We’re headed to Austin this weekend for the Northern Grade pop-up market. When not manning the booth (come say hi!), we’ll be exploring the Texas capital that proudly keeps thing weird. Who better to ask for a few choice spots than Stag, a popular local menswear purveyor and host of Northern Grade. Co-owners Don Weir and Steve Shuck share a round-up of their favorites, starting with the simple question, Why Austin?
“Why Austin? We’ve got great lakes, rivers, streams and springs in which to enjoy the outdoors; an ever-expanding restaurant & bar scene; some of the best bands and music venues in the world; a historic university, tech industry and state capital at our core; and creative types galore to keep things interesting. We’re hippies, hipsters, yuppies, techies, slackers, rockers and more. It’s just an amazing collection of people and places that make Austin a one-of-a-kind great American city.”
FOOD & DRINK
Uchi-ko Sushi isn’t the first thing that comes to mind in landlocked Austin, but Uchi-ko has been named one of the best restaurants in the country for several years running – and for good reason. Try the Loup Crudo, Maguro Sashimi and Hama Chili.
4200 N Lamar Blvd.
La Barbecue Franklin BBQ gets all the publicity in town, but La Barbecue is just as good, it’s right across the street from Fair Market, and you won’t have to wait two hours to get your brisket.
1200 E. 6th St.
East Side King Mouth watering (and sometimes sweat inducing) Asian-fusion bar food from one of the top chefs in the country, Paul Qui. The food trucks are located at The Grackle, Liberty Bar, Wonderland and Hole in the Wall – take your pick!
Torchy’s Tacos (pictured above) Want a jerk chicken taco with mango, sour cream and jalapeños? How about the best queso in Texas? Go to Torchy’s.
2801 Guadalupe St.
Corner Shoppe It’s pretty safe to say you’ll never see so much taxidermy for sale in one place: Bears to giraffes to birds – and everything in between.
5900 N Lamar Blvd.
STAG (pictured above) We stock some of the best menswear brands around – Billykirk, Baldwin, RRL, Filson, Save Khaki and Saturdays to name but a few – and keep a fridge stocked with Texas beers to boot.
1423 S. Congress Ave.
Uncommon Objects The most eccentric, eclectic, well-curated, off-the-wall shop of oddities and antiques you’ll ever step foot into.
1512 S Congress Ave.
BARS & MUSIC
Continental Club One of the most legendary music clubs in Austin. Great sound, great vibe, great bands. Get your fill of Texas twang – and straight-shooter cocktail waitresses.
1315 S Congress Ave.
The Mohawk (pictured above) The best punk rock, indie rock, rock n’ roll – basically all things rock – club in town.
912 Red River St.
Barton Springs The largest spring-fed pool in the country and five minutes from the Northern Grade event space. When it’s creeping up to 100 °F outside, there’s nothing like it. Robert Redford learned to swim here.
See you there, Northern Graders! And let us know if you have any great Austin spots we should know about…