Exploring the best of Austin with local artists
We took advantage of being in Austin at SXSW to spend some time with local creatives. We explored the idea of “Story as Place” at a special edition of Airbnb Creative Space. The event examined how the city of Austin, it’s distinct culture and vibrant creative community, have influenced the work of five local artists through their chosen mediums of film, music, photography and sign painting. We sat down with each of our creative collaborators to get their best recommendations for inspiring local destinations from nightlife to nature.
Joe is a prolific, locally-loved sign painter and designer. The signs and murals he paints for Austin businesses have shaped the vibrant identities of the city’s various neighborhoods. From cement floors to truck doors, Joe knows the city’s businesses inside and out.
- Wright Bros. Brew and Brew – “Best coffee and beers on tap.”
- Hotel San Jose – “Great spot for happy hour cocktails.”
- Dry Creek Cafe – “Sunset beers and a great jukebox–bring food!”
- Yellow Jacket – “Late night drinks.”
- Justine’s Brasserie – “Late late night drinks.”
Alexandra Valenti is a photographer and fine artist whose vibrant, ethereal aesthetic has become a signature of both her commercial and personal work. While she travels the world for her art, Austin is her creative base and home to many of her favorite outdoor destinations.
- Barton Springs – “I love Barton Springs. It’s a natural aquifer in Austin with plants growing all around the water. This is my absolute favorite place to people watch and rejuvenate.”
- Justine’s Restaurant – “Justine’s is my home away from home as a restaurant.”
- Weather Up -” Great drinks!”
- Odd Duck – “Odd Duck is a great tapas place— the food is amazing.”
Born and bred Texans, Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance are the duo behind Jamestown Revival. They’ve toured at festivals across the country, and their album, “Utah” was named Singer-Songwriter Album of the Year by iTunes. Living in Austin after three years in California, the boys were happy to share their favorite local haunts.
- Hamilton Pools – “Hamilton Pools is an amazing natural outdoor space. It’s a popular destination, especially on the weekends!”
- White Works is a good place to get a drink listen to live music on any given day.
- Lockhart Barbecue – “Barbecue is big here, of course. We tell people to go to Lockhart for the best barbecue, which is a town about half an hour away from Austin.”
- Broken Spoke– “Great live music.”
A recent transplant to Austin, Amir’s film work ranges from comedy to documentary. Notable projects include his Adidas documentary, The Return, and his World’s Toughest Job campaign, which won a Silver Lion at Cannes. He may be new to the city, but Amir has discovered plenty of places for his creativity to flourish.
- Houndstooth Coffee – “My favorite cup of coffee in town.”
- Preacher – “A talented friend’s ad agency that lets me use their wifi free of charge.”
- Lobby of South Congress Hotel – “Great place for people watching and reading a book.”
- Mecca Gym – “ A surprising spot for building a community.”
- Little Stacy Park – “Our dogs love it!”