Unlock Austin Community Guide

Unlock Austin is a must destination for first-time visitors and long time residents. Packed with reviews and insider hints, tips and hard to find information. So sit back and take your tour of Unlock Austin, it’s the next best thing to being here.


Best of Austin Lists

Top 10 Austin Splash Pads

The Best Splash Pads in the City of Austin Texas gets hot… very hot. With summer temperatures in the 90’s during the summertime it is nice to get out even…

Top 10 Best Austin SEO Companies

10 Best SEO Consultants Serving Austin Making the correct decision when deciding on your next SEO firm has significant effects on your business and your bank account. The distinction between…

Best Austin Doulas

Top 10 Best Austin Doulas

Best Doulas in Austin A labor Doula, also known as a birth assistant, labor assistant or coach, or birth companion, offers emotional and physical support to expectant mothers before during,…

Best Austin Handyman

Top 10 Best Austin Handyman

Best Handyman in Austin Honest, reliable, and trustworthy, These Austin Handyman services will always make sure our clients get the quality of a smooth, favorable, and overall positive experience… every…

Best Austin Lawn Service Companies

Top 10 Best Austin Lawn Service Companies

Best Lawn Service Companies in Austin Austin Lawn Service was founded with little more than a couple of mowers and weed whackers and dreams of the future. But we forged…

Best Austin Landscapers

Top 10 Best Austin Landscapers

Best Landscapers in Austin An ordinary lawn becomes an original work of art depending on a client’s choices. Austin Landscapers offer many options in waterscape and landscape features, lighting, stonework,…

Best Austin Home Organizers

Top 10 Best Austin Home Organizers

10 Best Home Organizers in Austin Austin Home Organizers can help you organize your garage, closets, bedrooms, kitchen, storage spaces, and any other residential space in the Greater Houston area….

Best Austin Home Security Companies

Top 10 Best Austin Home Security Companies

Best Home Security Companies in Austin There was a time not too long ago when home break-ins were considered minor crimes. But recent home invasions have demonstrated that these incidents…

Top 10 Best Austin Roofers

Updated for June 2020 Top Roofing Companies in Austin Installing a new roof is one of the most significant, and costly, home improvement projects for an Austin homeowner. Whether you…

Top 10 Online Marketing Agencies in Austin

Top 10 Austin Online Marketing Companies Online Marketing Firms come in all shapes and sizes. Whether they provide more traditional services or deal in emerging technological innovation such as increased…

Top 10 Best Austin Public Adjusters

10 Best Public Adjusters Serving Austin Making an insurance claim in Austin can be hard. So many things can go wrong with writing your own claim – one could potentially…

Top 10 Pizza in Austin

Best 10 Pizza & Beer Spots in Austin Austin has been known for beer, wearing flip flops and some of the best pizza in the state. That is right. Best…

Top 10 Best Austin Orthodontists

updated May 2020 Best Orthodontists in Austin Lots of children and adults require braces or maybe other orthodontic treatments to achieve healthy, properly aligned teeth. Early detection is necessary to…

Top 10 Natural Food Stores in Austin

10 Best Austin  Natural Food Stores Buying at natural food stores could be a great escape from the big-box experience and gets you familiar with foods your typical supermarket might…

Top 10 Dog Groomers in Austin

The Best Dog Groomers in Austin It can be somewhat challenging for us pet owners to find groomers we can trust to give our pets the best overall experience. All…

Top 10 Austin TX Boots Stores

Best Texas Boot stores in Austin If your a native to Texas or just want to pick up a souvenir. We have the best book shops in Austin. These boot…

Top 10 Best Foot Doctors in Austin

Top Foot Doctors in Austin Get your feet examined by your foot doctor (podiatrist) even if your feet are healthy. This helps prevent foot, toe, and toenail conditions. You may…

Top 10 Best Christmas Markets in Austin

Best Christmas Artist Markets in Austin Yup, It’s that time of year again. The kids are expecting the best gifts, you want to impress your family and friends with gifts,…


Austin Locals Blog

Austin has a never-ending array of things to see and do. There is an outstanding collection of world-class museums, arts, amusement parks, recreational activities, fine dining, and outstanding night clubs all in one place. Austin is also the home of country music in Texas, the city where Willie Nelson and Doug Sahm got their start. There is a thriving music scene in the city, with almost every style of contemporary music available. Whether you are here on vacation with the family, a romantic getaway or just have some extra time while visiting on the business you will surely find something to please.

