Our Tips and Picks for a Successful SXSW

If you’re in Austin for SXSW and you want to make the most of it, follow our simple list of tips and must-see spots.

During SXSW:

Bring your charger

There will be charge stations on nearly every corner. With all the apps you’ll be running to stay on track and stay connected, you’ll need a battery boost!

Have business cards ready

You never know who will be behind you in the Starbucks line. Have your business cards ready at all times so you never miss out on a job or client opportunity.

Wear comfy shoes

After it’s all said and done, you’ll think the W in SXSW stands for walk. Make sure you don’t leave Austin with blisters.

When You’re Out and About:

Must-see tourist spot: Soco District

South Congress Avenue is lined with the trendiest shops and restaurants. Smell the leather of Allen’s Boots, go thrifting in Uncommon Objects and dine at the South Congress Café.

Best Tacos: War between Torchy’s and Tacodeli

nFusioners argue: 56% Torchy’s vs. 44% Tacodeli
Such a tight race, we’ll let you decide…

Best BBQ: Franklin’s Barbecue

So good you’ll wait hours for it. No, really. Get there an hour or two in advance or you’ll go home hungry. The BBQ joint is open Tuesday – Sunday from 11 AM to sold out. That’s right, the restaurant has sold out of brisket every day since moving from a trailer to a brick and mortar location on E. 11th in March 2011.

Best Margarita: Trudy’s

This delicious tex-mex destination is famous for its house margaritas and Mexican martinis (yeah, it’s a Texas thing). The martinis are so strong it’s illegal for Trudy’s to sell you more than two in one sitting!

Best Late Night Bar: Midnight Cowboy, Bangers and Elephant Room

Folks, we have a three-way tie.

Midnight Cowboy
By two-hour reservation only, escape the chaos of 6th Street and transport back in time to a speakeasy. One-of-a-kind cocktails are mixed tableside off of a vintage drink cart.

In the heart of Rainey Street Historic District surrounded by historic homes turned bars, find Bangers: serving up sausage and over 100 beers on tap.

Elephant Room
Head to the basement for live jazz and a full bar.

Best Pizza: Home Slice

Home Slice found on South Congress Avenue is located right next door to More Home Slice for your dine-in or takeout and by-the-slice needs.

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