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A blue dot in a red sea, Austin is the USA's fastest growing city. Styled facial hair, photobooths, popcorn, food trucks, tweed, oversized jenga, rooftop live music, jam jar lighting and craft beers pretty much sums up the town. Tech companies are relocating from California to Texas by the dozen making this one of the 'coolest' places on the planet right now.
The Firehouse Lounge & Hostel epitomizes all that is Austin, its a central, sociable hostel with a mix of guests from all over the world. The hostel organises a pub crawl two nights a week which takes you to see authentic Austin, with a guide who is known to strike up a spontaneous piano performance and plenty of folk up for photobooth antics.
The centre of Austin's social scene is Sixth Street. It is awash with top quality live music on roof top bars every night of the week. Bars extend beyond the highway towards East Austin where rooftops are replaced with food trucks and palettes. Our pick of the bunch being the honky tonk bar that is The White Horse, feeling like something straight out of a Kings of Leon video.
Our top tip is to just head to Austin, having been recommended by a lot of people we were certainly not disappointed, we hope to return for Austin City Limits in the not too distant future.