BACKSTORY: A Romanesque Austin landmark, the Driskill was built in 1886 by cattle baron Jesse Driskill, who was ruined by a drought just two years later and had to sell it. Its lobby was the site of the first interstate phone call, in 1899, and the hotel itself served as Lyndon Johnson’s re-election headquarters in 1964.
ROOM WITH A VIEW: The plush Governor’s Suite has a full patio providing a high vantage of Austin’s rambunctious Sixth Street, a.k.a. the “Live Music Capital of the World.”
WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: Revelers and live music, naturally.
BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT: The Driskill Bar is expansive but feels cozy, with leather couches, tin ceilings and well-curated Western touches such as The Widowmaker, a bronze sculpture of a cowboy taking aim at a runaway horse dragging off his friend.
SIGNATURE COCKTAIL: Thanks to its bat-shaped blackberry-and-hibiscus garnish, the vodka-based Brazos Brasiliensis Batini is a repeat winner of Austin’s annual Batini Contest, which honors the bats that live under the Congress Avenue Bridge.