City Secrets: Austin, USA

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They say everything’s bigger in Texas. That’s definitely true for the Austin music scene, one of the strongest in the US! The home of the famous tech and music festival SXSW and over 250 music venues, the Texas capitol is also a haven for nature lovers, with swimming holes, greenbelts, and a lake close to downtown. Sofar Austin City Leader Steven shares his favorite local secret spots and Sofar Austin artists in a Spotify playlist!

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Campbell's Hole Megan Atchley

Greenbelt - Campbell's Hole Overlook

Nestled about a quarter of a mile into the Barton Skyway Greenbelt entrance is an exclusive spot that most people don't know about. What you'll find is the best look of the greenbelt inside a cliffside cave.”

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Midnight Cowboy @atxfoodchronicles

Midnight Cowboy

What used to be the Midnight Cowboy Massage Parlor of Congress street is now a hidden away reservation-only speakeasy with amazing cocktails and ambiance.”

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Red Headed Stepchild aka "Floppy Disk Repair Co." Joey Simonetti

Red Headed Stepchild

“When I first passed by Red Headed Stepchild, disguised excellently as Floppy Disk Repair, I had to Yelp it to see if I really found the one place that could restore all of my old school projects from floppy disk to DVD. What I found were funny reviews about their poor knowledge of floppy disks and their innate ability to craft a solid cocktail. Inside you’ll find funky decor, amazing cocktails, and swing seats up to the bar. Any hope of getting in this place is dependent upon your ability to track down the secret door code that changes monthly. Pro tip says to go into the adjacent Handle Bar and try to get a tip from the bartender.”

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Firehouse Lounge @joew203

Firehouse Lounge

“My plans of having a secret lair behind a bookcase have fallen short up to this point, so when I have friends in town I always have to take them to the best hostel in town. To the right of the check-in desk of the hostel, you’ll find a bookshelf with an amazing bar tucked behind it. Craft cocktails and people from all around the world is what you’ll find here. They have live music most nights and the beauty of not knowing whether it’s night or day from the inside.”

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Milonga Room Project Schoolhouse

Milonga Room

Prohibition era themes run heavy in Austin, and Milonga Room is no exception. Find yourself knocking on the back door of the best Argentinian Restaurant in town, to be taken down to the basement where you’ll find Latin-inspired cuisine, libations, and music, as well as your occasional Burlesque show. Be sure to call ahead, because this place is reservation only!”

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