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Austin Survival Guide: Then and Now

In preparation for the upcoming Class of 1996, 2001 and 2006 MBA Reunion, we asked readers about their favorite Austin sites and scenes, both old and new.

Did we miss one of your favorite Austin haunts? Tell us about it in the comments.




The late, great Las Manitas Try Sago Modern Mexican in the Triangle (see below) or Vivo Tex/Mex on Manor.
That empty strip of land by the Intramural Fields. The Triangle, home to a variety of restaurants, shops and bars.
6th Street - Maggie Mae’s, The Blind Pig Pub, Chuggin’ Monkey, Shakespeare’s Pub. Rainey Street District - Lustre Pearl Bar, Clive Bar, Icenhauer’s. (If you get hungry, order take-out from the nearby G’Raj Mahal Cafe.)
Free after-hours parking downtown. Paid meter parking will soon extend until midnight, Monday through Saturday. The upside: You can now pay with your credit card.
The Union The new Student Activity Center, which opened in January. The center features a Starbucks, Zen, Chik-fil-A, Taco Cabana and cozy fireside seating (for when you’re back in January).
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum The Blanton Museum of Art
Liberty Lunch The (immortal) Cactus Cafe and Bar
Cain & Abel’s for game day Gabriel’s Café at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
Watching the bats at sunset on the Congress Avenue bridge. Come out about 30 minutes before sunset. Because of the drought, the bats are hunting earlier.
Willie Nelson, Bob Schneider, Los Lonely Boys, Reckless Kelly Explosions in the Sky, Ghostland Observatory, Iron & Wine
Cedar Street After you catch the Spazmatics, venture a few blocks south to the 2nd Street District, home to a handful of boutiques, restaurants, wine bars and the new Downtown skyline.
Double Dave’s pizza between classes. Trailer park eateries. Our favorites: Torchy’s Tacos, The Mighty Cone and Three Little Pigs.
Peter Pan Mini Golf The Highball for bowling, private karaoke, live music, food and cocktails.
Tower Records and Intellectual Property book store (RIP) The historic Varsity Theater space will soon house Noodles & Company, Qdoba Mexican Grill, and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, as reported by the Alcalde.
Kayaking on Town Lake Stand up paddle surfing on Lady Bird Lake


Some Things Never Change

Other Austin favorites from our readers: Antone’s, Barton Springs, Esther’s Follies, Guero’s Taco Bar, Hut’s Hamburgers, Juan in a Million, Kerbey Lane Cafe, Salt Lick Bar-B-Que (bring a cooler), Scholz Garten, Taco Deli and Trudy’s.

For more on Austin dining and entertainment, check out these recommendations from Michelle Silver, BBA ’01, MBA ’06, and her classmates.

Class of 1996, 2001 and 2006 MBAs: Register now for reunion weekend, Oct. 14-16!


#1 Albino squirrel fans will

Albino squirrel fans will like this video on our little campus friends:

The legend continues!

#2 Great additions! I've seen

Great additions! I've seen some of Eddie's grandkids on campus. I've heard if you see an albino squirrel before a final, you're guaranteed an A.

#3 Tex-Mex at Chuy's. Ringing

Tex-Mex at Chuy's. Ringing the Bell at sunset at Oasis. Frisbee golf at Pease (sp?) Park. Austin City Limits. Stormin' the Capital after Hoop win, circa 1990. Reopening of the Tower. "NO! I DO NOT want to be a medical study member". Burnt Orange Blues, Eddie the Albino Squirrel in the Daily Texan.

#4 Donn's Depot is a must. Where

Donn's Depot is a must. Where else can you find grey-haired Austinites and twenty-somethings side by side on the dance floor? Tuesdays and Fridays are the best, when Donn plays with his band. And don't miss the ladies' room!

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