Apparently Austinites like to party like it's 1999. Business Insider recently named Austin one of the 25 places to party before you die, alongside such party cities as Tel Aviv, Rio de Janeiro, Berlin and New York City.
While we can't argue with the designation (we do, indeed, like to party), the reasoning is rather overplayed. While Business Insider gives props to Copenhagen's underground arts scene, Mykonos' beach parties and Tokyo's packed karaoke bars, the publication focuses on Austin's Sixth Street.
"For an epic bar crawl, start on Sixth Street and make your way west through the city's eclectic bars, seeing lots of live music along the way," suggests the magazine. Sure, you'll encounter live music on Sixth Street, but you'll also run into wild college students and random bar fights.
To find the "diverse crowd[s] of young musicians, artists, and tech and business folks" that Business Insider also touts, we suggest taking a detour and exploring the nightlife scene off Dirty Sixth.
Head to bars in surrounding neighborhoods and you'll uncover innovative bar programs, fantastic craft cocktail scenes and seriously talented musicians. Whether you're into high-rise hangs at downtown penthouses, specialty cocktails or down time in dive bars, Austin has something for every party person. Just look beyond Sixth Street to find it.