RTX Tips Part 4 - Panels to See, Places to Eat and Things to Do (Formerly part 3)
Admins from over a dozen groups have come together with all their collective knowledge from RTX's past to present RT World's Ultimate RTX Pro Tips. Whether your a newbie or a veteran, there is fantastic information here for you! This 5 post series will be posted every Sunday throughout June 2019 leading straight up to RTX Austin.
NOTE: This post has been updated to include information for 2019! We included some new locations, new panels to see, new things to do in Austin, and more!
The Most Underrated Panels that We Recommend Attending are…
* The Animation Panels (especially the smaller ones)
* Behind the Scenes Panels (3D Animation, Broadcast, writing, music, etc)
* Kinda Funny
* The Live Action Panels
* The LGBTQA+ Panel and/or Pride Panel
* And all of the community submitted panels!
Community panels tend to be less full but will have fantastic information and very interactive panelists. You can find a complete list of community panels and community members who will be featured at the Community Corner here: https://roosterteeth.com/post/52024330
RT World is bringing three panels this year! All of these are in the Austin Convention Center, Level 3, Room 8.
* How To: RT Community 102 - July 5 at 2:00
* Come As You Are: A Look at Community Inclusion - July 6 at 2:30
* Extra Life: Lights, Camera, #forthekids! - July 6 at 4:30
In regards to the area around the convention center:
The convention center is downtown, and all of the streets are numbered. During the day 6th Street specifically can be a place to get a burger or take a leisurely stroll. At night the locals refer to it as Dirty Sixth, and tend to avoid the area. It’s big on parties and alcohol. If that’s not your scene, try some of the other locations on our list!
We Recommend Trying These Places to Eat or Get Drinks
Walkable from the Convention Center
* Austin Java - 301 W 2nd St (It's a little more West, but good if you're in the area) 4 Stars
* Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill 214 E 6th St (it’s really worth it if you can get past the waitress’s uniform, all ages and can accommodate large groups) 4.3 Stars
* Buckshot - 422 E 6th St (21 plus shot bar) 4.3 Stars
* Buffalo Billiards - 201 E 6th St (Unsure of the age range allowed during the weekend) 4.2 Stars
* Casino El Camino - 517 E 6th St (great burgers for lunch) 4.4 Stars
* Chupacabra Cantina - 400 E 6th St. 4.0 Stars
* Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que - 217 Congress Ave 4.5 Stars
* Fogo De Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - 309 E 3rd St (might be a bit pricey, Google says $$$, but amazing food) 4.6 Stars
* Eureka! - 200 E 6th St (under 18 welcome) 4.4 Stars
* Gus’s Fried Chicken - 117 San Jacinto Blvd (everything is fried in peanut oil) 4.5 Stars
* Iron Cactus - 606 Trinity St 4.1 Stars
* Iron Works - 100 Red River St 4.3 Stars
* Jo’s Coffee - 4160 242 W 2nd St 4.3 Stars
* JuiceLand - 120 E 4th St (Not just jucie! Also has noodle bowls and salads) 4.6 Stars
* Le Cafe Crepe 200 San Jacinto Blvd A (small inside, maybe get it to go) 4.3 Stars
* P. F. Chang's - 201 San Jacinto Blvd 4.1 Stars
* P. Terry’s - 515 Congress Ave #130 (small inside, but a less expensive option) 4.3 Stars
* Roppolo’s Pizzeria - 316 E 6th St 4.2 Stars
* Royal Blue Grocery - 301 Brazos Street Suite 110 (Good if you have a lot of alergies) 4.5 Stars
* Torchy’s Tacos 110 San Antonio St Unit #120 (multiple locations, this is the closest. Be sure to google the secret menu!) 4.6 Stars
* Turf N' Surf Po Boy 407 Lavaca St 4.4 Stars
* Uncle Julio’s - 301 Brazos St #150 4.1 Stars
* Voodoo Doughnut 212 E 6th St (open 24 hours) 4.3 Stars
* Which Wich - 259 W 3rd St 3.9 Stars
