Taste southern comfort on these Austin food tours and drink tours
If you’re looking for your next North American vacation and seek a no-nonsense sojourn, then mount up and head down to the capital city of The Lone Star State, where these Austin food tours will help you get your bearings! Most everything is situated just around the downtown core. There’s artsy Central East, and further south Barton Springs Pool. Or, head into the trendy Holly neighbourhood to sample the city’s best coffee and food trucks.
In the state where everything is bigger, you’ve gotta go big or go home. Austin, renowned for its breweries, craft beer and breakfast tacos, is the perfect city to live it up in. Offering food, beer or a bewitching walk, these tours will help you take in as much of the city and its stories as possible.
Austin Food Tours
Spectacular food, cowboys and country music await you in Austin, Texas, so hop on one of these Austin food tours to discover it all!
1. Austin Eats Food Tours
Upscale, authentic, local and eccentric, Austin Eats Food Tours has it all! For those in the know and those on the run, this homegrown tour company has been following the uptick in Austin culinary experiences for nearly a decade. Whether it’s your hometown or your destination for some one-off fun, try out their brunch, BBQ and food truck walking tours. If it’s your first night out on the town, don’t be shy, try out the East Austin Happy Hour Tour. It makes for a great icebreaker that’s a little safer bet than your typical bar hop or pub crawl. Experience hand-crafted cocktails, local beers and fine wines among 4-5 nightly stops at a downright attractive rate.
2. Twisted Texas Tours
As the name implies, Twisted Texas Tours are a little bit different, putting their own twist on the typical touristic experience. Get to know the local music scene on the Way Out Austin Food Tour, which is the only Austin food tour served with a live concert on the side. From restaurants to food trucks, a local musician will accompany you as you take in the Austin city streets, its skyline and its vibrant and creative culture. Whichever tour you ultimately choose, Twisted Texas Tours will make sure that your experience is unforgettably fun. It’s time to let your freak flag fly!
3. Austin Detours
Get ready to rock with Austin Detours! These are tours where you can meet fellow travellers on vacation in the capital city. They offer outings for live music, street art, beer and wine. This company is big on southern hospitality and provides loads of local colour. Their best tour for first-timers is undoubtedly the Real Austin Tour, where you’ll make stops at local landmarks, explore sights off the beaten path, and experience a handful of the many food trucks available in town.
4. Food Tasting Network
With a large palette, the Food Tasting Network offers up a variety of specially curated tours all around Austin inviting you into the intimate food culture of specific neighbourhoods. Right off the bat, we can recommend you take the Downtown San Jacinto food tour. In this part of town, you’ll experience Texan-style gastronomy ranging from Asian, Pacific, Traditional American and French cuisine. There’s a little sightseeing and history between restaurants, to boot. Food is really their specialty, so if you’re a foodie, this is the tour company for you.
5. Ryde Company
The open-air electric shuttle-based Ryde Company offers up nearly a half-dozen tours to visitors of Austin, Texas, including day trips focused on food, brews, and local landmarks. Get picked up from your hotel or accommodations anywhere downtown for a 3-hour tour, especially the Brew and Que tour, featuring ribs, steak and craft beer. Or, if you just want the wheels, reach out to them to set up a private tour.
Austin Brewery Tours
It only feels right to experience Austin with a locally brewed beer in hand.
6. Austin Brewery Tours
Austin Brewery Tours grants visitors a warm welcome to the city. By beer lovers for beer lovers, Austin Brewery Tours toasts and boasts daily rounds to three breweries. Founder Shane Orr has built an impressive rapport with all the breweries on the itinerary. The fee includes gratuities for barroom staff, a behind-the-scenes tour, and the possibility of a bonus stop, “breweries permitting”. We recommend the Jester King Brewery Tour, a fortified weekend excursion which includes guided tours through Jester King Brewery, Last Stand, and St Elmo Brewing.
When you book a trip with ATXcursions, you know you’re in for an adventure, without all the work! Their public Austin Brewery Tours pick you up and drop you off at the Austin Visitor’s Center, taking you to three of the city’s best breweries along the way. It’s also available as a private tour, that’s fully customizable and perfect for bachelor(ette) parties and team building events. What’s more, they even offer a BYOB River Tubing Tour, offering an easy and convenient way to float down the river in style.
8. Nightly Spirits
You can also experience brews and ghouls with Nightly Spirits, a single-tour business that offers inexpensive pub crawls. Make your skin crawl with stops at haunted buildings, ghost stories, and local insight into the infamous Jack the Ripper. The Austin Ghost Tour Pub Crawl calls Buffalo Billiards on 6th Street its favourite haunt, where you’ll begin and end the walk, but you’ll visit 4 bars in about 2 and a half hours on their nighttime excursion.
9. Bike and Brew ATX
Hit up 3 breweries, major landmarks, with a little bite to eat on the side on Bike and Brew ATX‘s Austin’s Gem bike tour. If you love beer and love cycling, these ladies and gents have the perfect day trips for you. They offer several other bike tours of varying paces and distances, giving you plenty of opportunities to capture the essence of local history, craft beer, and more!
10. Bad Wolf Ghost Tours
When the moon comes out, sometimes Austin reveals its grizzlier side. Bad Wolf Ghost tours take you on the Austin Haunted Pub Crawl to reveal the dark stories, haunted tales and gruesome details that are hidden within the walls of these fabled establishments. While unexplained phenomena might happen at any moment, drink specials and free cover in all these bars is something you can count on. Offered every Friday and Saturday night, these tours are a chance to explore your wild side, too.
Free and Alternative Austin Tours
There’s simply a myriad of ways to experience Austin and it’s haunted history. Don’t worry, the beer and the fun don’t stop here!
11. Tour ATX
Tour ATX offers both a haunted Ghost Walk and Morning Walk tour. Short and sweet, their nighttime tour is great for kids and adults, starting at a reasonable hour. And their morning walking tour makes for an informative guided introduction to the best places to visit while you’re in Austin. Pick up a coffee and hit the sidewalk or walk off your dinner with these very accommodating experiences.
12. Tipster Tours
For the bohemian at heart, Tipster Tours might better fit your lifestyle. Offering daily tours with no reservations and no costs, get acquainted with locals and experience local haunts and horrors, downtown, East Side murals, live music, and more. Personally, we recommend the Historic Austin Cocktail Tour, where you can learn about the unique cocktail history of Austin as you bar hop between 3 craft cocktail joints, although this is a tour only available as a private booking.
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