We in Mainland are no strangers to Austin, Texas. In fact, it's one of our favorite cities in the country and we have done our fair share of exploring, whether it be between tracking songs in Jim Eno's Public HiFi, before soundcheck at Emo's, or in between chaotic sets during SXSW. Here are our favorite local Austin haunts.
This is one of my favorite bars on the east side because it is the perfect place to stop in for a cold beer and a quick game of pool. The clientele ranges from cute tatted girls in denim jackets to young bikers and rock n rollers, and there is always a kick ass show going on, not to mention a huge backyard.
This is one of my favorite spots to grab coffee because they have a nice shady backyard and there is just something super tranquil about hanging out back there. I'm not really a coffee snob, so there are probably better cafes around where the baristas do latte art and stuff, but I'm not really about that. I just want a refreshing iced coffee and good vibes, and Rio Rita doesn't disappoint.
When it comes to record stores, it doesn't get much better than Waterloo. If you're looking for something, even a rare b-side, Waterloo will most likely have it. Their selection is grand and tasteful and they also have a great selection of rock n roll t-shirts if you're into that.
One thing we are snobs about is Mexican food, and tacos in particular. If you want the best al pastor tacos you've ever had in your life, look no further. Pueblo Viejo is a truck in a gravel parking lot on the east side. Their tacos are insane.
This is a must-go location, especially on a scorching day. Barton Springs is a natural, well, spring, and beats any swimming pool/watering hole out there. The water is cool, clear, and refreshing, making it the perfect place to escape that dry Texas heat.
Now, check out the latest track from Mainland, Beggars that's sure to put a spring in your step between each of these locales, and be sure to keep your finger on the pulse of their debut LP Night Trials coming out later this year!