Check out this list of South Austin destinations

SOUTHTOWN dance party band will return to Moontower Saloon Friday.

SOUTHTOWN dance party band will return to Moontower Saloon Friday.

A blend of rural and urban environments makes South Austin the ideal setting for locals and visitors to relax outside or enjoy the indoors. Here are some of the destinations that make the region unique.

Live music

Free live music is offered Fridays from 7-9 p.m. at Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S. Congress Ave., Austin, as part of the restaurant’s Head for the Hills program. Genres include Texas bluegrass, country, Americana and country rock.

Moontower Saloon, located at 10212 Manchaca Road, Austin, offers live music four days a week along with a full bar, happy hour and outdoor games. Various fares from late-night food trailers are also available.

Coffee shop and beer bar Radio, located at 4204 Manchaca Road, Austin, offers a variety of beers on tap and a coffee menu. Live music is hosted throughout the week. Food trucks and a patio are also available.

Arts & Entertainment
Articulture Designs serves as a design firm, boutique and event space in South Austin. Located at 6405 Manchaca Road, Austin, the studio offers monthly craft classes and modern home decor. Wedding and event design is also available.

Blue Starlite Mini-Urban Drive In operates a pop-up location at Vulcan Video, 4411 Russell Drive, Austin. Film genres include childhood favorites, drive-in classics, indie films, art house, cult and Gen X/Y pop-culture classics.

Visitors to Cafe Monet, 4477 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, select a unique piece of pottery to paint. A trained artist helps guide the use of tools and paints and provides a variety of stamps, stencils, patterns, books and texturing tools. Creations are fired in an on-site kiln and picked up five days later.

Breweries and distilleries
(512) Brewing Co. hosts open houses on Saturdays during which customers can sample beers. The brewery, located at 407 Radam Lane, Austin, also offers special cellar sessions events with live music and beer.

Brewing farmhouse Jester King Brewery offers free tours, a tasting room and an extensive beer list. Located at 13187 Fitzhugh Road, Austin, guests are welcome to purchase beer, wine, cider or sake.

Bar, brewery and beer garden St. Elmo Brewing Co., located in The Yard at 440 E. St. Elmo Road, Austin, offers craft beer taps and on-site food trailer Soursop. Live music events are scheduled weekly.

Still Austin Whiskey is open Thursday through Sunday in the Yard at St. Elmo, 440 E. St. Elmo Road, Austin, and offers tours, happy hours and live music events regularly.

Treaty Oak Brewing & Distilling offers brewery and distillery tours, a full bar, live music, and food at the on-site Ghost Hill Restaurant. The business is located at 16604 Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs.



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