Best tips, tricks, apps, guides and more to make sure you survive and thrive at SXSW 2013!
Survival GuideGET SMART!Smartest Way to TravelTrip Tracker. Get real-time status updates on flights (including gate and baggage claim numbers). It also tracks your hotel and rental car confirmation numbers all automatically, without having to enter the info yourself. iOS and Android.
FREE BOOZE & EATSMultiple Days The Buffalo LoungeMon. 3/11 (36pm); Tue. 3/12 and Wed. 3/13 (125pm) 512 Bar, 408 E. 6th St. Free drinks, food & music.
GETTING AROUNDBest Way to Hail a CabTaxi Magic. Hailing a cab is always a hassle at SXSW. This app lets you book a cab on the gono waiting on hold and no missed pick-ups! iOS and Android.
Free Now! Presented by Beautiful Buzz and Deli RadioWed. 3/13 through Sat. 3/16 12pm2am Brew Exchange, 708 W. 6th St. Free food, drinks, and music from 100+ bands.
Best Way to Ride in ComfortSilvercar. Opening just in time for SXSW, rent an Audi A4 at the airport.
Smartest Way to Store Your StuffSX Locker. Store your stuff in the bag/coat check area or recharge your phone in the lockers charging system! Reserve your locker space here.
Paste & HGTV Present: The Stages on SixthWed. 3/13 Sat. 3/16 12pm6pm The Stage on 6th, 508 E. 6th St. Free booze; bands TBA.
Best Free RidesSideCar. Will be offering free rides for some of the hottest parties around SXSW. Download the app.
Smartest Way to Save JuiceInstapaper. Save Web pages for later reading, perfect for that long flight when your laptop is out of juice, or when its just not worth dragging out. iOS and Android.
Wuwu Fest Best Way to Go GreenSXcycles. 513 E. Cesar Chavez St. If you have a SXSW badge, get in on this awesome bike share program. Must register in advance online. Thu. 3/14 Sun. 3/17 2pm2am Wuwu Sushi, 1407 East 7th St. Free sushi and music.
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Eevzdrop and Eye in the Sky present The Future of Music ShowcaseFri. 3/15 Sat. 3/16 12pm2am Shiners Saloon, 422 Congress Ave. Free food, drinks, and 25+ bands. RSVP separately for Friday and Saturday.
APP-TASTIC!Best App to Keep Your Posse TogetherGroupMe. Start groups with people already in your contacts list, and send and receive messages and photos using data (or text in case you have spotty reception). iOS and Android.
Circle Drive on Cesar Chavez. Getting dropped off at the convention center? The best place is at the circle drive on Cesar Chavez on the south side of the building.
Best Way to Avoid TrafficStreet Closure Map. Traffic is always in a snarl during SXSW. View a map of anticipated street closures.
Thursday 3/7 SXSW Startup Crawl 2013410pm Various locations all over downtown. Free drinks and games at dozens of downtown offices, with a free shuttle.
Best App to Track ExpensesExpensify. This mobile app lets you track expenses, snap pictures of receipts and create expense reports all on the go! iOS and Android.
Best Way to Get to Your HotelR&R Hotel Shuttle. Get to all of the official SXSW hotels outside the walkable downtown area. Buy your shuttle pass online.
Best App for Ditching SomeoneFake Me Out of Here! Cornered by someone you really don't want to talk to? This app gives you a fake phone call by simply shaking your phone. Android.
BIG BASHH (Big Ass Social Happy Hour)7pm2am The Ranch, 710 West 6th St. Mixer with free drink tickets for those who get there early enough.
ULTIMATE GUIDESUltimate Party GuideAustin Party Guide. GarysGuide and ShoutEm have teamed up to provide you with an app that tells you exactly where you should be partying at any given moment. For iOS and Android.
Best (Virtual) Cocktail NapkinOmniGraffle. Make diagrams and maps, flow charts, and even freeform drawings anywhere, anytime! iOS .
Friday 3/8 Ignite Social Media Party710pm Molotov, 719 West 6th St. Free drinks and BBQ sandwiches. RSVP password: Igniteinsider
Best App to Avoid Phone FumblingInstantMeeting. Detects conference calls in your calendar and pulls them into the app so you can call in and authenticate with ease! iOS and Android.
Ultimate Kickass GuideDo512. Access dates, times, and locations of unofficial SXSW parties with info about bands and venues, and you can even RSVP to most of the events. Check it out.
Saturday 3/9 MySearchNetwork.com SXSWi Local Throw-down Show-down 2013125pm Darwins Pub, 223 E 6th St. Free local food, beer and tequila, with live music and DJs.
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BLOWING OFF SXSWBest Enchanted EveningCongress Avenue Bridge. See the world's largest urban bat colony emerge from the bridge at sunset.
SXSW GO. The official mobile app for SXSW 2013, it lets you view, build and share your schedule, navigate the show, and stay connected to the social world! For iOS and Android.
House Party Cocktail Party14pm Parkside, 301 East 6th St. Free drinks.
Best Way to Relive Your YouthTop Notch. 7525 Burnet Rd. Chow down on the classic burger featured in the ultimate Hollywood slacker film Dazed & Confused.
LIVE MUSIC CAPITALBest Way to Impress Your FriendsCrowdSync. SXSW Music Accelerator Finalist, film and upload concert footage and let viewers see the show from different angles. For iOS.
SXSW Bald Logo Kickoff Party4pm2am 21st St. Co-Op, 707 W. 21st St. $2 cover. Free beer from 11pm to 2am, with $1 tacos and awesome bands.
Best Outdoor AdventureAustin Duck Adventures. 209 E. 6th St. Tour land and lake in an unsinkable Hydra Terra vehicle.
Gdgt Live in Austin710pm The Hype Hotel, 301 Brazos St. Free drinks, T-shirts, and music.
Best Weird ExperienceCathedral of Junk. 4422 Lareina Dr. Bring a camera and prepare to be amazed! Reservations needed.
Best Way to Hear (All) the Music SXSW Torrents. The (unofficial) home of all the music ofSXSW. Youll need a good BitTorrent client. Download.
Best Way to Drive & Listen (Safely)Vela. A hands-free music app for iOS that connects toSpotify, Rdio & Rhapsody. Lets you safely drive & listen!
BADGELESS & BROKEHave Fun on a BudgetOh My Rockness. Check out this list of free shows and parties at SXSW if you find yourself on a tight budget & without a badge.
Best Food TruckLukes Inside Out. 1109 S. Lamar Blvd. Knock-out sandwiches and fries located next to Gibson Bar.
Best Tex-MexTorchys Tacos. 1311 S. 1st St. For the best TexMex in town, this place definitely lives up to the hype!
Best Way to Rock the Concert Zippo Concert Lighter. Wave your virtual Zippo lighterat that smokin hot concert. iOS and Android.
Best Hangover CureFrank. 407 Colorado St. Try the bacon-infused vodka Bloody Mary called The Red Headed Stranger.
Best Local FlavorEsthers Follies. 525 E. 6th St. Improv comedy and live entertainment that will knock your socks off!
Best BreakfastJuan in a Million. 2300 E. Cesar Chavez St. Get the Grande Papa taco and be sure to order extra tortillas this thing is big enough to feed the whole table!
Best Jazz & BluesBarflys. 5420 Airport Blvd. Jazz and blues with $2 Lone Stars and a great outdoor area.
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