, and cycling. Lined with lush greenery, the trail provides stunning views of the lake and of the Austin skyline, making it a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike. The Butler Trail is a hub of outdoor activity, providing a peaceful escape in the heart of the city and connecting to various parks, recreation areas, and cultural attractions along its route.



Barry’s (408 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701): Barry’s is a global fitness brand specializing in high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Established in 1998, it offers a unique workout combining treadmill intervals with strength training. Known for its energetic atmosphere and effective routines, Barry’s has become a popular choice for those seeking dynamic and results-oriented fitness sessions.



[solidcore] (204 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701): Solidcore is a fitness studio known for its high-intensity, low-impact workouts using the Megaformer machine. The sessions, based on the Lagree Fitness Method, focus on slow, controlled movements for a full-body workout, emphasizing muscle strength and endurance. It’s a popular choice for those seeking an efficient and challenging fitness experience.



Studio Three Austin (501 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701): Studio Three encompasses three, elite fitness studios under one roof: Interval, Cycle and Yoga. Tailored to athletes of all skill levels, group classes in each discipline are led by world-class instructors who inspire growth at every stage of your fitness journey! The S3 experience is powered by state-of-the-art technology, enhanced by stunning design and premium amenities, and sealed with an unparalleled community.



RIDE (117 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701): Welcome to the #rideclub. The mission of RIDE is to provide a platform where people feel accomplished, liberated and joyful after their workouts. The best workouts are fun, and they believe that when people enjoy their workout they find strength in their body, realize clarity in their mind and begin to welcome fitness as a lifestyle. Ride is in the business of making people feel good on and off the bike, making it the best place to start your 2024 fitness journey!



Barton Springs Cold Plunge (2131 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78746): Recover after your workout at Barton Springs Pool. Barton Springs Pool at Zilker Park provides a year-round cold plunge experience with its natural spring-fed water that stays at a crisp 68°F year round. The invigorating cold water offers refreshing relief and numerous health benefits, making it a popular attraction for both locals and visitors seeking a revitalizing swim.

5 Best Holiday Pop-Ups to Get You in the Spirit


5 Best Holiday Pop-Ups to Get You in the Spirit


Unlock the magic of the holiday season in Austin with an enchanting array of festive pop-up experiences that promise to transform the city into a winter wonderland. From Gibson Street Bar’s ‘Gibson Wonderland’, to Kitty Cohen’s lively Hanukkah celebration, each venue offers a unique and spirited escape. We’ve compiled our top five must-see pop-ups to get you in the festive spirit!



Gibson Street Bar 12/1 – 12/31: Gibson Street’s holiday pop-up bar, “Gibson Wonderland,” is a festive transformation that captivates visitors every December. With the bar’s string of reindeer lights and towering candy canes transforming the space into a Christmas wonderland and a delightful holiday drink menu, it’s the perfect place to unwind and embrace the holiday spirit. Enjoy the warmth of the season with friends and loved ones at this Austin gem, starting December 1st.



Kitty Cohen’s 12/1 – 12/30: The East Austin bar Webberville will host its fourth annual Hanukkah pop-up, with lively decorations accompanied by a menu of Hanukkah-inspired drinks. In addition to their themed drink specials, this year’s celebrations will feature baked goods from pastry chef Amanda Rockman, including Hanukkah cookies during the holidays and rugelach, a cocktail served with a star of David chai shortbread with a citrus glaze. Jewboy Burgers will also pop up on Monday, December 19th.



Miracle on 5th Street at The Eleanor 12/1 – 12/27: Miracle on 5th Street, a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar, creates a whimsical and nostalgic holiday atmosphere in the heart of the city. This merry establishment boasts festive decorations from floor to ceiling, multiple bars, delightful communal experiences, and a generous serving of holiday cheer. Austin’s beloved holiday destination, located once again at the Eleanor, is back for another enchanting season. Visitors can’t resist taking snapshots in Santa’s Throne or savoring seasonal libations like the Chimney Cricket and the Jingle Balls Nog. Hurry in before the festivities conclude on December 27.


