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 July 2018, leading straight up to RTX Austin.
Part 3 Panels to See, Places to Eat and Things to Do
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)
Dungeons and Dragons and Drunks
The Live Action Panel
The LGBTQA+ Panel and/or Pride Panel
Troadero Panels hosted by Nico
The BIGBITE Panel
The Oxford Comma Cafe panel
And all of the community submitted panels that were added back to the schedule this year!
Community panels tend to be less full but will have fantastic information and very interactive panelists. You can find a complete list here.
RTWorld is bringing two panels:
Extra Life: What RT Communities can do #forthekids and
“How To: RT Community”
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
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)
Buckshot - 422 E 6th St (21 plus shot bar)
Buffalo Billiards 201 E 6th St (18+ for rtx badge holders Sunday 21+ the rest of the time)
Casino El Camino 517 E 6th St (great burgers for lunch)
Chupacabra Cantina - 400 E 6th St.
Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que 217 Congress Ave
Eureka! 200 E 6th St (under 18 welcome)
Frank 2918, 407 Colorado St
Gus’s Fried Chicken 117 San Jacinto Blvd (everything is fried in peanut oil)
Iron Cactus 606 Trinity St
Iron Works 100 Red River St
Jo’s Coffee 4160, 242 W 2nd st
JuiceLand 120 E 4th St
Le Cafe Crepe 200 San Jacinto Blvd A (small inside, maybe get it to go)
Roppolo’s Pizzeria 316 E 6th St
Voodoo Doughnut 212 E 6th St (open 24 hours)
Which Wich 259 W 3rd St
Catch a Ride (these places are a bit more of a walk, so maybe consider a ride share app instead)
Gourdough’s Big. Fat. Donuts. 3042, 1503 S 1st St
Home Slice Pizza 1415 S Congress Ave
Kerbey Lane Cafe 2606 Guadalupe St (multiple locations, this is the closest)
The Oasis on Lake Travis 6550 Comanche Trail
Torchy’s Tacos 1822 S Congress Ave (multiple locations, this is the closest)
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 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)
If you wanna Float the river, there are lots of options
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 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 Sidequest is a charity event around RTX that has events such as a charity gala, and barlympics!
The Bus is hosting a massive community cookout happening in Zilker park Wednesday before RTX starts.
Come back next week for more RTX Pro Tips! Our next post will be about community meetups happening at RTX!