1. Barton Springs → For hot summer days like these, Barton Spring is every Austinites way to cool down, lay around on the grass, and people watch.
2. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema → Another crowd pleaser, Alamo Drafthouse is fun way to watch the latest blockbuster or indie flick. Great food and drinks on tap. And, if you're not worn out, check out their sister bowling alley, the Highball, next door.
3. Peter Pan Mini-Golf→ Peter Pan Mini Golf is a beloved and nostalgic holdover for me from my college days. It's a fun way to knock back a few Lone Stars and rounds of golf with friends on a long summer day.
4. Home Slice Pizza → Killer pizza and great boutiques nearby.
5. Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail → A new bikeable boardwalk around Lady Bird Lake.
6. Tacodeli → Something that binds all Austinites together is the love of a breakfast taco. Bean and cheese, please. And if you're on the search for the best queso in town, Tacodeli is a strong contender.
7. The Elephant Room → There are so many great music venues around Austin that it's hard to pick one. This is a sometimes forgotten gem that's one of my favorites. A great little underground dive bar with live jazz music and cheap drinks.
8. BookPeople → A great independent bookstore in Austin; they always have an event and book reading going on.
9. Yellow Jacket Social Club → Again, Austin has no shortage of great bars. The Yellow Jacket is a cool little biker bar hang out. Dog friendly, low key, and good food.
10. La Barbecue → In addition to the queso war, the title for the best BBQ in Austin is a divisive subject. But hey, sometimes you just have just go where your heart leads you. I'm throwing my hat in the ring for La Barbecue.