Mozart’s Light Show 12/1 – 1/6: One of the city’s most iconic offerings during the holiday season is a mesmerizing display at Mozart’s Coffee Roasters that transforms the café into a dazzling wonderland. Thousands of LED lights meticulously choreographed to classic tunes turn the entire outdoor deck into a symphony of colors and music. Families, friends, and couples gather to watch their incredible light show, sipping coffee, and indulging in delicious pastries. It’s a cherished Austin tradition that evokes a sense of wonder and community, making Mozart’s a must-visit during the holidays.



Ice Rodeo at The Four Seasons Hotel Austin 12/1 – 1/7: Experience winter magic as you skate beneath the stars with a breathtaking view of Lady Bird Lake at downtown Austin’s premier ice-skating rink. The Four Seasons’ Ice Rodeo is an immersive holiday experience with extravagant decor, art installations, and is accompanied by themed pop-up lounges, outdoor dining cabins, as well as a themed menu and more.

6 Events Happening in Austin this Month


6 Events Happening in Austin this Month


November in Austin, Texas, is a magical time when the scorching summer heat starts to wane, and the city comes alive with an array of events. From studio tours and cultural festivals to family-friendly fun, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. We’ve compiled six exciting events happening in Austin this November that you won’t want to miss!


Wurstfest 11/3 – 11/12: An annual festival held in the charming town of New Braunfels, is a beloved event that celebrates the best of German culture, food, and tradition. Wurstfest offers a unique and unforgettable cultural experience, from the mouthwatering array of sausages to the lively polka music and spirited beer gardens. Discover the rich history, delicious foods, and lively entertainment that make Wurstfest a must-visit destination for those seeking an authentic taste of Germany in the heart of Texas.


Austin Food + Wine Festival 11/4 – 11/5: The Austin Food + Wine Festival is an annual celebration that excites taste buds and raises a glass to the finest culinary experiences. This locals’ favorite event showcases the best of Austin’s food scene and the world of wine in a captivating setting. Attendees can indulge in a diverse array of gourmet dishes, sample exquisite wines, and enjoy engaging culinary demonstrations and entertainment. This festival is a must-visit for food lovers, wine enthusiasts, and anyone seeking a delightful blend of flavors and experiences in the Texas capital.


Austin Fashion Week 11/10 – 11/12: The annual Austin Fashion Week, hosted by Fashion by Texas, returns this November for an in-person, outdoor show at The Domain. AFW is a dynamic and trendsetting event that converges fashion, art, and culture in the heart of Texas. This annual showcase celebrates local and national talent, providing a platform for emerging designers, models, and fashion enthusiasts to shine. With a diverse lineup of runway shows, fashion exhibits, and style-related events, Austin Fashion Week captures the city’s unique sense of style and creativity. It’s a must-attend for those who appreciate the fusion of innovation and fashion, making it a key cultural highlight in Austin’s social calendar.


Texas Monthly BBQ Fest 11/4 – 11/5: Texas Monthly hosts the annual Texas Monthly BBQ Festival just south of Austin in historic Downtown Lockhart, Texas. This two-day event features live music, an artisan market, live cooking demos and some of the best BBQ in the state. Hosted annually, this festival gathers the most esteemed pitmasters from across Texas to serve up a mouthwatering array of smoked meats. Visitors can try brisket, ribs, sausages, and more, all prepared with exceptional craftsmanship. With live music and a festive atmosphere, it’s a one-of-a-kind celebration of Texas’ smoky culinary tradition that no BBQ enthusiast should miss.


Austin Studio Tour 11/4 – 11/19: The Austin Studio Tour is a free, self-guided art event that takes place over three weekends and combines the West Austin Studio Tour and East Austin Studio Tour. The tour provides opportunities for artists all over Austin to connect with each other and for the public to experience art in person​.


Texas Book Festival 11/11 – 11/12: The 28th annual Texas Book Festival is set to unfold at the Texas State Capitol grounds, inviting the public to enjoy over 300 authors and 200+ sessions tailored for adults, young adults, middle-grade readers, and children. The festival promises a delightful array of events suitable for readers of all ages and tastes. The 2023 lineup includes luminaries such as New York Times Best Selling Author Stacey Abrams, PEN/Faulkner award recipient Ann Patchett, Pulitzer Prize laureate Andrew Sean, and more! 

