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SXSW Festival

A map of the 2006 SXSW Festival, where I will be speaking in March, including local hotels, restaurants, and entertainment.

Most of the information on this map is from other blogs and sources. I tried to credit the original author each time.

Please add to it as I have never been to the festival and would love suggestions on good restaurants.

-Jared (CommunityWalk Founder)
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Beerland, Texas
711 1/2 Red River
Austin, Texas 78701
via Austin, Underground by Nathan Black

Small and charming, this is the bar that Guitar Wolf picked when they decided they wanted to play a dive bar in Texas. For good reason. The owners, Randall and Donya, are two of the best people you could ever hope to serve you beer.

They have some weekly happenings that are a lot of fun including Monday Twin Peaks/Carnivale happy hour followed by Rock and Roll Karaoke. Wednesday features a movie happy hour.

Every night of the week is packed with some of the best rock and roll bands Austin has to offer. You never know what you are going to get, but it is all most always great.

21 and up.
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Iron Works
100 Red River
Austin, Texas
(512) 478-4855

via Hoofing It on the SXSW Blog.

Iron Works is a SXSW or any other convention Downtown tradition for me. They do tasty brisket and ribs, as well as decent sausage. It’s not the Salt Lick, but you will not leave Texas having missed a good Q either. They also do a BBQ turkey plate, but in my opinion, that’s not BBQ.
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InterContinental Stephen F. Austin
701 Congress Ave
Austin, Texas 78701
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The Mansion at Judges Hill
1900 Rio Grande
Austin, Texas 78704
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La Quinta - Capitol
300 E. 11th St.
Austin, Texas 78701
This is the hotel I will be staying at.
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Austin Convention Center
4th and Neches
Austin, Texas
This is where the Registration, Panels, & Trade Show for the South by SouthWest Conference will be held.
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Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
3600 Presidential Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78719
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Roaring Forks
701 Congress Ave
Austin, Texas
via Hoofing It on the SXSW Blog.

Lots of tasty new American cuisine to sample here. The last time I went, the Ahi Tuna was pretty darned good.

However, the true secret of the place is that inside the swank Roaring Forks bar, for Happy Hour you can grub down huge and fancy pants bacon cheese burgers and bowls of delicious pork green chile stew for $6. They make a mean drink here too.
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Moonshine
via Hoofing It on the SXSW Blog.

A new Southern fusion (!) restaurant—think chicken fried meets the chipotle pepper. Reports from my frequent downtown dining friend, Brendan: “The biscuits and gravy are particularly good. And even simple chicken tenders with honey-mustard sauce. The brunch is great too.”
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Koriente
7th and Sabine
Austin, Texas
via Downtown Restaraunt Recommendations on the SXSW Blog.

A new place that’s very close to the action is Koriente on 7th and Sabine. Koriente is family-owned, MSG-free, healthy Asian-inspired food. They have an amazing selection of rare teas, some veggie options, yummy bulgogi and melt-in-your mouth Kalbi pot roast.
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Connect|Converge|Conquer Party
501 W. Third
Austin, Texas
via Digital Convergence Initiative.

The Digital Convergence Initiative cordially invites you to its first annual Connect|Converge|Conquer Party during SXSW Interactive 2006.

Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Time: 7PM to Midnight
Where: Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third, Austin
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Cedar Door
Second & Brazos
Austin, Texas
via Watering Holes on the SXSW Blog.

Though Austin margarita favorite Trudy’s has three locations, the Cedar Door has had at least 3 locations in the 14 years I’ve lived in Austin. A little rustic and laid back—it’s a nice bar with a local feel Downtown. Very close to the Convention Center!
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Side Bar
602 E. Seventh St.
Austin, Texas
via Watering Holes on the SXSW Blog.

Even during the peak of SXSW, this place wasn’t packed despite the throngs of people on Red River. Rest your feet. Get a drink. Hang with Romulan Hipsters.
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Bull McCabes
714 Red River
Austin, Texas
via Watering Holes on the SXSW Blog.

Irish Pub. Just in case you need a St. Patty’s day outpost and want to avoid the crowds at Fado.
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Cockpit
113 San Jacinto
Austin, Texas
via Watering Holes on the SXSW Blog.

A new gay bar that has been getting steady and favorable buzz. Just blocks from the Convention Center, perhaps a nice alternative to 4th Streetbars. Rain, Fabric, and Oil Can Harry’s are all still in the Warehouse District between Lavaca and Colorado on 4th and 5th streets.
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Lovejoy's
604 Neches St
Austin, Texas
via Watering Holes on the SXSW Blog.

Have a drink at the coffin. In my 20s, my buddies and I would hit Casino for burgers and a cocktail and then head to Lovejoy’s for some beers.
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Elephant Room
315 Congress
Austin, Texas
via Watering Holes on the SXSW Blog.