* Whole Foods Market 525 N Lamar Blvd (good if you really need groceries, but if you plan to buy a lot maybe catch a ride. Also has a cafe) 4.5 Stars
Catch a Ride
These places are a bit more of a walk, so maybe consider a ride share app instead
* Amy's Ice Cream 1012 W 6th St B (multiple locations. But seriously, this Ice Cream is amazing. Worth the trip) 4.6 Stars
* Darcy's Donkey - 1608 Barton Springs Rd 4.3 Stars
* Gourdough’s Big. Fat. Donuts. 3042, 1503 S 1st St 4.7 Stars
* Home Slice Pizza 1415 S Congress Ave 4.6 Stars
* Hopdoddy Burger Bar - 1400 S Congress Ave Ste A190 (Multiple locations) 4.6 Stars
* Kerbey Lane Cafe 2606 Guadalupe St (multiple locations, this is the closest) 4.2 Stars
* The Oasis on Lake Travis 6550 Comanche Trail (Some of the best sunset views in the city!) 4.1 Stars
Note, there’s usually food in the convention center but it’s typically more expensive, and likely won’t be the quality that you find outside.
If You’re Looking For Things to do Outside of RTX there’s...
* Seeing the Bats from South Congress Bridge
* Check out some of the parks in Austin. Like Zilker Park or Lake Travis
* Check out the Capital Building. You don’t need to take a tour, just the lawn is a cool place and it’s free to go inside.
* See a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse on 6th street (320 E 6th st) or catch a ride to the South Lamar location.
* Go Swimming at Barton Springs
* See Austin's Ghost Tours
* Go to The Bullock Texas History State Museum (a bit of a walk, maybe catch a ride)
* Try these Escape Rooms: The Escape Game Austin and Austin Panic Room
* If you wanna Float the river, there are lots of options
If you wanna do some shopping in and around Austin, take a look at these establishments (look up the addresses before you start walking, and see how far it is. It may be necessary to catch a ride)...
* Book People - comic/geek/book store 603 N Lamar Blvd
* Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy - The main comic/geek store in the city. 2438 W Anderson Ln Ste B-1
* Kinokuniya - Japanese culture, Manga, artist-centric shop. 6929 Airport Blvd Ste 121
* Lucy In Disguise with Diamonds - joke/novelty/costume shop 1506 S Congress Ave
* Museum of the Weird - Yep. 412 E 6th St
* SecretOktober - goth/punk/metal clothing shop. 4411 Russell Dr Ste B
* Toy Joy - Vegan ice cream, more rt merch, and other assorted fun stuff. 403 W 2nd St
* Waterloo Records & Videos - 600 N Lamar Blvd
Do some research around for live music, events that might be going on downtown, like farmer’s markets, or other special events.
Keep an eye on RT’s twitter for other ideas, as they often have suggestions too.
You can also rent bikes and scooters to get around.
Want to get a more native view of the city? Try Do512 or Austin360.
These are other things happening around RTX that are not RT ran, but still well worth doing!
Sidequest is a charity event around RTX that has events such as a charity gala, and barlympics! Tickets can be purchased here: https://sidequest.org/
RT World is hosting a massive community cookout happening Wednesday before RTX starts. For details go here: https://twitter.com/RTW_Community/status/1142863379939414018 (and join the discord!)
And of course there is a huge number of community events happening around RTX. To see events happening with RT Communities, check out our calendar here: https://teamup.com/ks13c1fb1e5aafa892 (The RTX Events are on the Teal calendar labeled "RTX Community Event.")
And Jackie has a full list of meetups happening not just with community groups but also cosplay fans, and etc. You can find her list here: https://roosterteeth.com/post/52034519
Come back next week for more RTX Pro Tips! Next week's post will be all the last minute important stuff that you DON'T wanna forget!!! See you next week! AND THEN AT RTX!