Urbanspace Hospitality Opens New Full-Service Restaurant, Bacalar, in Partnership with Gabe Erales


Urbanspace Hospitality Opens New Full-Service Restaurant, Bacalar, in Partnership with Gabe Erales


Bacalar restaurant exterior photo


Experience the Yucatán at Urbanspace Hospitality’s newest full-service concept, Bacalar. Located near the heart of Austin’s vibrant Rainey Street district, the restaurant was created in partnership with Chef/Partner Gabe Erales, a Top Chef winner. Erales brings his own unique culinary style to Bacalar, which is inspired by his Mexican heritage and his travels throughout Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. More than just a system of agriculture, the concept of la milpa comprises the complex interactions & personal relationships between farmers, the crops, and the land. The food of Bacalar emulates this philosophy inspired by the coastal and interior regions of the Yucatan peninsula from which Chef Gabe’s family originates. The restaurant’s menu features a variety of dishes that are not typically found in other Austin restaurants. This makes Bacalar a great option for people who are looking for something different. Chef Gabe Erales is a talented chef with a passion for creating delicious and authentic food. His dishes are artfully presented and packed with flavor. Bacalar offers the best fine dining experience.



Bacalar was designed by Urbanspace’s Development + Interiors Principal Merrill Alley and features two bars, two patios, a lounge, and a private dining room, with thoughtful design elements inspired by nature and the rich Maya culture of the Yucatán. Bacalar utilizes vernacular design to keep the space authentic while also remaining modern. The totem is both a physical and spiritual centerpiece of Bacalar’s design, representing a visual expression of the landscape and culture that inspired the restaurant’s cuisine. The base of the totem prominently features the most important crop in Maya agriculture: maize. Not only a staple food in the Mayan diet, corn also played a significant role in religion, culture, and the economy. Taken as a whole, the totem signifies abundance, fertility, and the natural world’s connection to the divine.



“At Urbanspace, our expertise is in acquiring and developing best-in-class real estate while being passionate about building communities in the spaces we own and develop,” says Urbanspace CEO/Founder Kevin Burns. “With the genuine care that Chef Gabe and his team have for the Austin community, we know that Bacalar will be a wonderful addition to our city’s adored Rainey Street.”

Bacalar is located at the base of 44 East Ave, and reservations are now live! Hours are Sunday-Wednesday 5-10pm and Thursday-Saturday 5-11pm! Walkins are welcome, but if you would like to make a reservation or take a look at Bacalar’s menu click here.

5 Residential Developments Coming to Downtown Austin


5 Residential Developments Coming to Downtown Austin

Austin, Texas – one of the fastest growing cities in the country. The Austin skyline is ever-changing as new developments continue to arise. We’ve compiled a list of 4 residential highrise buildings in Austin that are undergoing construction, including a tower projected to be the tallest highrise in Texas!



The Modern Austin Residences 

Developed by Urbanspace Real Estate + Interiors, The Modern Austin Residences is a luxury condo building that will be opening in 2025. The Modern will be located on 610 Davis Street in the Rainey Street Historic District. The complex will have 56 stories featuring 299 market-rate residences and 19 affordable housing units. Amenities include a 25 M swimming pool + spa, movie lounge, dog run + dog wash, fitness center and much more. Urbanspace handles all sales and interior design related to The Modern. 



Waterline Tower 

Coming in late 2026, the Waterline Tower will be located on 98 Red River Street in the Rainey Street Historic District. The tower will be located in the heart of the business district and will be on the banks of Lady Bird Lake and Waller Creek. Waterline will be 74 floors with 352 residential luxury apartment complexes. The tower will also contain the 1 Hotel with 251 rooms. Reaching 1,022 feet, the tower is projected to be the tallest highrise in Texas.




Located on 600 Guadalupe Street, The Residences at 6G will be the tallest building in Austin until the Waterline Tower is completed in 2026. The highrise is 66 floors with 349 apartment units. The building also features over 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail space and almost 600,000 square feet of office space. The residential amenities include a sky lounge with poker room, outdoor yoga deck, fitness center, golf simulator, indoor theater and much more.



The Linden 

The Linden is the first residential highrise to be located in between Downtown Austin and The University of Texas Campus. The building is located on 317 West 17th Street and will contain 1, 2, and 3 bedroom luxury residences. The 28 story building was topped off in January of 2023 and is projected to be ready for move-in in late 2023. First-class amenities include a world-class lap pool, a club room, a residence bar, outdoor lounge areas, and much more.




