Posted by La Carmina on June 19, Lauren and I took a weekend trip to visit our friend Sarah, and take a walk on the weird side of the city.
Austin has become a young travel destination in recent decades, thanks to SXSW and startup culture. Lauren and I had a magnificent stay at Archer Hotelwhich perfectly captures the laid-back, artistic vibe of Austin. Hotel Archer opened its Texas location only 8 months ago they also have a New York property.
All the spaces are beautifully deed and the staff was lovely, especially the concierge Steven. We loved the eclectic, modern Texan interiors note the cow skull pattern pillowsand fun touches — such as the random elevator music that ranged from disco to soft rock.
The boutique hotel has luxurious and fully-stocked rooms, which we loved coming back to after a long day of sight-seeing under the sun. My midi tote purse is by Strathberryand my clog sandals are by Lotta from Stockholm.
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From our hotel, it was only a short Uber or Lyft ride to West Sixth Street — the famous Austin entertainment district. We were greeted by kitschy murals and men on motorcycles … our trip happened to coincide with the ROT Rally biker festival!
Bikers from all over gathered to hang out in downtown Austin. We stopped by the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz historic theater dating back toand popped into the Museum of the Weird. As a fan of spicy flavors, I was excited to visit the Tears of Joy hot sauce shop! This family-run business stocks hundreds of salsas and sauces, which are fantastic for souvenirs I picked up all the spooky bottles on the left.
As you might guess from the coffin-shaped bookcase above, some of these can be tongue-burning hot. Tears of Joy carries hot sauces from around the world, with a focus on rare items made in small batches with natural ingredients. Some entice you with skeleton and spider toys attached to the labels. I gravitated to the scary spices, and made my final selection with the friendly input of co-owner Brian Rush. He had a spread of tortilla chips and hot sauces in the back table, which anyone is welcome to try.
I encourage you to stop by Tears of Joy, for a date with the Reaper. They make their own products as well; the Red Fang is my favorite, and is sold on their online store along with many others. On that note: nearby is the Treaty Oak, a sprawling tree that was the center of a poisoning mystery. This majestic Southern oak tree was the last survivor of the Council Oaks, a grove of 14 sacred trees where two native tribes would meet.
Inlocals suddenly discovered that the tree was slowly dying… as it was being poisoned by someone. The city banded together to save the Treaty Oak. After an investigation and trial, Paul Cullen was sentenced to 9 years in jail for poisoning the tree he served three, and maintains his innocence.
Today, the oak stands strong, although it no longer has a branch span of feet. Every evening, they fly out in search of prey — although the best time to see them is in spring and summer.
Some visitors gather at Austin-American Statesman Park to see the bats, or take a boat ride into the waters. Lauren and I chose to stand on the bridge, and found a great spot right on the railing, above one of the posts in the center.
As the sky darkened, tiny Mexican free-tailed bats began to whizz out from under us. The bat colony is out on the hunt for insects. The bats got us in the mood for a Goth party. On the recommendation of many locals, we went to Elysium Goth club for a night of dark dance.
Founded inElysium is a large club with multiple spaces and old-school purple-blue lights. Elysium has various themed nights and special events. That evening, we watched Blakk Glass perform energetic darkwave from Seattle. The concert headliner was Hexhearta new project from Jasyn Bangert, the grandmaster of God Module. Between the sets, the DJs played Gothic tracks for people to dance on the sunken floor. Spooky selfie. My top is by Disturbia Clothing.
This Texas a newly developed northern area: most of the shops only opened a couple of months ago, with more on the way. The Domain is becoming a one-stop shopping and dining destination in Austin. The public spaces are lovely, and the surrounding streets carry both Austin and national brands such as Warby Parker and Free People. We encountered large-scale colorful murals featuring Leonard Cohen, rats with wings and other trippy des. The Domain includes Rock Rose, a street with a mouthwatering selection of international restaurants Thai, Indian, Mexican etcclubs and bars.
Highlights from our stroll: the speciality candy store Sugarfina, and this open courtyard gothic scoop chairs. Purse deer Kelly Wynne is from Dating, and opened her first retail location here not long ago. Hiding among the butterflies, in my Live Long backpack by Long Clothing. It uniquely provides street artists the chance to create and display large-scale art pieces, and encourages educational initiatives.
I picked up a few things at Whole Foods. The natural grocery chain originated in Austin so its stores are gargantuan here, with a larger-than-usual selection of items. Outside the Domain Whole Foods, there was this pastel patio for Spun liquid nitrogen ice cream. But first, cocktails. We went up to the pool terrace of Archer TX, for happy hour cocktails. At the front, guests can pick up crafts by local artisans. The restaurant is run by Chef David Bull, and is all about seasonal, local, casual fare that is perfect for sharing.
We started with the outstanding meatballs, and unique cocktails: above is a gin with peach, honey and scoop of jalapeno jam. Our server brought out off-menu selections, made fresh with the best ingredients of the day.
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The Texan heirloom tomatoes with smoked cheddar were our favorite starter. We also loved the pizza with blue cheese, pork, medjool dates and truffles — an unusual combination of rich flavors that absolutely works. Without doubt, we kept it weird in Austin! Demented Snapchat from our room at Archer Hotel. Have you visited any of these spots in Texas? I saw the hot sauce tasting video once, it looked deadly……. Where is Sarah!? The goth live-club looks fun! Austin is just about the only town I recommend to people originally from Texas I am.
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