Austin is a city with a lot of heart and is a paradise for outdoor lovers, music fans, and foodies. Austin is also a wonderful place to be in the summer, a fun place to flirt, and the perfect place to fall in love.
Barton Springs Pool
2101 Barton Springs Rd.
(512) 476-9044, www.ci.austin.tx.us
No doubt if you’ve heard about Austin, you’ve heard about Barton Springs. Truly the soul of the city, this spring-fed pool remains a constant 68 degrees all year. If you’re not too coy to strip to your bikini, it makes a fun date, and there are so many other things to do in the area to make a whole day of it. Rent a tandem bike for two at Bicycle Sport Shop and explore the area; stop at one of the many restaurants on Barton Springs Road or share a snow-cone.
Burlesque & Rollergirls
MySpace: Red Light Burlesque, TXRollerGirls.com
Austin is a hotbed of feminine talent, whether you like your entertainment sensual or a little more aggro. Check out the tantalizing and beautiful Red Light Burlesque troupe who will tease you into a frenzy or Austin’s very own Rock-n-Rollerderby league with bouts fueled by live music every Sunday from March to September.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
If you prefer your date entertainment a little more traditional, it doesn’t get better than eating, drinking, and taking in a flick simultaneously. Alamo Drafthouse has four Austin locations; three show more traditional movies, and the downtown location features cult films and offbeat events like Karaoke Apocalypse–karaoke backed by a live band–or Master Pancake Theater, which ensures you will never see your favorite cheesy movies in the same way again.
San Jose Hotel
1316 S. Congress Ave.
(512) 693-9317, SanJoseHotel.com
This hip hotel is a converted motor court that dates back to 1939. These days, the 40 rooms and suites have a lot more style: minimalist and sleek architecture with lovely desert garden-inspired landscaping. Even the locals want to stay here. But if you don’t get a room, which are extremely popular during South By Southwest and the Austin City Limits fest, sipping a drink in the courtyard by the pool is a highly recommended date idea.
1220 S Congress Ave.
(512) 441-1157, AustinMotel.com
If you and your sweetie prefer kitschy charm to plush luxury and love being in the heart of things, look no further than the infamous phallic-shaped sign of this long-time Austin landmark. Explore the neighborhood or you can kick back by the hotel pool.
604 Brazos St.
(512) 474-5911, DriskellHotel.com
Staying in the beautiful and luxurious Driskill is a decidedly memorable experience. Dating from 1886, this hotel offers a lot in terms of history, as well as an exciting air of mystery–it’s said to be haunted by numerous ghosts.
The Red River District
Red River St.
Sure, you could go to most any bar on the infamous 6th Street minutes before 2am and find someone who might just be your type (through those beer goggles), but your best bet for meeting someone more interesting is the myriad of bars and clubs along Red River. One suggestion, Club Deville, is always a good spot for beautiful people and strong drinks. The Side Bar or the Beauty Bar are good bets, too.
The Warehouse District
Between Congress Ave. and West Ave. & W. 7th and W. 2nd Streets
For a slightly more upscale bar scene head over to the Warehouse District. Six Lounge, partly owned by Lance Armstrong, stands out as a place to meet new gorgeous people and soak in some great views.
Lady Bird Lake & Auditorium Shores
Lady Bird Lake – South Side between Congress and Lamar
If you prefer fresh air to stale club air, but still want to scope out some hot (and active) singles, this is way to go. Go for a walk or run around Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake) or stop to hang out at Auditorium Shores where there’s a leash-free dog park: You might score a cutie with a lab or a hot Frisbee player. Matthew McConaughey could even be seen jogging and flirting here (pre-Camilla).
ROMANTIC DINNER A DEUX
2015 Manor Rd.
(512) 482-0300, Vivo-Austin.com
Everything about this place makes it the perfect setting for a romantic date–the lush gardens and fountain, the candlelight, the DJ spinning down-tempo tunes, the sexy paintings, the strong and delicious drinks, the rose they give you after your meal. Just don’t eat too much (and you’ll be tempted; it’s delicious) or you’ll be more in the mood for a nap than getting frisky.
801 S. Lamar Blvd.
(512) 916-4808, UchiAustin.com
To experience Austin’s best sushi, you have to visit Uchi where the seafood is flown in daily from the Tsukiij market in Tokyo. Share playful food tastings with your lover, such as the “Hot Rock” beef you sear yourself, or delicious sushi in this intimate setting.
1014 N. Lamar Blvd Ste. E
(512) 482-8868, WinkRestaurant.com
If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then you need to take him to Wink. Wink is the perfect place for adventurous food and wine lovers with its exciting daily changing menu. The chefs pay great attention to the food here, and it is evident in every delicious bite. And for dessert, the lemon meringue pot with candied lemon zest might be the best edible after-dinner treat in Austin.
512 Neches St. & 108 East North Loop Blvd.
(512) 478-8358 & (512) 453-8090, ForbiddenFruit.com
This shop’s been keepin’ Austin kinky since 1981 and has been celebrating the recent overturn of the Texas sex toy ban. (i.e., You can now say “dildos!”) Located in a cute building downtown, this is probably Austin’s favorite erotic boutique and is very lady-friendly with books, toys, adult education classes, and more. The sister Fantasy Boutique on North Loop offers even more outfits and accoutrements.
3405 North Interstate Highway 35
(512) 469-0991, LeRougeBoutique
Lingerie? Check. Costumes? Check. Stripper heels? Check. Adult toys? Check. This is your one stop shop for all of your naughty nighttime needs. They have a thong club for repeat customers, and if you want some video inspiration, Dreamers is next door.
2008 South 1st Street
(512) 440-7602, SinsationsAustin.com
Sinsations is a female-owned and operated shop in a funky Austin neighborhood that prides itself on its open and inviting atmosphere. Sinsations has a selection of adult toys, fetish accessories, and much more for your perusal. Check their event pages for burlesque shows.