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Centrally located in downtown Austin, this museum features works that have a connection to Mexico and Latin America. Exhibits range from art to theater. The permanent collection includes artifacts and photographs relating to Mexican-American culture. Recent exhibits include photographs from the 1910 Mexican Revolution and other works by Mexican artists. Guest artists and performers tackle contemporary issues such as ethnicity, religion and politics. A small gift shop carrying books, artwork and handmade imports is located near the entrance.
Chateau Bellevue is one of the few options you have when you want a beautiful, country wedding in downtown Austin. Established in 1929, this charming, old mansion makes for a wonderful backdrop for special and private occasions. Within the chateau, there are different event spaces - the lovely courtyard, if you're in for an open-air occasion, the Evans dining room, for a quiet, intimate event and the gorgeous ballroom for a large-scale glamorous one. Whether you're planning a wedding reception or a rehearsal dinner, the team at Chateau Bellevue makes sure it's a memorable one.
Frost Bank Tower is a skyscraper in Austin that is also known as 'Spike'. This tower stands at 515 feet and has a total of 33 floors. The tower is mainly known for the ALA Fight for Climb, an event held every year in the tower. The event includes people climbing all the way to the top of the tower for a good cause. Hundreds of of participants from all over take up the challenge. For more details on the event as well as the tower, do call ahead.
Nestled in between the Public Library/Austin History Center and the County Courthouse, you will find this lovely green space. Founded in 1909, this park with hills and steps, leads to a Greek pergola. Picnic tables float along the hills, as local bands grace the stage and fill the downtown air with music. Bands such as The Swells, The Onlys, Maximum Coherence During Flying, Experimental Aircraft, Kitty, Seven Percent Solution, Subset and many others have been known to play free shows here on beautiful weekend afternoons and evenings.
This 22,000 square foot Mecca of pool halls offer a full bar and great American food. With 21 pool tables, 7 shuffleboard tables, 5 dartboards and 10 foosball tables you will not have a problem finding fun during the week. Look out for Service Industry Night every Sunday, with discounts for folks in that branch of work. Serving all the classic bar food like nachos, burgers, and wraps. Food is served until 1a. Only 21 and over are admitted.
If Austin-area jazz lovers feel ignored, it is justified; the local music scene, multi-faceted as it may be, has always neglected their genre of choice. However, what the region lacks in quantity, the Elephant Room more than makes up for in quality. It has been deemed as one of the finest venues in the country by none other than Wynton Marsalis (and subsequently honored by a unanimous resolution of the Texas Senate for having earned the jazz legend's admiration). The appeal stems largely from the club's unceasing lineup of regional favorites, touring greats, and, once in a while, plain ol' jam sessions consisting of anyone who cares to take the stage.