GET BBQ FROM IRONWORKS
100 Red River St./ironworksbbq.com
This no-fuss BBQ joint is much talked about in Austin and I think they live up to the hype. My brisket was perfectly cooked and incredibly savory, plus the hot sauce (a big deal for me) and potato salad (which I normally don’t even like) are top-notch. We tried out a couple places while in Texas, but this was head and shoulders above the rest.
GO VINTAGE SHOPPING AT NEW BROHEMIA
2209 S. 1st St.
Austin has a lot of thrift and vintage stores that are worth looking at but New Brohemia is my favorite. And they don’t even cater to me! It’s a men’s shop but they carry all the way down to little boys sizes (I got a silk shirt and a Native American-inspired jacket). Plus they have loads of inexpensive silver jewelry and colorful cumberbands that I re-imagine as a belt. I can’t pump this place up enough. Look how happy Isaiah Toothtaker is in his New Brohemia find.
PERUSE BOOKS AND ZINES AT DOMY
913 E. Cesar Chavez St./domystore.com/austin
I am infatuated with Domy books. They have an extensive zine selection plus they gather some of the most interesting books out and host art shows. When we were here they had a backyard party show which supposedly happen even with the ruckus of SXSW is over.
BOWL AND SING KARAOKE AT THE HIGHBALL
1142 S. Lamar Blvd./thehighball.com
The historic High Ball is right next to the much praised Alamo Drafthouse (which we digged also), but it shouldn’t be overlooked. The decor is wonderfully restored and they have bowling, karaoke and they host concerts. The bar is great looking but they also have tasty drinks and competent bartenders.
TRACK DOWN THE NICE KICKS ‘NICE CREAM’ TRUCK
We have a warm spot in our hearts for anything mobile. Afterall, we did drive the BRINKmobile to Austin. And sneaker shop Nice Kick’s ‘Nice Cream’ Truck is a very cool idea. Track them down for exclusive roll-outs of Vans and Nikes.
-Caroline Jackson, editor