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Visit the Sixth Street in Austin

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Do you avoid the mall because of all the chain stores? Do you prefer a night reading a book to telling a story on Instagram? If so, you will love Sixth Street in Austin, a historic area with great music and shopping. Learn about the plenty of Austin Texas things to do below:

The History

The Sixth Street Historic District has been listed in the National Register of Historic places ever since 1975. In the 1800s the street was the main way into town and was called Pecan St. It was right near the railroad track and welcomed visitors to the town with its many saloons and shops.

Famous for being progressive, the Austin landmark was far ahead of the rest of Texas in both technology and culture. In the 1890s E.M. Scarbrough erected Austin’s first skyscraper, The Scarbrough Building, to house his eponymous department store. Although the south had a reputation for being racist, Sixth Street had businesses owned by people of every different nationality. If you enjoy history, learning about this will definitely be one of the best Austin Texas things to do!


Austin is known as a center for great music and Sixth Street is home to many famous music venues.
Named after Rod Stewart’s rock classic, Maggie Mae’s offers live music seven days a week and has three stages of music on the weekends. The colorfully decorated bar has several music-themed rooms such as the Gibson room, which is decorated with the famous guitars and The LP Room which is decorated with platinum records.

Peter’s Dueling Piano Bar features four pianists a night playing songs from every era on two baby grand pianos. The pianists are joined by other musicians and the audience is encouraged to dance and sing along.

The Bat Bar is one of the street’s most iconic venues. It has two dance floors, three bars and features live music every night. Austin Texas things to do are fan favorites!

Food and Drink

All the dancing that you will be doing is sure to give you an appetite and Sixth Street offers some of the best eats and libations in town. Revelry Kitchen and Bar offers some genuinely unique dishes like a grilled cheese with marinara or a smashed avocado dip. The Firehouse Lounge is accessed through a hidden bookshelf in the lobby of a local hostel and features some great classic cocktails. Eureka offers flavorful and inventive fare such as truffle cheese fries and watermelon salad.

Austin Texas Things To Do

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