Originally named Old Fredericksburg Road, South Lamar was once mostly commercial and industrial—but now every patch of land has been snapped up to serve the public and house the people. South Lamar anticipates your every need with day spas, hobby stores, cafes, hair salons, even a pet taxidermist. Lamar is home to Broken Spoke, a genuine honky tonk where celebrities Robert Plant and Vince Vaughn have been known to two-step. Aviary Decor is a wine bar with a European feel, housed inside a modern furniture mecca with jewelry and home accessories handpicked from local and global artists. Carry out slices from Mercury Pizza or order a 20-inch pie with inspired toppings like bacon, then chill out with farm-to-table ice creams at Lick. Of all the food trucks park along the strip, look for Lulu B's for traditional banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches).
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 South Lamar