Keep Austin Weird: 3 hidden gems for your weekend adventure


The Buzz Mill is home to a variety of coffees, beers and comedy.

Living in Texas’s capital city is excitement inducing in itself, and as a first time resident, the process of figuring out where to go, who to see and what to experience can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily, St. Edward’s University is in close proximity to many attractions that uphold Austin’s uniqueness, all of which exude charm. Here are a few places that exhibit the authenticity of Austin and are guaranteed to generate priceless memories.


Blue Starlite Drive-In

Drive-in movies are a distinctive element of Americana. If you wish to stimulate the nostalgia of the late 1950s and early 1960s, head over to Blue Starlite Drive-In for a vintage movie experience. Blue Starlite is Austin’s one and only drive-in movie theater and the world’s premier mini urban drive-in. “A pop up boutique drive-in movie theater for the next generation of outdoor movie lovers,” as the establishment describes itself on its website.

The small, cozy lot only allows for around 30-50 cars per night, making the experience feel both intimate and personal. Tune in via local radio station FM 103.9 to listen along in your car, or roll down your windows to listen via numerous speakers scattered throughout the parking space.

The Blue Starlite staff are personable and accommodating and do not hesitate in assisting guests—especially if your car battery happens to die during the film (Trust me, I would know). Movies are projected onto the big screen year-round, screening genres from the likes of childhood favorites to indie films and cult classics.

A concessions stand trailer located by the entrance covers all your movie snack needs with a wide selection of candy, soda, popcorn and even s’mores. Air conditioned restrooms are available as well.

This South Austin gem proves that such hang out spots are not only still in existence, but thriving in 2018. All Austinites, whether new or longtime residents, should watch a movie here at least once in their lifetime!

Toy Joy Toy Shop and Yummi Joy Candy Shop

If you happen to be downtown and have the spontaneous urge to unleash your inner child with friends, stop by Toy Joy Toy Shop. Toy Joy, named “The World’s Best Toy Store” by Travel and Leisure Magazine and one of the “Top 10 Toy Stores In The World” by USA Today, is a seemingly endless maze of costumes, odd knick knacks and collectables. One can easily spend hours wandering the shelves of quirky toys and gifts. With their in-store inventory constantly shifting and expanding, you are sure to be entertained, no matter how bizarre it may get.

Right next door is Yummi Joy Candy Shop, where you can reward your child-like explorations with an excessive amount of sugar. The two shops foster just the right balance of reminiscence and lighthearted amusement. Go on, revitalize your childhood!


Buzz Mill

Do you like coffee, comedy, live music or all three? If so, Buzz Mill is a prime Austin attraction. The Buzz Mill, “on the grind” 24 hours a day, is a full service bar and coffee shop located on East Riverside.

Every Monday night at 9 p.m. is Fort to Famous Open Mic, featuring an array of performers including authors, poets, storytellers and musicians. Every Wednesday night at 9 p.m., local comedians showcase their humor in the free Buzzkill at the Buzz Mill Comedy Show. Enjoy locally roasted coffee out on the large patio while laughing at the jokes of complete strangers—it makes for quite the night.

The Buzz Mill coordinates many other activities throughout the course of the year such as Lumber Society Kombucha Brewing and “Self-Care Saturdays.” Keep an eye on their events calendar to stay posted.