Located in the basement, this subdued jazz club has plenty of atmosphere, even after Austin decided to go smoke free.
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Almo Draft House S. Lamar
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Dobie Theater
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Paramont Theater
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Alamo Downtown
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Arbor Hills THeater
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ATX MAGAZINE - After Hours
Insanity... simply amazing i hear...
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summerfield
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Driskill Hotel
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Beerland
A great place to see music. Go there on Friday, March 17th to hear a most excellent rock n' roll band that will surely give a good time - The Willowz!
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Emo's IV
Emo's is an institution. This isn't the original, but on March 16th, this Emo's version will also be featuring the Willowz. No badge required they say.
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Emo's Main Room
You must go here. Rock n' Roll.
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The Continental Club
Also an Austin Institution, and South Congress is a fun part of Austin, not too far from downtown, but not quite as crowded. This club was in the movie Slackers and I think Joe Strummer, of the Clash, may have played there when he ran away that time.
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Room 710
A cool bar that features some great punk rock. Although, this is SXSW and they could be playing anything.
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Z'Tejas
This is a really cool, yummy, moderately-priced place. They have a variety of margaritas and they're some of the best in Austin. Great chips and salsa. They also have good brunches on Saturday and Sunday. Cool atmosphere and lots of nice-lookin' Texans running around. (Although, this is SXSW, so normal crowd could be different.)
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Trudy's
This place is close to the UT campus. It's in an old house and has an annex bar. The food isn't the best Austin has to offer, but the atmosphere is fun and they also have some of the best margaritas in Austin. Lot's of tequila to choose from. Good brunches, too.
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El Sol y La Luna
Cool location on South Congress, located next to the famous Austin Motel. Nice patio area and very good Mexican food. The Mole is my favorite!
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Guero's Taco Bar
Cool, big place. Big menu and pretty good food, too. Check out the cool video store, Vulcan Video behind it.
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Curra's Grill
Best tamales in Austin. A must.
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Magnolia Cafe
This place is open 24 hours, is pretty big, usually has cool art up, and features a very Austin waitstaff. Lots of veggie options, too. Go there.
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Kenichi
A little swanky, but, it's Austin, so you can be casual. Cool on the inside and very good sushi.
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Spider House Cafe
Austin's coolest coffee shop. They got good food there, too. It has a huge outside area, so if the weather's nice, check it out. Also, they have free wireless.
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Waterloo Records
A great record store. Lot's to choose from. They have vinyl, too. And listening stations. Fun!
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Bookpeople
Cool, independent bookstore. Lots of neat things to look at. Take a break and read a book. Located next to Whole Food's.
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Thundercloud Sub's
Need something quick? Pick up a sub. Two locations.
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Thundercloud Subs
So, actually, there's lots of these around Austin. I only these two.
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Eastside Cafe
Located on the outskirts of campus, east of the football stadium. This place is quiet. The food here is most excellent.
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LBJ Library and Museum
Okay, so some people wouldn't call this entertainment, but I think it is. It's the only free presidential library. It's a nice escape from all the hustle and bustle of the festival. Plus, you just might learn something!
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Toy Joy
Toys, stickers, bouncy, squishy balls, and a patient staff. This is one of the funnest places to visit and find some cheap gifts to take back.
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Mt. Bonnell
Best view in Austin, go near sundown
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Barton Springs
Barton Springs Pool--spring-fed natural swimming pool 68°F year-round
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Stubb's
801 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701, US
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PF Chang's
201 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701, US
(512) 457-8300
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Hilton Downtown
500 E 4th St
Austin, TX 78701, US
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Courtyard Marriott Downtown
300 E 4th St
Austin, TX 78701, US
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Residence Inn Downtown
300 E 4th St
Austin, TX 78701, US
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Capitol Place
500 N I H 35
Austin, TX 78701, US
Hilton Garden Inn affiliate
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Hampton Inn Downtown
200 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701, US
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Four Seasons
108 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701, US
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Omni Downtown
700 San Jacinto St
Austin, TX 78701, US
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Radisson Town Lake
111 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701, US
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Marriott Capitol
701 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78701, US
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Embassy Suites Downtown
300 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701, US
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Hyatt Regency
208 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704, US
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Holiday Inn Town Lake
20 S I H 35
Austin, TX 78701, US
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Doubletree Club
1617 S I H 35
Austin, TX 78741, US
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Veggie Heaven
1914 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705, US
From the SXSW 2006 Community blog:

A mostly Asian themed veggie restaurant right across from the Dobie Mall near UT campus.
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NuAge
2425 Exposition Blvd
Austin, TX 78703, US
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Las Manitas
211 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701, US
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Magnolia Cafe
2304 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703, US
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Artz Rib House
2330 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704, US
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Chez Nous
510 Neches St
Austin, TX 78701, US
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East Side Pies
1401 Rosewood Ave
Austin, TX 78702, US
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Dona Emilia's
101 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701, US
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Cedar Door
E 2nd St & Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701, US
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TGI Friday's
111 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701, US
In the Radisson.
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Fry's and Half Price Books
183 and Anderson Mills
Austin, TX 78750, US
Half Price: (512) 335-5759
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Renaissance Hotel
9721 Arboretum Blvd
Austin, TX 78759, US
512-343-2626
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Barnes & Noble
10000 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78759, US
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Chase Tower
221 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701, US