SALT LICK Open Pit Barbecue

SALT LICK Open Pit Barbecue Driftwood, Texas

Salt Lick Bar-B-Que 18001 FM Road 1826 Driftwood, TX 78619 (512) 858-4959 HOURS: Everyday; 11 am to 10 pm. This is Texas’ most popular barbecue shrine. Covered and raved about…

Austin Farmers Market

Nothing Better Than The Austin Farmers’ Market

As concerns over food quality and safety rise across the country, people are increasingly embracing open-air markets like the Austin Farmers’ Market. Austin residents can tell you, though; the Austin…

DRIPPING SPRINGS founders day

Founders Day Festival – Dripping Springs

One of the greatest things about moving to Austin is the wealth of nearby small communities that embrace the friendly old-fashioned community spirit. It’s easy to find great ways to…

deep eddy pool austin

History of Deep Eddy Pool

In Deep Eddy Pool, Austin residents not only have a recreational area, but also an extremely interesting historical tale. Austin’s growth has been so rapid in recent years that many…


Austin is a city that offers a unique blend of Southern hospitality, cosmopolitan flair, Old West charm, and modern sophistication. The food is just about the best in the state, with every cuisine represented, and the city’s outdoor attractions are no less than superb, with the river widening into a series of long lakes. You will find everything you need and desire regardless of how long you plan to stay. So come and enjoy the warm climate at any time of year and enjoy yourself.

Austin Community Events Calendar

Austin Travel

Travel in style or on the cheap. Everything you need to know about Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) plus General Aviation Airports and FBO services throughout the Hill Country. How to get here and how to get around. Including limousine and exotic car rentals, Super Shuttle service, inexpensive bus, and train travel. Rental car locations, taxi service. Don’t miss Texas Road Maps for motorcycle tours and auto trips. If you’re visiting for a UT Football game or music festival, don’t miss the parking and traffic information. Plus many money and time-saving Austin, Texas Travel Tips, hints, cheats and shortcuts.

Austin Hotels

From the luxurious, world-class Four Seasons Hotel to the turn of the century charm of the Driskill Hotel, Austin has an abundance of quality hotels, motels, and resorts. Including Bed & Breakfast and Boutique Hotels. Read this section for more than 40 in-depth hotel reviews with information about neighborhood, location, price range, facilities, and best deals. All Austin hotels are categorized by their location to downtown, IH-35 corridor, Arboretum and airport.

Whether you’re on a budget or not, you should be able to find affordable accommodations in Austin at any time of the year. About Austin’s online reservations system offers over tons of hotels & resorts to choose from with largely discounted rates. You can view individual hotel web pages with pictures and information. Check rates, availability and make secure online reservations. All About Austin also offers the guaranteed lowest rates on car rentals anywhere in the city from major companies like Alamo & Thrifty. Our online services are easy to use and very secure. We provide quality service to all of our customers

Texas BBQ

Austin is the very heart of the famed Texas barbecue trail. When you think of great Austin restaurants, barbecue is what comes to mind. Including the world-renowned Salt Lick in Driftwood, Cooper’s Barbeque in Llano, Smitty’s Market in Lockhart and more in Austin, Texas. Complete reviews including menu items, price range, hours and best times to visit.

Restaurants in Austin

Other recommended Austin restaurants include great Tex Mex at Curra’s Grill and Chuy’s. Dirty Martin’s makes their burgers the same way since 1926 and is popular after UT Football games. If you want the ultimate elegant meal the Driskill Grill is known for fantastic food, a romantic atmosphere, and great service. It’s also expensive. Austin is a gastronomic thrill ride. That’s why the Wall Street Journal proclaimed Austin restaurants the “new dining destination.”

While visiting Austin you’ll never go hungry for quality food or shopping. Austin offers lots of great restaurants that will please anyone’s appetite. You can eat everything from seafood to sushi and do it with a fantastic view. Restaurants serving Italian, French, American, and Seafood can all be found close by. If shopping is what you are looking for you are in luck. Austin has everything from your department store chain to local gift shops. Shopping here is great for everyday items as well as the special gift items you are looking for.

Austin Golf Courses

CNN’s Golf.com rates Austin the #1 Golf City in America. I review 25 of the most popular courses in the Austin area. Resorts, municipal and public courses and my top 5 personal favorites. Address, directions, phone, website, fee range, course description, reservation, and rental information. Plus travel tips for each of the course neighborhoods. This is an Austin, Texas road map to a great golf experience.

Austin Music

Austin, Texas is the live music capital of the world. Over 200 stages, seven nights a week offering a wide array of music from jazz to punk. I list clubs by area, record stores, music stores, travel tips, a section for classic clubs and legendary Austin musicians who are no longer with us. Plus in-depth reviews of my personal favorite Austin, Texas late-night haunts and music venues. If you enjoy top tier live music in intimate, up close rooms, you will love Austin.

Austin Music Festivals

SXSW is the premier music festival on planet Earth. 1800 acts performing on 90 stages. Old Settlers Music Festival is a laid back, guitars-around-the-campfire experience. The ROT Biker Rally (Republic of Texas) is a live music-driven, beer-soaked party. Austin City Limits Festival (ACL) boasts multiple stages, star-studded talent and is a gathering of the tribes in the park. Reviews include traffic, parking and crowd tips. Plus more information about Austin restaurants, dress, weather, what to avoid, festival sites and more.

The information on the recommended reviews may not be current or accurate as fees and prices change. Restaurants, music venues, golf courses, rental companies, open close and change management often. Verify your plans in advance with the business or organization you plan to visit.