The closest and best restaurant near the bridge with the bats is Second Bar +Kitchen, located in the hub of downtown, and also a cool spot int the Domain, is one of the best all time, consistently excellent restaurants in Austin.  Any of Chef Bull’s farm to table meals are delicious, from brunch, lunch, dinner to late night snacks, but definitely try the Congress Burger with Truffle Fries or the Black & Bleu Pizza…delish. 

TIP:  Hours are Sun-Thurs from 11am-Midnight and Fri-Sat 11am-2am.   Sunday Brunch. Valet Parking available.  
Second Bar + Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Save room for dessert and walk next door to Berry Austin, a frozen yogurt shop locally owned by Kathy Steele.  Pick a favorite frozen base such as Cake Batter and add any favorite topping including fruit, granola, chocolate, or candy.  They even have catering and homemade frozen yogurt pies available…delish!  

TIP:  Hours Mon-Thur 11:30am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm and Sun noon-10pm. 2 locations in Austin. NOTE:  Voted Top Frozen Yogurt in July 2014. Multiple Austin area locations.
Berry Austin Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Before or after your meal at Dine, walk around Lady Bird Lake or a block down the street to the 2nd Street District with heaps of restaurants, boutique clothing, cookware shop, barbershop and grocery store.  They have continuous events throughout the year, and is a great place to spend the day or night.

TIP: Parking can be found on the link above.



Seeing live bats may not sound exciting, but the Radisson Hotel, is one of the best places to watch the bats escaping Congress Avenue Bridge.  The bats start returning back to the bridge after the winter in March through October, and it is quite a site to see millions of bats escape and twirl around into the sunset.

TIP:  The bats leave at sunset from the southern tip of the Congress bridge only during the summer months.  Watching from the bridge, on a kayak/boat, or sitting on the law below is great.  It’s also cool to see them come in at sunrise.


 All locations within 300 feet of 111 East Cesar Chavez, Downtown.