As we hit our second birthday we are excited to announce Hawke Media is now expanding to a second state and getting our presence on the ground in Austin, TX. As one of the fastest growing cities in the US and also a hotbed for startups and established companies (including Bigcommerce, HomeAway, RetailMeNot, uShip, ShipStation and many others) Austin is naturally a city for Hawke Media to expand its marketing services and footprint.
I am excited to be leading the charge into Texas and bringing my experience as an entrepreneur, who has founded and helped build multiple companies for Hawke Media and its clients. If you are in Austin or visiting Austin be sure to connect with me at firstname.lastname@example.org and hopefully we can grab a coffee. Whether it is a weekend of fun, a business trip, or SXSW, here are a few of my favorite spots for this ‘unofficial’ Hawke Media Guide to Austin:
Where To Work:
Sometimes work needs to get done and co-working hotspots, WeWork and Capital Factory, are central, downtown locations. If coffee shops are more your thing Halcyon is a solid 24/7 option with coffee and cocktails. Or if you desire to combine your work with being outside on the lake Alta’s Cafe is the perfect compromise. It is a hidden gem above the Austin Rowing Club boathouse.
It is no secret that Austin is known for its music. Friday night happy hour at the Saxon Pub with Denny Freeman is a must-see. He has worked with music icons, Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Taj Mahal and many others. You also get other studio musicians stopping by to playing with other big names from time to time there. The Continental Club and Austin City Limits are historic hot spots but if you want an adventure with the hopes of finding a local band a wander down East Sixth Street, also known as “Dirty Sixth”, should be part of your plans.
Tacos are king in Austin, including the breakfast variety. Taco Deli tends to get the most hype but tucked away next to a piñata shop in East Austin is my favorite, the Veracruz All Natural taco truck. Odd Duck, Fixe, and Max’s Wine Dive are also good Texas/Americana-style favorites and while you could stand in line for hours at the now world-famous Franklin Barbecue, the lines are usually shorter for his ex-pitmaster’s equally delicious spot, la Barbecue.
Conveniently near the convention center and right downtown Rainey Street is comprised of old houses-turned-bars — making it a must-go for outdoor drinking. Craft Pride is heaven for beer drinkers with dozens of Texan craft beers on tap. Via 313 Pizza’s food truck in the back is a perfect pairing. Half Step is your go-to for cocktails on Rainey Street. For getting out of Rainey Street a cocktail at The Townsend is a must-try, as the bar is becoming nationally recognized for their mixologists.
It is also super easy to take a run from downtown to Town Lake, get out on the water with a paddle board or kayak, take a swim in Barton Springs, or explore the trails of Austin’s Greenbelt.
Austin has a little bit for everyone but most importantly Austin now has Hawke Media! Reach out for a complimentary consultation and we’ll be happy to help get your company off the ground in Austin or anywhere else in the world.