The 20 Most Instagrammed Places in Austin
The good, the bad, and the ugly—what are Austinites (and all those visiting bachelorette parties) posting right now?
Got a favorite Instagram spot in Austin? No need to tell us because we already know. Combining the most insta-tagged places with what locals tell us they’re seeing all over social, we’ve shortlisted 20 spots that have been posted, reeled, or storied over and over in ATX this year. Some are beautiful and totally deserve the attention, some are cringe and will have you rolling your eyes, and more than one involves large slabs of meat. (Surprise, surprise.) Curious? Scroll down and see what made it to number one.
20. The Long Center
You have to admit, this place looks pretty sweet during the festive seasons.
Banger’s serves so much sausage, beer, and cheese-smothered sides, it’s no wonder it made the list (and now it serves brunch!). Patrons go IG crazy, especially after one of its one-liter Man-Mosas.
How did we socialize all summer when it was too hot to go outside? We grouped together in AC’ed escape rooms. The Escape Game downtown offered participants not only an opportunity for teamwork, but also for social media posts. It’s got prime Insta backdrops including eerie cabins, colorful classrooms, and a prison, plus as many props as you can pick up.
17. Fairmont Austin
The Fairmont Austin is colossal. It’s gorgeous. It’s swanky. And when you’re throwing down that kind of coin for a night in a hotel, or dining on tomahawk at Garrison, everybody on Instagram is gonna need to know. #goals.
16. La Barbecue
The level of respect for La Barbecue is so high that even after waiting in line for hours, hungry guests actually take the time to photograph their food before devouring it.
15. Topgolf Austin
Topgolf is a three-story golf complex with a restaurant, bar, and 250 HDTVs showing nothing but sports. It’s like bro heaven, you know... without the whole dying part.
14. Moody Center
Surprisingly, the Moody Center did not make the list due to its sexy, beige and white exterior but for the countless touring musicians who grace us with their talent. Okay, mainly Harry Styles’ mini-residency.
13. Lady Bird Lake
Lady Bird Lake is undeniably beautiful, and we applaud the handful of outdoorsy types we can live vicariously through—as we watch safely from the bridge.
Mohawk is probably our best music venue, with multiple levels to view from and a great booking crew. The taxidermied brown bear near the bar often serves as a popular prop.
11. Mount Bonnell
Staring-out-from-the-top-of-Mt. Bonnell pics are the basic bitches of Austin Instagram. Staring out while wearing a tiger onesie... the new standard.
10. Zilker Park
Zilker Park is always beautiful, but during the holidays, it is lit up like a damn winter wonderland. This brings out the creative photographer in all of us. Let’s not forget a ton of outdoor events happen here—so, you know there are plenty of pics floating around.
Thanks to SXSW and all types of gatherings of the sort, Austin Convention Center is a bustling epicenter of activity. Those badge holders sure have a lot of time to kill in between talks too—according to what we’ve seen so on social media.
Where else can you watch your favorite top acts perform and eat the same BBQ that President Obama ate on his visit to Austin? Sure, that was in 2013, but we still haven’t forgotten—and never will.
There is a large community of people in Austin who enjoy watching the UT Longhorns play football. They also may or may not bleed orange.
Barton Springs is a spring-fed pool that remains about the same temperature all year long; it’s also where semi-attractive people go to soak up rays on its grassy knolls—making it an IG hotspot.
This mural has been posted to death. Locals are sick of it, but the hordes of tourists keep this IG spot well and truly alive.
This is where Texas’ (oftentimes questionable) laws are passed. It’s also where people go to pose with statues and Segways like bosses.
Over 50,000 students attend the University of Texas. Young people are the most active social media users. This is a no brainer.
ACL is part music festival, part fashion show, and part food court. It also costs a pretty penny, so you’ll want to document as much as possible so everyone who follows you knows just how much fun you’re having.
1. Sixth Street
Though it’s been more famous over the years for crime and debauchery—and no self-respecting local over the age of 25 would admit to frequenting its stained streets—Austin just wouldn’t be Austin without Dirty Sixth. Wasted bachelorettes in pink cowboy hats, dudes on party bikes blaring hip hop, and students looking for liquor that’ll destroy their insides, forever keep this place busy, and thus, the number one most ‘grammed spot in town year upon year.
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