6th street sign in front of the Frost Building in downtown Austin

Reason #39 Of Why You Should Move To Austin: 6th Street

Nothing beats the liveliness of 6th Street in Austin—a place where history and entertainment collide. This is the urban epicenter of the city that has seen everything from rolling stagecoaches to the high-tech energy of South by Southwest. Packed with bars, shops, music and live performance venues, and more, this is the place to be for residents and tourists alike.

Whether you’re in the mood to pull an all-nighter, want to learn more about the history of Austin, or are just in town for an event, 6th Street has a lot to offer. Here are a few of our favorites.

Dining, Drinking & Dancing

  1. Parish

    This live music venue features every kind of beat from reggae to hip hop, Latin American to funk. Parish is a music-lovers place to be.

  2. Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar

    Featuring over 100 types of tequilas, the Iron Cactus is your go-to place on 6th Street for some good old fashion TexMex fare.

  3. Casino El Camino

    This Zagat-rated, chill, and most decidedly punk rock bar and grill has it all—amazing burgers, bacon and bleu cheese Bloody Mary’s, and a laid-back atmosphere.

  4. Lucky’s Puccias

    Don’t be fooled by the small trailer that houses this restaurant—Lucky’s sandwiches are so good, they’re often featured on Austin’s walking food tours. You need to try one of these wood-fired Italian sandwiches as you make your way from shop to shop.

  5. Violet Crown Social Club

    A cool vibe, cheap drinks, and Detroit-style pizza are just a few of the many things that make this a great place to grab a few drinks with some friends after a long work week.

Uncovering The History

  1. Free Guided Tours

    For our history buffs, we recommend checking out one of the free guided tours of 6th Street that the Capital Building offers. These tours start at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and twice on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. These tours require a reservation at least 48 hours in advance so make yours today!

  2. Driskill Hotel

    Even if you decide to skip the history tour, you should still check out the Driskill Hotel. Built in 1886, it was regarded for years as, “the finest hotel south of St. Louis.” The refined elegance of this hotel was established at its unveiling over 100 years ago and is still very much intact today. From the beautiful architecture to the stately accommodations, this is one piece of historic Austin you need to see.

Annual Events

  1. South by Southwest

    Never heard of South by Southwest? Well, this music, film, and interactive/media festival and conference is as diverse as 6th Street—and Austin—itself. There’s something for everyone whether you’re a techie, movie or music junkie.

  2. Republic of Texas Biker Rally

    Like all things in Texas, this biker rally is, “go big or go home.” It’s the largest motorcycle rally in Texas and the biggest ticketed admission motorcycle rally in the United States. Get those motors runnin’!

  3. Pecan Street Festival

    Did you know 6th Street was formerly known as Pecan Street? This street’s former name makes a reappearance twice a year when stretches of 6th Street are blocked off for the annual Pecan Street Festival. A celebration of the arts, the Pecan Festival attracts artists and creatives from across the country to show and sell their crafts. Come for the art, stay for the food, music, and fun.