Streets shut down for proper partying
Not only is a sizable section of Downtown blocked off during SXSW annually, but every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sixth St is closed to traffic, allowing pedestrians to flood the streets and party properly.
Whether it’s because cops don’t want to deal with traffic, the goal is simply to mitigate drinking injuries or they’re just trying to facilitate a funky good time, it’s pretty rad to live in a city that occasionally prioritizes the convenience of drinkers over drivers.
Grocery stores are drinking (and date) destinations
Like a food court for your liver, the Whole Foods flagship store Downtown contains multiple bar areas (plus trivia and live music), and a demographic that’s not only more attractive than you’d expect at the average supermarket, but in many cases way hotter than the clientele of actual bars as well. Must be the kale, man... must be the kale.
City icons include a crossdresser and a pigtailed pot advocate
Two of Austin’s most adored and famous figureheads include Leslie Cochran -- the late homeless crossdresser who epitomized everything weird and wonderful about Austin and even has his own holiday -- and, of course, world-famous musician and marijuana enthusiast, Willie Nelson. Which we can probably all agree are preferable to athletes and politicians.