Vesper, located at 84 East Avenue, will soar 41 stories high and house a total of 284 condos, with an average unit size of 975 square feet. This exciting project aims to encapsulate the essence of authentic Austin, celebrating the city’s unique artisan culture. The anticipated amenities are set to be exceptional, featuring a rooftop community clubhouse, a sky-deck pool with cabana and outdoor kitchen, complete with a fireplace and lounge area. Residents can also look forward to a fitness studio, complete with private spin and yoga studios, as well as a sky dog park, a lawn, and a convenient dog-washing station.

5 New Businesses in Downtown Austin


5 New Businesses in Downtown Austin

Austin, Texas, a city renowned for its vibrant culture, live music scene, and progressive atmosphere, has long been a hub for entrepreneurs and innovators. we will take you on a tour of five exceptional establishments that have recently opened their doors, each bringing something unique and fresh to the thriving downtown landscape. From tantalizing culinary experiences to aesthetic lounge bars, these businesses exemplify the city’s ever-evolving charm and dynamism.

Trulucks: In June, Truluck’s made a move just a block away to 300 Colorado St. Along with the relocation, the restaurant now contains a stylish and sophisticated new bar, a second-story patio offering panoramic views of downtown Austin, and an upgraded state-of-the-art kitchen. These enhancements provide Chef Michael Cerny and Chef de Cuisine Andrew Diaz with the opportunity to further diversify and enhance the already delectable menu. Rest assured, the restaurant continues to offer its iconic and popular dishes, including the delightful miso-glazed sea bass paired with crab fried rice and chilled cucumber slaw, as well as other delicious options like sesame seared tuna, prime king crab, and South African lobster tails.

Red Farm: Red Farm, a contemporary Chinese eatery based in New York, is making its way to Austin. The restaurant will be located in downtown Austin at 201 West Third Street. While the specific opening date remains undisclosed at this time, food enthusiasts can look forward to savoring the restaurant’s renowned dishes. Among the highlights are the famed Peking duck, tantalizing pastrami egg rolls, delectable lobster paired with eggs, flavorful barbecue spare ribs, and delightful pork buns. Additionally, Red Farm is renowned for its diverse selection of dumplings, including the delectable black truffle chicken or pork and crab soup dumplings, the mouthwatering crispy duck and crab dumplings, the satisfying crunch vegetable and peanut dumplings, and the playful Pac Man dumplings, designed to resemble characters from the iconic arcade game.

Fox Trot: Situated conveniently in downtown’s central area, right off 2nd Street, Foxtrot, a Chicago-based convenience store, offers a variety of specialty grab-and-go food and beverages, complemented by a cozy seating space for relaxation. Besides the convenient grab-and-go options, Foxtrot contains a well-equipped kitchen where you can order delectable sandwiches, wraps, breakfast tacos, and an array of other tempting dishes. Moreover, as the day winds down, you have the option to swing by and grab your favorite bottle of wine or locally brewed Austin beer, and enjoy a wine pour on-site before heading home.

Uchiba: ​​Chef Tyson Cole’s renowned Japanese restaurant, Uchi, which has gained popularity in Austin, is introducing its casual spin-off, Uchiba, to the city at the end of the summer. It is an izakaya-style cocktail bar and restaurant where customers can relish an extensive array of Japanese whiskies, delectable yakitori grill offerings, and all-time favorites from Uchi’s menu. The upcoming menu at Uchiba will feature items such as yakitori, dumplings, bao, and an extensive selection of sushi and sashimi, taking inspiration from the successful original location in Dallas.

The Quill Room: The bar located within the Austin Proper hotel made its debut in January but was made accessible to the public in May, exuding the ambiance of a European salon. Located on the second floor, customers can experience stunning views while indulging in the refined ambiance, perfect for savoring a classic spritz, enjoying live music, and sharing delectable French-inspired snacks. The menu offers delightful drinks like the Love Letter, a delightful concoction of elderflower liqueur, prosecco, sparkling water, adorned with edible flowers. Additionally, the bar serves appetizers such as foie gras custard paired with radishes, enticing the taste buds of its patrons.


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