Luxury Nightlife in Austin, Texas: Where to See and Be Seen
Austin, Texas is quickly becoming know as a national player when it comes to quality of living. It recently earned a coveted spot on Forbes top 10 list of America’s fastest growing economies. With tech companies like Dell, Compaq and Microsoft Technology Center, Austin has earned the nickname of Silicon Hills, a tongue in cheek nod towards it’s cousin on the West Coast, Silicon Valley in California. With a booming economy and a growing population, Austin delivers a wealth of choices when it comes to making the most of the city you live in. With students from the University of Texas, St. Edward’s and Texas State University in nearby San Marcos, there is no shortage of nightlife to explore and enjoy. Here are some examples of local favorites with a luxurious flare…
If you are a local or just visiting, the Hotel San Jose’ is an experience that will fulfill all of your senses. It is located at 1316 South Congress Avenue in the heart of the San Jose District, or better known to locals as SoCo, which is short for South Congress. The San Jose District is a few blocks from Town Lake, where the Colorado River cuts right through the city, affording stunning views for all who care to take a peek. The Hotel San Jose was originally built in 1939 and is architecturally appealing in a seamless integration with the natural beauty of the Texas Hill County. With seven styles of rooms to choose from, there is something for every budget. However, if you are looking for relaxing yet sumptuous, the Courtyard suite is the choice for you. The clean lines, high ceilings and open feel with a view overlooking the cool, clear pool will rejuvenate your senses for a night out on the town.
Another Austin treasure and beloved landmark is The Driskill Bar located within The Driskill Hotel at 604 Brazos Street in downtown Austin. The Driskill was built in 1886 and is still considered one of the cities most beautiful landmarks. It has a reputation for being haunted, as many old buildings do, but this only intrigues and delights the patrons. The Driskill Grill has won numerous awards and is included in Zagat’s Top 25 Hotel Restaurants. Each entree is prepared with exquisite care, incorporating the choicest ingredients hand picked by the chefs daily. It is this attention to quality and detail that make dining at the Grill a delight for your eyes and your palate. When you have satisfied your appetite, the Driskill Bar is the place to go next. There are stunning wall panels of a deep, rich Mahogany that instill a sense of cozy yet luxurious comfort as you make your way to the Bar. Thick, bold patterned carpeting pads your steps as you climb the wide, curving staircase that opens into a room of thick leather couches and chairs waiting to enfold you and your companions into an evening of relaxing in style.
Whether you decide to venture into the San Jose’ District of South Congress and visit the Hotel San Jose or the very trendy and popular Snack Bar a few doors down, you will find yourself feeling energized and completely engaged in the city surrounding you. Austin is full of treasures like The Driskill Hotel. It has luxury waiting around every corner and it is filled with natural beauty for those who yearn to be outside. Having earned another accolade for it’s urban forestry mission… Austin Texas is a city that respects both it’s natural resources and it’s citizens that choose to live, thrive and give back to the city that gives so much to so many.