BEST WESTERN PLUS Austin City Hotel
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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We arrived at our Best Western and got settled by having a swim in the pool. Then we took the bus to the SOCO district to have dinner. We ate at Hopdoddy Burger. This is a destination for food! They grind their own meat, make their own bread (even gluten free), fries and ice cream. You stand in a really long line while you read the menu. Then …
... over it on this particular bridge quite a few times on the way to places. D decides he wants to paddle his feet in the water. He was not expecting the water to be as cold as it was. A slight girl scream as he got in. I decided to paddle to and ended up going in to my knees. Once you got used to the cold it was ok but when you got out the heat hitting your legs was like frost bite. Made for some laughs! After the river we stopped at a liquor store and got some cranberry vodka ...
... We met for our first drink at Keybar in a section of 6th street that seems to cater to the after work crowd. It has an extensive outside patio, complete with large fire pits that while nice also seemed a little wasteful and demonstrative of Texas' oil and gas industry. We then headed for the hipster section of 6th, where we had local brews at Violet Crown Social Club and the Yellow Jacket Social Club (loved the vibe here). Carrying ...
... Deanne and I took a stroll down to S Congress Street Bridge where the bats hang out...or under. Just before sunset we parked ourselves on the grassy knoll beside the river and took note of any possible bat snipers. The crowds were beginning to swell, entrepreneurs selling ice cream, water and bat cowls, children playing ball games without a bat, people singing bat songs:
"Bats the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it...."
"...and the bats in the cradle ...
... was on my list of must visits already, perfect). Their friend Billy is the engineer there and he met us as well, giving us our own private tour. After a couple of hours and a few of their high quality high ABV beers we decided it was time to get some dinner. Ryan suggested Pint House Pizza (also on my list, nice) which is known for their killer beer list. The five of us walked from their place to Pint House, enjoyed some delicious pizza and a few sour beers ...