Austin's first skyscrapers were erected near Sixth and Congress Avenue: the Littlefield and the Scarborough buildings. But late Friday and Saturday nights turn the area into "Dirty Sixth," where people bounce like pinballs from bar to bar. Practically every doorway opens to a pub or a club, with a doorperson beckoning revelers. Police officers are in force and alert, on horse, car, or foot. Instant gratification foods include walk-up windows with pizza slices, food trucks, and plenty of pub grub. Escape the fray at the intimate French restaurant Chez Nous or the opulent 1886 Driskill Hotel, with a friendly piano bar and elegant food and drink menu. Come morning, one of the best bloody mary's is served at Casino El Camino.
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Getting Around Austin
Private cars are the easiest way to move around Austin. CapMetro operates a bus (100-Airport Flyer Inbound) directly from the airport that costs $2.00 and takes about 30 minutes. Parking in downtown Austin is metered. Hours differ depending on the day of the week: Monday through Wednesday are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday are 8 a.m. to midnight; Saturday is 11 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday is free. Austin features a parking app (http://austintexas.gov/page/parking-spots-downtown) to help determine rates for specific areas in advance. Taxis are available throughout town with a $2.50 flag drop and $0.40 per additional 1/6 mile. Pedicabs pedal around downtown. Rates are negotiated individually with operators. Two bike rental companies are ready to get you pedaling Austin starting at $28.50 per day. (http://www.austinbiketoursandrentals.com/ and http://www.mellowjohnnys.com/products-and-service/rentals/) Capital Metro (CapMetro) operates the city's public transit system and generally operates between 4 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. on weekdays; 5:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. on Saturday; 6 a.m. and 12 a.m. on Sunday. CapMetro's website offers extensive ride planning and mobile app options. (http://www.capmetro.org/planner/)
Nearby Airports
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport-ABI
Airport Taxis
  • $23
Things to Do and See Near Sixth Street