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The Manual’s Austin City Guide to SXSW

first_img The Ultimate Brewery Tour of Austin, Texas You just arrived in Austin, TX for famed music, film and interactive conference SXSW. Sure you have tons of bands to see and parties to attend, but Austin is also an wonderful city that needs to be explored for its amazing restaurants, shopping and natural beauty. Ditch the travel guide and listen up: we visited this incredibly eccentric and cultured city and asked some locals to give us an insider’s look on where to eat, drink and shop. Take a look at our recommendations below and get the most out of your SXSW journey.ShopSTAGAs the “modern-day general store for every man,” it doesn’t get better than STAG fellas. Stocking everything from clothing, antiques, accessories and grooming essentials from the best and brightest brands, they pair high end with low, mix vintage classics with new collections and meld the unexpected with the nostalgic. And with brands like Billykirk, Burkman Bros and Kika NY, it’s the one-stop-shop for everything cool.Service MenswearIf STAG represents the East Coast, Service Menswear definitely holds down the West. Swimwear brands like Onia and Paste will have you ready to dive into Barton Springs, and street wear like RVCA and Vans have your outdoorsy side covered.Room Service VintageIf thrifting is more your thing, stray from the string of vintage haunts on South Congress to find much better deals. There are a ton of great stores, but Room Service Vintage was a personal favorite. With everything from cowboy boots to barware to vintage Playboys, you could spend hours searching every nook and cranny.EatSalty SowWe are huge fans of the nose to tail food movement, and you can get a delicious taste of it at Salty Sow. Serving local and sustainable ingredients in a modern farmhouse atmosphere, the seasonal menu changes daily depending on what is available that very second. Dishes like Candied Pork Belly with collards and soy balsamic syrup are complemented by an extensive wine, beer and cocktail list. Disclaimer: not for vegetarians or those looking for a light meal.Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-QAs pork rib enthusiasts, we did our research before heading down south and conjured a list of BBQ places to try. But friends living in Austin suggested we ditch the hyped joints and hit this tried and true spot, and the locals are always right. Order at the counter, cafeteria style, by the rib, slice or pound. Tell the crew you’re a newcomer and they’ll let you try before you buy.Torchy’s TacosYou WILL want to eat five, but start with two and take it from there. Sink your teeth into a Democrat – shredded beef barbacoa topped with avocado, queso fresco, cilantro & onions – or go for a Dirty Sanchez – scrambled eggs with fried poblano chile, guacamole, escabeche carrots & shredded cheese – if you get down like that. This delectable outpost has become a small Texas chain, but visit the Trailer Park location and eat al fresco.DrinkThe Driskill Hotel BarIf you’re looking for a good date spot or just a strong cocktail in a swanky lounge, the Driskill Hotel bar is the epitome of Southern charm. Pony hair upholstery, stained glass ceilings and a haunted grand staircase lend ambiance as a live bluegrass band provides the entertainment.Rio RitaHead to the East Side of Austin for, in our opinion, pretty much the best bar patios in the country. But our favorite has to be Rio Rita for a colorful backyard and killer cocktail menu. You won’t regret ordering the Bloody Mary, or any of their concoctions for that matter. Try the sinus-clearing habanero shot if you dare.BarbarellaIf you’re looking to dance and go a little HAM, Barbarella is the place to drop it like it’s hot. Unpretentious for a club, busy nights feature three DJs – upstairs, downstairs and patio – so you can choose your own musical adventure.ChillBarton Springs PoolEven though the icy waters of Barton Springs might be too cold to swim in this time of year, grab some friends and relax on the grassy hill while taking in the view.The Oasis on Lake TravisThis incredible lookout spot may be a 30 minute drive from Austin city proper, but it’s worth the time spent on the road if you need a break from SXSW madness. Stay to eat or just come for a view of the sunset. Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quiltlast_img read more

Wednesdays Toronto stock market posted gains on positive data from US economy

TORONTO – On Wednesday, the Toronto stock market closed higher after reports of a shrinking trade deficit and unofficial job gains in the United States as well as signs of optimism in the European Union.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 49.94 points at 15,154.68, with gains in seven of the index’s 10 subsectors.Two positive indicators south of the border buoyed U.S. markets.Payroll processor ADP said that the U.S. economy added 201,000 jobs in May, up from 165,000 in the previous month.The U.S. trade deficit, considered a drag on economic growth in the first three months of the year, shrank by 19 per cent in April.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 64.33 points to 18,076.27, the Nasdaq index rose 22.71 points to 5,099.23, and the S&P 500 advanced 4.47 points to 2,114.07.Canada’s trade deficit narrowed to $3 billion in April, much larger than the $2.1 billion analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had predicted but an improvement from the previous month’s record high.The loonie ended the day trading at 80.30 cents US, down 0.29 of a U.S. cent.Earlier Wednesday, the European Central Bank raised its 2015 inflation forecast from flat growth to 0.3 per cent.“People are more optimistic about Europe and the prospect that the U.S. isn’t going to be doing all the heavy lifting on its own,” said Norman Rashkowan, senior partner at Sage Road Advisers. “That’s helpful for Canada because our economy is sensitive to global growth.”The spectre of European deflation was worrying global markets, he said, but the threat seems to be receding as Spain, Italy, France, and others posted positive first-quarter GDP growth.On the commodity markets, the July crude contract was down $1.62 to US$59.64 a barrel.Rashkowan said oil seems to be stuck in a trading range between $50 and $60 a barrel as worldwide production remains high and the OPEC oil cartel shows no sign of slowing the pace of extraction.“People are appreciating that perhaps it’s going to take longer to get oil prices rising in a sustained fashion,” Rashkowan said. “Instead, you’re probably looking at an environment where they’re going to be sort of moving sideways.”The August gold contract fell $9.50 to US$1,184.90 an ounce. Rashkowan said gold too appeared to be moving sideways around a value of $1,200 as investors consider the prospects for growth in the American economy.The market seemed to be ignoring Greece’s Friday deadline for a 300 million euro debt payment, Rashkowan said, with traders betting that a last-minute deal will be reached to avoid bankruptcy or the country’s exit from the euro currency.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had incorrect closing figures for the Dow Jones industrial average, Nasdaq index and S&P 500. by Peter Henderson, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 3, 2015 6:30 am MDT Last Updated Jun 4, 2015 at 2:11 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wednesday’s Toronto stock market posted gains on positive data from U.S. economy read more